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Houttuynia cordata

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:35

I wouldn't have it within a mile of my garden after the last experience I had with it.  Also I think it smells absolutely vile (although I suppose that's down to individual taste).

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:33

Got loads done today.  Filled pots ready for planting tomorrow.  Planted out Cleome, Ammi Majus, Chocolate Cosmos and Penstemmon.  Also planted a new Wisteria, Pyracantha and Choysia White Dazzler.  Moved Garrya James Roof to a better position. Dug up Agapanthus Snow Storm and put into pot, hope it will improve flowering.  Mowed and edged the lawns.


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 19:02

Evening all, Well the Nanna 5 day challenge is now complete.  I'm shattered, Mabel finished the week with an infection in both ears and her tonsills, poor mite.

Undergardener got a flea in his ear, some of the plants in the greenhouse might not make it, not sure I believe the declarations about watering each day.

The garden however looks beautiful, can't believe how it's come on in just a few days.  Don't care if it throws it down tomorrow I will be out there, I've missed it so much.

BL looking forward to the thread about the open day, hope your ribs get better soon.

Off to chill out for a while.




Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:03

Day 4 of the Nanna Duty Challenge.  I am sooooo jealous of you all being able to be in the garden.  Only one more day to go and then I'll have a couple of days to do some gardening before coming back for a 2 day stint.  Other nanna will then be on duty for the rest of the week.

I love my grandchildren dearly but the rain today meant that getting out and about was not on the cards so keeping Mabel amused in doors proved a challenge. 

Off for a mooch around.  Hopefully will have more interesting conversation when I'm back gardening.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 19:52

Day 3 of the Nanna Duty Challenge.  Today I took Mabel to  a local park and we fed the ducks (one of her favourite things to do).  We walked all the way round the lake and had an ice-cream before playing on the park.  The rest of the day was mainly taken up with building towers, reading books and watching Ben and Holly.  It is now official, I am exhausted.

I love my grandchildren but I would have so loved to have been in my garden today.  It's going to rain tomorrow apparently so I have no idea how I will keep her amused.

Congrats Edd, love a nice bit of dry stone wall. 

Hubby says garden and plants are fine, so hope I don't get home to a complete disaster.

Off to have a quick wizz round the site before checking out some plant porn.

no buds on roses

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 20:08

David Austin does a great rose fertilizer which I always use about twice a year.

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 20:03

Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrow hawk, Long Tailed Tits, lots of Robins, Great Tit, Blue Tit.  Plus hundreds of sparrows, lots of blackbirds and occasional raids by Starlings.

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 18:38

I have had problems getting my wisteria to flower.  Here is the info I have been given from a gardener who specialises in them.

Prune side shoots back by 80 per cent in the second or third week of August (I'm based in the Midlands he did say the weeks would vary for different parts of the country)

In February feed lightly with Fish Blood and Bone.

Prune again to 4 buds when the buds begin to swell in the spring.

Feed lightly with Phosphate to encourage the flowers.

I'm determined to get this plant flowering, it's five years old and came from good root stock.  It's become a bit of a challenge now.



Posted: 12/05/2015 at 18:05

Hi everyone, Day two of the Nanna marathon challenge.  Nice and sunny today so after dropping Merri off at school took Mabel for a walk round the garden centre.  Was explaining to her all about the plants and she took a fancy to a Choysia White Dazzler, so not wishing to deprive a very cute 18 month year old I decided to buy the plant, she can look at it when she comes to visit me.  We then celebrated the sunshine with a custard slice and a cup of tea, Oh and Mabel decided on a packet of quavers and a fruit shoot.

The afternoon was not quite as wonderful, firstborn arrived home after Mabel had had two trips to the naughty step. Mind you we did get a kiss and a sorry Nanna after the event.

Glad to see you back Bekkie,  take it easy.

Good luck to all Chicklets.

Great border Hosta

Get well soon Dove

Sorry if I've forgotten anyone.

Excess Plants

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:47

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust work with loads of local schools and may be able to help you recycle them.

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