Verdun


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ornamental grasses garden

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 18:16

Hiya nige55

agree with Berghill....make sure all grass weeds are eradicated

I think your idea is great.  I love growing grasses

for stipas of all types, fescues, helictotrichon, hordeums and elymus no preparation is necessary on your warm slope.  Sharp drainage and sun is perfect.  A word for stipa gigantea.....a real stunner all summer.  Outdoes most everything else esp with late sunshine behind the flowers

other grasses need more prep....miscanthus and calamagrostis need decent soil so add compost to the soil mix.  So too with pennisetums 

deschampsias, carex, uncinias, hackonechloas and bowles golden grass need extra water holding material in your site.

the addition of coloured foliage plants like heucheras can add a great deal to a grass border as will verbena bonariensis there.  

Will look great nige55 

p.s. For winter arrhenatherum bulbosum is wonderful.  White foliage brightens a shady garden as well as a sunny one.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:41

Ah!  That's what p & p means 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 16:21

Thanks valerie.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 15:58

Pansy, funny that. earlier today the Cinnamon Trust was suggested to me....I pass it most days.  

Well, I took my neighbours to see a young dog whose owner is unable to care properly for it.  2 maybe 3 years old a mix of all sorts but absolutely adorable.  The tears on the faces of my neighbours was a joy to see.  Worth the time today.  The owner is old and the dog is used to being "loved"

i have also arranged for a younger person to walk the dog a few times a week

it all feels right. Nice feeling 

Private Messages

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 15:40

Oooooooo, those sweets look very, very, very nice 

Too soon to Prune Roses?

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 15:39

Prob best to wait another 4 weeks Leigh.  Just in case we get a very cold spell 

I prune early but very mild here

Fruit Cage

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 15:37

Sounds good to me too Andy

i agree with so much that Steve has said....Ben Sarek is one I would have suggested too....compact bush and prolific fruiting.  Ditto too the espalier gooseberry or double cordon. Ditto too with autumn raspberries being outside....hey Steve, you have taken my thoughts 

cordon gooseberries can simply be cheap bought "maidens" or cuttings of your own.  Pruning is simplicity itself.

You can build up your compost level year on year....no need to rush that.

simply your choice about layout Andy

how about a blueberry or two in pots in there? 

All this talk of fruit is making me think of summer.......

 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 12:50

Yes Dove.  I know someone who works in local rescue centre and "jumped the queue" there for any suitable incomers. Good thinking about nurses and home help people.......didn't think of that.  .  I have dog walkers,,friends etc., etc. all on the look out for a middle age dog. 

a puppy would bring so much happiness to these guys Dove.  Can they cope?  A question I have asked of them both. Are they ready for the grave?  No way 

 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 12:03

Piggie in the middle lately.   

Elderly neighbours lost their doted-on dog few weeks back. both are desperately sad, lonely and lost.  I have been spending( too much) time looking for another dog for them.  They are lovely, lovely people with loads of love and time to give to a dog.  She is relatively fit ...almost 80; he is mid 70's...and be has some mobility problems.  

Up to now I have been looking for a dog 5 years or thereabouts.....small, lap size,,cuddle size really.  It is a slow process....i have been to visit a few kennels but none suitable.

they...the neighbours...ring me daily.  This morning she saw an ad for a puppy.  She is desperate for it.  He is worried they cannot manage.  Whilst she was out I went to see him and we talked at length.  She says they are not too old.  He is worried about what might be. 

I will take them to see this puppy if they decide they want it

so folks........too old?  Live for today? (That dream small dog on their laps could be this puppy cuddling with them  tonight or tomorrow    I feel they will be swayed by what I say

not a major problem as most are on this thread but thoughts appreciated 

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