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Posted: 01/01/2015 at 15:15

At care home today they had horse racing on the tele.  All the residents were on the edge of their seats yelling, jumping up n down and willing their horses to win.  (Ok, not true about the residents' responses but the image was in my head and had to chuckle )

been warm today but now rain is about.

regarding the flower count ...on the other thread.....I have most of my pelargoniums in flower.  They were,as always, cut hard back in September.  Prob in excess of 50 varieties in flower.  (Only counts as one, viz., pelargonium, flower I guess)


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 15:06

Weeds will colonise everywhere.....even on those (infamous) lamdscape fabric mulches!  

not all mulches are weed free.....most mpc's comtain weeds, garden compost does too.  Fresh seaweed is weed free.

A great believer in mulching, as opposed to digging, athough not so much this year. In veg patch hoeing is the answer but in herbaceous borders hand weeding is still best way.  

Bumpie, like your laid back style though.  Go with the flow and take it eeeeeeeeesy 

Plants online

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:59

drooping hypericum

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:50

Possibly calycinum ........ground hugging after an initial upward growth. Erica, does your variety look like it wants to spread rather than form a Woody shrub? 

Plants online

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:38

Bumping this one up too to help an enquirer .....(apparently I get bonusses for my threads in the top 10 )

......the good guys

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:36

Just bumping up this thread as a member asked me about some good online suppliers

Lavender cuttings

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:21

Nothing to lose I guess but sometimes it's sensible to just start again.  Soon in garden centres small lavendars in 9cm pots will be available.  You will have vigour from them that may not be in your cuttings from old bushes.


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:18

Bit pottie today Pam? 

Summer flowering shrubs for shade

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:14

Agree with many yellow foliage shrubs for shade 

hydrangeas, Daphne's, sarcoccoca. Mahonia, ......copying Busy"s list I have just noticed except avoid hypericum calycinum.  Hidcote is better as calycinum is rampant.

however, lots and lots of perennials for shade ....acteas, heucheras, astilbes, brunneras, tiarellas, astrantias, etc. etc.

diana, how much shade though?  Dappled shade or shade for part of the day opens up most shrubs. 



Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:00

Feeling almost balmy.

thought about the flower count but there are so many out there......even the odd daffodil braving the new year.  

Hope everybody has a great year 

Discussions started by Verdun

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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