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Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:14

It was as though somebody turned the light on this morning.  The occasional very heavy downpour then suddenly the clouds moved away and its been hot since.  

Trimmed pittosporum, planted couple white gauras, pulled out weeds (sorry Dove ), cut back geum totally tangerine plants and couple of astrantias and comfemplated ripping out a batch of argyranthemums to replace with agastaches.  Shame cos the argyranthemums are looking so good....I need to digest I digest my lunch .  I am so impulsive I KNOW I will still rip them out.  

The reason I'm not weeding

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:06

chckweed and the rest wont be allowed to settle here.  "One year's seeding equals 7 years' weeding"

difficult to see all the weeds but the occasinal blitz on them is very satisdying

why spoil an attractive plant by allowing it to be smothered by weeds?

The reason I'm not weeding

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:05

chckweed and the rest wont be allowed to settle here.  "One year's seeding equals 7 years' weeding"

difficult to see all the weeds but the occasinal blitz on them is very satisdying

Bare spots

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:59

Watery, I understand you dont want to spend money on mew plants but I domt think you will have much in the way of flowers sowing this late.  Lots of annual experts here so I bow to their wisdom.

i would buy a tray of plants...they wont be expensive...and you will at least have something for next month.


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:47

Hello forkers

pouring with rain.  Heavy stuff.......such a nuisance as I was going to water garden......Supposed to clear away by mid morning to leave warm sunny day.  


doves taking over

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 00:02

....and thrushes.  I am nor aware of seeing any thrushes here now.  

Hydrangea going brown

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 23:52

Pot looks too small to me.  And did you use ordinary multi purpose compost Kristie?  Despite your watering I think compost is dry.   A bigger pot and john innes compost.  Ericaceous J I for blue flowers


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 23:48

I Would not use anything on tomatoes or other edible crops.

good ventilation,,keeping foliage dry ...if in gh....removing,lowest leaves, giving good space between plants is best way to avoid problems with tomatoes. 

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:55

Hi yarrow.  Impatiens a few years ago suffered from a virus that wiped out many of them.  Now there are better, virus resistant varieties.

however, all of them prefer moist, cool, partial shade to full shade conditions. I grow the new sunpatiens varieties in shade and in sun but they do need moisture to,do well.  

Take cuttings too ...they are easy in water.  

Dont be nervous of growing impatiens.....your "failure" in the past was not your fault Remember. 

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:50

Because I collect so many plants I dont do a lot of mass planting. mass planting in an average size garden or smaller is pretty least it often is.  I grow lots of what I think are "gems", try to put them together but I must have them.  

Rules about what should or should not be, twee or not, structural or cottage garden, whatever Can be ignored.  The nest gardens are those that are loved...they feel right even if not the plants we might choose.  

Plant what YOU like....but plant according to the conditions in your garden 

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who cares who wins?

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Drat those chains.....

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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