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Who pays for Things

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 16:20

None of our business and not our concern.  I have raised beds cos it's easier to work the soil in a cold, wet garden.  So does Monty now after a disastrous summer and winter for veggies in his soil and he's not alone with such problems so raised beds are a good way for him and many other gardeners to go.  I'd certainly like more.

I have a greenhouse to cos I need one. 


Purples in my garden but what colour for you?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:13

Not the acids but I'm getting there with oranges and reds and have more planned this summer if we ever get warm enough to sow more seeds.  Window sills crammed now and greenhouse not warm enough yet.

I've tried cannas but by the time spring warms up and they get going here it's so late the cannas only come into flower in time for the first frosts.   Gave up.   Got some dahlias on teh go to see if they do better.



Purples in my garden but what colour for you?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 12:28

I have a large garden with big borders so always buy perennials in 3s, 5s and 7s but that can be expensive so sometimes I buy just one and try and propagate it or else just go for something cheaper.  generally, the cheaper ones are hardier anyway and I've lost count of how much money has frozen to death in my garden.

As for colours, I dislike acidic yellows so don't have any and I find orange and scarlet hard to work with but am trying them more and more as geums do very well here.  I also get given orange marigold seedlings which I plant in the veggie patch to ward off white fly.  I have a rythm of purple and golden shrubs and trees around the garden with every other colour in patches in between.  Just bought a golden physocarpus which I'm hoping will be as tough as Diabolo and two rich, deep purple hellebores to go in pots with pale, streaky lilac primroses once this perishing wind dies down. 


Posted: 02/04/2013 at 12:18

Make sure you harden them off slowly by putting them outside for a few hours a day until it's warm enough to plant them out.

what jobs done over easter.

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 12:17

Daily turning of seedlings to keep them straight.   Friday and Saturday spent clearing the barn and bullshed ready for a team of chaps to come and do damp-proofing tomorrow.   They'll be here a week or so drilling holes and injecting product in walls so more clearing of house and garage this week to give them access.  OH has the week off and won't know what's hit him by the time we're done.

Yesterday I did manage to do some garden stuff too.  Tess of the D'urbevilles rose dug up and potted so her trellis can come down and make way for a digger to prepare the ground for a concrete base for the new shed which has just arrived today.   Dug up my long suffering fig and planted it in the greenhouse.   Potted up viola plugs to grow on plus Russel lupins, more toms and some PSB.  More herbs and PSB to do today.

Later I have to get clean for foot physio but am hoping OH will continue trips to the dump with crud and then start hoeing the veggie beds.   Wavre market tomorrow to meet friends and buy some luscious plants.

Lots to do so best crack on tho no outdoor planting yet as it's still perishing so I also have a daily inning and outing of plants hardening off.

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 12:46

I'm definitely exceptional!  

Larger than average garden, colder winters than average Brit winters and more than average interest in plants though learning to go for good doers now rather than waste more money on the rarer ones that can't cope.    Still lots to learn and do and enjoy.

Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:01

Whilst I have no liking for Joe Swift his design last night was quite nice and I think it's useful for people to see how to sketch up a design before they start plonking plants in a new bed or garden.  You don't need any fancy software or tools, just a pencil and paper.    If you have a plan, you're more likely to have a list of plants rather than buying what takes your fancy and then trying to fit them together.

I'm not convinced Monty has a plan for how each programme is going to run and just does jobs which need doing in his garden so it's just happenstance that his grasses needed cutting.  The way this spring is going I've got another couple of weeks before it's safe to take the winer coat off mine and cut them back to let the new growth through.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 13:25

Been too busy to see this week's GW just yet but do love grasses as long as they're used wisely.  I've seen a huge bank of them used as ground cover on a slop and it's all to samey and boring but grouped here and there as contrast of form and to give movement they're great.

Stipas, pennisetums and the red grass are too nesh for my garden but miscanthus forms do well as do briza, carex, molinia and hakonechloa which makes a great edger on a damp bed I have next to my terrace.



Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:15

Used to have a forsythia but decided after all that I really couldn't cope with taht acid yellow so I pruned it to a stump and yanked it out.  Good decision.  

No sign of any spring flowers on shrubs here as it's still very cold with nasty easterly winds.    Definitely not pruning weather.


The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:54

We're all entitled to our opinions and we're allowed to disagree without falling out or getting personal.  DK - You do have a habit of banging on with criticism about any and every aspect of Monty and his garden and not always with reason - in my view - but sometimes you're right.   It's the self righteous bits we can do without and which make people have a go at you.

Happy Easter everyone and happy gardening, with or without a fancy greenhouse.

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