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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:10

Morning folks.  Wet here....warm tho.  Scorching yesterday, rain today....plants enjoying this 

Fairy, a few puns there.  Excellent to spice up the day.  What are you grafting?  

A delphinium, leucanthemum, echinacea and white scabious are now growing away after being eaten away to nothing by slugs.  Pellets did little to help so a few night calls to pick slugs off has sorted things.  

Taking my mum to day centre later.  She enjoyed her maiden......hey! Get it?  Maiden?......visit yesterday and met someone she grew up with  and lived next to as a child.  They were chatting away like women do.......oops!  I'll get my coat 

Pot or not

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:18

Astilbes can be drab or fantastic.  In good moist comditions.....I mulch with dried manure, feed well and water well and the results are taller full flower heads on lush looking foliage.  Many astilbes have lovely copper red foliage too to make sumptuous plants  for this time of year.  I admit to loving these plants.

Dont put astilbes in pots.  You will just get sad, sorry looking imposters of otherwise  beautiful plants.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:10

It's been another scorcher today.    No rain or sign of it.

Popped into B & Q today to get some blue scabious.  Bought a couple last week so wanted more.  Sold out.  I scanned everywhere until I saw one on a rack looking slightly below par.  Asked to speak to guy in charge and, after a little haggling, got 2 ( yep, saw another on it's side) for £1.  Soaked both plants  in a bowl of water for an hour, trimmed spent flowers and planted out.  They now look superb, as good as those bought last week.  Delighted with my bargains.  

The rain yesterday and the sun today has pushed growth into overdrive.  


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:53

Hiya lavendarblue2, 

Bamboos I avoid.

Rockery you want nice, little gems or wide spreading varieties?  Many of the small varieties need winter protection (rain).  

Helianthemums, sun roses, are brilliant evergreen summer long flowering plants in colours from white, to pink, to yellow to orange to red.  Alyssum provides yellow spring flowers on evergreen foliage. Aubretia for purples and blues, osteospermums in white, pink amd purple.  Arabis in white and pink some with lovely vsriegated foliage. Verbena homestead purple, varieties of thyme, lewisias are lovely summer flowers for dry rock sites.  Campanulas with mound forming habits as well as sprawling carpeters are easy too.  Some spikey plants ....grasses like festuca that provide blue foliage and greyish flowers. Stipa Tennuissima is a delightful grass with billowing flowers all summer and perfect for dry comditions.  Some of the smaller hebes provide rounded domes of evergreen foliage.....purple, grey, green and all evergreen and are happy in a rockery situation.  Other shrubs like silver helichrysum (the curry plant) and grey santolina, and purple sage, purple dwarf pittosporum and red carex like buchanii.  The list is endless. 


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:30

Charley....beware the addiction!  Agree, nice fresh green leaves and a promise of something spectacular.  Got a few far, touch wood, can grow them without slug or snail issues.  

Hostsfan, best blue variety?  Best yellow variety?

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:37

Morning Daisyheadcase,

Oh, sorry you are a little ill.  

You will get there with your lawn but it's best to reeeeeelax if you can in your garden, chill out and not worry about it too much. 

Have nice sunny day 

How old are your gardens

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:34

Hiya Palaisglide,

Enjoyed your post.  And the remarks about own passion.  (I was the blonde bomber at school......ha ha .)

My garden must be 25 years old.  Initially it was all about shrubs and conifers.  And, as prob commonplace, it was spring that I concentrated on.

Over recent few years I have replaced many shrubs and conifers with softer perennials.  A picea albertiana Comica, for example, was removed last autumn and a whole bunch of (carefully thought out) perennials and grasses planted there,,most of which I had already propagated and grown on. Some sentimental plants too, some old shrubs (evergreens are topiarised as cones, pillars, etc.) kept young with correct pruning, some classy conifers like Taxus Standishii and small cryptomerias and junipers, plenty of grasses,tender perennials,  lots of foliage colour, a recent emphasis on tall perennials like veronicastrums and heleniums, a well kept veg patch, a range of fruit, a small pool, and a small hexagonal greenhouse.  The garden is in two parts....front garden and a slightly bigger back one.  Just off a busy coastal road but 2 mins walk to the Towans and a 10 minute run (ahem, a 15 minute walk now) to the beach.  

Soil is a rich sandy loam at back but a sandier soil at front.  Totally walled garden, tall sycamores at rear on neighbour's plot that provide essential shelter from,any salt winds from the sea.  Essentially a hot sunny garden and shade is contrived to suit certain plants.  Could grow more climbers....have a few clematis but have neglected this area a little and I intend to plant a few tender climbers. 

A bit of a plantsman I guess, me, and constantly checking out new varieties of plants.  A (obsessive?) need to evaluate why a plant dies or struggles.  However, it,is an "enjoyed" garden


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:10

Morning Dove

Yes, I felt it might be that way. ,Adrian Bloom has always inspired me.  Whenever he has had a spot on a prog he has always spoken with passion, ideas and knowledge.  It would have been his garden I would have wanted to see 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:07

Daisyheadcase......what a delightful name .........I've come to realise that beauty in the garden, principally the lawn, is second to enjoying it.  Mine is a good lawn and proud of it but, as I have already said, it is used too. Your garden looks like its a fun place to be and that's great 

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:50

Well. She does look good Kevin..........   She's fine for Chelsea but not for general garden progs.  

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