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Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:17

I have the impression of a high quality garden there Dove....or at least well on the way 

Finished weeding and hoeing veg patch. Humid and warm.  Be eating first carrots soon....late this year though

Lots of blackcurramts.  No gooseberries  'tis gardening for you!  

alternative to roses

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:06

How about a choisya Clare?  Very, very fragrant right now.  A nice evergreen mound approaching your summerhouse .  Perhaps a group,of fragrant shrubs to give scent all year round there....daphne, winter honeysuckle, witch hazel, a scented phlox (some are very scented),sarcoccoca, philadelphus....nice dwarf ones now, heliotrope ESP the perennial Chatsworth, lavendars, regal lilies, etc. plus some tactile aromatics like lemon verbena, pineapple sage and the scented pelargoniums ?  Add a couple of winter stocks and you have a reason to visit your summerhouse in the colder months 

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:53

Main thing is to enjoy your space.  To please YOU.  


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:50

Hiya Clarington, what do you want to do?  You know, life is so short it's silly to waste it doing stuff you really dont like.   Wish I learnt that lesson years back. 

Punkdoc, well not quite so sunny now.  Bright,,sunny spells though. Finally decided to clear the weeds from peas, carrots, onions etc.  All my talk of being neat in the garden but, in my haste, I pulled up a pea.  Didnt have many to start with either so thats a pain.  And it was "podding". 

Bit of a chill ....prob when slug hunting late couple of nights ago in the rain.

Hey! Passed a fav nursery on way back this morn and resisted the urge to stop.  How's that for will power?  



Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:33

After flowering. I dig some of them up and divide when thick flower stems have been removed and pull plants apart.  I replant or pot up.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 07:47

Morning Dove.  Maybe those lupins were grown "hard".  Ours in the garden are usually soft...prob delicious too......grown.  As I said earlier, my older plants have done better than the newer ones. 

(used to grow plants using sulphate of ammonia or dried blood to get lots of quick fresh growth.  Soon realised they were esp attractive to slugs and snails.  Best to grow       without  being forced)

growing cosmos

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 07:40

Can't keep any donuts back Fairy.....they, er, er, er, don't  keep very well.  Go off very quickly and need ro be me....ASAP 


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 07:38

But Fairy, what a sight they are right now.  I have 3 clumps of lupins ...all same blue though (must have mislabelled them when divided ) ......looking quite majestic at top of garden.  Yellow, white and pink though wont be long.  but,,yes, this has been the most difficult year for my lupins.  

Sarisfying though, isn't it, when that elusive slug is finally caught 


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 07:33

All sounds great Mike 

growing cosmos

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 07:30

Would never sow direct.  Yes, cosmos seed would find it too wet.  

Pinching donuts fairy?  Me?  

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