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Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:31

Morning folks.

Hey, got giraffes here in the back garden Lesley.  They roam wild on towans nearing the beach.  

Humid again.....some rain maybe today.

Talk of culling seals down here.  They are eating nearly all fish in the nets.  Choice or seals?


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:47

Hello Marg. 


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:46

As flowers fade I remove the whole stem to the base.  

A mulch ideally of mushroom compost during summer or autumn after a fish blood and bone feed

A,seaweed spray once or twice in the summer.  Epsom salt spray in spring on the new leaves 

Removal of any infected (with helleborus Black spot) leaves, includIng stems, to,the ground when seen in summer 

Removal of all leaves in,September or October.

Bal, I usually remove flowers during the summer if I see them but when the flowers are fading remove whole stem.

home grown raspberries ready to eat

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:46

Can you pick them a little earlier so not too ripe amd then wash them.  Or, a gentle rinsing in a colander?  

I do wash salad crops and fruit......don't grow blueberries, gooseberries,,blackcurrants, etc. 


Sprig's Garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:42

Lovely planting Sprig.  Lots of hard work,,skill and great plants.  Superb stuff 

cornflower stems like cotton

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:07

SherlockGnomes......that's a fantastic name 

I would think about sowing insitu now or in pots outside.  Even without the sun, the daily temps are pretty high at tImes.  Sow again....won't take lomg to catch up 


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:52

Lovely Lulu.  Dont grow any poppies but I now want to  make a bed for them ....poor soil and sun....if I can re-arrange it a little.  

Shrubs for a very small cottage garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:40

Oh, following Scott's suggestion re geraniums, check out Black Beauty.  I think this may be my fsvourite.....small, compact with beautiful red black shiny foliage and brilliant erect bright blue flowers.  A real eye catcher.  Sling a silver, white, grey or yellow plant next to it and .....luverly!  

......actually, plant a scented white pink like Arctic Star next to it.  The scent from this is womderful and the pink has lovely eucalyptus blue foliage to make a fantastic combination 


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:35

Hello forkers

Been very humid and warm here......bit damper further east and south I think.  Perfect growimg comditions   But  runner beans still not growing as fast as usual.  

I have  a couple of,hardy....magellanica types....fuschias in pots I am not emtirely sure of their  nomenclature or their names!!! lol.    A sport of Tom West I think with vivid red and pink small leaves and red flowers( now opening.).  I have one in a terracotta pot amd another in a large classy black one.  I would grow them for their foliage alone.  Can't think I've seen this elsewhere.    As I said, not sure about the name....anybody?  Prob got it from a small nursery in the middle of nowhere.....where I used to pick up all sorts of gems.


Shrubs for a very small cottage garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 16:01

Hiya Hettie

I think I would get trailing plants in that wall....aubretia, alyssum, sun roses, osteospermums, Arabis, etc.   A Phormium like Dazzler, a maroon more compacf form than usual, would look nice there.  A silver mound like santolina, juniperus blue star is a vivid blue, evergreen mound that would grow well there, some of the smaller hebes, and a beautiful sage called Tricolour which has blue summer flowers on pink,,white and pale grey foliage.  

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