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Discussion in 'Gardening Advice' started by Charity, Feb 16, 2019.


  1. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    It’s all very green and slowly changing colour!


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    Anyone remember this new wall of mine, it was finished last autumn, already my climbers are half way up wall, I’m super chuffed. Sadly no roses to show you at the moment but when they are out it looks lovely.



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    Anyone remember my TWIG, well she is becoming more a mop head.

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    If you can see her? :D

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    My Boston ivy, again slowly changing colour, I love it when she’s all red, she takes a lot of work actually, she’d be up into my roof if I allowed it.

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  2. Charity

    Charity Endangered Species

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    All looks lovely and tidy @ewelsh. Your climbers have done really well.
     
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  3. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Thank you @Charity I am pleased.

    What do you think of my mop head tree aka Acer :Hilarious
     
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    3 days since my last picture and look at the colours!

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    I won’t be smiling when I have to collect all those leaves :Arghh
     
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  5. Charity

    Charity Endangered Species

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    Well, its got leaves on it so you can at least recognise it now. You should send a photo to the place you bought it ;)
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    7 days since first picture


    How gorgeous is this now!

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    Charity Endangered Species

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    That looks stunning
     
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    Wow! And it’s a Capital E, on it’s side!

    And you can just about see a cute doggy in the right hand window... reminds me of an old song... How much is that doggy in the window... woof woof... the one with the waggelley tail... :p
     
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    Charity Endangered Species

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    Well spotted @TriTri, I was wondering where all the dogs are, didn't see Phoebe in the window.
     
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    I haven't read all of the thread so apologies if it's already been discussed...

    But if you're creating a wildflower area in some pre-existing grass (vs bare soil) then you'll probably want to get some yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) down. It's a hemi-parasitic annual which basically stops the grass from taking over and allows the flowers to flourish. The important thing about sowing yellow rattle is that it MUST be done in the autumn (October/ November ideally, but December will still be more successful than not) - the seeds need freezing temperatures and enough to germinate. I'm currently in the process of sorting out my grass in preparation for sowing it in key areas over the next few weeks.

    Also staggered sowing to get staggered flowering isn't a thing, sorry. Native plants flower as and when the seasons dictate. Sowing seeds at the wrong time of year for the species can also create problems re. fewer individual seeds germinating, and low success rates. If you want staggered flowering research at what times of year specific species flower, and then collect seeds from those plants (or buy them in, lots of websites specialising in wildflower/ meadow mixes now). However if a real spread of flowering is one of your top priorities you'll probably need some domesticated cultivars.
     
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    Finally, the Godetia seeds I planted ages ago have produced one plant! :)

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    Same with the climber Ipomoea Lobata (Spanish Flag).
     
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  12. Mrs Funkin

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    Ugh. My garden is so dreary now. Yesterday we made the most of the sunshine and got out there tidying and mowing and leaf hoovering. Something has sat in a planter overnight and some of my wallflowers have been broken :( Booo.

    I need to plant up some pots but I don't know what with, I fancied a change from violas - but I've tried 'mums and cyclamen before but they don't do well in the sea air and wind. So I think I'm left just with pansies. I miss my petunias and lavender and wallflowers...any suggestions very welcome :)

    @ewelsh how's the leaf sweeping going? Your ivy was looking incredible, wow.
     
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    Heathers are in the garden centres now and fairly robust.

    I’ve just planted up some pinky/purple ones with violas and they look attractive.
     
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    Mrs Funkin Human mother to Oscar

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    Ah, good idea, I have some heathers in the garden, might try a couple in pots. Thank you.
     
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    Heathers in pots generally prefer ericaceous soil, if you're doing that. Although if you already have some in your garden doing well you're probably on fairly acid soil yourself anyway :) But if you're going to buy compost for the pots, they might not do terribly well in general purpose stuff.

    That's the theory anyway - I've never successfully kept heather alive, even in super suitable compost :Bag

    I've been contacting people for quotes for felling some trees this week (two conifers, and something else in the way). And procrastinating about pruning things because the rain just.... hasn't stopped....
     
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    Ummmmm I came back from holidays to this :eek:

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    Guess what I’ll be doing today! X
     
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    Oh dear - a bit of a contrast :(

    I need to get out and tidy up and put away some tender plants. We had a light frost last night.
     
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    Yes a slight contrast :D every time I open the front door I get billows of leaves :Hilarious

    Yes we had frost too, I am watching the forecast now as I need to thin out the Boston before the hard frost comes! All my tender plants are in the greenhouse now, nice and safe.

    Did you loose anything @Lurcherlad
     
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    Don’t think so, but will get them away before tonight just in case.
     
  20. Charity

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    What a shame, that was beautiful. Blame all the horrid weather we've had this last week or so. I think your trademark is having a dog in all your photos :D
     
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