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Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 10:26

Great to see some proper armography in Jay's salsa but too much time wasted on that last lift and spinning.   Great music too.

Anita's routine and performance were just amazing and proper music too.  Well done her and Gleb too for the choreography.

Kelly almost had a proper frock this week, tho a bit frumpy.  Loved her dance.   Georgia was great too.  Their pros are clever boys.

Jamelia's footwork was much improved and she made no mistakes so well done her.  Katie's dance looked effortless and elegant.

Blackpool brought out the best in all the above.

Helen's routine was poor and her performance left me cold.  Peter Andre hasn't progressed at all and his footwork was dreadful.  Time to go.  River Deep is a jive, just very fast.   



North Facing Border

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:53

Yes but it doesn't stop my most shaded north facing border from growing with gay abandon.  Mine is also damp so I grow hostas, astilbes, ligularia, primulas, ferns, chelone, lily of the valley, astilboides, Japansese anemone, hakonechloa and daffs and snowdrops in there.

I have three smaller drier beds with clematis Minuet, Caerulea Elegans, Nelly Moser, Rahvarinne and Blue Angel plus bergenia, hostas, hardy geraniums and alliums and a Falstaff rose.

A bed a bit further from the house which gets sun a bit earlier has clematis, roses, primulas, dicentras, clematis, echinops, hardy geraniums, achillea The Pearl, lychis chalcedonica, more hostas.

Normal scabious doesn't like my garden conditions but the giant one does.   Penstemon and catmint would be best in the sunniest part of your garden.

Non-Flowering Acidanthera

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 23:24

Full sun, warmth, regular watering but good drainage and a good dollop of slow release fertiliser in spring.  Keep them warm to get them started early into leaf in spring and protect from frost..

We've had a cracking summer and autumn here but even so, mine only got into flowering gear in October and some have only flowered in the last week or so.   They'll be done for this weekend.

They seem to multiply very willingly so all my pots of them are crammed full.  Doesn't seem to affect flowering as much as being cold.

Falstaff climbing rose

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 16:44

Mine took 2 years to get going, was hit bya  hard winter and is now recovering and has done well this year.  As Busy says, DA roses need a lot of feeding and watering to get underway but then they are glorious.

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 23:14

At Tyne Kot, each row of gravestones in seated in a narrow bed with low plants that probably look very good in spring and summer without being so tall or colourful they detract from the information carved on each stone - name, nationality, regiment and dates - assuming they have the information and that he ins't one of the inidentified fallen.

Clematis Coming of Age

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 23:02

It's gorgeous.  Well done.

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 09:29

Skills yes - fumbling no.    OH likes to use hand shears for hedges but I am pleased that technology has moved on and prefer the electric version - but then I don't do topiary.

Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 08:54

I agree.  It's a natural process and should be left to itself.  However, if you really don't like it the way forward for future pots is to varnish the inside of the pots with up to 3 layers of clear acrylic varnish as this will reduce the penetration of moisture from the compost and thus reduce the effloressence.   

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 22:32

OH and I went to Ypres and Tyne Kot for Armistice Day last year.   We were struck by how amazingly clean and tidy all the war memorials were from small cemeteries in Ypres to the huge expanse of Tyne Kot as well as all sorts of memorials on some of the roundabouts and hidden away in industrial estates.  Photos here in case they help - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1 

Being a gardener, I also noticed a distinct lack of greenery apart from the expanses of grass and a few twiggy roses, lavenders and heucheras at that time of year.   I would therefore advise going with evergreen foliage plants such as mahonia which can start flowering any time from November to February and is perfumed, skimmias and pieris if the soil is acid and maybe gaultheria mucronata 'Lilian' which produces pink berries from October.    My viburnum bodnantense Dawn is flowering now and evergreen viburnum Eve Price will flower over winter.   

If you plant some of these as structure, you can under and inter plant with spring bulbs and a wide range of herbaceous flowering plants and other shrubs to extend the season of interest all year.

pruning a climbing rose

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 21:26

Golden Showers can be expected to get up to 4 metres high - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/119717/Rosa-Golden-Showers-(Cl)/Details 

Try training new stems as horizontally as possible.   This will reduce height but also increase flowering vigour.   Cut out the older flowered stems a third at a time so you get a 3 year rotation of constantly renewed stems and flowering vigour.

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