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Latest posts by Wintersong


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:08

Thanks Verdun,  Lord Bargain! 

By the way, any planting combos come to mind with my shiny new Salvia Guaranitica? 

Oranges are looking very pleasing but I have yet to see this plant grow,  no matter what the label says, I have to see it in situe and really want to get away from keep moving things wrongly placed. 

One question for anyone, why have I been looking two years for hakonechloa at GCs to no avail ?


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:11

It's been trying to rain all morning in Kent 

Visit to B&Q for paints and plants. I was returning three plants I bought last week that just weren't working for me but I hit a brick wall. ..oh no, we don't return plants 

I felt like I had leprosy. The looks I got and after the amount of money I've spent at this store this year alone,  let alone last year!

Alright,  they're not an official GC but still, quick enough to take my money 

Suffice to say I wasn't going to take no for an answer. ..and made a swap for 3 salvia guaranitica Black and Blue which suits me better. 

I also indulged in a red banana which I'm over the moon with but as soon as I am driving,  B&Q will cease to get my custom anymore 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:54

Morning all 

Up early today so i can get a good sleep tonight, because of my long shifts at the weekend 

It's damp this morning but as Verdun says, the ground is so dry, I can't say Kent has had a single week, weekend or even day of real proper rain. Half a day at most, once this summer 

My soil is builder's rubble, light sand and bone dry and I am always amazed how plants still manage to live in it 

I tend to plant new things in deepish holes with piles of compost added to improve things,  obviously I choose appropriate plants, most of the time, I have three astilbes that struggle through my gallons of watering to keep them going. I didn't know their requirements when i bought them, will probably take them to my parents (in my car) because they have a naturally moist area in their garden that I don't have 

Today is garden designing. Trying to refine my choices and get that blend of planting just right. 

More coffee first 


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 20:04

My one blackcurrant bush has gone crazy this year, I think I picked half a ton the other day and still half a ton to go. 

I'm not a jam maker though so... The freezer drawer is squashed full 

Back from driving lessons with a concentration headache so I'm chilling in front of the bedroom smart TV 


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:34

Back from my GC trip with some bargain half price iris, the same as what I have so next year's display will be wow  I don't want lots of different plants,  just large spreads of the ones I love most 

And those Verbascum Clementine that were nagging me.  I have places for all the plants so it's lemonade time in the sun 


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 09:48

Morning guys, 

Busy busy week, some of it my own off to the GC again today, since I can't get that Verbascum out of my head 

Have a great day everyone 

Oh, I also added another 2 hours to my driving lessons,  that's 6 per week now, plus what I can find time for in the Mazda when OH is free 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 09:20

My Canna variety is tropicanna black

It's more orange than the photo suggests and a real statement  

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 21:35

What a lovely rose!

 This came out to play,  first year I've ever grown Cannas, always thought they were too exotic for me 


Posted: 22/07/2015 at 07:39

Morning all

Where has my week gone? Monday was full day gardening,  yesterday was shopping, then gardening, then my sons were all done to go out for middle one's birthday meal and today is a trek across town for my youngest college interview then rushing back in time for driving lessons, of course all this hiking would be faster and easier if I was driving now 

Oh well, it's keeping me fit considering I have no time for gym today 


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:33

Mine is thick and strong and  virtually indestructible  my hair dresser is so lovely about it, I don't feel half as guilty as I used to and she always gets a big tip  

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