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Recommend me a tree please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:49

3 small/medium trees, my favourites;-

Acer Griseum, paperbark maple, slow grower

Malus "Evereste" masses of white/pink blossom, good autumn colour and loads of crabs for the birds in winter

Prunus Serrula, great bark, often called the "Sheraton" tree as bark is smooth and shiny like antique furniture.

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:19

The early start to the season (no late frosts, ground water high and warmth) plus the high summer  heat and almost complete lack of rain here in Hampshire has meant a lot of things were very early and then went on hold. Today's downpour may just kick start everything back into action. I hope so. 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 23:45

Does testacea like it damp?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:59

Thanks Verd. , I was very taken with the colours. My terrace has stone with a bronzy hue and it is edged with red bricks. Should go well and soften the overall effect.

The blue of the festuca will sit well at the foot of the silver birch. The spot is a bit shady but will see how they do.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:45

Hope to do some pictures when planted up , and with Gg's help.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:51

Hi Staceydoc. I went to Knoll Gardens today, which is not far from here. A beautifully laid out garden, showing off the grasses the nursery specialises in. The owner claims to be the country's leading authority on grasses, and has 10 Chelsea golds to his name.

I decided to plant up my 2 new raised beds on the terrace, which encircle an ash tree and a silver birch, with grasses rather than the alpines which was my first plan. Carex Testacea around the Ash and Festuca Elijah Blue, the birch. I will put the alpines in the new troughs and sinks, perhaps with a grass or two, which will give me an excuse to go back to Knoll again. Hehe I don't think I have seen grasses used so imaginatively. 

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:00

Hi, my heavily pruned roses ( about 6/7 weeks ago) are responding well, some shoots uo to 8in. in length. First rose has appeared ...and the foliage is glossy and clean, so far, without spraying. So far so good.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:03

Good morning all, a little cloudy so the welcome rain we had recently will be better able to slake the thirst of my garden.

Hi Bill, in particular, I know exactly how you feel , having been there myself this year. I have a garden which is quite large and maintenance heavy. Some of my beds are getting away from me and the longer I stood staring at them the worse they got. My solution is a bit radical in that I have dug out 3 of them completely. One I have turned into a terrace ( my name for a posh patio!) . It was getting more weedy as the flowers were losing their flower power. 2 other beds I will now replant with a new colour scheme. I lacked the necessary motivation to spend hours on my knees trying to clear out the rubbish only to be left with old flowers that probably had had their day. Faced with a new "clean sheet" I am up and at it again, enjoying myself. And I enjoy a day's digging. Very satisfying as you can see the benefit. Then the trip to the GC to choose some new babies.. I did have some help with some of this, I admit but I have done much of it myself. The end result is a newly motivated and happy gardener with some beds which will be easier to look after from here on.... I hope!

Also as I now don't grow lilies any longer I don't see any beetles. Not difficult as they don't do that well for me anyway.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:55

My last word on Irises tonight... don't forget to smell them... wonderful heady perfume... every bit as good as most roses if not better... the brown/orange colours smell of chocolate... no, seriously.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:52

I once visited Kelways during Chelsea week and bought irises which had been grown for Chelsea but were a bit early or late. Turned out brilliantly in my garden for first few years altho' I have fallen out of love a bit, now that I am trying to reduce my workload. Short flowering season and weedy problems. Have to be lifted and replanted every 3/4 years. Mine were all dug up to make way for the Terrace, repotted for giving away and selling at next year's plant sale. I must have 30 or 40 babies. So overall a very happy result.

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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