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What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:21

Ha ha!  Wet day here but it is coming your way folks.  Been warm though and it is all supposed to be better by noon tomorrow.

busy day despite the rain and I had to...had to.....order some plants from the Secret Garden Club 

Hydrangea Problem

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:15

Natalie, I think that is sun scorch.    If it is weed killer damaged it will show more clearly over the next few days.......  We will see

do you water well there?  Your hydrangea will not do well if it is dry there 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:09

Hiya Natalie

no, lupins should be bushy from ground up.

you meeded to cut off those flowered stems.  Do that asap.

looks like your lupins were crowded out, planted out too small and maybe lacking light.  Could also have been a restaurant for slugs and snails 

Your plants show clearly you have planted too close to the fence....dig them up and replant at least 30 cm but preferably 50 cm away from the fence. 

Companion plants in container

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 16:47

Ripply, what conifer is it you now have?  

The cotoneasters will swamp the conifer in a couple of years;  besides, I don't think they associate well in any way.  A conifer on its own is better or an aubretia trailing down would make a colourful spring show.  An attractive topping of gravel would provide a simple and effective finish

You can repot now if you water it well 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 16:39

Pokhim, they will expand quite quickly as JIMMY said So they will occupy an increasing amount of ground and neighbouring plants will be overcome.

if you have the space planting in 3's makes a real impact so, yes, 2 "clusters".  Given their own bed, in the sun, they look impressive. They usually make multiple flower heads.  

From a very large group in the garden I now have 4 clumps which are divided every few years.  The large group simply took over....looked sensational in flower but for the rest of the year nothing else.  

Mystery pest destroying shrubs and small trees

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 16:30

Badger too for me.  They are powerful creatures.  They demolished a friend's hedge heaving heavy stones aside in the process 

not sure what the solution is 

Ideas for a fluffy shrub or perennial

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 16:27

Exciting though Lucid...planning & planting new beds

take your time, make a sketch or two perhaps 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:52

Been a great summer so far with some scorching weather but it seems it will be all change today.....heavy rain and wind later this morning.    I guess we need it???  

already picked blueberries this morning and will nip out to pick a few runner beans before the rain comes.  Onions "sunbathing" in the veg patch have been moved into the gh for next couple of days....Supposed to be warm and dry again on Wednesday 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:45

Yes nanny, prune now.  You need to create short spurs.  You can prune those branches holding fruit later 

Suncream is essential but I have rarely used any.  I use a moisturiser type after shave that contains a protection against sun's rays.  Think I'm ok but nobody knows until he/she is checked out.  I remember an old neighbour who never sunbathed,,always wore a sun hat and had tbe most delicate pink/white skin.  She had several areas of skin cancer on her face.  I am nearly always with some "colour" but I guess we can't be complacent 

A bit different...

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 20:45

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