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Latest posts by Wintersong

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 21:39



I WISH the little hut was a beehive, I'd be honoured and very proud! Its actually a very dilapidated compost bin shaped like a beehive

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:43

Well I'm loving all these plants so much.

Bev, that Clematis is one f my favourites. So elegant.

happymarion, that combo is really awesome and one of my favourite (blue and rusty orange)!

Those geraniums are really pretty, I love the white Dianthus and nut, your Astrantia is flipping marvelous

I've grown mine from a 50p dried up sprout from last year that's flowering and putting on good growth this year but nothing to match your example

Also love those types of Penstemon. I have the fatter bell type in purple and white, but I think I much prefer the tube type flower and in those reds. I really wouldn't mind finding one of those in my GC although I'm currently avoiding it since my wish list is almost endless

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:01

All of the above advice is top notch.

For what it's worth and to start you off and keep it simple, just remember the ratio of 50/50 wet and dry and you can't really go wrong. Ofc add manures, stir it and pee is also good, but getting the right ratio is important or it will take much much longer time.


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:55

I vote for any of the mustelid species mentioned.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:41

Yeah, I hate the wind the most as I think it is the most spoiling and damaging.

What us gardeners have to endure...

Here's a photo of my purple and white garden which got designed this year and is the biggest success of my design adventures. Just gonna sit and enjoy as it matures now.

The rose is only two years old, but what a marvellous thing it shall become now that its proper settled and growing well

 and a close up of the rose "Winter White" (no relation )



Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:30
artjak wrote (see)

Winter s, perhaps, since the farmer sprayed the back field on May 1st and damaged a lot of my plants I should have a 'dying' area of the garden.


Oh artjak, that's terrible. I would definitely make a complaint.


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:13

Woody, impressive space you have going there with magnificent veg plots


Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

OH is taking me to Glyndebourne to see the marriage of Figaro this evening. Forecast was good for today, but it looks a bit damp and grey at the moment.

This...this...THIS is one of my favourite plays (before it became an opera) I re-read it all the time. How wonderful. Enjoy!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 09:05

artjak...I need a Verbascum in my garden

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 22:58

Yucca flowers are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.

Fraid I'm a little bit of a hater although I adore the spike before it opens. I just think they look too weird but am extremely happy for you Tim Burr to achieve this maturity in your Yucca

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 22:54
artjak wrote (see)

Winters, do you find that sisyrinchium always has a 'burnt' look after it has flowered?


Yes, the stems and seed-heads turn black and last all winter which I don't mind in my Death garden .

I truly adore this plant, its subtly is really stunning and I'm a sucker for spiky leaves but it's only fault is the die-back on the leaves by the end of winter. Kniphofia leaves are easy to pull away when they go over and many other plants that do the same, but these prove problematic as too much pulling disturbs the roots. I tried giving a second clump a crew-cut earlier in the year to test the plant's regrowth rate but that didn't work so my only method is snipping individual leaves with scissors.

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