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Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:04

Well run compost heap does'nt smell, unlike having vicar for tea. They overcook easily and burn, slight smell of brimstone and sulphur.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:59

OK by me, but I'm a newbie and don,t know the rules.

Off to check your blog( I need all the advice I can get)

Newbie Introductions

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:57

Hi Rodgy-Dodge----Welcome

NE England = Gods country. I stand in my garden and tell by the sound the sea state, turn north west and see the Cheviots. Any one south of Gateshead is a cockney

Well behind the rest of the country this year. I picked a good year to start this game

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:50

Wintersong, et al -  I finally got Basil to germinate and survive. _ keep it damp. It does not like wet feet. The red variety is going well but the Sweet Basil . Lemon Basil and Thai Basil are all struggling and I have doubts as to their viability.

My Cannas are coming along nicely. If they grow on I'll be well pleased. I bought(Sorry I think that's cheating) a "Prayer Plant". I hope that does well It's foliage and height will make a perfect foil for the Cannas and whatever blooms I manage to keep within the GH.

Anyone know why I am having such difficulty in getting Gerbera to germinate.?

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:51

Thanks again- I'll persevere and find something that likes me.

The little rockery was built on top of weed membrane. I planted through that and added "LOTS" of gravel. The alpine strawberries are delighting my Gdaughter and she checks them out each time she visits.

I actually enjoy the uncertainty of the end result- will it/won't it? It reminds me of processing my own photographs- the delight and slight awe as the plain paper slowly started to show a picture. The time scales are longer but the excitement is the same. Mind you the fellow gardners on here are friendlier tah any photographer I ever met. Thanks again for your support.


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:43

Lemon drizzle- gorgeous but that is mid-afternoon polite tea with an extra slice for the vicar.

Fruit cake - man sized- possibly laced with some of Scotlands finest- a slice of Wensleydale or Cheddar. Nowt like it.


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:28

Late at night- a good book a slice of rich fruit cake and lump of good cheese. Bliss.

Once around me = twice around the garden.


And I seem to remember that The Good Book says that" Man shall not live by bread alone"

Good enough for me.

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:20


1st I love your forum name.

2nd thanks for the advice. I had geraniums in a couple of large tubs- very seccessful but not really to my taste, so they are out. I have several pelegoniums coming along slowly and Regal that has donated several cuttings.

The Galliardi and Tulips planted in pots late last year were a great success as was the apple tree planted last month.

The little rockery has been the best part of the garden. I bought in sedums and saxifrage and other alpines and they have settled in and made themselves at home. I am so impressed that come winter/spring I intend to plant up lots of individual pots as an alpine display outside the gh.

Apart from developing my gardening skills I really need to develop patience. It's the frustration of not really knowing what I am doing that annoys.

 Still- I am reminded that the man who never made a mistake never made a damn thing.

PS I planted several ferns in the border. They seem to be manageing but the Maidenhair gave up the ghost. Could I grow this in the GH under the staging( No direct sun until late evening)?


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:03

No personal atavar for me 'cos you will see just how much I like cake. SWMBO makes better cakes than me but I am the bread maker.

Dear Lord- I can't help being geriatric or senile or follically challenged but I should be able to turn down a slice of cake or fresh baked warm,yeasty buttered loaf. Not A CHANCE.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:58

Thanks Bev and John-

The colour comes fromthe bought- in Heucheras. I shall move them next season to provide a greater contrast with the "Darcy Bushell" roses you see in the corner.

The gh changes almost daily. Next year should be better (Like free beer tomorrow!!!)

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