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Garden Visits

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 11:21

OH and I visited Harlow Carr and Beth Chatto's garden in Essex after Chelsea.  Too many photos to post individually so here are the links:-


http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160526%20Hyde%20Hall%20-%20RHS%20garden%20in%20Essex?sort=2&page=1


http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 


Harlow Carr is clearly a work in progress with a winter garden being planted, a new vegetable garden and lots of trees being planted.


Beth Chatto's garden is inspirational from the dry garden to the main garden with its water features and luscious plant combinations.


I visited Sissinghurst a few years ago and was extremely disappointed but it looks as though the new head gardener is getting to grips with it.   Great Dixter is fab.

Dark foliage plants

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 11:13

There's a purple leaved persicaria - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/152665/Persicaria-microcephala-Red-Dragon-(PBR)/Details - and a ligularia Britt-Marie Crawford.    For low ground cover there's ajuga reptans "Burgundy Glow" and almost black leaved ophiopogon planescapus nigrescens.   You can heck out their cultivation needs on the RHS site.

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 10:38

The news is just depressing.  So much senseless violence in Yorkshire and France.   


Weather depressing too.  Mid June and I'm rugged up as though it were March.  More deluges and thunder expected so no gardening again today but I can do some potting indoors and then make a rhubarb cake and some savoury muffins for tonight - last ballroom class of the season.

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:00

I put out fresh mixed bird seed every day, all year.  


At this time of year parent birds need lots of fuel so they can forage and feed their nestlings on fresh, juicy aphids and caterpillars and other insects.  When they fledge and can drink water from puddles and streams the fledglings will also eat seed so my current daily amount is 1 and a half times the norm.


There are also fat balls in  a dispenser, suet and insect sticks in another and 5 or 6 peanut feeders, one of which is a favourite against a post and gets re-filled every day.   The others swing more in the wind so are less popular and only need to be re-filled every few days.


Once all the breeding is over things quieten down as they eat spilled seeds form the corn harvests and berries in the woods and hedgerows and my garden.   Then winter comes and they need feeding all the way through to help them survive and be strong enough to lay good eggs in spring and sit on them.


I don't think it's reasonable to ration food if you want to see birds frequenting your garden and help them survive and thrive.

Aspirin for Tomatoes

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:46

Asprin is salicylic acid - exactly the same as the growth hormone in plants - so good for reviving sickly plants and also for giving some oomph to cut flowers if put i their vase water - one aspirin to a pint of water.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 13:46

If you photocopy you'll still have the original if it all goes wrong - too wet, too dry, too vibrant....- and you can try it in different forms.


There are some fabulous things being shown here.  Aren't we a creative bunch?  I can't draw or paint for toffee so hats off to those who can.  All those fine embroideries have reminded me I have the highlighter stitching to do on a Chinese dragon and a phoenix.   I'll have to buy some stronger reading glasses!


Thanks for the kind remarks about my appliqué Pat but I really am a beginner at this sort of thing and the other ladies in the group all do it so much better than I can - yet! - and are much more artistic about it.   Some are working on projects for display and competition at the Belgian quilt festival in October which is not something I shall aspire to for a few years yet.  They also do it all by hand which is something for which I have neither the time nor patience.   I've just undone on block I started to stitch by hand so I can do it properly - and accurately - by machine. 

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:22

Thanks Hazel.  That'll be a project for next winter as we all have enough scarves now.  I only started knitting winter before last because I had to give up fine embroidery and refuse to do larger gauge tent stitch tapestries with wool.  


Loe that knitted gilet with matching gloves Pat.


I've completed my first attempt at reverse appliqué which has become a table runner -  mirror image leaf thingies.    Lots of ideas burbling in the back of my head for this technique.


 


No new projects form me for a while.  I need to concentrate on finishing Possum's table mats and getting my garden ready for my garden group's visit on the 28th so limited sewing time now and I'm promised some dry weather!   After that I'll be on furniture painting and attic sorting when I'm not gardening.   

David Austin potted roses

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 19:59

In the front bed with most roses together I have snowdrops then daffodils and hyacinths in early spring  followed by Pasque flowers and then geranium macrorhizum which flowers before the roses do and then has good, scented foliage for the rest of the season.   There are purple and white alliums because the onion family help keep aphids away and purple aquilegais and purple heucheras - silver something - which have quiet white flowers, and penstemons for later in summer and hardy cyclamen. 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 16:43

Governments facilitate trade - or block it - by making trade deals with other countries or trading blocks such as the EU, USA, or China or the African Economic Community.   Governments also make rules on what can be sold to whom eg nuclear materials.


Companies then trade within that framework.

Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 14:49

I think it's just ordinary rhubarb that has been well fed with a mulch of garden compost and/or manure and has then had a mild winter and a wet spring.


Mine just got some ordinary compost from our heaps in late winter and is producing huge stalks and massive leaves.

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