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Overgrown garden

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 23:00

Laura53 - what an exciting summer project for you.  Go with the advice above and clear a bit at a time.  What I'd do first though is clear a space near the house just big enough to have yourself a table and a few chairs so that on those melting hot days doing the clearing - you always have your little space in between bouts of activity to retreat to and have a cuppa and a sit or have something in an ice-bucket.  I always found that when I started my little garden from scratch i.e. made it a garden - having a little place near my door where I could rest in comfort when I wanted to and just observe the chaos was a great boost and it made me feel I could tackle it more enjoyably and not have to retreat into the house whenever I felt like giving up.  That way it became the positive 'my garden' and not the negative 'the' b....dy garden'.  Being part of it and 'in' it was a better inspirational feeling than sitting indoors looking out and constantly saying 'oh not today I really can't face it'.

Last edited: 02 June 2016 23:03:30

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:37

Yviestevie:  thanks for the info on the iris.  I must try the supplier you mentioned - and to also follow the instructions to the letter.  I've winged it in the past and that is why irises have been a bloom this year and never seen again scenario.  Although, that has happened with a lot of bulbs in this garden.  They just completely disappear after the first year and no sign of them even if in curiosity I've dug over the patch and found nothing.  Only this year - two nectaroscardom out of original 6 have appeared which were planted years ago, flowered beautifully year one and were never seen again.  It's most odd.  I keep thinking something must be eating them because very few plants have rotted away in the soil over the years.  It's a mystery to me.


Dani - absolutely love your herb pallet.  I have a spare pallet which has been sitting around for a couple of years and I've just smacked my forehead and said 'Why didn't I think of that?'.  I have a space which is always left empty because it is a low stone wall with iron fencing on top of it it and - what luck - the blank space of it which doesn't have any soil or anything in front of it is about exactly the length of a pallet.  So now you have inspired me on how to fill that space for the first time in years.  It's always looked like an odd boring blank of fencing.  Great job!


Leadfarmer - I do love your uncut lawn.  The way it looks in the photographs has really brought back a memory from childhood living in the country before the days when garden furniture was so prevalent and we all sat around or lay out on the grass in our bare feet.  I really just want to run and dive into your uncut lawn - which is the first thought I had when I saw your photograph.  On those really hot days it would be great to cool down just by lying in your grass!  Beasties and all!  I'm getting all nostalgic for childhood here.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 12:44

Love your plantings Fishy and beautiful clematis Flowerlover 3 in lovely surroundings.  


My Scottish surroundings are not blooming much yet but here's a little section of one of the small beds.  The Pieris 'Forest Flame' is in it's very pale early summer coat and I like it with the Heuchera which I think is 'Lime Marmalade' - although I may have the wrong name there.




The perfume on the Jasmines as they start flowering is beautiful.  The bees are all over the Ceonothus 'Concha' which is in full bloom.  After 2 hot days and beautiful blue skies today - the air smells of summer really on the way.



...and the baby magpie and parents have taken to bathing in the water fairy 'thing'.




The air smells of gardens and lawns being mowed.  I hope the sun lasts - it's wonderful

Infection on rose leaves

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 00:05

Dave - thanks for that.  Today (Sunday) quite a few leaves on all the stems have also turned like those above.  It's only it's 2nd year (though I wouldn't know how long it had been in the centre where I bought it) and I've been worrying that it hasn't got off to a great start with me.   I'll think positive though that a few weeks will see it looking perkier.  Many thanks.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:28

All of these photos are a great insight to Chelsea at human view level.  The detail on the planting has been beautifully captured by you all and it's a treat to see your chosen 'extras' so very well recorded.  A real joy to see these and as punkdoc says, it is wonderful to look at leisure, away from the tv coverage which always rushes on and is limited in viewing angles.  Liri - do you do professional photography or something connected?  I don't want to pry - but looks to me as if you have a natural talent for composition and perspective.  Sorry if that sounds a bit cheeky. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:12

Yviestevie - fantastic Thalictrum.  I have Elin which is only in bud just now and it's only it's 3rd year.  That iris Cimeron Strip is absolutely beautiful.  How long did it take for it to produce these flowers for you?  My soil seems to kill off irises in their 2nd year never to be seen again - but your photo is tempting me to try again.

Is this the nymph of this beauty?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:02

Wow!  I had no idea a dragonfly nymph looked like your first pic.  (I need to scrutinise Attenborough programmes I think to catch up on these things).  Brilliant to see these Gillian 53.

Camera Talk

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 22:56

yGreat views again Fairygirl.  I admire your stamina.  I'd be on my knees these days pulling myself up with your 'reeds' and would be fair game for a careless mis-step and broken ankle on the way down!  Fabulous to see these scenes.


Liri - I'm amazed at these stones when you see someone placing them.  I've seen small examples of this art or skill but never seen anyone in the midst of 'doing' them.  I'd love to see that sometime.


My adventuring was only in the garden today being amazed at the humble dandelion.  Our natural world is so resilient but I do wish that globally our governments would ensure we could become better caretakers for the future.


Last edited: 29 May 2016 22:57:41

Infection on rose leaves

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 03:10

Munstead Wood in a tub.  Transplanted it week before last from crowded garden bed in John Innes No. 3,  handfull of granular rose feed gently dug in around base, watered in and mulched with farmyard or horse manure, I forget which.


Took a couple of days to perk up after putting it in the tub.  All fine for another few days then today I have a couple of leaves as in the photo.


Does this look like a leaf scorch or some nasty disease?  Not sure what to do and will be so disappointed if it spreads and rose doesn't recover.  All advice welcome.  Thank you.


Last edited: 29 May 2016 03:12:22

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 21:51

David K - the night shot above was exposure 30 seconds to get the red light trail of a car going past.  Aperture was F/16 so that the street lights would give me the starry effect.  ISO was 100.  And yes, tripod absolutely necessary.


I have quite shaky hands even for normal shots handheld these days so I'm trying to discipline myself to use a tripod more often.  But, I never remember what I've learned and I get more 'snaps' than shots to be honest.  Early days with a DSLR and I'm finding it tricky.  But it's like gardening, very therapeutic and you can often try everything again and again. 

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