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Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:41

Afternoon all,

Thanks for the Wisteria pic chicky.  Will check when I go home but I have a feeling I am going to be disappointed.

Pond looks beautiful BM glad you are getting things sorted bit by bit. Beautiful weather here in Worcester, took Mabel to the park this morning to watch the ducks and the swan sitting on her nest. She spent half an hour poking sticks through the fence so that the ducks would have enough to build their nests, bless. Tried pointing out that they could fly and get their own but she was having none of it.

SIL spent a lot of time sorting out his garden over Easter. 

He has shaped all the bushes into lovely different sized round balls including, red robin, escallonia, pieris and philadelphus.

Refused to cut budleja down any further than 4ft saying he will lose all the flowers (it's a nice vase shape with a flat top).

Hacked the top of a huge conifer and moved some flowering shrubs underneath it.

Built a raised bed about 18" up the trunk of a cherry tree and topped it off with chippings to keep the weeds down (didn't remove any first and left the huge patch of beautiful cyclamen that grew under there insitue - oh and no weed supressing blanket, apparently you don't need one if you cover the weeds with soil.

Planted out loads of new bedding plants saying that the garden centre wouldn't sell them if they weren't meant to go outside. 

I have tried on numerous occasions to give advice re the garden but he is determined to do it his way so now I smile and nod.

Hope everyone has a lovely day in the sunshine.

Have I killed my hydrangea?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:11

I have 5 hydrangeas in the garden mophead, lace and paniculata.  All of them have buds on at the moment.  I'm in the West Midlands if that helps at all.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:08

When I get back tomorrow I'll check the Wisteria and see if their are two types of bud or only one. Fingers crossed.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:56

I think I may have just planted that small flowering cranesbill.  The flowers are minute and I think it may be coming up again.

full shade

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:24

Check out

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:21

I'm trying copper tape for the first time this year.  Mainly because it's the first time I have grown hostas.  So far so good.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:10

Oh Wisteria will be added to this list if the ruddy thing doesn't flower this year

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:08

Forgot Jap Anemones and Red Hot Pokers.

I too love Gyp it's georgeous when it weaves through other plants.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:00

No gardening today I'm in Worcester on Nanna Duty.  It was cold when I got up this morning Bekkie, I had a wonder round the garden and there was ice out there. Brrrrr Had put my Cosmos choccomocha out  was a bit worried but they were fine.

Everything is moving on so fast at the moment. 

Does anyone know if you can tell the difference between flower buds and leaf buds on Wisteria.  I am desperate for mine to flower.  This year I have pruned it and cared for it by the book.  It came from reliable stock so it should flower.  There are buds on it but I'm not sure if they are flower buds.  If it does flower I am going to throw a flippin party.  If it doesn't it might be for the chop.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:59

Hate broom, golden rod, leggy lavender, tall bright yellow daffs, garish flowers like gazanias and zinnias, marigolds, nasturtums and those awful ornamental cabbages.


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