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Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:35

Not Bethellii is it Panda?

warm and bright but generally cloudy all day. Very pleasant really

rang local nursery to enquire about salvia guaranjuato.  yes, she had one.  £4.  Cut it back and took cuttings to ensure plants next year and re potted main plant into 5 litre pot.  It will grow away fast and flower by end of the month.  Pleased with that 

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:30

Hmmm!  I do neat but not twee.  I like shapes of evergreens, like quality conifers, to be free of other plants.  I like a dahlia to be a dahlia too without a clematis or other perennial falling into it.  I like veronicasteums to show off theie architectural shape and I give every plant room to grow to its potential.  

But.....arranging plants in straight lines, colour co-ordinated annuals, every weed removed (I do dive in to get rid though), or plants staked as though they are in a strait not for me.

stripes lawns, clipped edges now and then, plants that wave and blow like bonariensis, geums, grasses, gauras, are fine.  And by autumn there is a more cottagey garden style.  It's nice then to "tidy" and to re-see the structure in the garden.

things that seed everywhere generally are not wanted.  

However, twee can be lovely.  As in topiary when done well and those expert with their annuals to produce sheer colour that makes me smile.  

ID please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:17

Ecky thump!  Soon as I know one I'm beaten to first prize 

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:11

20 mph Tetley????? 

I think Usnail Bolt is the world champion 

Rockin Blueberry

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:08

Mpc compost is inadequate for blueberries I think. Your older bushes have simply filled out their rootballs So pretty stable.

Grass has black after using evergreen extreme green

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:05

Beat me to it Pete.  I think thats the problem.  The chemicals need to sift through the dry grass.   


Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:01

Cooler today...misty.  Quite lovely.  Perhaps some rain??  More likely though more sun.

got several agastaches in flower, pink, blues, apricot.....will show some pics when fuller flowers. 

got lampooned by a driver for allowing wheelchair to cross road.  facial gestures, arm waving and horn tooting. I got out and asked very snobby guy if he had a problem.  He didnt even wind down his window.  Arent pedestrians more polite than drivers?  Feel better now 

toarella I divided ...into 3 flowering again on each sizeable clump.  Prob divided in late spring.  That's what I call good value.


Grass has black after using evergreen extreme green

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 07:58

Thats prob the moss dying there Craig.  Yes, normal.  Keep it watered 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 07:42

Excellent always 

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 07:41

Sowing by hand is not difficult sunflower.  The texhnique is to sow half the seed walking one way,,raking it in lightly, then sowing the rest of the seed in opposite direction.  It ensures even sowing. 

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Sad day......

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Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Don't be scaredy cat.....

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Drat those chains.....

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Wot's it all about.....?

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"Experts" we go again

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What new plants will you be trying?

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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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