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Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:50
Ok thanks, ill give them bigger pots and fresh compost.big job this weekend then. Yes they will be going in the border.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:03

I've got several seedlings not getting any bigger, just wondering whether to pot on into larger pot or just throw em in the ground? There's my hordeum grass, cornflowers, nigella and dianthus (that I can remember). Fed up of them being 2-3cm tall for weeks on end, need a plan of action.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 12:15

Me again...

For the first time ever I have removed the petals from my rhodo. Previously always understood not to risk it for fear of loosing next years flower buds. well, it hadn't lasted long before the rain turned the flowers brown.

The left side is 'before' and the right is 'after'. Just love the spidery look! It's all done now and the border looks so much nicer, nothing damaged either.


Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 12:10

Salino, my front garden is the opposite, hardly ever lift a trowel to it. Weeds in the drive, low maintenance and still overgrown shrubs in the border, no grass.  My neighbours probably think the back garden is a real mess as well (I dont care) and will wonder why I'm always bringing plants home!


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 11:59

A pretty nice gardening day , not too bright, warm, DRY!, a tad windy though.

Found a huge black slug on a hellebore, was going to post a photo entitled 'guess what happened next...' but no card in camera so it is lost in camera ether somewhere.

Have been driving through rotherham this morning and have to say they really know how to 'do' wild flowers. Thought the same last year so pleased to see it has continued. I'm talking about the Council planted (grass) verges and dual carriageway central reservations. A little difficult to get a photo to show you .

My son's childminder came round for coffee yesterday (I've just typed that but its disappeared somewhere), anyway she admired my garden and wants to start on hers now. She grows veg n stuff kids like to do obviously. I can see her with a wildlife friendly garden and a pond. Unfortunately OFSTED will not allow her to have a pond. Much of her garden is in shade 50% of the day, and quite small. Can't wait to get stuck in! Already earmarked what I can split or take cuttings for her.


Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:01
Victoria, it will mature and as you shape it it will become nearer to your ideal, but still with natures angle on it! as gardeners we can tend to get frustrated with certain aspects which aren't yet as we would like. Take a step back, sigh, enjoy. Appreciate the now-ness of it. And especially lovely comments from precious young ones. Enjoy.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:15
Morning, will catch up later, running late as been 'busy' on the 'neat' thread...

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:12
I like my rhododendron surrounded by a circle of pink geraniums flowering later. I like my harts tongue fern also encircled by purple heuchera ( although that needs attention as I didn't realise how much the heucjera would grow). A neat path of lavender is planned. A clump of chives in the middle of ? Stachys (lambs ears) will also overgrow soon. Having a plan of fireglow euphorbia with again purple heuchera in front of it and helianthmum's little orange flowers poking out of the heuchera ( and an elusive blue poppy hiding somewhere there). So far this is my take on neatness. Intermingled but sort of planned. Still learning how much the plants grow and spread.
I try height Verdun, but it all seems to be later in the year, nothing for now. Maybe I need some evergreen types? Mini conifers? For form? Grasses you will say, and now I have a couple elsewhere, I will tend to agree... Where are my 'planted last autumn' eremuris? They dont look well.

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:09
Aim for neatness but doesn't suit my plant greed.
Verdun, any tips on having everything I want ( all usually similar heights!) AND maintaining neatness rather than 'finding a space just about right'???


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:06
Thanks pieris.
Most things are a bit far for me too lily.

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