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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:11

Ha ha....not gone to bed folks 

damper cooler morning.....still warm and only light drizzle.  Looking good for the afternoon. 

My services as a chauffeur (unpaid of course ) will be utilised today. 

hopefully, will get lawns cut later but, hey ho!, got plant delivery coming today.  Yippee! 

Last edited: 27 July 2016 08:19:19

overfed plants

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:52

Not sure what fish emulsion you sre using marcys but overfeeding seems to be a common occurrence among new gardeners.  More feed equals bigger flowers????  Doesn't quite work like that 

gentle feeding and diluted more than the instructions say and given more frequenty is better than heavy dosing.  

As Ladybird said, maybe a lesson learned marcys....we have all "learned" like this  

My flowers ..

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:43

Morning aym 

talking about me?    lies I tell you.  All lies!  

Yes I slept well ......treated to steak last night and a visit to see The BFG 

Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:38

Bobloes, heleniums for me too but check out the veronicastrums.......handsome sharp foliage, does not need support and (according to variety) lovely white, pink or lavendar flowers.  Don't overlook verbena bonariensis, perfect with heleniums, or sanguisorba ten alba which has delicate flowers  on 2 metre stems and attractive foliage.  Red varieties of sanguisorbas too ...Red Thunder for example.  Persicaria Polymorpha will provide masses of white clouds of flowers on large bushes all summer long.

Bobloes, if you have the space all the above together will provide a delightful easy scene.....a miscanthus or calamagrostis grass too will make it magical 

i think Iona is referring to argyranthemums...marguerites 

Last edited: 27 July 2016 07:40:16

My flowers ..

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:27

Miscanthus Variegatus at over 2 metres

Last edited: 27 July 2016 07:28:28

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:20

Aym, yes you can take cuttings of Royal Bumble now.  I find they root easily in half perlite and half 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:58

Now you are being "classy" PP. 

They wont catch me......

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:39

Oh,alrighty then.   I give in.  Here's a picture of me skinny dipping a few years back whilst at Uni.........

oh heck Nora!  You banned it again 

Last edited: 26 July 2016 15:39:56

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:35 misconstrue 

your salvia will improve year on year.  From next year you will be able to separate tubers and pot them on to make more plants.....just as you do with Dahlias.  Or, take a risk and leave it planted over the winter and mulch it.  It all depends how wet and cold your area/soil is 

papi Jo, agree with you re the colour wheel etc. and some colours simply do not look good together.  However a single colour or restricted colours deny access to plants we may really want.  (I will often buy a plant and simply pot it on preferring to wait until the "perfect" association can be found)   A single colour already said re whites....can have one plant vying with another instead of complementing one another.  Blues too together can have one plant making another look decidedly second rate. 

In my mind, subconsciously now, I often plant in "triangles" joined up pictures when a colour or shape is echoed in 3 or more points in tbe garden.  Irrespective of size the eye picks up the unifying colours in the garden.

I do not like colours thrown into the mix, at random;  too many colours are far from relaxing.  They so indeed "clash" .  

What we like...colours, flowers or foliage, shapes etc., often change as we get older.  Many of us start off with annuals but then appreciate perennials that give us "improvement" and stature over time.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 13:58

My delphiniums are now flowering for the second time ....last year I had 3 flowerings.  Will post pictures when fully open.

slugs are a problem in early spring but discreet and sparse use of pellets plus a nighttime visit will enable anyone to grow these beauties.   they are well worth it.

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