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July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:59

I went out at lunchtime for 20 minutes. By the time I got back my shoes were squelching. I have abundant Tayberries that I'm picking daily, but tonight many were mouldy on the branch there's been so much rain today. Hopefully there'll be a dry period as I also have loads of large juicy Blackcurrants which are ready for picking.

Note to self, North Essex coast for next holiday in the UK!

Is my Lavender dying

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:50

They're Froghopper nymphs

Garden Size

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:47

That's a very good question wirral27.In an Alan Titchmarsh book I have he defines a small garden as less than a tennis court 260 sq metres). In that case my current front garden is small and my back garden is minute, although its crammed with plants. Whoever built these houses obviously wasn't a gardener otherwise they'd have reversed this order.

Barnsdale is well worth a visit, though most of the "small"  gardens are bigger than mine

Is my Lavender dying

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:10

Definitely don't cut back into the old wood. First one I had was wonderful then someone told me to cut it back so it wouldn't grow straggly. I cut it back hard and lost it. Been a lot more careful with them since then

July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:04

What a fab range of plants you all have. I have a confession, I've never been a rose lover, the only one I've ever been tempted with was Alnwick Castle, but it was the fragrance rather than the flower which I loved. However, there are some stunners here. I particularly like the Pat Austin and Emma Hamilton.... hmmm .. maybe I'll look at some at Tatton.

Tina, sunshine ! ! I think we've had the wettest day this year! 


Talkback: Wet weather on the veg plot

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 00:09

No sign of my peas, there were slugs all over the Broad beans on Monday, today it's black fly. In fact they are everywhere. I tipped the tops of  broad beans and that usually works, but not this year. I do have two courgettes on one plant. In fact one is about ready for harvesting. Thinking if we get a bright spot on Saturday I'll harvest the onions before they rot in the ground. I'm dreading digging up the taters. I've a feeling they might be slug ridden too. They're really testing my organic patience

small tree suggestions please

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 23:54

My first thought would be Amelanchier, mainly because I'd love one, but would have to wait till my neighbour's Rowan goes belly up. Lovely as the Rowan is, it is a bit big for the size of the garden. I think A. canadensis is a bit smaller than A.lamarkii, but they're both lovely. The RHS website says they'd be fine against a north wall.

The Laburnum vossii does look lovely though and not too big at 7m. Re the Crab apples Malus John Downie is lovely. Acer griseum too could be a good choice. Lots of choices! 

July in the garden!!

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:42

Gardenfanatic I can assure you your Cosmos is not as rain battered as mine. They've not even got flower buds on them yet. That one looks great!

Tatton park any good

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:29

Can't wait now. All sounds wonderful!! I know there's a rain dance. Is there an anti-rain dance? If so everybody start doing it now.. well maybe tomorrow as it's bedtime now

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:13

The Hostas really are benefitting from this wet weather. The flower spikes and buds seem much larger than I've ever seen them. Apart from one they're all grown in pots, and here's an observation.Over the past few years I've used coffee grindings around the base to keep off the slugs. It worked very well even on the one in the ground, which is called War Paint and unfortunately is particularly loved by slugs. This year I thought I'd try the Garlic wash, mainly because I couldn't drink enough coffee to get the grindings! It was working extremely well in the Spring when the Hostas were emerging, and still seems to be working on the ones in pots. However, poor old War Paint has turned into a doily. So should I put this down to the Garlic wash not being as effective, the increase in slugs, or the rain washing away the Garlic wash? Attached is a photo of War Paint as it was in May


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