Wintersong


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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 19:51
Inkadog wrote (see)

What a lovely tree that is,@figrat--the peeling bark reminds me of our native arbutus, but a different colour. What is it?

I don't see a tree or peeling bark in figrat's picture, perhaps you meant mine. It's Eucalyptus pauciflora, with blueish evergreen foliage, gorgeous fresh new foliage, wonderful fluffy white flowers and multi stems of peeling bark that go incredible colours in the rain, reds and pinks. I love it a lot

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 14:17

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GW Presenters

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 20:49

I don't read gossip, but have always considered that maybe some of our missing favourites can't do GW due to other committments? GW is not the only source of income for those named above and may very well not be the best paid. People often make the mistake that you are richly paid if you are on the telly.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 13:52
jean riley wrote (see)

A. Stop feeding the birds but we have been doing so for years so worried about upsetting balance of nature. or,

B. Let nature take it's course and let it have it's take away. Spoke to a guy from the r.s.p.b. who told me our garden will be in the sparrowhawk's flight path so think it's here to stay.

Any other ideas , please.

There's no nice way to do this, you are upsetting the balance of nature by feeding the birds in the first place. I've swapped my bird tables for nesting boxes and organic gardening so I can still enjoy the wildlife without too much interfering. Perhaps, phase out the feeding after the breeding season?

Raspberry failure

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 22:25

The main stems should have woken up by now, but don't despair. Leave them in situ. Raspberries are extremely vigorous and will grow new shoots up to four foot from parent plant, so unless your specimen is completely dodo, you may yet get new growth from the roots.

Monty says that Raspberries are shallow rooted and don't like competition from weeds but mine grew almost complete neglected, through patches of bindweed in sandy soil and were like a forest in just four years from a single stem, which also appeared lack lustre the first year I had it.

Good luck and you've been warned.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:27

Awesome gardens chaps and chapettes  loving the framing of the views with trees and such and the compositions are marvellous.

@figrat, don't ever part with the window photo, it is artistically magical.

Well, the weather was beautiful once more and I managed to grab a couple of hours this afternoon in my own garden dodging the vibrating Photinia davidii along my path, the bees are going nuts on it, the foliage is gorgeous and it has a heavenly scent to boot!

Having got the mundane chores out of the way yesterday, today I managed some fun bits, inspecting the elegant red stems of my Euphorbia Silver Swan popping new buds aplenty with eagerness to spread, and my bottle-brush bush that got flattened by the snow and is now making a vigorous comeback, hurray!

I also adding five more Geum Lady Stratheden to a drift of five I already planted this Spring, making ten plants in total from a single 2Lt pot I bought last autumn. Now that's a bargain  (when I split it, there were five decent sized divisions that went straight into the border and six tiny plants that needed to be potted up, and one died)

I will be doing the same with any other plants I can throughout the summer and Autumn, all of which will hopefully survive the winter and make large drift plantings next year--always thinking ahead--!

I've already decided next year's garden budget is going on plant supports and structure for the garden, which means no more buying plants!  It's a bit like buying a really expensive dress and wearing the wrong underwear isn't it ladies?

I must create larger swathes of the same planting instead of my tendency to be bitty because I impulse buy at the GC, but I'm also fed up with storms wrecking some of my mature herbaceous stuff like my Eryngium that rewards me with a mountain of skyward thistles in spring only to be a spectacular blue flop by the summer, and the thing is buttressed on all sides with large twiggy prunings!

Anyone know what design of plant support is best on what plants, I would be glad of the tips!

Enjoy your gardens!

 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 18:09

First day in the garden for a few. The weather was warm and sunny today, warmer even than what the weatherman predicted.

So, I had a massive list of to-do jobs, starting with feeding the veg (since watering on a wet day don't make no sense to me) but I got distracted tidying up after the recent wind damage. Inevitably this led to tidying the borders when I noticed a lot of manky leaves on my Kniphofia which I'm always clearing away. My two established clumps also needed de-snailing (some of the flower-stalks have nibble damage which I guess is inevitable this year ) and I also turned the compost bins and added the rest of the pampas grass compost to those bins, just about squeezing it in and leaving a small pile that I'll fork into the ground. Bins are all coming along nicely!

After lunch, I returned to the garden to discuss planting combos with my ever-accommodating hubby who left for Parliamentary debates whilst I hacked back some of my Ivy clumps.

Now, I love Ivy for many reasons, both climbing and the mounds of the stuff that I let develop in the border. They are like breathing spaces to me, with incredible foliage that offers freshness and greenness between more showy planting, but they can get out of control, spreading through the undergrowth with extremely long stems. I must have filled a bin liner with these today and it looks a lot tidier for it, although the clumps remained untouched.

There was more tidying after dinner and then the lawn got mowed and trimmed although it's more a lawn of clover than grass. Ho-hum.

All in all, I'm pleased with the garden this year and now all the mess has been dealt with, I think I deserve that glass of Pimms on the patio

 

Unidentifed Raptor

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 10:01

Buzzards are the UK's fastest growing bird of prey (as in numbers, not individual size)

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:54

@david spikes, thats just too crazy for my head! What a daily challenge and what an absolute master you must be!

Do you only pick plants that can handle the snowfall or does it pass too quickly to really do damage? I cannot quite grasp how it stays as snow in such temps, it's intriguing stuff!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:12

Wet and windy in Kent.

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