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Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:13

At Great Dixter's plant shop there is a low head-banger beam with a sign on it "Duck or Grouse".

No grouse here but partridges are occasionally to be seen on the edges of local woodlands.   First dry day here (so far) in weeks and weeks and my garden group actually managed to sit outside for coffee and cake and lunch later on.  We were treated to yellowhammers singing, buzzards mewing, herons flying from one stream to the next, swifts swooping overhead and all sorts of little brown jobs and woodpeckers at the feeders.   The only fly in the ointment was Rasta doggy bringing us sodden and chewed bits of a fox-killed pheasant carcass from our woodland corner.   Lovely.

PP - I was just thinking earlier today that we need a good dose of Strictly to cheer us all up and change the subject from Brexit and the awful weather so many of us are "enjoying".   .

Hope we all get a sunny evening, or at least a dry one.

Screening Close To House

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 18:00

Yes, I thought maybe that was the case too in which case pyracantha could still be planted and staked till established and kept clipped so it doesn't prickle out on the path.

There is a method called pegging of tying longer stems on roses to a peg in te ground so they are horizontal or curved over.  It means the sap flows more easily and produces more shoots and flowers.  Would work on pyracantha, tying down the longer side branches..

Screening Close To House

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 14:07

Those shrubs are going to take a long time to grow tall enough to screen your windows and will need a certain depth to be able to grow healthily.  For a narrow hedge, it would be better to use copper beech which can be kept as thin as 9 to 12 inches.

I'd have thought a more instant option would be a couple of trellis panels with a pyracantha or 2 trained across..   They are evergreen, thorny so a good human pest deterrent, have spring blossom for pollinators and autumn berries - red, orange or yellow depending on variety - for the birds.   Cheap too.

Trailing evergreen for container?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 23:22

Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’ or 'Darjeeling Red' might work.  I have it creeping down railway sleepers.   It is evergreen but does go a dry, rust colour in a cold winter. 

Phlox subulata ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ is a creeping form that may fit the bill and then there's evergreen variegated ivy as a good foil to other plants.


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:47

It was definitely the players on the pitch and not the manager wasn't it?   They are some of the highest paid "professional" players in the world aren't they?

I'm not fussed either way as I dislike football but OH is disappointed to say the least and said it was a shambles.   He hardly ever swears but tonight he let a few choice expletives slip.

Wall to wall tennis now for 2 weeks and Olympics still to come and rain, rain, rain.   What a summer we are having.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:03

Potted up 24 babies but don't know what they are as they were sown fresh last year and the winter winds have swiped the label.   Perennial flowers of some sort.   Dug up Jacquelin Dupré who is struggling in all this rain and have pruned her and potted her and put in a sheltered spot to recover.

Planted out my oak leaf and Cos lettuce plugs plus fennel and beets.  Slug food no doubt but they needed to grow on.   Weeded between downpours and potted up hostas whle the rain fell liberally.   Getting very fed up with all this grey.   Don't mind lots of rain, just want some blue bits in between please so things can dry out a bit.

Even my shed is wet!

Twisted Willow

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:20

Assuming you have dried them out since autumn they could be used as pea sticks or other plant supports in your borders.   

Help! Slugs on my organic veg!

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:14

Wildlife friendly slug pellets based on ferrous phosphate and not metaldehyde.

However, have to say that it hasn't saved my kohl rabi and half the salads and pak choi have been chomped too and they're all over the strawberries.   Just too wet to keep up this year.

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Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:10

Got soaked again trying to weed the jungle and plant out more slug food - lettuces, beets and fennel.    Another Japanese maple has died so that just leaves me the two in pots.  Hope they don't get whatever lurgy it is.

There's a wee joke on Belgian Facebook.  Four Hungarians go into a bar and ask for 4 coca cola lite.  Barman says "Sorry, no lite but I can do you 4 Zero."   Boom boom.   Sorry, wall to wall football and now tennis too and no escape on the Beeb.  Maddening.

Making a  rhubarb and lemon cake to have with coffee tomorrow and then a pavlova base to have with strawberries for pud at lunchtime.  Garden group chez moi tomorrow. - Brits, German, Dutch, Belgian and Japanese.

Last edited: 27 June 2016 20:11:22

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 16:10

Love that colour purple and the second one with the fluting and stripes is just gorgeous.

Well done you.

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