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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 13:41

Beeb weatherman just said it was same weather conditions as Christmas day

Feels like it, woolly socks for me today since my feet were freezing in me wellies. Very grey day, threatening to rain, ground soaking wet in Kent.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 09:28

Nice to meet you, Woo2.

I have a 100ft garden in Kent that I started from scratch 17yrs ago but only recently managed to reach the bottom with landscaping, so my garden is a mix of very mature top and very new bottom. I buy plants whenever have spare cash and although I have read all the books and do plenty of research, I'm still learning. This forum is great for that, and so is GW on the Beeb.  

Your garden sounds really interesting, would love to see it and would never get bored of discussing it

Talkback: Oriental poppies

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 23:21

Mrs Perry is a stunner! 

I started with one single poppy and now have two very established clumps. So easy to grow but be warned they have deep taproots and even if you think you've dug them up, they often grow back! Good way to make more though.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 16:56

 In the very early days we bought twigs and I learnt how to take cuttings etc from family and friends gardens, but no-one had an interest like me or as big a garden to fill.

Since then, I've relied on annuals to fill ugly gaps and divided plants recklessly to bulk up a bit whilst every plant I buy at the garden centre is a larger version to be propagated from, or a smaller one I'm patient enough to grow on, such as my half dead bargain clematis that are doing amazingly well. I've also used ebay, got myself a brilliant bunch of Sissyrinchium really cheap last summer that will be divided this year already.

I like large groups of plants but I really wish I could swap plants a bit. I give plants away all the time but never seem to get any back

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:52 it is no longer a problem?  

It's funny how young children ruin all your stuff and spend all your money, but once they are older or left home, the garden can be nurtured and spoilt rotten.

I can't go two weeks without buying a plant, but they are just the best thing to put a smile on my face.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:22

Not a football or trampoline in sight

garden is just grass!!!!

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:18

Dig it. Add organic matter (from the chicken pen and more) and plenty of grit. You want to open the soil up. Clay sticks in sodden clumps that can be easily compacted and whilst it can be fertile, it needs breaking up into small pieces and keeping light and fluffy.

No walking on the bed, use boards to disperse your weight evenly and really don't scrimp on the organic matter and grit. It's really hard work, but the plants will struggle without an investment of hard work first.

I'd also mulch the bed once you've prepared it, clay can bake solid in the summer.

That's all I know, thankfully I have sticky sand that turns to dust without mulch but is easy to dig.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:06

@HyppyByker, thanks!

@Kate, Oldest son lives with his girlfriend and is currently training to be a teacher. Middle son lives away from home also and is finishing uni this year whilst the youngest is in his teens, currently studying to get into uni in two years time.

All smashing young men who love their mum

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 14:32

Oh my three sons grew up on Lemon drizzle cake! That and family lasagne.

Drizzle in the garden constantly today, I have a bomb crater in my middle garden and the ugly Pampas beast is no more. I thanked it for its contribution over the years to my privacy and the neighbourhood birds' nests, and the mountain of compost it leaves in its wake. The ground is concave, the memory of sun shine is fading and my muscles hurt but here's to the future. 

Unhappy Euphorbia Wulfenni

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 10:12

Euphobia characias subs. Wulfenii is easy to grow since it will tolerate varied soils so long as its free draining, doesn't mind being exposed and will happily get on in some shade.

Saying that, I had one growing in really poor soil in my front garden that got shaded out by a large ceanothus and was looking extremely straggly so I chopped it back low and moved it to a semi shade border with slightly deeper soil in the back garden and the thing was instantly away. It's put on staggering growth in the last three years.

So, from my experience, it could be that there is some difference between the good one and the two that are unhappy. What this is, is difficult to assess without knowing your situation, but my novice guess would be too much shade or water. Study the movement of the sun or soil condition in their location over a period of time perhaps, alternatively, just move them anyhow. If I understand it to be the Euphorbia you have stated, it will grow very large and sprawling with time and unless you have a huge stately home, three together might all get a bit forestry.

Repetition in the garden is good, so personally, I would dig up the two sickly ones, inspect the roots and replant in desirable positions to show them off at their best. Good luck

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