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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:25

Should look very good - it's also not mine - its Edinburgh Botanical Gardens!

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:09

Lavender Lady - I throw dried fruit in a little bowl then pour over boiling water from the kettle and leave it for half an hour until it's cool and the fruit is soft.  I've never known if it's a daft thing to do or not!  My peanuts, I pour a pile of them onto a tea-towel, cover with the other end of the tea-towel and then attack them with my little mallet or hammer until they're tiny fragments.  Yes - it's mad in this house!!!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:04

And...sorry if this is a bore but I was so excited to see some colour in the Botanics when my garden is so dull dull dull.

Pieris Japonica 'Flamingo'

Hepatica transsylvanica

What are these tiny muscari type things called - I couldn't find a plant label?

 And I love these saxifraga - but missed the label on these as well.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:55

More  from alpine house.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:47

sotongeoff - fantastic garden.  Looks amazing - and lots of work!  Lovely! Nothing interesting in my garden but for some colour am posting some pics of Alpines from Edinburgh botanics which I wander around regularly.  I'm amazed at the fritillaries - but can never get clearer pictures through the protective grill .



pinching out

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:04

Hi Gardening Grandma - thanks for taking time to comment.  And Davie-S - good to see you're still gardening.  Weather is rotten isn't it.  I agree with you both  on cutting it back.  ( I was getting a bit disheartened not being able to really get into the garden due to the scaffolding and stuff - and thinking that everything was going to be growing madly before it's cleared away and I can really make a start to the year.  As a result I thought my saving grace was seeing it growing healthy looking new shoots and thought I could just leave them.  You know - the amateur error of getting excited at seeing growth and thinking 'That looks good - I'll just let it get on with it'.  I'll wait until it warms up a bit - cut it down and then give it a really good feed and a topping of fresh compost.

And then hope that we get some sun this year!!!!!

Thanks so much for the replies. 



Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:28

I forgot the whole point of keeping within the subject of this topic - it's been suggested to me that with topsoil that I ought to consider adding Reshredded Mushroom Compost in the mix to fill the raised beds.   Any of you with raised beds experience ever added this stuff in them?  Or is that a bit much for raised beds which will be basic veg and a lot of probably flower  perennials and annuals?

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:22

Can I ask a really dumb question?   My small lawn area floods every winter and I end up re-sowing it every Spring.  It always comes up well and looks great by the summer - but I'm tired of dealing with it in this way.  I've decided to cut the workload and just put a couple of raised beds on top of the lawn. 

My conundrum is - should I did up the grass before I put raised beds on top of it - or can I just put down raised bed frames right on top of the existing dampish lawn - which has very little grass as it doesn't come up after winter i.e. huge patches of compacted soil and little grass?  Or, do I need to dig up the area where I'd put down the frames and do something with the soil which would be the bottom of the frames?

Thanks for any advice.

pinching out

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:07

OOps... it's not in a 'post' - it's in a pot!

pinching out

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:06

Davie-S - are you still around?  Wondering how you got on with your clematis last summer and especially how things worked out with your 'Polish Spirit'?  We talked about them on another thread  last year (which I haven't found yet). 

I have a new 'Polish Spirit' question.  When I mentioned this viticella Clematis last year, mine was growing really well but with the continual rain last year and not much sun, mine didn't produce nearly as many flowers as the year before.  I'd also been in the habit of pruning it down to a couple of buds around Feb/March.  This year, I've just left it - mostly because I forgot about it and because there's scaffolding up to either side of it in it's pot.  Having just had a quick look at it, unpruned, it's produced shoots and I'm not keen to do the usual prune.  I don't much mind what shape it turns into up this wall (west-facing), gets sun all day WHEN WE GET SUN!!!  Can anybody tell me that if I just leave it to do it's own thing to spread where it will, just for this year unpruned - is it likely to flower reasonably well - or is it not wise to leave it unpruned?

Here's how it looks today.  Bearing in mind there's scaffolding above it with melting snow dripping down on it all the time.

 Also, as it's in a post - anybody recommend a really good feed for it?  I suppose I ought to give it a feed pretty soon - or not?

Many thanks anyone.



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