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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 


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:44

Morning all,

Sunshine, showers and haircut today 

I lead an exciting life 


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 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:27

Gorgeous iris, I'm really hooked on them 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 07:32

Get rid of the celebrities,  most of them interviewed expressed a lack of interest in gardening SO GIVE YOUR SPACE AND TICKET TO SOMEONE WHO IS 

I really loved Dan Pearson's garden and want best in show for him,  such a lovely guy and so so talented 

I don't actually mind if we don't see the ins and outs of all gardens, that's the special extra for all those who bought tickets, I'm happy to see whatever I see but I wonder if airtime is bought by the sponsors because some gardens seem to get so much more than others 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 07:21

Morning all 

Low mood today, no idea why although I suspect lack of gardening has something to do with it 

Sun came out yesterday afternoon and it's here now but I do believe we have more of the wet stuff to come this week 

What shall I do with myself today 

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone 

PS Dan Pearson's garden must  win best in show surely? It's absolutely incredible 

Should I re-position my Clematis "Ernest Markham"?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:34

Anything that was bought in a pot and hasn't been planted for very long can easily be moved so long as you're not an accident prone lumbering giant who can play nursy with it all summer long. 

anyone have one of these?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:24

I've just looked up the geraniums suggested by WillDB and nut and they look the same so well done to both 

It's huge and I want one!


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