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Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:47

Been feeling unwell for much of this week so I visited the sticky label centre to cheer myself up

 That's salvia  Caradonna X6, Clematis Warszawska Nike and Lupin Masterpiece, thanks to whoever mentioned that one from Chelsea 

The clematis is only a baby but I don't mind leaving it to grow up a bit for a year or two

The Lupin I got at discount as it had gone over a bit, can't wait to see it alongside some orangey stuff I have,  I also picked up a Euryops at reduced price for summer colour, it just needs a tidy and a pot  and some summer Osteospermum with lovely rust colours 


9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:40

My advice with on-line plant suppliers is to only  buy the plants you cannot get elsewhere, I always hunt through the GCs first

But we'll done for complaining  


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:30

Morning all 

Sunny now but showers are forecast later on, and tomorrow, and the weekend, and the day after the weekend, and the day after--the day after the weekend

Oh well, I have other stuff to be getting on with

Chicky have a great time, BL, enjoy your guests and everyone else have a good day  

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:13

Chelsea is an old boys club...The sponsors pay for air time, the designers expect gold medals and newcomers like Sue Beesley can't get a space because of the biggest nurseries who are on their 70th medals 

Obviously Chelsea needs to be the best of the best but it just strikes me as unfair  

I mean look at the trouble Tescos are in now after they put all the smaller shops and farmers out of business 

I'll get off my soapbox now 

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  


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? 



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 

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