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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 

Raised flower bed

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:04

Excellent Tiny.......

hydrangea - is it dead?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:03

....and scrape away some of,that mulch esp around the pla t


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:22

Always felt the " vigilante" system had a lot going for it.  I know there are problems with it but often it is the way to deal with situations.  I'm sure we have all gone some way down this road to sort issues.....successfully.


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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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