Shrinking Violet

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Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:22

bekkie:  I think it's "I have nothing to declare but my genius".  (Must check that one in the dictionary of quotations)


I like:  "Friends are flowers in the garden of life".  Says it all imo

Lost garden tools

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:57

I have a bag thing with lots of pockets round the side, which are ideal for slipping in seccies, dibbers etc.  Central part of the bag is fine for hand trowels, forks etc. I keep it with me at all times, and find that I rarely lose bits and pieces. 

But we have two sheds - small one by the house, larger one by the work section (wherein also lurk the compost bins).  The big loppers are always in the other shed.  Ditto the border fork.  Ditto the spades.  Ditto the hoe.  I get more exercise trudging from one end of the garden to the other than I do on my Keep Fit programme!

hardy geraniums

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:45

Usually cutting them back will, as previous posters have said, allow a second flush of flowers.  However, I have found that Johnson's Blue does not flower a second time.  Shame - it is a glorious addition to the border.  However, it, like other geraniums, will leaf up again, making decent mounds of lovely soft foliage, even if there are no further flowers.

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:25

We all garden in our own individual style - and there is no "right" or "wrong".  However, the desert that is acres of decking/paving, the bare fences that are the full stop on the horizon - they destroy the joy of the garden imo.

My garden is vastly different from when we first moved here.  The beech hedge (never again!  What a nuisance and what hard work that was) is gone.  The fences have been softened by clematis, honeysuckle and a few self-sown contoneasters.

The rotting apple trees are no more, but the vegetable plot is productive; the rather odd bit of soil that surrounded a magnolia stellata has been extended to an ericaceous bed (an absolute picture of colour with rhodos, azaleas etc), the vast swathe of lawn has been visually broken up with an island bed, and the swimming pool is now a pond, with a waterfall and a lower pond feature - not designed as a wildlife pond as such, but full of frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, fish and many unidentified water critturs. 

It pleases us - and suits our lifestyle.  And that's what a garden is all about - the space that reflects us, and suits us.

And as for the planting?  Well, a lot of it is full of memories:  mum's ice plant, aunt's Elephants' Ears (no - not hers - bergenia ), a couple of roses given as Silver Wedding presents, hardy geraniums from a dear friend, phlox from a cousin . . .  not Chelsea, but Mine!  And I wouldn't change it for the world!!!

That said, we hope to move to a smaller place (it's taking a while, the housing market being much slower in the West country that in the Home Counties) but my precious plants are divided and potted up to go with me;  a new challenge awaits!

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:29

Plum jam, plum chutney, plum pies for the freezer, plum wine (hic) - and lots for friend and neighbours, too.

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:55

Plum wood is surprisingly fragile, so a very heavy crop is liable to break the branches.  Yes, thin the crop out (shaking is OK- judicious selection is more time consuming).

Plum seems to go from one extreme to another.  We had a Marjorie Seedling mature tree at one time - on a poor year, we were hard-pushed to pick enough for a pie.  On a good year, we picked over a hundredweight


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:38

Seems to have worked.  Many thanks! 

Now, then Salino - being choosy with regard to the sainted AT is gardening heresy


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:24

Alan doesn't move (on this page, Salino) and whilst not exactly eye candy, is at least -  ummm - innocuous   (btw I'm a great fan of his on Saturday mornings on Classic fm - perhaps the sound is better than the visual???)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:21

Bit of a computer numpty here - what's Ablocker and where do I get it!  (Help!  Me eyes are crossing as I type and the ad scrolls up and down!!)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:16

I don't have a problem with advertisements, after all, they help to fund this site - but every time I come on to the GW site, the wretched B & Q advert is right there!  On the right of the screen.  And moving.  It scrolls down.  It is a visual distraction.  It is driving me mad!  Surely it could be static at least? 

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