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Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 07:26

It was a great thing to be part of.  Real teamwork, big impact!

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:22

I've given a load to the local GP already.... perhaps I could give some to some other local practices...

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:11

Every month I get a Gardeners' World magazine and also a 'Garden' magazine (I'm an RHS member).  I love them.  But I've now got several years worth of back issues and they are taking over the house.  They are still really good reference sources (after all, the yearly routine in the garden doesn't change that much) so I hate to throw them out.  But really I don't want them any more.

Does anyone else have the same problem, and if so what do you do with them?

Or would anyone out there like them?

Rosie

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:29

Hello everyone! 

Well, I've heard back from our friends in Somerset.  At the moment the demand for plants has died down (most are now in the ground, and the big clean-up effort is focused on homes and interiors now).   Andrew suggests that we should avoid building up a backlog of plants in pots that need watering over the summer, so the pressure is off for now. 

Huge, huge thanks from everyone on the levels to everyone who has done so much over the past few months.  The boost to morale, as well as the boost to gardens, just can't be over-stated.  I've had a message from Gardeners' World Magazine that they might want to run an article on what we've been doing (well done Artjak!), so I'll let you all know how that goes.

Big grin, big hugs, and big thanks to everyone!

(and Pongo sends big licks to flossie flo)

Rosie

xxx

 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:27

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:52

Still waiting to hear from my fb contacts.  Sorry!  Will chase.

Fabulous day here.  Hope the weather holds for the weekend, we've big party in the garden (50 or so people coming) so we don't want rain!

Bumpity bump

Rosie

 

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:33

Thank you everyone - great suggestions!

Hogweed, the bank is dry in summer because sheltered from rain by overhanging trees, but wetter in winter when exposed (and the soil is clay).  The biggest issue is finding a decent soil pocket - it is rocky hillside, planting holes need to be dug with pickaxe and mattock, not spade.  So the soil is rich clay, but not much of it.  The only good thing about it is that the stoniness and steepness (it's about 45 degrees) means it does drain relatively well.

The other hazard is rabbits (and hares).... but nothing is immune to them, so I've given up worrying about that and just live with the casualties!

wayward wisteria

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:27

Stacey, that's a real shame!    When did you prune?

wayward wisteria

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 07:19

Did mine yesterday!  Prune away.  I often have to prune again later in summer cos it grows away again so fast.

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:25

Hello all

We've long rocky bank, north-facing, and clay soil, which is planted with shrubs.   We tried for a mediterranean look, but a decade on most of the true mediterranean plants (spartium, cytisus) have given up the ghost - not surprising given the conditions.  The survivors are buddleia, some hydrangea, some cistus (surprisingly), some daphne.  One section of the bank is particularly tricky because it is in really serious shade from overhanging trees.  Even the buddleia are struggling there.

This season we're going to re-vamp.  We'd like if possible to keep the vaguely mediterranean look, but our range of shrubs needs to be more realistic.  Apart from the ones we have already, does anyone have any suggestions?

All ideas welcome!

 

Discussions started by Rosie31

help with melons

how do i know when they are ready? 
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Garden and Gardeners World back issues

What do you do with them? 
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Last Post: 31/07/2014 at 10:08

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Shrubs for very shady, rocky bank 
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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 16:20

Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 22:03

Cut flowers at end of May

What would be in bloom then? 
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Last Post: 04/04/2014 at 08:34

Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Any dog owners out there? 
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Last Post: 15/02/2014 at 15:35

Protecting banana plants - suggestions?

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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 23:05

Sweet peas in conservatory?

Advice please 
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