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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:58

Enjoyed the brilliant sunshine today.    Really was enough to get a  sort of tan I guess.  

Sat outside with cuppa for few mins workIng out what to replace my dead Acer with.  Think I'll put Canna Durban there....have few large ones in pots.  Lots of flowers on 2 peach trees. So looking good for fruit crop.    

Planted golden spirea I'd grown on from last year.....grown for orange foliage with red new shoots,the flowers will be denied.  A very under rated foliage shrub IMO..

Echinaceas outside .......marmalade and ice cream sundae another double are shooting.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:25

I would have cut it to ground level anyway Stacey.  Come on, you know you knew what you were doing really!   It will be much better plant now


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:20

Nice to see Blackest again 

Beautiful day.  Really summery.

My water leak seems to be from an old water pipe going to next door.  He knew I was tracing it but today he casually memtioned the water emptying onto his property.  Silly, silly man.  I asked him to check a couple of weeks back but he has pools of water where his garden tap......running from my supply.....used to be.  Think he knows I'm slightly annoyed.    

Right, outside now 

any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:17

If you could incorporate some compost or manure into the soil I would plant white hydrangea's.   Lavendars would not like it there.  Ok, not a Mediterranean look.

a couple of Italian cypress only for me.  

If the soil is acid I would add pieris, azaleas and blue hydeangea.  


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:04

Lovely morning.  

Think I'm a little bit like Fairy today.  Lots to do but feeling like I would rather contemplate it first...for a while.  

Will visit GC to get some bags of compost...offer....after taking my dog out.  

Tricky mild yet tonight promises to be quite cold at times making watering a decision.  Things growing so quickly so indoors need water 

Lawns need cutting too......sounds grand but one at front and one and a bit at back.  (I'll patrol my estate later )

Emjoy your day everybody 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:55

Have lovely day's traditional here to send me a piece of birthday cake 

Arum lily

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 08:50

I have grown arum in a pool.  Usually fine over winter.  However, I always removed it from the pool......wet and cold fatal to so many, not knowing where you are (if you are in a cold area) I would keep out of the pool until spring.  What have you got to lose by doing this? You could lose if by keeping it in the water. Also when introducing to the water I would place the arum as ??ou have done now and then when growth is vigorous lower it so top of pot is about level with the water surface 

Purple pillow geranium

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:08

Hedge nursery and hayloft plants stock purple pillow.  Also check out Cramesbill nursery, I used to get most of my geraniums there.  All mail order.  Hope this helps 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:01

Bec Bec

Was your veg garden a lawn before or grassed over?  Chafers love those comditions. 

I would regularly turn amd aerate the soil to expose those grubs picking out those you see.  You could use nematodes in few weeks though.

yes, nemarodes are safe in veg patch.  They already exist in your are merely adding to their number 


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:00

It's been a lovely day today.  Some parts down here have had sleet and rain but here we had almost wall to wall sunshine and nicely warm.

Watched water pipe being "moled" in.....fascinating.  90 cm or so underground and a channel is created for the water pipe.  Just 4 squares cut out in Tarmac in the main drive at each end and two others on corners.....and hey presto pipe is inserted.    A few years back a 30 metre plus trench would have had to be dug.  

Connections next Tuesday and then all done.  

Got to get some chocolates now for dear old lady neighbour who let me park ...and her drive. (wonder if she will give me a few )


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