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April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:19

@obelixx, that lab sounds adorable and must feel as though he has a new lease of life! My deceased 13yr lab was a handful for the first two years, needing a lot of walking and training, I can only imagine how stir crazy the dog must have felt trapped indoors! They never get past adolescence in my opinion, my Phar still lved to nuzzle his teddy bears with a beard and grey paws!

 He had to be put down with a heart condition in 2010. Still sorely missed and a great big soppy mutt.

Best of luck and enjoyment for the bouncy new playmate!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 14:00

@Sotongeoff, yes I'm using the blue ones. As I said, I try to limit them to deep under foliage or right in the depths of things like Phormium and Sisyrinchium where I've never seen a bird plunder. (I also believe..think...remember reading somewhere maybe...that they are specifically coloured blue to stop birds and wild mammals eating them). This does not include pet dogs. 

Once the rain stops......I'll make up a Garlic solution to use the rest of the season, I'm trying very very hard to be organic as possible with piles of grit on susceptible plants, although I guess I could try harder with those late night slug hunts.

Maybe I just expect too much this year? My garden is the fullest its ever been this year and I wonder that for every plant I buy or propagate, I must expect an increase in SS population.

Tonight's programme

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:56

I grew Cowslips from seed a few years back, including putting them in the fridge for 6 weeks to fool the seed into thinking it had gone through winter.

When I planted them in the garden I forgot all about them and rescued just two plants two years ago looking very sorry for themselves. They got a better place and last summer I divided them and will again this year. After a slow start they seem to be taking off nicely now.

 Here they are mixed with some Doronicum Little Leo that were half dead and on the cheap at B&Q last year and now doing splendidly.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:52

Yes we did  Two days in the middle of March and half an hour later on. It was on the news

raised beds

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:50

Climbing Hydrangea wont like full sun, its best in a shady spot. Maybe try a vine for green or red leaf colour? Just choose a cultivartor that isn't too vigorous

Tonight's programme

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:07

I think that the spring programs should be an hour long, more than summer when everything is growing anyhow. We are straight out of winter and starving hungry for green things I reckon! I work my garden the most hours in Spring and I want design know how, planting ideas, flower porn and a good sniff around other people's gardens. I want to luxuriate in all those plants and projects that might take my fancy and GW always leaves me wanting more

And planty more shots of Nigel!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 11:01

Hehe, I was always blamed for rain in my house because I had been planting out the day before, but this year I can't take the blame! The rain is persistent.

New to gardening and need help!!

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 10:59

Here here Irene Mac and what a lot of work you have! Poor you, but as you say, all that work now will allow your dreams to materialise.

Piccys in the Garden Gallery thread when you see results

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 10:53

@Kate1123, talking of slugs and snails...not sure if it's my imagination or what, but I am observing a general indifference to the pellets I'm using (best on the market!) This morning's peruse around my patch caught me seven snails in my Sisyrinchium and a massive fat slug in my Phormium all of which were living quite happily next to the poisonous pellets! I always try to scatter them right inside susceptible plants so as to keep them away from foraging birds etc.

Anyone else making similar observations?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 09:11

Raining this morning here in Kent. Looks like it might decide to do that all day long

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