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Latest posts by Wintersong

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Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:20

What a handsome cat!

I had a beloved 13yr old Labrador called Phar, that had to be put down in 2010 and is much missed.


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:06

I have a perennial Gypsophilla that I bought last year. First thing I did was an out of season division because I'm cheeky. Well, you don't win them all and I managed to get half results which I grew on in pots whilst the mummy plant put on a modest show in the border with Helliums. But slugs and snails love love love Gypsophilla and were really quick this year to start gnawing down the stems.

You should be able to tell if its still alive by green stems at the base, or scratch the bark bits for life. keep it protected from slugs and snails, mine is only just showing little rosettes so I think its a latish starter.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:53

Did I blink and miss summer?

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:35

 Those borders sound exciting Hyppybyker!

I'm busy making a list of plants I want, and plants I already have. Luckily the latter is much greater and this summer/autumn I will propagate border fillers whilst the larger items settle in.

Two things changed in my garden last year. One was to clump things up together for more impact planting which I will continue in the new border, and second was to buy single perennials in autumn with the specific intention to propagate required amounts through this year. I also designed spaces with repeat planting in mind to add continuity, so although I'll mostly have an empty bed this year, just like yourself, my forward planning will reap rewards in the future 

Would love to see some pictures of your results when they have matured

Raised, bordered vegatable beds (Something to think about)

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:18
Eddie J wrote (see)

 I have found that whilst it is usable even after long periods of storage, it only manages to keep plants/veg alive rather than helping them to put on grow. This point is very obvious after a sustained dry period where the plants aren't really putting on much grow, but get one night of decent rain and the shoot off.

I have also found watering from an outdoor tap is not the same for a plant as rain. I would love to know what the difference is if anyone knows? I always thought it might be chemicals but since Eddie is storing his water that would prove otherwise, but there is definitely a magic ingredient when it pours

Garden Gallery

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 18:00

Three types of sempervivums (houseleeks) although I couldn't tell you their cultivars sorry, but one is the ordinary and very vigorous common type which I'm always dividing, with a bunch of the small hairy rosette type which is slower growing and the little pale coloured one at 11 o'clock was rescued from a pot infested with Vine weevils. I had one little stalk left and just stuck it in the gravel but it took well.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:53

I love Hebes Kate, so easy to grow and I have a few that I can propagate from  

I will also check out figrat's options and certainly propagate the Vb. I have this in two locations in my garden and I'm lucky to have a large selection of shrubs and perennials that I can make more from (already eyeing up my Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii in the opposite border because I like repeats and wave plantings.

I've always wanted a smoke bush but didn't have a location before now, so maybe one of those. 

The really daunting part is making the right choices with the bones, because those are this things you have to live with and work the rest around. I think if you get the bones right, the rest comes with time.

Making my mind up will be the hardest part.

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:42


Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:20

Yes, I am impatient and have a tendency to shift mature shrubs around which is easy to do on my soil.

I did consider after writing this post, that I have a full sun section in my front garden but I never planted with purpose there. Most of the shrubs were put there because the soil was so bad (Ceanothus and Buddleia) or to give them a temporary home until I worked out where I wanted them. but they grew too large to move. 

I will try to take my time getting the bones of the border worked out first. That will take a year at least with me, budget wise as well as making my mind up

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:11

I inspected my clematis today and found a fat earwig, bottom's up inside one of the buds! What a cheeky thing, it didn't even stop munching when I removed the flowerbud into a pot and took it some place else.

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