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Gardening Crafters

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:35

I love those bears Pat and Liri and your crazy jumper too.   KP those dress ups are excellent and you have such a broad range of talents.   I can't draw or paint for toffee -  unless it's a wall with a roller.  

Yvie - I did embroideries to mark Possum's birth and for her baby room and she doesn't want to keep them!    I shall put them on the wall in my new sewing room.  My patchwork projects are now on hold but I have one or two small unfinished bits I can finish at my remaining classes.


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:08

Our big bit of grass takes about 40 to 50 mins so yours must be huge Hosta.   Well done.  I suspect our new grass needs sorting by a proper tractor or a herd of horses but the latter would eat the few proper plants.     There's a plum and a cherry and a walnut and a grape vine and some unidentified trees and a fruitless fig and the silk tree.   Along the roadside there's an interesting mixed hedge and in between the gravel level and the grass a few hibiscus and a fuchsia all looking wilty in last week's heat.

I shall watch the canals programme.  Thanks.  I only caught the last one of the series where they went to Llangollen and enjoyed it - except for the dippy moments.   So sad.

Lesley - OH sometimes complains I don't delegate but look what happens when I do!   Plain, simple English instructions so how does he do it?   Possum was very scathing and she doesn't even like plants!

Joyce - glad you enjoyed your exhibition.   Nothing else tempting?

Liri - have a great holiday.  Hope your TV is sorted.   Yours too Bushman.

Dove - Bitter sweet.   When OH's mum died his solicitor brother did all the papers but we got all the old photos he just stashed in the attic and her china - mixed lots of blue and white cups and saucers and tea plates but no full sets and we never use them so he's just agreed I can give them away.   He'll have to go through all those photos now as the new house has no attic.

S'pose it's time to think about dinner.   Freezer emptying.

clematis advice

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:18

I'd have thought so.  Don't want sappy new growth after mid summer as it won't have time to ripen before frosts.

Quite happy to be told I'm wrong though.  I've only twice had flowers on a winter flowering cirrhosa clem here.   3 weeks of -20C at night killed that one off completely and took my 30' montana and a couple of macropetalas too.   Thank heavens for viticellas! 


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:09

Didn't get as far as hoped Hazel, given all the coats needed in the orange room and by the time we left I was definitely fed up with painting so I won't be coming your way, sorry.   Still, at least our bedroom is ready for furniture to arrive so we will have a haven of peace when we do move.  

Did I mention the downstairs loo?   She is a childminder so had painted it as a beach...........   2 very streaky special paint effect strong yellow walls complete with sand mixed into the paint for the texture and 2 very strong blue walls, one with a few starfish shaped mirrors stuck on and stickers on the loo seat.   Looks quite muted on the pic.

I have learned my lesson though and neutralised it all with lilac leftover from the blue stripy bedroom (which will only need a 4th coat) before I paint the loo a more calming paler blue on our return.

OH did lots of strimming and I pruned a bit - here's the silk tree before

and after - all gravelled so no grass, just weeds in this part

Been busy in this garden this morning - watering toms and pots, cutting the grass, feeding the birds who are pleased that normal service is resumed.   Now to catch up on GW and Beechgrove while I sew new covers for a 2nd hand sofa bed we've bought for Possum's apartment.   


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 10:49

Morning all.

Got back last night from an 8 day painting marathon at the new house.   Remember those orange and stripy walls?  6 coats to cover the orange with a gentler yellow and the stripes are still a ghostly spectre so will need a 7th............

The garden has been neglected for at least 3 years and the huge grassy area was mown by 2 sheep who have now gone so OH played with his new petrol strimmer and my secateurs, mostly to good effect but he did have a blonde moment.   There is a stand of 3 clumps of very large bamboo between the house and the paddock which I initially said had to go but then saw them on Beechgrove removing leaves to head height and thinning stems to make their clump more airy so said we should try that.  Explained what I wanted to OH who very carefully went out and cut whole stems to head height!   Did half a clump before I spotted him and stopped him.   Doh!   

Not much fun painting in 34C but I did escape outside to commune with my wee clem I found hiding under weeds.  It has now grown 3 stems and about 4'.   I also raised the crown on a few trees but everything else needs to wait for some rain and a good think.

Haven't had time to read back much but condolences to Dew and well done to Yvie - lovely quilt.

OH wants a pool Busy but I don't think we'll be allowed one unless we can "attach" it to the house as it's a zone agricole.   It'll have to be above ground if we do and carefully disguised and landscaped.   Not first on my list of things to do.

No time to watch any TV or Olympics tho OH did manage to get a man to come and connect our satellite so he got his Olympics fix.   I am deeply uninterested in the whole thing and, whilst I'm very pleased for those who do get excited, I'm very pleased it's only every 4 years.

Now to go and see how all my babies are doing here and then carry on washing and sorting....

Have a good one everyone.


clematis advice

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 10:22

If you can, give it a much bigger pot filled with good John Innes no 3 compost mixed with a bit of multi purpose.    Make sure it is kept watered but not drowning and feed it - good handful of slow release clematis food every spring and occasional drinks of liquid tomato food from spring to mid summer.

Train the stems as horizontally as possible to encourage flower formation and wait for the show this winter or next.


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 21:26

Hosta - photobucket is a way of storing your photos online.  You google Photobucket, create a login and then create an album to which you can upload photos.   You can make your albums private, shared via a password or public - all free and quite easy.  You can the post alink to a single hoto or a whole album.

Here's an example - Beth Chatto's garden visited the week we went to the Chelsea Flower Show - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1.  

OH and I are just about set for tomorrow's trip.   Cases packed, picnic made, doggy and cat bag ready, stepladder, painting cloths and paint ready to go on the roof rack and in the roof box respectively.   Secateurs packed too as there are two rampant wisterias to sort out before they raise the roof.

Dewdrops - OH went to empty the kitchen Compost Corner on the heaps and found a gathering of slugs at the ground feed for the birds.  He's chopped them all in two.   Mega Yuk!

PG Hydrangeas

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:50

It should be fine in the UK but, if it is to stay in a pot, it may be an idea to bubble wrap just the pot in autumn to stop it getting its roots frozen on cold nights.   In spring, feed it and cut the stems back by half their height to encourage it to bush out and produce more new flowering stems.   Make sure you keep it well watered but not drowning throughout the growing and flowering season.

I lifted 3 of mine last autumn and have kept them in pots in a sheltered corner while I deal with an infestation of pernicious bindweed.   They are still in pots and doing very well..

White lavender

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:42

I have a very successful hedge of blue and white alternating Hidcote and Edelweiss lavender growing at the top of a sleeper wall in quite heavy, fertile but well drained soil.   They are in full sun but this is Belgium so often grey and wet (and sometimes very very cold) but they do very well and are covered with bees and hoverflies even in a soggy summer like this one has been.

They are so happy they have made lots of babies in the gravelled parking area below - all blue.

I suggest you get some good white ones for your sunniest part and maybe take cuttings as they mature and see if they will do in your shadier bit.

PG Hydrangeas

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:42

I really like the fading to pink and deep red.  Better than going brown!   Flower arrangers love them too.

I have Candlelight and it is still white at the mo, as are Limelight and Vanille Fraise..

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