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Wet soil

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 15:59

I have a permanently damp, shady bed and grow hostas, ligularias, hemerocallis, astilbes, primulas, hakonechloa and astilboides and they love it.   I also have some cornus alba in there at the back in a gap in the conifer hedge.  

This is it in late June.   When the ligularias and hostas flower they give some height and spike to all the hummocky stuff.

 I grow foxgloves in better drained parts of the garden.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 15:53

BBC2 today.  BBC1 for the rest.

Fencing Height Restrictions?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 11:56

There can be lower limits on front fences too so check your house deeds for any covenants and also the local council for local rules.

Generally speaking, fence panels are sold in 2m/6' heights which is a bit of a clue to the normal height allowed for boundary wall, hedges and fences.


In my garden today?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 12:32

Just back from 2 weeks in the Charente where it was hot and dry and sunny.   Seems like it's been dry here too as some of my treasures seem to be thirsty and the grass hasn't grown much but some ****** mole has made 12 new hills in a corner of the lawn.    My automatic watering seems to have been adequate and all the pots and troughs I gathered together look fine.

Jobs then - put the pots and baskets and troughs back where they belong, dead head the spent plants, cut out the dead stalks on thirsty plants, pick the ripe fruit, cut back the bolted Swiss chard and broccoli, sweep out those mole hills and cut the grass.

Weed, weed and more weeding.

Dig out the excessive pink geraniums and plant something new in their place.

Tidy up the clems that look a bit windswept.  

Cut the grass again cos it'll take 2 cuts to get right.

Find a home for the old enamelled wood burner I bought in a flea market on hols - patio heater/plant stand.....

Put the houseplants back in their places after their hols in the bath and guest shower.

Then I can think about my summer and autumn projects.

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 17:45

Fruiting canes are things like raspberrries, blackberries, tayberries, loganberries and such.   Different fruiting and pruning system from currants which are shrubs.   Agree about whitecurrants.   Not nice.

Accommodation in Bordeaux ?

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:42

It's a tourist town and business hub so there'll be pelnty of B&Bs and aparthotels or hostels he can book into for a week or so while he gets to know the situation locally.

Busy and DD are over towards Périgueux and Limoges and both miles away from Bordeaux.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:35

On hols in a gite in the Charente so the only gardening I have done is to dead head the pelargoniums in the window boxes and prune the odd rosemary, sage or thyme plant when I need some herbs.

I gather it has rained quite a bit at home so no doubt I shall spend all next week dealing with rampant weeds and getting the grass back in order in between walking the doglets who will be back on usual routes and routine.   They think holidays are like Christmas - all the family together and lots of long walks with new things to explore and treats and cuddles and play.

clematis rebecca

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:10

Rebecca is agroup 2 so you can/should prune lightly to keep it to shape after the first flush of flowers finishes.   It should then produce a second flush of flowers in late summer.    With young clematis that are recently planted, it is enough just to remove the spent flowers so it doesn't waste energy making seeds.

Either way, give your clematis a good feed to encourage new flower formation.

The mind boggles

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 18:48

They taste good but don't store as well as the summer grown ones so just plant enough to get you across the gap until your usual summer grown ones are ready to harvest.

Welshonion - Fench beans freeze very well.  They're the only kind I eat as we don't have them often but there's always a bag in the freezer.   I'd rather grow fruit and veggies which are hard to find in the shops here in Belgium - broad beans, cavolo nero, PSB, forced rhubarb - or else very expensive - soft fruits, fennel, cos letuce..........;

The mind boggles

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:40

Kleipieper - You could always grow Japanese onions on your plot to cover the gap between old season's onions finishing and the new crop coming in.

Lovely post Dove.   Well said.

How many of you have Japanese or Korean cars, cheap clothes made in Bangladesh or Pakistan by poorly paid women in appalling conditions, fake branded goods made in China and so on?    Shops can only sell what people are prepared to buy so it's up to you to decide whether air miles only count on food and whether British and European jobs are more valuable to us than exporting profits to Asia or anywhere else.

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