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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:44

My personal preference is bark chippings. I use bags from Wicks since the quality is much better than B&Q in my humble opinion.

This year's order is 18 bags because I skipped on bark last year almost completely and I'm doing everything this year.

I use it for a few reasons but mainly because my compost doesn't cover the ground I need to protect and it degrades into the soil to become a wonderful loam, given time. It does dry out a bit in the summer months, but I always apply thinkly and dream of the loamy goodness beneath. It leaves me very little weeding to do over the year and looks great against the plants, just try to use border edging, or it can look messy.

For some specific plants such as hostas, I incorporate my own compost in early spring, then top dress with grit to keep the slugs off, a circle as far as the leaves spread.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 22:25

Great pictures and stories. Thanks for sharing

WEATHER this week

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:13
Jean Genie wrote (see)

Blizzard here in West Lancs.   Still snowing and wind howling. What's going on. ??????

Where's Spring. ?



In Kent with meeeeeee

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:11

Yes you can, if you promise to admire my garden and talk plants and design and garden designers all day and have tea and cake while we watch GW later.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 11:41

Sorry to all those who have floods or snow, but it's a beautiful early Spring day here in Kent...

What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:38

I like formal over chaos, every shade of green, dappled shade, elegant blooms, contrasting foliage and plenty of work to do. Even weeding is a joy to me.

My garden is the envy of my friends and family and yet, it's no where near what I want. It's increasingly less mature the further away from the house with some sections remaining gappy just because I can't afford to fill them yet or haven't decided what I want. I make all the decisions although OH is happy to assist me any way he can and enjoys the garden along with me. I don't have kids or pets, Oh and I did all the hard landscaping last, since I just couldn't resist buying plants over paving slabs

This year's main focus is more vegetables, and more colour co-ordination within the five rooms that make up my humble plot. No clashing please.

I'm a bit of a control freak although I'm also green, love the wildlife that chooses to make my garden home, bore my friends silly on the subject of plants and talk to my plants (in the ground or pots) when I'm out there come hail or shine.  I can't help communicating my joy and pleasure to have such special amazing and faithful flora that brings me such wonder and happiness every year.

Good Morning ..... :D

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 10:56

Good Spring-morning Bunny and others...

I've just finished a 5hr shift that begun at 5.15 so after brunch, I will be moving earth somewhere outside. Sooooooo much to do, so little time, but yes, It's Spring

March in your Garden

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 15:58

Wow, fantastic job!

March in your Garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 19:15

Yes, Busy-Lizzie, I was already aware of the tenderness of this shrub and researched this particular variety Callistemon leavis on the net post-purchase, trusting in B&Q's Verve label standards that did not state the need for any special protection in the colder months!

Bottle brushes are excellent garden plants, which flower in early spring and will be covered with the bright red blossoms. The flowers can be spectacular and are irresistible to nectar feeding birds and insects. They can tolerate damp conditions and will tolerate drought and limited maintenance. They grow well in a wide variety of soils. Plants growth in full sun produce the best flowers.

Aftercare Water regularly during the growing season. Top dress in spring with soil improver and bonemeal.

That's exactly why I was about to return the plant last year with great dissatisfaction in the company until I realised that it was still alive. I Feel strongly about labels not stating the truth, but felt less able to complain if my plant was not actually dead.

Normally, I know my tenders from my hardys and ummed and arhed before I made the purchase based on my humble knowledge, but I remember my parents owned one that survive many years in their previous garden, so I naively thought, you know what, maybe they have hardy versions now and I can trust the label!

Shame on Verve @ B&Q!

March in your Garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 12:23

Monday morning's trek into the garden has revealed some wins and some losses.

Sorting through my borders, I was very happy to discover that one of my clumps of alliums has expanded from seven last year to twelve new shoots this year, all looking very substantial in fatness. Yet to see if all of the shoots will flower but I am delighted and shall be planting more this coming autumn.

Also, I counted the breaking buds on my Eremurus to discover twenty on each plant, that forty potential flower spikes! Since last year was twenty-one and the year before was seven, I guess these might need splitting in the summer months of dormancy?

So, to the losses so far this year...

I dug up three clumps of Heleniums from my purple garden, in order to move them since erm, they are not purple. They have always suffered in that spot anyways and I wanted to give them a bed with better soil and more light, but what I pulled out the ground was rotten mess with only the tiniest plants attached to the outer edge, so these have been potted up and I now gain one gap in the full sun border looking for a new plant

I'm also gravely disappointed with my Bottle Brush shrub which I thought was dead last year after the snows flattened it. So I dug it up to take it back to the GC that had labeled it hardy, when I realised it was not dead. It went straight in a pot and I nursed it through the summer month until it had a lovely crown of leaves and looked vibrant once more.

To save the same this year, I left it in the pot so I could move it into my cool room through the winter without success. Once again, all new growth has died, despite light and water and I am at a loss as to how I might treat this beautiful but troublesome plant that survives neither cruelty nor kindness!

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