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Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:45

Well, busy, busy day in the garden. Finished, more or less, planting the front garden. many......cleared, stocks and wallflowers out and summer,flowerers and grasses in.looks promising.  (forgive the swearing folks, but a grass I  Iike and recommend is Arrhenatherum Bulbosum.  Almost white in appearance, contrasting well with purple shrubs like berberis atro nana, and about 60 cm tall.  I divide mine every year or two to quickly make more plants.  Put one behind spirea with orange foliage......forget its name for mo.  

Hot day.  Luverly 

phytophthora root rot

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:25

Yes, and your photinia might be its next victim.  Lost mine because of phytophthora ......on a nearby juniper.....that spread to it.

I replanted the area with herbaceous perennials......dahlias,,heleniums, etc.

Repairing a hose

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:20

Hmmmmm!  Yes, they might make it awkward on a tight reel. however, it's the only way to repair hoses satisfactorily. 

yet another rude online retailer...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:16

Hiya jatnikapyar, 

I too feel there is a language issue here rather than him being rude.

Its funny, isnt it, how we can read things differently?

Let us know if he sends you replacement seeds.  I think we will.  If not I will agree with you about this supplier.

Best wishes jatnikapyar. 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:20

Like the planting AWB.  Maybe a grass/carex or two like carex testacea, Bowles golden grass...?


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 08:23

......not cannabis, I hope KEF. 


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 08:08

Looks like a hot day in prospect.  

Get some planting done in front garden this morning,hopefully.

Good news about your dad Fidget 


It's not rocket science....

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 08:05

That's a CATastrophe Supernoodle 

Cocoa Shell Mulch

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:52

Hiya Yarrow, 

Used cocoa shell mulch about 20 years ago and, initially, it looked and smelled fantastic.  However, it soon became "mouldy" with white "growths".  I think it possibly could be hazardous to pets.....or children if they lick their hands there.  

Would not use it again 


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:47

Hiya allium

I garden on sandy loam.  Agree though that these plants like a bit of moisture.  The back garden has good deep, enriched soil good for them but couldn't hope to grow them well in the front.  However panicums are worth a try.....or go for Calamagrostis if you want a tall summer flowerimg grass on light soil.

The salvia......uliginosa the exception to most salvias in needing moisture.  Try salvia Amistad, patens Guanajuato, or guaranitica for tall blues on light soils.

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