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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 17:49

Blooming lovely BL

I dont' believe it!!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 23:36

I watched some info on Springwatch this year about slugs and snails. Mostly pertaining to mating habits, but nothing regrows.

They get around on a muscle that is just like a giant foot and they are both sexes, tending to do it with each other at the same time. Also, the boys bits come out of their heads and if they get tangled up, which can happen, the other slug or snail simply bites off the offending item... and they don't regrow it.

After that, they get to just be the girl.

So, that information has made me less stressed when I chop them in half with my secateurs because they are probably not feeling much pain as we might..because other bits and pieces get bitten off all the time...right?

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:07

Judging by the comments, my Ceanothus shouldn't be as tall as my house  or longed lived but its fifteen yrs old and flowers its socks off every year so we end up with a blue cloud in May.


Then again, I live in Kent and it faces due south against the house wall

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 11:59
Clivealive wrote (see)

Wintersong the Calla Lily in my photo is called Picasso if you are interested. Clive




Lovely garden Leo, packed with interest

What has everyone been up to?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:45

I had a few strawberries that were delicious! Also watered a couple of hostas just because, wondered about a bit trying to envisage changes I will make and then attacked my Ceanothus and the privet beneath it to tidy them up and make room for climbers that will get planted behind them against the fence.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:37

Wow Deano, you really know how to play in style!

Clivealive, I am loving loving loving your zantedeschia! Amazing colour. Truly envious

Summer has arrived

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:32

How delicious

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 09:47

I completely sympathise with this issue Rodgy. I had a neighbour with that foghorn voice and god awful laugh who used to shout at her kids the whole time and the whole neighbourhood heard every conversation. Her voice just carried itself. I could hear her at the bottom of my garden and had to leave my windows shut on that side of the house if I wanted any rest-bite.

She really was the epitome of a Carry On character and my nerves were shot to pieces most of the time, I couldn't enjoy my garden either because they were always outside or all her windows and doors were open and you could hear her inside her own house!

I battled to find quiet times to do my gardening and contemplated headphones to drown out the noise and even reporting her to the council although other neighbours did that anyway. There was no sense of guilt either, you couldn't ask her nicely or she just shouted abuse.

But then she moved out and although I have other noisy (but nice) neighbours with kids who shout and scream at each other the whole time, barking dogs and a loud stereo, in the grand scheme of things, nothing can ever be as bad. 

I do feel for the new neighbours that have inherited the foghorn, she was driving me insane and noise is considered one of the five tortures, but I'm so glad she's gone.



Summer has arrived

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 21:41

Thanks Bev, FG and chicky.

Yes FG I much prefer growing lilies in pots to make that statement but overall I am greatly frustrated with the border and it will need a mass overhaul at the end of the year. I know what I want, just made some wrong choices this year and its all ended up a bit bitty.

chicky, you are very kind but really I am still learning as I go. It's taken me four years of obsessing so far because I can't do it on paper. I have to see it in action but I'm starting to catch on.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:25

Nothing as grand as above in my garden this week, although I think the wall of Geums is trying

 This is my death garden presently containing lilies in pots although this border needs a massive rethink in autumn, it's a huge mess

 Love this rose although I had to move it so it's very small and insignificant at the moment

 I'm finding it particularly difficult to design with reds whereas I'm really happy with my purple and white border

 I'm going to build a proper wooden arch next year and close this area with trellis to enhance to changes in mood here

 That's the good, the bad and now the ugly.

This is a Eryngium Planum and quite healthy except that every year around mid summer, it's leaves wilt. Stalks remain upright and flower but the rest of the bottom growth seems to die off. Is this normal? I've tried googling with no results, if anyone has similar experiences or knows why it does this, I'd appreciate it

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