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Posted: 28/05/2015 at 09:46

First thing French-time BL 

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 08:47

Happy B day Yvie 

Why has my alium stalks turned white?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 08:45

Alliums don't need dividing, just thinning if they self seed too much.

The leaves wither and dieback about the same time as the flowers show, their work is done for another year, they can look tatty.

Otherwise check for slug and snail damage. Allium stalks  can be stripped white, obviously the leaves will get butchered as well and some of the flowerheads. 


Planting 2 plants in the same place (idiot gardener) hostas

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 06:21

Make sure the hosta is in shade unless it's reliably wet 


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 06:15

Have a good day at the saltmines Hosta and all

I got woken up early by a dog who is just so happy to be alive. Wet tongue in the face job. 

Fed the birds twice already this morning, the starlings that usually come have trippled their numbers with chicks, first time I've seen them altogether, it's madness out there like a scene from the birds movie, and the noise is sure to wake the neighbours 


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:28

Night night Lesley 


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:02

How utterly frustrating Clari 

Good job Hosta 

Want one Stargaze lily 

Sleep tight Pauline7 

Wow!  Wonky Womble 

Nice one Verdun 


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 18:22

Any rain in Kent tonight will be due to my planting today 

Got an especially ugly patch of border dealt with today, you know the type of area where the plants are well past their best but since they're not quite dead, you leave the expense for another day. Looks lovely now although the salvias in my own garden are no where near as far along, I still think it will work in future years.

Caught the sun again today, despite my application of suncream, trouble with that stuff is it only lasts 20-30 mins at high noon but I tend to let two hours slide by before reapplying. Luckily I never burn, just don't want to risk the C word   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 18:02

Thanks both of you 

The best friends to have are always the gardening kind 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:58

Glorious day in Kent,  so I got busy re-arranging pots in middle garden until a pleasing effect was achieved then went for the jugular in a patch under tree in main border. Ripped out donkeys old Pinks, improved the awful soil and planted 3 of my 6 Salvia Caradonna to make it look natural. Of course these nursery grown specimens are further ahead than my own versions but look great with the alliums whilst next year they will be a great follow on for late summer colour. 

Can anyone tell me what to do with my shop bought Cosmos?  They are 10 inches high and flowering. Do I pinch out or just deadhead?


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It's half the size of last year 
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Ooh ooh so excited!

New border 
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