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Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 17:27

I watch them as entertainment not gardening programmes. 

If I has loads of cash I would build a wall round my garden instead of a fence and replace the leylandii at the bottom of the garden (kept due to privacy issues) with a pleached hedge. 


Posted: 08/07/2015 at 17:14

Afternoon all,  Have been busy today, visited mum this morning and then went with hubby for a hearing test, took us ages driving round Wolverhampton to try and find the place but eventually got it all sorted.  Then had to pop to Merry Hell to do a bit of Holiday shopping.

Now I've just sat down to watch the Djokovic match.  Looks like a good semi final, Murray and Federer.

I'm itching to sow some biannual seeds but can't do it until I return from hols.  It's so odd to have the greenhouse empty. 

Sorry to hear about your agastache Verdun.  Mine have just started flowering.  They should look much better next year when they have filled out a little.  Haven't had time to do any gardening over the past few days but hopefully will get out there for a while tomorrow morning.

Clari, my 2 year old grandaughter loves watching Something Special a children's programme that uses Makaton and she has picked up quite a bit of signing, she especially likes the sign for magic. 

Off for a cuppa and a quick browse.  Catch up with you all later.

I have nurtured a viper!

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:35

Glad to hear I'm not the only one.  I have a lovely pink Duchess de Nemours peony.  Oh that's right, it's meant to be white.  Kellways are sending me a replacement this Autumn.


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:28

I hate the grunting, drives me mad.

Talkback: Herbs for shade

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:27

No Heather, Rosemary loves the sun.  Try Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sorrel and Chervil.  Good plants for and east facing garden include, Nicotiana Sylvestris (likes evening shade, Clematis Alina, honeysuckle and berberis cope with morning sun and cool conditions. (All courtesy of Gardener's World 'Gardening for Shade' book.


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:13

Evening all, back from Nanna duty, busy day, this morning was sports day so I was cheering on eldest grandaughter whilst trying to keep the youngest from running onto the field and joining in.

Sorry to hear about you car troubles BL, hope you get things sorted.

Glad you managed to get things moving for your cousing Verdun, sometimes you have to stamp your feet about to get people to listen.

Wonder what Chicky is up to, perhaps she's going to join the Gardener's World team on TV.

Although it's been dry in Worcester (apart from a little shower) there have been quite a few heavy downpours here at home so lawns haven't been mown.  Tomorrow will be my only gardening day this weeek so hopefully I can get quite a bit done.

Off to see Bette Midler on Thursday night with Firstborn (our Christmas present from our Hubbys) can't wait.

Mystery Solved (I think)

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 19:23

No idea what colour they will be, they were suposed to be agastache blue boa. I ordered three, two have turned out to be agastache but this must be the third.  At least, it's in the place where I planted it.

Mystery Solved (I think)

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 20:45

A while ago I posted a couple of pictures of a plant I had growing in the garden, various suggestions were made but I now think I have found out what it is here are the pictures I posted at the time.

The first was taken in April


The second taken in May


Taken today

 I think it could be Platycodon (Balloon Flower)


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 15:01

Firstborn, Secondborn and grandaughters have just left, so peace and quiet has returned.  The sun has been shining all day so far except for 30 minutes when the sky went black and the heavens opened.  All sunny again now and no watering tonight.

Had a few casualties (due to hubby buying grandaughter a football) Where is his common sense.  A lupin bit the dust along with a delphinium. 

Might get back out there in a minute for a spot of weeding.

Will they grow back as good next year

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 14:45

Hi Passionate, I grew alliums last year for the first time and waited for a while after they finished flowering (mainly because I liked the look of the seedheads and also because I wasn't sure if you needed to leave them for all the goodness to go back in the bulb).  After a few weeks I cut the seedheads off and left them to dry in my conservatory.  Once they were dried out I sprayed them silver.  They made great Christmas decorations.  Will be doing the same this year.

This year they came back bigger than ever, so I planted even more

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