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Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:31

Apart from chervil, most herbs need direct sun to grow well and develop flavour.  You could maybe grow some rosemary, thyme, bay and sage in pots by the front door if that's in full sun and I find basil does well in window boxes or pots as ong as it is watered regularly.

Salad leaves can grow in shade so you could try those - some of the tastier ones are really quite expensive to buy.   Root veggies should be OK and maybe leeks.   Have a look at this site - http://www.harvesttotable.com/2012/04/vegetables-for-growing-in-shade/ 

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 23:04

We planted a hawthorn hedge 13 years ago using single whips.   We planted them in December in good soil improved with compost and pruned each whip back to 9".   They grew 6' in their first year and were then pruned back to 3' in late winter to encourage them to bush out.  

They grew 6' again and have been pruned and shaped each autumn and now make a handsome 7' high hedge about 6' thick.  We could keep it thinner but the other side is arable fields so space is not a problem.   It's a useful windbreak and provides shelter and food for birds and insects.   It is very thorny.

At the same time I planted a pyracantha hedge in another part of the garden but it suffered badly in severe winters and half the plants died and the ones that have survived have needed the last 3 mild winters to start looking bonny again.

The holly hedge also suffered in severe winters and, to add insult to injury, the cows in the pasture on that side chomped all the tender new shoots so we had a short, fat holly hedge until I erected a mesh fence to keep them off it and let it grow taller.   

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 23:04

I simply do not understand the GBP.  What were they thinking?   Beats me.

I sat and watched Jay and Aliona's show dance wondering when it would start and then it finished!   Damp squib or what?

Kellie and Kevin too technical and clever with no feeling.

Georgia and Giovanni inventive, lyrical, technically excellent and beautiful and moving to watch.   I hope she goes on to dance again and again and again.

Frank - I shall watch next year just to see what Gleb and Giovanni come up with next year and in the hope they've learned about pleasing the judges and the viewers with some basic steps and figures as well as their wonderful inventiveness.

David - Saturday nights are for dancing, obviously!   Except that yesterday we went to see the new Star Wars film so danced this afternoon instead.

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 14:55

15C and dry here today.  If it's dry tomorrow I shall cut our grass as it's growing well at the mo but first of all, OH needs to clear the pile of prunings I left on it last week...........

Don't want any sheep as they'd eat my treasures too, unless they were like Stanley and his mate in another thread.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 11:26

Of those left I think Georgia has made the most progress and is the best all rounder.

Jay is good but so he should be with all that previous training behind him.

If the judges make Katie do Latin, she's sunk unless Anton works her technique..

Kevin is very clever with his choreography putting n enough traditional steps and technique to please Len plus inventive bits to please Craig and Bruno.   

It could be anybody's depending on how well the pros judge the show dance content and choreography.

Recommend a dwarf mound lavender

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 17:27

Hidcote for me as it is very tough and withstands hard winters - as long as it has good drainage.  We prune it back to a mound every autumn once flowering isover and he bees have stopped hovering hopefully.

Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 11:59

They're great and you"re right to move them to winter grazing.  

I love what the Zimbabweans can do with scrap metal.   I have a collection myself but keep to smaller birds - guinea fowl mostly but recently picked out a crane and a heron for my birthday.   

They're good with soap stone too.   This was our Xmas present to ourselves last year.


Which witch hazel?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 23:33

I have Orange Peel which is fragrant and, as the name suggests, has orange flowers.  It has lovely autumn colour and a good shape.   Hardier for me than Diana which died.

Have a look at this article - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/9024795/The-allure-of-witch-hazel-flowers.html


Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 00:43

I find the year goes by fast enough without wishing it away an increasingly find it's important to live in the moment and enjoy what is.  

I also like the coldest winter months for doing maintenance on fences and trellis and so on whilst the perennials are nearly all dormant but with highlights in the garden so snowdrops, hamamelis and hellebores are welcome in heir own time along with all the other early spring bulbs and primulas.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 11:02

Given Len's comments after her dances, neither of Anita's dances would have pleased Len as he didn't like the choreography.   I loved them both but can see Len's point as they were both very bold, daring and physical choreographies.   Gleb is brilliant but maybe just a tad to inventive for Len,   The salsa did have plenty of armography but a bit too much Hip Hop too.

Katie is definitely the weakest one left and I'd like to see Georgia or Jay win it.   Kevin is clever with his choices of steps but Kellie doesn't please or warm the cockles the way the other two do.

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