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Posted: 16/02/2014 at 08:46

Morning everyone

Lovely start .....that big yellow thing in the sky is here too 

Always wary of those offers.......usually a mass of tiny roots or plugs, plants not really wanted and plants not likely to do anything for 12 months or longer.  Far better to buy exactly what you want.  Not too many of those plants exist in my garden today.  

Should be a second day of drying out for many of us so that's good news 

Will do some pricking out and potting up today and cut back some grasses that have been displaying great structure over the winter.  

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 23:26

I have one uncinia in front of a white hellebore....looks good I think.   It is though more impressive in winter and early spring but loses out a bit in summer to brighter things

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 20:05

I guess I remember it cos it trips off the tongue so nicely.  And it makes me sound clever 


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:13

Yep, noisy here.  Those winds were the strongest for a very lomg time.  No personal damage last night 

Zoomer, shame about your neighbour from hell.  Don't let this guy intimidate you.  Hate bullies.  Always found when confronted they become cowards.  (boxing skills from childhood have helped me with this attitude tho .  Always believed the bigger they are the harder they fall). 



Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:05

Stacey, you like your meat then?    Sounds a bargain to me 

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:02

MrsG, makes ??ou feel good doesn't it to see those flowers?  

Despite all the rain my soil is reasonably workable and it was so tempting to do more out there today.  Such a strong feeling of spring.  

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:56

Ecky thump saw it too late.  Nut got the first prize again   Uncinia unciniata rubra.  Love this in the winter.  For me it produces seedlings and they do vary quite a bit from almost bright red to dark maroon. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:52

Ashamed to say I'm not good with seeds...except veg etc....but cuttings, small divisions, etc., I'm happy to make available.  

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:38

Fish blood amd bone is a well balanced organic fertiliser with plenty of trace elements.  Useful for most everything I think.  I feel it is best one to use. 

For a time a few years back I had problems with foxes digging after I applied fish blood and bone but now not so much.  However a friend of mine has 5 to 6 acres of open ground with lots of foxes, rabbits and badgers calling.  We have agreed it best not to use fish blood and bone because it does create problems.  In her case, pelleted chicken manure seems a better option.

As with all fertilisers it's best to "tickle" dove said......into the soil rather than spread on the surface 


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 17:51

Thanks chicky...lovely.  

Dove, when you said "simply gorgeous" did you mean me?  

Its been sombeautiful day today.  Took advantage to move a clump of snowdrops, split a large primrose, wash 2 cars and enjoy a long walk to the beach where the sea was calm and gentle for a change.  

No grimacing on people's faces ...everyone smiling in the sunshine 

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