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Labrador rescues

Posted: Yesterday at 23:28

Such lovely photos and such good work you're doing.

Both our dogs are rescues and the Lab is still nervous and fearful of anything or anyone new despite being with us 4 years now and going walkies every day.   He spent the first 3 years of his life cooped up in a terrace house and never going out so his first walk with us was a bit too exciting - he met tractors, cars, horses, cows, goats, sheep and, heaven forfend, other people walking their dogs.  

Didn't know about sniffing or marking and peed like a girl.   Now he does things properly and enjoys nothing better than a good long run across the fields - unless its his dinner.

Hail - awful damage from weekend storm... Any advice on how to help recovery?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:19

I had this happen a couple of years ago in late May and it's devastating but not a total disaster.   Some of my shrubs and trees still bare the scars on their bark.

You need to cut the broken stems of plants like rhubarb and hostas and any stems with shredded leaves back to ground level and then give them a bit of a feed with something like pelleted chicken manure.  I did this and they regrew.

Where stems of flowering plants and shrubs and fruit bushes have been broken you need to cut them off below the break or wound and make it a clean cut so disease can't get in through torn tissues.  Again, a light scattering of fertiliser will help them recover.

Zebra grass

Posted: Yesterday at 18:21

I take it you mean miscanthus zebrinus and that the plants were tiny because they were cheap.

If so, they will take a while to establish and gardening is all about patience.  When they are so tiny it is often best to pot them up in good quality potting compost and let them grow on before expecting them to cope with life in the borders.

There is some info about it here on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/99154/Miscanthus-sinensis-Zebrinus-(v)/Details?returnurl=%2Fplants%2Fsearch-results%3Fform-mode%3Dfalse%26query%3Dmiscanthus%2Bsinensis%26aliaspath%3D%252fplants%252fsearch-results 

It is a deciduous grass which means that next spring you need to snip off the old foliage before the new growth starts so the new leaves come through with their points intact and not snipped. 


Posted: Yesterday at 18:13

At Great Dixter's plant shop there is a low head-banger beam with a sign on it "Duck or Grouse".

No grouse here but partridges are occasionally to be seen on the edges of local woodlands.   First dry day here (so far) in weeks and weeks and my garden group actually managed to sit outside for coffee and cake and lunch later on.  We were treated to yellowhammers singing, buzzards mewing, herons flying from one stream to the next, swifts swooping overhead and all sorts of little brown jobs and woodpeckers at the feeders.   The only fly in the ointment was Rasta doggy bringing us sodden and chewed bits of a fox-killed pheasant carcass from our woodland corner.   Lovely.

PP - I was just thinking earlier today that we need a good dose of Strictly to cheer us all up and change the subject from Brexit and the awful weather so many of us are "enjoying".   .

Hope we all get a sunny evening, or at least a dry one.

Screening Close To House

Posted: Yesterday at 18:00

Yes, I thought maybe that was the case too in which case pyracantha could still be planted and staked till established and kept clipped so it doesn't prickle out on the path.

There is a method called pegging of tying longer stems on roses to a peg in te ground so they are horizontal or curved over.  It means the sap flows more easily and produces more shoots and flowers.  Would work on pyracantha, tying down the longer side branches..

Screening Close To House

Posted: Yesterday at 14:07

Those shrubs are going to take a long time to grow tall enough to screen your windows and will need a certain depth to be able to grow healthily.  For a narrow hedge, it would be better to use copper beech which can be kept as thin as 9 to 12 inches.

I'd have thought a more instant option would be a couple of trellis panels with a pyracantha or 2 trained across..   They are evergreen, thorny so a good human pest deterrent, have spring blossom for pollinators and autumn berries - red, orange or yellow depending on variety - for the birds.   Cheap too.

Trailing evergreen for container?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 23:22

Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’ or 'Darjeeling Red' might work.  I have it creeping down railway sleepers.   It is evergreen but does go a dry, rust colour in a cold winter. 

Phlox subulata ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ is a creeping form that may fit the bill and then there's evergreen variegated ivy as a good foil to other plants.


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:47

It was definitely the players on the pitch and not the manager wasn't it?   They are some of the highest paid "professional" players in the world aren't they?

I'm not fussed either way as I dislike football but OH is disappointed to say the least and said it was a shambles.   He hardly ever swears but tonight he let a few choice expletives slip.

Wall to wall tennis now for 2 weeks and Olympics still to come and rain, rain, rain.   What a summer we are having.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:03

Potted up 24 babies but don't know what they are as they were sown fresh last year and the winter winds have swiped the label.   Perennial flowers of some sort.   Dug up Jacquelin Dupré who is struggling in all this rain and have pruned her and potted her and put in a sheltered spot to recover.

Planted out my oak leaf and Cos lettuce plugs plus fennel and beets.  Slug food no doubt but they needed to grow on.   Weeded between downpours and potted up hostas whle the rain fell liberally.   Getting very fed up with all this grey.   Don't mind lots of rain, just want some blue bits in between please so things can dry out a bit.

Even my shed is wet!

Twisted Willow

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:20

Assuming you have dried them out since autumn they could be used as pea sticks or other plant supports in your borders.   

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