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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.  


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:38

Yet another cold, dull, grey start to a day.  Getting monotonous.   More messing with furniture and sorting for me today after Rasta teddy's had her hair cut.

Hope the hills are good and the weather holds and all achy people had a good sleep.   

Wishing you sunshine for the BBQ Wonky.  Have fun.

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 22:21

Yes, and it gets bubble wrapped for extra protection but it's small and I can't get the whole garden in.  I use it to shelter treasures that need light.  Others go in the barn or shed.   Can't protect the entire garden tho it is better since I put up a strip of 1.25 metre high wind break fabric along the northern boundary fence a couple of years ago.

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:52

It was unusual and the devastation only became apparent later in spring as things didn't grow so I just got on with it.   A few years ago I came home form the Chelsea Flower Show to find the garden had been hit by a hailstone tornado which was far more shocking.  

Towards the end of May the destruction is immediate and obvious and I felt paralysed for a week before I got out and started pruning out the damage.   My rhubarb patch looked like it had been nuked, the hostas were pulverised, flowers and roses decapitated and I lost all my baby veggies.    Everything except the veggies recovered tho some woody plants still bear the scars on their stems where the hailstones bashed them.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:44

Hosta - I could never drink that much.  i get bored and stop or fall asleep which amounts to the same thing.  Pleased you are enjoying life without it and hope you and hubby have a great time at the GP weekend.   

OH and I celebrate our 33rd in a couple of weeks and will be going to Liège for an arty exhibition and a thoroughly good lunch - letting the train take the strain tho it's only about 70kms away..

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:17

This was an overnight shocker with no warning.   I knew we were in trouble when I got home from dance class at 10:30pm and the car registered -25C on the sheltered south side of the house but never imagined it would get that cold.  It killed my garden weather station too.  

My garden is quite exposed - no shelter from neighbours as it's farmland all round and we're in a dip that collects frost.    There's an area of our local town with a horticultural college and garden that calls itself La Sibérie - with good reason - although recent winters have been mild and no worse than -8C.  We can cope with that quite easily.


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:43


Which lawn mower should I buy?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 20:40

Like I said earlier, some Flymos have collectors.   There are mowers that will blitz the cuttings and put them back without creating too much thatch - mulching mowers.

We have the Flymo but also a sit on mower for the big lawn.  It cost about 1000 euros and doesn't have a collector because our grass is so lush and often wet that the collector would keep blocking up.   We "herd" the cuttings into one row and OH rakes them up at the end.

Grass cuttings here get composted.  Mix them with plenty of kitchen waste and other garden waste from weeding and pruning plus paper and cardboard waste and you'll get a good heap.

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