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Posted: 02/08/2016 at 17:01

Persisting down all day here so Marie-Christine who comes for 5 hours every other Tuesday has been stuck indoors cleaning windows and their woodwork and mirrors and glass fronted cupboards.   This has only happened twice since she started here 3.5 years ago.   We'd both rather play outside than in, whatever the time of year, but no seeds to sow or babies to pot on in the shed so indoors it was.   

Busy - you do seem to have good funerals to say goodbye to your friends.   I hope you and OH are OK and can enjoy tonight's distractions at the garden club.

Dove - smart bench.  Lovely corner.

Dysons!  OH chose ours in January and loves it.  I loathe it with a passion.  Light enough but bad design.   Stupid handle shape and length; stupid shape to store; stupid system for holding heads on the handle; stupid collection system - gets blocked by tissues when I have a cold and they inevitably drop out of my sleeves whereas the Miele just sucked them up; stupid bagless cylinder dooberry impossible to empty without getting dust everywhere and then it needs cleaning!   How stupid can a machine design be?  

I've repaired the broken Miele which has sensible bags and great suction and a cat and dog head and use that in my sewing attic.  OH gets to do the rest of the house with his bloody Dyson.   When we move I'm having a robot that can trundle around doing downstairs all by itself cos the doors will be open far more and the dogs will be in and out all day bringing in bits.   We have streams and bogs and soggy paddocks here and they frequently come home looking and smelling like Clari's hound but all the way up to their armpits.   Hosepipe and shampoo time.

I hope we get some sun tomorrow.  Bit fed up with all the sorting and packing and cleaning.  Need a garden break.   I've seen to all the houseplants this pm but it's not quite the same as outside gardening.


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 13:34

Faffy sort of morning.  Went to Namur to complete the formalities for Possum's apartment and get the keys so we could start hanging curtains and depositing kitchen stuff.   Need to shorten two very heavy and long and wide old rose velvet curtains to fit a 4m wide window which is a pain but better than buying new at this stage in her life so that's me tied to the sewing machine this pm after another coat of paint on those chairs.......

Busy - lot of funerals lately!   Hope you're OK.

Topbird - sounds like a good weekend.   Motorways are dreadful when they become a car park.  Som eyears ago we went to Haute Provence for a riding holiday for Possum - organised by our neighbours at the riding school over the way.  Got there hours ahead of others who left earlier and followed their satnav down the Autoroute du Soleil.   I used a map and we took the scenic route.  Much less stressy and a good lunch too.

PDoc - well done on the canna.  I gave up growing them here.   They'd take so long to get going that by the time they did produce a flower it was time for the first frosts.    

Have fun with the painting Dove.    Have a good day all.

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:51

I have some fairly low hanging waist height baskets on the back wall so a hosta would do in there but I agree, they're better seen from above or side on in pots and troughs or the ground.

I use wildlife friendly pellets to great effect but this year the slugs have been so prolific there has been some damage, even in pots standing on gravel paths and treated with pellets.   I saw copper rings here for the first time this year but very expensive so stick to the pellets and picking off.

I let mine flower as bees love them and some are scented but they are removed the minute they go over as this helps the foliage stay attractive much longer.

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:45

FG - I never liked the other loosestrifes either till I came across Beaujolais on the Hillier stand at Chelsea a few years ago.   Never seen it on sale here, not even at specialist plant fairs, so I have bought seeds to sow for my new garden.

Lou - sounds like you're planning a white border.

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:05

They are herbaceous so die down at the end of summer and would need sheltering over winter to avoid freezing the root ball.   I don't see why it couldn't be grown in a hanging basket as long as it's big enough to keep it moist and not dry out between waterings.

Heucheras do not get eaten by slugs in my experience.

Ideas for a fluffy shrub or perennial

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:02

For wildlife, go for sanguisorbia or persicaria bistorta which both have fluffy flowers rather than grasses which are wind pollinated and not attractive to insects.   Astilbes do best in moist soil as their foliage can go brown at the edges in dry soil.   

Hardy geraniums are good ground cover perennials which attract pollinators but are not eaten by slugs and many forms make good round, hummocky shapes.   Sedum spectabile will provide flowers for bees and hoverflies and butterflies form mid summer to autumn.

For a small rounded shrub with evergreen foliage and fluffy flowers have a look at hebes.

This is a list of pollinator friendly plants put together by the RHS and organised by season of interest so you can maybe spread the food sources through the year -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/conservation-and-biodiversity/wildlife/rhs_pollinators_plantlist

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:06

Don't bother with the granules Lou.  They're not necessary as long as you water it well before and after planting and during any dry spells for its first summer.  After that it will look after itself.

Good looking border Busy - great mix of plants.  I have echinops too, always buzzing with bees.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 07:56

Have fun earning your shekels Hosta.

More chair painting to do here and then more sorting and by then it might be a bit less dull and grey and miserable and I'll enjoy a potter outdoors.   Pots to water, hostas to deadhead and seeds to hunt.

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 21:15

I bought 3 of these about 10 years ago, maybe more.   They expanded very happily in my fertile alkaline loam and have been split several times with plants given away or sold at charity sales or planted elsewhere in the garden to fill gaps.  It has coped with deep frosts down to -32C, heavy snows, torrential rains, a hailstone tornado and high sweltery summer days of +34C and everything in between.

I love it as I have a big garden and room for it to spread and thread itself through other plants.   It's easy to lift and divide and I love the goose neck flowers which last ages. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:36

Could be.  I'm hopeless at keeping labels.   Must do better at that.

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