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Strange problem....

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 13:21

Put my wellies on last Autumn to take the dog out.  Felt that there was something in the toe but not enough for me to take them off in the middle of a field.  Got home to find a huge (but squashed) spider in there! (bleurgh)

Friends for roses

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 13:18

I was also going to suggest lavender or hardy geraniums (Nimbus is my fave - a lovely mauvy/blue) perhaps underplanted with alliums.

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:14

I think mine does too - thought it was next door's tom cat though!

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:10

I have underplanted mine with a white arum lily which has really matured over the past couple of years.  The white flowers of the lily against the black foliage of the sambucus and the bright green lily foliage looks fab.

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 07:53

Katherine - Yes, mine are looking great at the moment too.

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 16:26

I cut mine down to about 2 foot last year.  Was about 7-8 foot until a week ago and lost a foot or so in height in the wind we had.

My sister has pruned hers into a tree shape with a main 'trunk' which is pretty effective.

miss selling , what next

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 16:24

I bought three Pattys Plum poppies and planted them out.  Just started flowering and they are bright orange, definately NOT patty's plum!  Have dug them out as they clash in the border and donate to a friend.

I cant remember which catalogue I bought them from as I threw the paperwork away once they were planted and growing well.

V Annoying!

Then and Now.....

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 16:02

I can imagine Penelope!  Looks like you would get strong winds from your photos.

Problem here is strong winds but as our road is only a few hundred yards from a tidal estury we get the salt winds too. 

Have to be really careful what goes in the front garden.  Back garden not so bad but have had some spectacular failures with some things like acers.  In fact, donated a very poorly acer to a colleague and it now looks amazing in her lovely sheltered garden.


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:57

you couldalways bung a load in and cut as shoots for salads.  Thats what I do up until the first frosts.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:55

I enjoyed last week's episode too.  I much prefer the programme going into gardens, large and small and having the owner talk through their plot, the advantages and disadvantages, what works and what doesnt.

I only buy the GW mag occasionally now.  For example, for the two-for-one card.  I used last year's card in a number of counties, including the one where I live.  Next garden in the 2-for-1 scheme on my list is Poppy Cottage in Cornwall.  Its been shown on GW a couple of times and I have been in Spring and summer.  Will be taking my mum when she is in Cornwall later this year.  Its stunning

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