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Latest posts by Salino

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 18:37

In reality I don't really dislike cats, I just dislike other people thinking it is OK to let their cats live in my garden, whilst not providing anything for them in their own gardens.....I very much agree with this Gemma...and I think it's quite reasonable to state our experiences on an open forum....for or against...  and no matter how often it's been hammered out...

...I have had to change my gardening methods because of the sheer number of cats roaming around here... I think it's pretty disgusting actually... although I feel the same about those not picking up their dog's poo...

...I get very few birds in my garden, except the larger aggressives like Magpie's and Jay's....  don't ask me when I last saw a Robin..

...even my dog can't keep them all away...but they need to be sharp...he's a Greyhound...

Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:21

...I think this is the farming of the future.... but beware, some of it is horrific least, I suspect, to most of us...




What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:33

..lots of lovely things getting thrown out I always thought Buddleia buzz was supposed to be the 'in' plant at the moment...? I wonder why you don't like them Victoria....I don't have any myself...

..Aster alpinus 'Goliath' is looking shaky in a frontal's not supposed to be long lived in any case and think next Spring will be the last for me -'s said to seed around but haven't found any....not sure I'd know them if I saw them...

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 18:38

..oh sure....I don't like to see them tatty... my point is...I don't think they always need to be least, not frequently...

here's another in my garden - I bought 2 the same time planted 5 years ago...this one escaped being cut down by weather, and has now lost a lot of its colour and's too big... I shall cut this down in Feb...but I'm not lifting it...


What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 18:14

..regarding the lifting and dividing of Phormium's...I'm not convinced this is necessary for those living in an area with colder winters...

...I have found that a bad winter will cut them down to the ground, (and it probably does some root pruning as well)... from which they will regrow in the same way as if you've lifted and divided...thereby making that somewhat redundant...

...also it's a laborious task and not something I like to do too often, so I grow few plants that need this treatment... so what I shall do now with my other Phormiums, if the winter is mild again, I shall cut the leaves down like you would a perennial in late Feb. any that have grown too big, and allow it to regrow afresh...'s a photo of 'Alison Blackman' that was cut down by weather 2 years ago... it's kept it young and fresh looking... nothing I've done...


What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:29

I've become disappointed with Brunnera 'Jack Frost'.... not the plants fault...molluscs have virtually ruined all my clumps....I know they'll come back next Spring but the leaves will never look good for long...also I've gone off the leaf colour somewhat... bit too much...  I shall let them flower next year then most likely....out !

...I shall replace with Omphalodes 'Cherry Ingram'... I haven't had this one for some time and it's due for a revisit.... I do love the colour and I can't recall having much bother with them previously.... about you...?


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:08

..don't bother Graham....just leave it until next March, then feed and mulch as normal.... there is no need for anything else at this time of year... the fussy will put bone meal or rootgrow, but the rose will find its own way...regardless...

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 14:14

..thanks so much for going to the trouble....this is a different site to the one I was looking at and I can see, it's a lot cheaper...

...I'm very pleased about this...

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 13:45

..yes I've also made my own in the past...from treated timber though..and easy to do...something quite personalised about that...

..Edd..thank you for alerting me... strangely it appears to be the same company yet cheaper....

..I'm still pondering...I do love that arch and one or two others besides that are similar...but the width is a problem...and I have found they're not too sturdy unless you have good width....(ooh..that sounds naughty...sorry)...

Obelisks have also come into it now....I could fit in two of these quite easily without any on each side...., this is what winter is all

Fragrant tree

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:27

I always liked the smell of diesel...not from cars but from ships in port or dockyards... perhaps I wanted to be whisked off by some handsome seafarer from somewhere I'd never heard of... it seemed terribly romantic.....if not exactly Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson....


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..some lovely plants.. 
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Dartford Crossing new system case you're not aware... 
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Carolyn Mullet on Facebook

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Do you grow Aconitum's?

..I won't be after reading this... 
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weedy ID's please

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Windows 8.1 - a warning !

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Photo test thread only...

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please show us your culinary delights... 
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Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
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