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Latest posts by Wintersong


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 11:01

Yeah Chicky, that Box disease is very annoying, I hope its not too painful on your plot. I have six Box balls in total and crossing my fingers I don't get the same business here. 

It's mild here too, already been out clearing away a pile of branches from summer pruning that I never got round to at the time. I didn't want to encourage bees to nest there this year since I'm planning to build a raised bed on that spot but I don't mind them choosing anywhere under my deliberate log piles. My little Flynn was happy to help remove and chew any Flynn sized sticks, he's also been practicing his skills in the *come when called department* and got 100% score. Such a good little boy, he absolutely loves rummaging around in my borders I just wish he wasn't so camouflaged on occasions!

I'll be going out in a bit again to patch up a Flynn sized hole underneath the fence we share with neighbours. Our ground is higher than theirs and dips a bit in one panel which he hasn't yet discovered but I must do it since next door own two very large dogs and may not welcome an intruder.

The only other place to Flynn proof is behind the shed which he could fit very nicely and although he's quite safe and able to get out, I'd rather not give him hiding places if I can help it

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 07:26

@Gardengirl, Beautiful Penstemon!

I had a purple/white one flowering up until about two weeks back when it just couldn't get past the first major dip in temperatures...aah well, its done terrifically well considering I hacked the single plant apart two years back and now have a large clump of five that flowered their socks off this year past.

Would love to add a red one this year as they seem to like my soil

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:21

For me, it's a new greenhouse, once I've removed some raised beds, cleared the rubbish, levelled the area and paved it... but you know, it wasn't that long ago since I had the middle garden to improve and it felt like a huge job, but we got and repeat


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:09

Aww that's so sweet Dove.

He's a Yorkie-Russel and too cute for his own good. He's extremely loving and fiercely intelligent and I've already enrolled him in the Nigel school of garden etiquette, as seen on Gardeners' World repeats  

Although I do expect the odd puppy moment, I really don't mind, my biggest headeache will be slug control now that I have a pet to think about, I know they do dog friendly ones, but I'm thinking more about beer traps this year and raised beds maybe for my hostas????

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:00

Mistakes will always happen, next year will always be much better than this year and I will never have the money, time, space or right conditions to grow what I really want but hey ho...I will aalso never-ever-ever fall out of love with my garden


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:46

Haha you'd have to catch him first!

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:45


Wow, you guys have amazingly long lists!

I can just about drum up some pansies, a grand old Fatzia, Pieris in a pot and my shrub rose Rhapsody in blue...but I still think my garden looks amazing in its humble way



Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:35


Hope everyone had a good Christmas and wishing you all a very happy new year! Can't wait to send the last family and friends home and start making plans for the new year in my garden.

Landscaping the veg plot and erecting a new greenhouse as soon as the weather allows, with more planting and one large bed to dig out and redo..oh and I got a new addition to my garden this year, he's called Flynn, he's ten inches high and absolutely adorable. I hope he likes gardening because he's going to be in the garden all year...



Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 16:11

Yes we are Lily Pilly! and thanks LesleyK,  I will stop worrying now 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:49


Hello everyone

My garden today...and Josephine making another go of it to make me worry they'll be nothing saved for next year


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