Rob Stevens

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May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 22:24

@Wintersong and @David Spikes - Lovely pictures from both of you. Wish my beds would hurry up and fill out a bit. Still far too much bare soil. I'm very impatient I know... There's all sorts of stuff in there which I know is just waiting to sprout. I've just noticed today that my Digitalis appear to be on the edge of flowering

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 23:55
Also, bought a couple of ferns from Morrisons today. A Dryopteris Cristata, and a Japanese Red Buckler. Both are supposed to get quite big, so should be lovely next year. Did some minor rearranging of Aquilegias and Hostas to fit them in nicely and have planted some Pelargonium cuttings I'd taken.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 23:49
I'm not on a water meter and have no drought issues so have been giving everything a good soak with the hose every few days. Must look into better ways of gathering rain water. I have a waterbutt but no guttering leading into it, so it fills very slowly. The problem is that with the house being a rental, I can't really start messing with the downpipes to gather more.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:59

Also, saw some beautiful planting while I was away. Very inspiring. Pics posted here.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:55

Yeah, my foxgloves have shot up as well. Very close to flowering I think, but I've no idea what colour they'll be. I've just taken some cuttings of a climbing rose from my mother-in-law's garden, as well as some evergreen clematis. Hopefully these will survive their few days of neglect...

I don't know anything about Acanthus. Would cutting it back hard for some fresh growth be the sort of thing to do with it?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 13:31

Sounds like everyone has been busy. I've been away for a few days visiting my parents and left my coldframe open while I was away. I've come back to some very unhappy looking seedlings and cuttings, and the blasted slugs have had a party! Other parts of the garden are looking very nice for their 3 days of sun though, so not all bad...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:19

@Muddyfork - that border looks really good. Romping away.

I had a good poke round my garden last night and the amount of stuff that's started rocketing up after a couple of days of heat is incredible. I also found a rose that I didn't know I had in the middle of a self seeded bush I was hacking back. Good find I reckon!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 23:22
@flowerchild - Well done and congrats @Dean Lovett - Newcastle is a great city. It produced me for a start. I live just south of it in Sunderland. If you can while you're there, head out to the Ousburn valley in Byker. Some brilliant pubs - the Cluny and the Tyne are 2 of my favourites. Another warm day here with more weeding done and my nicotianas potted up. Now sprawling on the sofa catching up on Chelsea.


Posted: 21/05/2012 at 23:06
Liked - the Korean and south African/Cornish efforts and Joe Swift's garden. Loved the clematis. Disliked - Titchmarsh! Wasn't very impressed with the fake grass thingy with the bars.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 23:04

It's been cracking rocks here in Sunderland. Got a mammoth amount of weeding done and had a barbecue

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