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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 07:46

Hello forkers

MrsGarden, I cannot say why I have become a knight of the realm other than it was fully deserved.    I was very, very brave though.  When I rang the newspapers I insisted on no publicity 

Beautiful morning......not to last apparently.  All downhill later.


Whats the secret to beautiful hanging baskets ?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:50

Looks really nice Daintiness.  Lovely colour combinations and elegantly presented.  I guess you prob are an artist?  

Lynn and Louise, I could never get baskets like those.  Superb 

What shrubs/plants can I plant now for instant colour!!

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:44


Yes, visit the garden centre now and see what's doing well right now.  Get a couple only. See too what's in bud and check them out.

Colour comes from foliage too...e.g. The hebes come in all sorts of delightful evergreen foliage colours.  If your soil is acidic check out pieris for brilliant red leaves now and for few weeks.  I have a variety called Flaming Silver ...the leaves are green and white and the new growth is bright red.  

You can buy for summer colour now....echinaceas, for example, but if you visit the garden centres regularly ...or, better still, some local can again buy plants in flower at those times. Domt forget late summer and autumn too....loads of flowers around then.  

This evening I have been adding some of the final touches to a bed that had lots of winter and early spring colour but now put in heleniums. Agastaches, salvia Amistad (check this one out folks.  It has the most stunning purple blue flowers all summer long) and euphorbia rubra (alongside anemone Wild swan).  Bowles golden grass next to Japanese blood grass a  couple of hostas and Heucheras, geum Totally Tamgerine as well as a few tall grasses and I have all the colour amd form I need all summer long and not just from flowers. 

Patience, thinking. (none of these was just plonked in for "instant" summer colour) and  time will give your sister her colourful garden Paul 



Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:19

Why, thank you kindly chicky. 

would anyone know what this is please.

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:16

It's a dinosaur egg.  


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:20

Wonderful day weather wise.  Beautiful evening.  Birds singing, plants growimg,sun shining, no wind.....ah!

Runner beans are ready to plant out but another few days won't hurt.  



plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 16:07

Here it's fine.  Near coast.

However, in a terracotta pot or onthe edge of a free draining wall and in full sun should be ok. I would though have fleece handy during winter nights. Its worth,protecting. You can take cuttings too during late spring and summer. 

Dare i or not???

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 16:03

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:45

Beetroot insitu for me.  I think beetroot does not lke being moved. ,they are fragile, brittle things when small.  I protect seedlings under fleece until they are 3" or so.  Strong winds, pests,,heavy rain....all damage them.


48 perennial plant offer

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 12:41

Nice nostalgic post Mike.  Love my dog and plants too. 

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