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Latest posts by Wintersong

The problem with acers

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:39

Browning could be wind damage 

I hear a lot of talk about acer growing conditions and I'm no expert but they mostly don't like strong winds, strong sunlight or a lack of water. I don't know much about their happiness in alkaline soil but mine have grown beautifully in neutral soil, I did think the acid soil was a bit of a myth but I'm no expert, plenty folk here are  

 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:33

Lovely pond meadowland and great start to your gardening efforts Ashdale, well done 

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:27

When I researched hostas a few years back I was surprised to learn that a hosta has a *set* of sun or shade leaves depending upon light levels the previous year, so for this year Dove's example plant will be using it's shade leaves in sun. Next year's set of leaves will have adapted to more sunlight  

Saying that, I don't know what to believe after watching Christine Walkden bust those myths at Chelsea 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 13:53

Have to admit that Lupin caught my eye Pdoc, 

Think it might go wonderfully in the hotter part of my garden  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 13:19

Hope it's not too difficult for you and your companions Panda 

It's raining in a loop here and decidedly chilly. Are we actually in the month of May? 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:27

We have a conventicle of magpies who frequent the guttering of surrounding buildings as their foraging rights 

I know when they're around because the sparrows cheep an alarm call but can do nothing about it 

So far this year I've removed three dead chicks from the garden, there are no nests in the immediate vicinity OH suggests that magpies have  dropped them or the parents have removed the dead? 

Mrs Blackbird is much better at protecting her young, whilst the male struts his stuff on the lawn of a neighbour's garden, she is having the full on fisty cuffs with those magpies who dare to pay a visit 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:01

I mix blues and purples with orange. Haven't gotten round to orange Echinacea yet, but I do have lots of Knifophia, Crocosmia, Potentilla nepalensis Miss Wilmott (which OH says is pink but like that dress, I see orange ) and Verbascum Clementine. 

I grow annual Rudbeckia and Calendula en mass and I have a keen interest in orange blooms that are flushed with pink or vice versa. Climbing rose Summer Wine is one of my favourite, honeysuckle, I have the rose Hot Chocolate which begins a deep rusty colour and finishes somewhere in dusky pink. It's marvellous. I include the orange berries of my Pyracantha in the mix and I'm waiting to see just how burnt my orangey iris Cable Car is 

More orange for me please 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:44

Morning all,

Sunshine, showers and haircut today 

I lead an exciting life 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 16:10

Dove, We got the hail shower in Kent which means it must have gone through Chelsea to get here...oh dear 

I was in town getting my eyebrows threaded and picking up bird food. OH told me to buy whatever I saw to cheer myself up, something sexy he said, but I only got a Per Una cardy that was in the sales  it's really nice but OH isn't impressed 

We just had thunder 

Is this an Astrantia?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:14

I planted a bare root astrantia in 2012 and it withered away and I forgot about it until it popped up this year 

Discussions started by Wintersong

How to beat Botrytis?

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Whats wrong with my hosta?

It's half the size of last year 
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Before and After

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June in Your Garden!

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Chelsea!

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Chelsea Chop

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What's it like in your garden?

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Ooh ooh so excited!

New border 
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Talkback: Informal planting

Andy said "Basically, it’s like a collage of pictures stuck on a bit of paper, except I do it in Powerpoint on a computer." It's an incredi... 
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Why Miss Bateman?

Clematis 
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Phormium newbie

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