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Plants that like shade

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:35

Plants for shade - geranium macrorhizum, astilbes, hemerocallis, lily of the valley, chelone, hostas, ferns, fuchsias, impatiens (Guinea forms), Japanese anemone, hemerocallis, persicarias, pulmonaria, uvularia, lots of clematis, quite a few roses.

Look them up on the RHS website for further cultivation détails.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 12:31

I was born in East Africa and brought up in the north - Lancs, Manchester then Cheshire - before moving to London when I was 21 and ended up buying a house in Harrow with OH many years later.  The BBQ group are all friends from when OH and I worked with them at the same software house.   Last year they all came to us.

I've lived in this house in Belgium since 1993, longer than I've lived anywhere else,   Paint here is much more expensive than in the UK but houses and vets are cheaper.  I just need some emulsion and gloss to freshen up my kitchen in the half term hols at Halloween - no dance classes to get cleaned up for.

I'm president of a local club - 200+ members - and do the ballroom and salsa classes but look after Hip Hop every week and need to pop in regularly at Jazz and line dance (which I used to do before the feet reconstruction ops) and the belly dancing to make sure all is well and that everyone knows about forthcoming activities.


Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:04

Staying with old friends in Harrow and meeting the rest of the group in West Ealing for our annual get together and BBQ.   Taking Possum to Camden market on Sunday then raiding a DIY for paint on Monday and doing a raid on an Indian supermarket for mango chutney and spices before heading for the Chunnel.   

Your door looks very smart.

Beautiful Thugs

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:28

You only need to buy one and it will self seed all over.   I planted one when I first started this garden and get a couple of seedlings every year even though that bed was cleared and replanted years ago.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 15:22

No worries then but leave them another 6 months and then see  what size and consistency they are.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 14:12

It also really depends on size.   We've had wood chips for paths at about 4" size cos they don't blow away and they take years to break down.  Also soft wood such as pine will rot faster than hard wood but, according to my suppliers, different kinds of pine rot at different rates.   Beware also of any chemicals in treated wood that has been shredded as they contain préservatives and fungicides you don't want to be feeding to edible plants.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 13:58

The quantities of nitrogen involved are really quite small and you can compensate by adding pelleted chicken manure at planting time.   However, chipped bark can be quite chunky and can take several years to break down into a soïl improving humus so you're better off digging in well rotted garden compost and leaf mould and maybe using the chipped bark as a weed suppressant mulch around soft fruits such as blueberries, gooseberries, black and red currants or raspberries and blackberries.

Beautiful Thugs

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:57

I can't get those to grow in my my garden.  Honesty no probs but not physalis.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:34

Hope you had a good time.   Exhausting weekend here manning the stand to publicise our classes but good fun too.

We're off on hols soon and have a long weekend in London coming up so lots of house cleaning and garden tidying and preparation going on.   No new projects till autumn and winter.

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 09:31

Cutting back can renew vigour and give you fresh looking foliage which is less susceptible to rust, mildew etc.   Just be sure you give the plants a good watering and maybe some liquid tomato food to help them renew themselves.

I do it for my hardy geraniums and usually get a second flush of flowers.   With things like pulmonaria I just get fresh new foliage.   For geums and astrantias I usually just take off all the spent flower stems and any browning foliage.   

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