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Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:07

Picked up my bargain lavendars...looking excellent.  I will plant half tomorrow and the rest over the weekend.  The aim is to have a curving 50' plus edge to path.  

Tempted by a Watsonia at the nursery....beautiful orange variety.  I have good spot for it but when do we stop spending on plants? 

Dropped off a few bags of runner beans and tomatoes to the foodbank. Haven't helped out there for a while...been hectic few months......but think it's time now to go again.  (bit deflating...the foodbank has managed without me!!!  But how? )

still gloriously sunny and hot....what a delightful few days we have had 


I'm really going to do it this year!

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:58

Of course B3.  Have fun 

Salvia cuttings

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:43

Rachel, all,the salvias are easy and worth taking now.

in your case, the windowsill is fine.  Esp if double glazed.  The cuttings will remain small over winter.  Dont over water or keep too warm.  

As JIMMY said the variety is important as to hardiness.....I grow both hardy and tender varieties but all cuttings will be " tender" over winter.

I'm really going to do it this year!

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 16:39

A lot to be said for a clean slate B3.  Just make sure you don't throw out something you really want.  I find,,when making a new border, that a big plant gives it stature and weight.  Usually I will transplant a big plant from elsewhere in the garden.  A new planting is usually flat and bitty without something of size. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 13:52

Wild Swan .....been flowering most of the summer since May.   Prob the blue banding doesn't come across but it does when flowers are moving to make it stunning

 Ecky thump!  More haste less speed..upside down! 

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:59

Agree fairy.....retro,,twee...who cares?  Everything eventually becomes retro in time anyway.  

Tetley, yes, as big as you can and out no rubbish in there, even to fill it out.  Better to divide existing plants to expand a group than fill in with plants you dont really like.  Planning though for complementary planting ....colours, shapes worth taking time over.  And make sure there are one or two plants fo provide something special all year round......a couple of hellebore (orientallis)  perhaps.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:51

That's a blow Hosta.  .........wish you well.  More time in your tunnnels though 

families, friends not speaking?  Trouble is the situation often develops over a minor thing and stubborness takes over.  So much wasted time.  I'm the most stubborn of characters....hopefully less so now.....and saying "sorry" is one hell of a difficult thing to do.  But what do you do if you know you are "right"?

ordered astilbe chocolate shogun today.  Caught my eye for a while and now must have it.  

Struck a deal with local nursery for 50 lavendar plants in 1 litre pots....excellent quality.....for £50.  Quite pleased with that.    will edge veg patch 


Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:39

Loved Adrian Bloom"s island beds, heathers and conifers 20 or more years ago.  for me Adrian Bloom most inspirational gardener.  I identify with his apparent thinking, of mixing and blending plants, grasses, foliage, etc.

Island beds should not be too contrived though I think.  It is not always possible to incorporate them.  

I made an island bed 3 or 4 years ago........I like it.  Tinker with it a bit though.  Essentially tall grasses, heleniums, veronicastrums, etc with hostas, smaller grasses/sedges, astrantias, astilbes, geraniums, heucheras, echinaceas, agastaches, anemone wild swans, etc.

island beds have an advantage too in creating both shady and sunny (according to aspect) sites

tetley, a bIt of a plantsman too.......a more acceptable description to plant addiction 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 07:43

Morning folks

early morning walk to the beach...glorious weather.  Calm sea, no wind, blue sky, warm sun and peaceful.  

saying hello

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:12

Welcome to the forum Carole.....I guess I'm the mischievous one here 

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