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Talkback: Looking back

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:58

Once again I have to wonder why all the blogs are disappearing.

I haven't bought GW mag for over a decade because it became very samey and the subscription rate for Belgium is expensive and doesn't include the freebies available in the UK.  It's better value for me to subcribe to the RHS which gets me free access to their gardens when I'm there, free access to some good gardens here on the continent, favoured access to shows, free advice,  free seeds from the gardens and a monthly magazine.

Green path plants

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:51

It depends on soil and drainage and sun levels.   Thyme is often recommended for paths and gaps between paving stones as it likes good drainage and full sun and doesn't mind being walked on.

Chamomile lawns are another option to replace grass if the soil is richer and you want a solid grass effect.

Otherwise, several alpines, dwarf dianthus, saxifage and probably ophiopogon planescarpus nigrescens aka black lily turf would be happy in there.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 11:09

I get little brown jobs which aren't sparrows and which I always find hard to identify - assorted warblers probably and siskin and dunnock.   Then the usual suspects - sparrows, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds, blue, great and coal tits plus occasional marsh tits, wrens, greater spotted woodpeckers, turtle doves, pheasants, jays, jackdaws ....

No greenfinches anymore, no nuthatches or tree creepers.  No gold or bullfinches despite planting teasels and putting out niger seeds.

Extra thorny roses

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 23:16

Well, all I can say is that my Gertrude Jekyll is a vary prickly customer but while Kiftsgate is pretty spiky, neither is as sharp or prickly as my toothache tree which has whoppers.   Don't know its botanical name as I've lost the label but apparently the natives used it for toothache.   No idea if they're thorns or prickles either.

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 22:52

It was just a display of their wares, not very well done but nothing wrong with the individual pieces or the basic premise of decorating rather tan just painting or clothing a wall.

I have friend who has done this with items found at brocantes which are sort of a Belgian cross between a car boot sale and a flea market


Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:56

Lyn - You don't have one day for sowing seeds, you have days for sowing particular seeds according to whether the plant produces flowers, roots, foliage or fruits and there's nothing to stop you taking your compost and trays and pots outside to sow.  You can also harvest when you like but there are some days which are better if you're planning to store it.

Hostafan, no dig is a proven method of working.  You just need to make sure you bung ample amounts of compost or well rotted manure on your beds in autumn and winter and then sow or plant through it in spring.  I have friends who began a new garden in heavy clay after clearing dead trees and scrub and brambles 6 years ago using this system and they have stunning results.  The only digging they did was an initial turning of each new bed to remove weeds and roots - 

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:51

I agree Philippa but the idea of decorating a wall rather than covering it is not at all bad if done with flair.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:42

I sow mine direct but you could do it in modules and plant out later if you prefer.    It's hardy and a member of the beetroot family so doesn't need coddling along.

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 12:15

All sorts of clematis and one or two roses will like it as long as the soil is generously enriched with plenty of well rotted garden compost and manure and handsful of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone for good measure.   You will also need to attach panels of trellis or stretch training wires along it at 12 to 18 inch intervals to support them.

You can cnsult this website to search for clamtis which like a shady aspect - or consult a specialist grower such as 

For roses, have a look at Guinée, Mme Alfred Carrière, Zephirine Drouhin, Golden Showers, New Dawn, Souvenir du Dr Jamain.  No doubt other posters will know a few more.


Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 23:28

I haven't had time to watch it yet so can't comment except to say I've never understood why you would grow 90% of the old fashioned, once flowering roses when there are so many beautifully perfumed repeat flowering, disease resistant roses with stunning flowers available now or, if you really must have the old kind, why you wouldn't fling a summer flowering clematis up the climbing sorts to spread the season of interest.

Don't like Joe Swift.  He's not a plantsman and even when he does have something interesting to say about design he does it in that dreadful mockney accent.


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Hello Jro - and any other old friends

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