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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..

PG Hydrangeas

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:07

I have several of these bought just in the last 3 or 4 years because they flower on new season's growth so cope with the usually hard winters here whereas mopheads just lose all their top growth to frosts and thus never flower after their first year in the garden.

The newest is called Prim White and has "faded" to pink faster than Vanille Fraise or Pinky Winky but has more open, lighter heads of flowers so is forgiven.   Wonderful group of plants.


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 13:51

Looks challenging Pat.  Love that gate.  

Yesterday was a bitty sort of day running errands but OH and I did get all the pots of hostas, lillies, roses, clematis, agapanthus, window boxes, hanging baskets, assorted shrubs and acers plus perennial divisions herded up at the back of the house for automatic sprinkler watering while we're away next week - 8 days at the new house painting bedroom walls and strimming weeds respectively.   Fun in the afternoons while paint dries.

This weekend is the local town's annual braderie - central streets closed to traffic, shops selling stock cheap along with restaurants and itinerant market people and pop up cafés and bars spilling stands and tables and chairs out all over, fairground rides and attractions in the main squares, pony rides and ambulant musicians, drummers and Gilles to entertain, car boot/vide grenier along one main street......

I have spent the last 12 braderies manning the dance club stand and before that there were years of twinning pop up restaurant and bar so it felt really odd just to go and have a wander and not have to set up a stand or "sell" stuff.   On the down side, didn't find a single thing in the car boot.   Was looking out for old galvanised laundry buckets and enamel kitchen pots and colanders and steamers for plants and maybe a chandelier but there was nothing of interest in over a mile of stands.

Hope DD did better.

Hosta - can you not put your photos on photobucket and just post a link to an album?   

LP and other pet owners - they can be a trial when they have problems but also such a joy.   When we first adopted Bonzo Dog he was a scavenger with separation anxiety and ate my best pair of shoes and a kitchen bin when left alone with just the other dog the first time.   The bin was replaced and now lives in the garage and we learned to leave him in his cage with a sinew "bone" to chew.  Like a kid with a dummy for security. He's a lot calmer now and doesn't need his cage but still "helps" with loading the dishwasher and cleaning the floor if I spill or drop anything.

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 22:14

Looks like Achillea "The Pearl" to me.  

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