Latest posts by yarrow2

Evergreen ground cover under Laurel hedge

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:54

Friend has vinca minor (white) Gertude Jekyll under her hedge.  It looks fantastic, beautiful size flowers, look great on glum shady days and bright sunny days under the hedge.

3 separate questions...

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:49

Andy - you probably have checked this already - but your lame branch on your apple, has it a break where it meets the stalk, come away a bit, or have a puncture of some kind at the bottom?

Other thought - the longer branches look near to touching the fence - has the fence recently been treated with something?

Last edited: 01 May 2017 19:50:37

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:56

Gosh Dove/nut - that lemon is beautiful.  What a joy!

Not much blooming here as I've dug out or cut back most of the old Spring things to make a change for next year.  Just a few plants dotted about here and there with loads of perennials just beginning to re-appear with loads of annual seeds coming up as well in the gaps

Ranunculus Brazen Hussy - is at the exposed end of a little rockery patch and they come up every Spring and go down just before summer starts..  Tough as old boots here.

Last of the Bergenia Bressingham White

Erysimum Muurbloem x hybrida Red Jeps (Wallflower)

Honesty have popped up here and there.

Primula sieboldii 'Alba' - have a few of these which are lovely small plants but they have never spread at all after 4 years so I need to work on that.

Geum 'Flames of Passion' which I love.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 02:58:40

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:35

Thanks hogweed.  Yes I know.  I had just envisioned them in two particular spots which would have been so lovely.  But hey ho - this is the life as we know it and love it.

Teabag technology

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:24

I always cut the 'tea bags' off before I plant - but on saying that, as I've been dividing and transplanting some things this last couple of weeks, I did discover some plants I had bought a few years ago, which never thrived, all still have the 'tea bag' - so I've cut them off to see if the plants might improve.  They must take a long time to degrade.  I was surprised at still finding so many and especially as some had initially been bought in pots as reasonable sized plants and I when I'd planted them, I couldn't even see they had been grown in the 'tea bag'.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 02:25:37

Before & after

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:21

That's absolutely lovely.  Well done.


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:19

I have a couple peeking through about an inch.  There were 5 lovely purples planted in a group two years ago.  First year - flowered beautifully.  Last year - massive leaves - no flowers.  Looks like they are coming up again this year but might as well dig them out if they won't flower.  The leaves looked so bloomin' healthy and strong as well.

If the leaves come up really well - but they didn't flower at all last year - should I maybe feed them now or should I just pull them out?

I have no idea about gladiola - but maybe I should just dig them out and use the space for something else.

Problem with my magnolia

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:15

Dove - the number of times I've done soil tests on different bits of the garden using tap water and not thought at all about what is in the tap water which would affect the test.  No wonder I've made so many bad decisions about what to place where with different readings all over the garden and lost plants.

My light bulb is obviously needing seriously switched on sometimes!

Nest boxes

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:09

Wow!  It's great to see these pictures and read about what's happening in your boxes.

Bird ID

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:00

Hi Zenjeff - thanks for the response about the pond beach end.  I need to create something which looks like only a beach end - maybe with a container of some kind dug down in and a nice collection of various sized stones to surround it.  But I suppose if I do it with only a container to refresh water every day, I'll have to make it so that I can easily lift the container out and not disturb whatever I surround it with.  Have to get thinking cap on - and order some of those type of mixed sized lovely rounded stones.

Thanks for mentioning the goldfinch 'shot'.  I was however about 20 feet away hand-holding the camera with a reasonable (but not great) zoom lens on - and - ha ha - this shot was the only one in focus as it was difficult from so far away, heavy lens, shaky hands - and tiny bird on bamboo swaying in the wind.  So having to be honest - it was one nearly focussed shot out of a burst of about 20!  (I'm practising with a DSLR that I've had for a year and am still finding it a bit hit or miss).

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