Topbird


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Why does my bed look rubbish?!

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 09:23

I have a large woodland border with several mature trees. Looks good from autumn to spring - but it's pretty rubbish at this time of year because the soil is poor & the ground is really dry (too large an area to water regularly).


Two plants which really earn their keep just now are geranium nodosum and the silver leafed lamium maculatums.They only seem to fade a little when the soil is really parched and it's very hot but they soon perk up with a drop of rain.


Otherwise - water & mulch as above

Last edited: 06 August 2017 09:25:51

Resurrected Twenty-One....Key of the Door!

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 08:58

Congratulations Rezzers


I wondered why my campervan suddenly had an extra 1500 miles on the clock. It obviously went to your rally PP


Neighbour - 8.30 - Sunday morning - petrol hedge trimmer going full pelt  Anybody else consider that a tad thoughtless?


Sun is shining and it's nice and warm (not hot) so A LOT of dead heading and propping up (after the gales a couple of days ago) will be done. Garden has been a bit neglected for the last couple of weeks

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 20:19

All the cats are so lovely - that Peanut has an impish glint in her eye! I'm a kitten saver too - all my cats have been rescues. 


Can I come and join you at the cats' home LB and M-U? To make money we could run the very best cattery in the UK (I've helped to run one and, if it's good, we'll be be full year round - no probs)  - and then spend all the money looking after rescues. Bliss


Pauline - what a horrible day for you. I would also have been jumping up and down and demanding a BIG discount off the price of the new cooker. A 'carefully' worded letter to the store manager / MD might yield some gift vouchers that you could enjoy at a later date. Appreciate you have other things on your mind at the moment though


Hazel I hope next week is less stressful for you.


Off to find summat to watch on the Box now - SYL

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 16:49

I've just made ice cream and there are raspberries - freshly picked this morning - if that helps, Chey. And I make a mean cup of tea and there are chocolate fingers and Twixes in the tin.....


There is gin for 'after 6 (ish)'

Last edited: 05 August 2017 16:50:56

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 16:05

Pussy cats - gorgeous all of them - feeling very broody right now!


I think some of that dark purple slate would look really good Joyce. Not sure that the more green colour would work but dark purple - go for it!


How's the HW coming on Chey? My kitchen and sitting room could do with a quick flick over if you're in the swing...

Last edited: 05 August 2017 16:06:13

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 15:40

That looks like fun Pansy....


Meant to say before - OH has decided I need a treat and cheering up. He has a few days off next week so we are taking the camper van down to Kent / Sussex and I am being treated to a day at Great Dixter. Luvverly jubberly - Have been wanting to go for years


Joyce - visiting cats who like to sit with you are the best - lots of cuddles - no bills

Last edited: 05 August 2017 15:42:13

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 15:37

Such BIG eyed cuties - I'd definitely have one of those xx


Didn't realise those thalictrums were sterile - doh - that'll be why they haven't seeded. Thanks for saving my time and compost M-U Might be large enough to divide next spring.

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Posted: 05/08/2017 at 15:17

Afternoon


Thank you all for the kind words re Harry - it's going to be a while before I'm used to not seeing his little face peeking through the french windows - but we'll get there.


In the meantime, I have a special request. Please continue to post lots of puddy tat photos & stories on here - virtual purrs and strokes are good for cheering the soul. I have already warned my neighbour that I shall be semi-kidnapping her very comical 1 year old kitten / young cat. She seemed quite happy with that idea yesterday - he has lost a live mouse in her bungalow - seen late last night scurrying across the floor to behind the heavy old TV console. Think we've all been there....


M-U  - I have both the purple and white Splendide thalictrums - lovely plants - very airy, fairy floating above other stuff. Looks good with Ammi and against dark green foliage. They've only been in for a couple of years and, so far, they haven't self seeded in the same way the spring flowering purple one does. That's a shame but might be because that area was very heavily mulched in the last 2 winters. Might try gathering & sowing seed this year.


LB & Pauline - Deliveries / white goods etc - ggrr Hope things get sorted soon for both of you.


Forgotten everything else except M-U bought gin - I shall be joining you later, my dear

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Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:37

Morning everyone


Haven't really read back properly so apologies if I've not commented on anyone's important news.


I just wanted to let you know that Harry was put to sleep earlier this week. Despite chasing dogs down 'his' lane on 3 separate occasions last week, the bad to good days balance had finally tipped too far in the wrong direction.


For the first time in my (very nearly) 60 years on this planet there are no warm, purry snuggles to wake up to (OH doesn't quite cut it on that front) and no garden foreman to shadow me around the garden. I am feeling rather lost and disorientated at the moment.


Thank you for all the kindness and support you've all given in the last few weeks.

Last edited: 04 August 2017 08:41:57

Ideas please for a plant for hazel hurdle fence

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 12:12

I have a star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) growing up a 6' hazel hurdle.


It's twines through the hazel sticks - much as a clematis would. So far (4 years old) all the stems are thin and softish and not damaging the hurdle. It is covering the hurdle by twining it's way along without any intervention from me. 


It's taken a little while to get going (I think that's normal - it's often recommended to buy a more mature specimen) but is now starting to cover the hurdle.


It's evergreen and the flowers are beautifully scented. Can be a little fussy about aspect though.


I have found that the hazel hurdles start to breakdown after about 5 or 6 years so I shall be replacing mine with horizontal batten fencing. This will act much like trellis (but be more solid screening) and allow me to grow climbers through it.

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