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Plant or Weed?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 17:46

No apology necessary.  I just thought you should know that there are lots of different geraniums available and suited to many different garden styles and situations.  Wonderful plants.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 17:36

FG - I cracked 3 ribs not jumping over a fence with a horse years ago and I can still remember it as being exceedingly painful.   I was practising for a charity competition the following day which I still did as I had £300 of sponsorship to win.  The judge asked me if it hurt.  "Only when I breathe!".   Dressage went OK but I have to confess I did faint as I got off after the jumping.    Collected all the lovely sponsorship though and spent the next couple of weeks with strategic cushions at my desk at work and no lifting.

I do understand that parent.  Teens can be hard work.

Possum's curtains all done.  Now to tackle the covers for the sofa bed.........   Bits of old rose pink velvet fluff all over the place.  I suspect I'll go off pink for a while too, as well as orange!

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 16:43

I might let you off Dove - but not just yet.  7 coats covering this lot - and at least one more coat needed - means I'm off blue with orange too

Plant or Weed?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 16:39

Michaelmas daisies can be tall, medium or short and have flower colours ranging from white to pink to lilac and purple.   They can have simple, starry flowers or doubles with far more petals.  Have a look here for some ide of the variety available - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-results?form-mode=false&query=aster+novi-belgii 

Hardy geraniums can be suited for shade or sun and have rounded, spodgy and or toothed foliage in colours ranging from golden green through green to glaucous and bronze or purple and there are some that turn red in winter.   See here for 10 of the best - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-hardy-geraniums and there are many more.

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 15:10

Dove - not only is it a begonia but it's orange!  I'm off orange too at the mo.

Love lupins but they are martyrs to slugs and don't like my alkaline soil here either.

I shall be sowing dahlias next spring and loads of other stuff that wouldn't stand the winters here.

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 13:23

I shall be moving gardens and going from deep, fertile alkaline loam which gets plenty of rain but also heavy frosts to unknown soil except that it will be neutral to acid as there's a magnolia.  I'm expecting to be able to grow lots of plants that have been off the menu here so I'm expecting to experiment..

However, there will be no begonias of any description, nor impatiens, as I find them nasty and plasticky.  No Victorian bedding, no golden rod and no euphorbia as I really don't like them.

Plant or Weed?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 13:04

Asters like this are naturally late flowering - hence their being called Michaelmas daisies.    

If that's too late for you in this position, move it somewhere else in late autumn when it's finished flowering or wait till next spring.   Alternatively, introduce some earlier flowering plants nearby to keep the interest going throughout the season.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 09:38

Yvie - have a great holiday.

Pat - I agree.  Lovely design for a tapestry or cross stitch.  I spent my day at patchwork class doing felt appliqué using blanket stitch and chain stitch which I haven't done since I was about 10 which is many decades ago.    My hand started seizing up which I hope is just wear and tear from waving a paint roller about for 8 days.

Grey and cool here and set to get wet and windy tho not as much as originally forecast.  Either way I'm on curtain altering and chair painting duties for Possum's apartment.   The lift has broken - again - so we have to lug everything up 4 flights of stairs..........but she'll have plenty of light and a great view of Namur citadel which has lots of grass and trees so some greenery all year.

The farmers have been up till the small hours and out early again to harvest their wheat and gather in the straw bales before they all get soaked.   No stubble burning here.  It gets ploughed in and then they sow a green manure.

Our own garden is looking really very good considering I've not done much in it for weeks - apart from the veggie patch which has succumbed to slugs and never really got going this year with all that cold and rain earlier on.   


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 18:51

We have occasional bonfires but always at weekends and always when the wind is blowing away from the road and neighbours who may have open windows.   Our nearest neighbours are several hundred metres away but even so, smoke travels and the smell persists.

At the new house, one immediate neighbour is a policeman who confesses to having an occasional illegal bonfire for rubbish he can't compost or take to the dump so we are going to have to be good about our own rubbish.   The other is a farmer who raises beef cattle and has lots of weaned calves running around the farmyard and mums and calves in a paddock across the road and I don't suppose they'll like fire much.    

I hope the weather holds for you on Saturday Busy.   Can you squeeze people in under cover if necessary?     We haven't had the forecast rain yet today but they reckon Belgium will be very soggy at the weekend which is OK as I have lots of sewing and sorting to do.

Shade container

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 17:18

Have a look at Gautheria aka Pernyetta.  They are small evergreen shrubs which like shade and have white flowers in late spring/early summer followed by fat berries in autumn and winter which can be anything from pink through crimson to purple.   They'll need an ericaceous compost to do well and more than one in order to cross pollinate and keep on producing berries every year..

If you google "RHS+gautheria" you will find information about several forms and also suppliers.

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