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Latest posts by Wintersong

Our NGS Open Day 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 21:05

Good luck with that, your garden is worth it!

But please do let us know how the day goes, last year I asked several times about when and how it went but I guess you missed the threads.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:47

Don't cut the fowers off and they will do it for you

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:44

Colder this morning in SE than afternoon when the sun made an appearance. I managed to get out for a couple of hours mulching and tying in but the effort still required several layers and gloves.

Garden remains sans snow but its bitter temps.



Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:44

My personal preference is bark chippings. I use bags from Wicks since the quality is much better than B&Q in my humble opinion.

This year's order is 18 bags because I skipped on bark last year almost completely and I'm doing everything this year.

I use it for a few reasons but mainly because my compost doesn't cover the ground I need to protect and it degrades into the soil to become a wonderful loam, given time. It does dry out a bit in the summer months, but I always apply thinkly and dream of the loamy goodness beneath. It leaves me very little weeding to do over the year and looks great against the plants, just try to use border edging, or it can look messy.

For some specific plants such as hostas, I incorporate my own compost in early spring, then top dress with grit to keep the slugs off, a circle as far as the leaves spread.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 22:25

Great pictures and stories. Thanks for sharing

WEATHER this week

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:13
Jean Genie wrote (see)

Blizzard here in West Lancs.   Still snowing and wind howling. What's going on. ??????

Where's Spring. ?



In Kent with meeeeeee

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:11

Yes you can, if you promise to admire my garden and talk plants and design and garden designers all day and have tea and cake while we watch GW later.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 11:41

Sorry to all those who have floods or snow, but it's a beautiful early Spring day here in Kent...

What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:38

I like formal over chaos, every shade of green, dappled shade, elegant blooms, contrasting foliage and plenty of work to do. Even weeding is a joy to me.

My garden is the envy of my friends and family and yet, it's no where near what I want. It's increasingly less mature the further away from the house with some sections remaining gappy just because I can't afford to fill them yet or haven't decided what I want. I make all the decisions although OH is happy to assist me any way he can and enjoys the garden along with me. I don't have kids or pets, Oh and I did all the hard landscaping last, since I just couldn't resist buying plants over paving slabs

This year's main focus is more vegetables, and more colour co-ordination within the five rooms that make up my humble plot. No clashing please.

I'm a bit of a control freak although I'm also green, love the wildlife that chooses to make my garden home, bore my friends silly on the subject of plants and talk to my plants (in the ground or pots) when I'm out there come hail or shine.  I can't help communicating my joy and pleasure to have such special amazing and faithful flora that brings me such wonder and happiness every year.

Good Morning ..... :D

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 10:56

Good Spring-morning Bunny and others...

I've just finished a 5hr shift that begun at 5.15 so after brunch, I will be moving earth somewhere outside. Sooooooo much to do, so little time, but yes, It's Spring

Discussions started by Wintersong

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Ooh ooh so excited!

New border 
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