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Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:52

I'm easy to buy for.  Garden stuff or kitchen stuff.

OH is trained but Possum still refuses to buy me garden stuff and balks at cooky stuff so this year she bought me a basket of seasonally smelly bath stuff and hand cream.   Very nice except I take a bath about once a year if I have long, cold, wet day in the garden.  Before you all grimace, I prefer a shower.  Not sure about going about in spring smelling like a mulled wine or Xmas cake either.

I either send OH a list or internet links or accompany him to shops and Xmas markets so I get what I will like and find either useful or decorative.   No surprises but drastic measures were needed because, unsupervised, he buys me "treasures" such as a mobile phone.............

 

Thorny prickly fast growing bush

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:42

Hi Jo.  We planted ours about a foot apart.  We've lost 2 since - victims of a farmer reversing his trailer into them when harvesting but you can only tell when you look at the base.   The branches of the others have filled the spaces.

I like the look of the bare branches in winter, especially when glistening with rain drops or twinkling with frost or just a lacy filigree with blue sky behind.  Our sparrow colony uses them as a conference centre and also as a bolt hole when the sparrowhawk dives.

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.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/97790.jpg?width=350

 

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

 

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