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worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:39

Addict I quite like mowing.  Lovely smell and I like fresh stripes.  The lawn is the back cloth to,all,the plantIng....if lawn looks good the plants seem to too.

creating a new flower bed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:29

Hiya trevor

I did a similar thing last year.  I had stacked turves from an old lawn, 2 compost heaps, and several,bags of compost.  I have the richest plantImg area now in the garden.  I,planted up hellebores, Heucheras, agastaches, dicentra kimg of hearts, miscanthus morning light, astrantia jumble hole, geraniums pink ice and Elke, convolvulous cneorum,Bowles golden grass, carex testacea, berberis atro nana, Acer dissectum garnet as well as regale lilies, allium purple sensation.  There are some mature plants bordering it too.

I list this because I too once had plans to make this an ericaceous bed for acid lovers. To try and make a lime/chalk bed Imto an acid one is nigh well impossible.  You will need to use sequestereen, ericaceous soil by the load, flowers of sulphur and goodness knows what else. ,and the plants still,won't look happy or thrive.  

Im happy with the bed I've made.  The plants  look happy and are,thriving.  It looks good.  

Trevor, at least consider not using acid loving plants there.  You can make something far better for much less (wasted) effort.....!!


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:17

Sounds lovely dove.

Its frustrating isn't it when we try so,hard to grow a particular plant but,we are jinxed every time.

(just pinched a big bag of haribo sweets as I check the forum.  They're really my niece's but she won't know..I'll get more tomorrow.  Trouble is I've now had enough of them but got to "finish off the evidence".  Oh well!  Have to get the job done.

Happy evening forkers


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:10

Hiya addict.  I think there's a problem with the forum displaying profiles.  Can't get anyone's at moment.  Being sorted think.

Im in Cornwall, not far from the coast in st Ives bay.  The air apparently is too clean for roses and black spot, rusts, etc. form very easily,on most roses here.  I have grown a number that are supposed to be disease resistant but they never truly are.  The flowers are wonderful but the foliage is vicious, shapeless and, in winter, look awful. (think that will cause a stir!)

Agree montbretia should never be in a garden.  Down here it is a weed everywhere.  I grow crocosmia lucifer which is still a bit of a thug but doesn't seed just encroaches.  Fantastic colour though and I split it every year to control it.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:57

Mrs G

We've all done it.  Still do it I guess

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:54

We can all go to zoomer from now on.  Sorted!

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:48

I think clean pots are important in the greenhouse but for outdoor use I no longer bother. I agree that trays need to be clean too and jeyes is very good for that.

One of the worst jobs is spraying/cleaning the greenhouse in autumn....always end up getting jeyes in my face and on my clothes.  Actually, just thought, I won't wear my suit  next time I do it................


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:42

Hey ignore Fairygirl.   She truly believes she has magic powers...we just humour her

Addict, love your philosophy and your obvious passion for growing.  I guess I share that,passion too but have likes and dislikes and DO throw plants away that I dont like. Grow most things except,roses.  Not good area for them down here. ...if I can't grow things well I discard them

A lot of keen gardeners here 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:34

Nice photography matt.

The clematis is that.  Will think about plantIng that myself.

Dont know why penstemons aren't grown more widely....evergreen and summer long flowers

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:27

Mrs garden

Yes it,is indeed lysmachia firecracker.

Can I offer a word of caution?  This is an invasive plant.  I has this few years ago ...loved purple foliage and planted it.  In first season it showed tendencies to run but in the second year it was rampant.  

So, accept it will run, grow it In a pot or take it back

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