Latest posts by Wintersong

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 07:40

Omg Hosta, I said the same thing to my OH but not wishing to offend anyone, kept stoom here

The two older guys were even flirting with each other in a previous episode 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 06:21




Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 05:51

Please do Ashdale, it's not a competition, it's about sharing and all plants or gardens big or small are appreciated 

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 05:44

I'm slightly amazed at just how naive some of these grown-up gardeners are, you can forgive the youngest but the others who made life changing decision with their careers and don't know that plants in a dessert don't grow in near rows or even how improbable a black and white planting scheme is, and the prize is the sympathy vote at Chelsea by this standard 


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 16:38

Hi Verdun, couldn't tell you the name of the hydrangea but it's okay, I did some research myself and you are right, reds are along the same vein as pinks but I'm a control freak  and apparently these plants can feature several colours on the same shrub, and colour saturation is problematic. I  might try a green one,  I will think about it. 

Spent all afternoon potting up my summer displays and letting them grow on a bit in coldframes.  The next door neighbour's children were playing with their ball and the rule is one time. If the ball comes again they know not to bother asking. I've had plants squashed by flying balls but today they managed to kick it into the kitchen!  I told the boy no more chances.  Wish I didn't have to be so mean but they don't learn otherwise and they have no respect for anything. 

Got to take my youngest to college open evening and sign him up for some A levels 



Posted: 13/05/2015 at 11:44

Back from GC, well I needed a new watering can  got two already but no hose since Flynn tackled the old one 

Two more Potentilla got stuck to me, and some more Pelargonium and Argaranthums?  Did I spell that correctly?  Just too pretty and I needed to fatten out my chocolate Cosmos display in a large pot because I invested in 5 early in the year and 5 became 1 still, 1 is doing really well, just needs friends

I know the Potentilla aren't a WOW shrub, but it's a soft shade flower for my inyourface middle garden. Red is a difficult colour to get right and everything there is built off my red climbing rose. 

Talking of red, the red Hydrangea leapt at me again today, it went straight in my trolley but I was good and put it back because the label says ericaceous soil  and mine is only just neutral. I don't like the pink ones 

Now to pot up my summer bedding 

P'S love the Gunnera Hosta ! 


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:04

Thanks Pdoc, I appreciate input from knowledgeable gardeners 

I do have a couple of examples of both colours on the same plant, Verbascum Clementine and my SummerWine climbing rose so hopefully it will work , I'm just uncomfortable outside the box but looking forward to seeing it 

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:55

Re BlueOnion, that's because you are living with your garden, Chelsea is make believe, there has to be theatre to grab the attention 

I agree with Verdun, I've enjoyed the show and don't mind not seeing everything grown from seed.  It's the look of the mature-ish plants and how to use them. I appreciate seeing things in the flesh that don't grow in my own garden yet...or I have deliberated over at the GC. 

I also echo BlueOnion with regards to Joe Swift. He used to grate on me doing GW,  whereas here he is marvellous 


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:44

Morning Chicky, Dove, bekkie, Onion and others to come 

WELL DONE Ed!!!!!  Never mind about the seed trays, I was like that in February /March with all the prep stuff I needed for the garden, now it's all been used 

Lovely sunny day here, I have homework to do this morning  and a confession to make. Changed my mind about planting yesterday, so my Clematis jackmanii  (third one) got moved to sunny side, with Paul's Scarlet climbing rose whilst the yellow rose got Clematis Chantilly. ..ooh,  yellow and pink,  I'm living dangerously 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 21:44

My John Paul II has been struggling for three years by this summer,  obviously it's all that blaspheming I do

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