26 February 2012 23:10:22
I set my first seeds yesterday and the following is the list of what has gone in so far - (for my record)
Spinach, Salad Leaves , Radish , Cauliflower , Cabbage , Onion, leek, Basil, Chives
Sweet pea Blue Ripple - T&M
Agistapache Blue Spires - Hunting Brook
Lathyrus odor Matucana - Special Plants Seeds
Sweet Rocket - Free plants with Gardens Illustrated
Cosmos Orange Cosmea - Organic Centre
Nichandra Annual - Cordevlis
Dahlia Australis - Huntingbrook
lots more to go but it is a start
26 February 2012 22:57:46
Ligularia but which one
Just spotted this Ligularia making an appearance in my bog garden today I am happy about this but Concerned that only one is making an appearance as I had planted three together - Now I am thinking maybe I planted two different types and one comes earlier than the other at least that is what I am hoping. The two different ones are Ligularia Desdemona and Ligularia Oisris Cafe Noir. Anyone else have their Ligularias up yet. I made sure and put lots of egg shells around it as the slugs love it
25 February 2012 23:42:10
An early start to the day to make the most of it, seeds planted, entrance bed extended dug over and manure added, gooseberries and apple trees pruned and some weeding done and of course a few photos taken. I have put a few of these up if anyone wants to have a look - busy tomorrow so will not get much gardening time might sneak a few minutes :)
25 February 2012 22:59:44
Green manure on Vegetable beds
Jurga this is a picture of some of the raised vegetable beds where we grew the green manure. This was set in Late October and will be dug back into the beds over the next few weeks or as we need the beds - looks better than a bed full of weeds I think and it adds nutrients back to the soil so good news for everyone.
25 February 2012 22:54:48
I really like the fresh new growth on Aconitum lovely zingy green
20 February 2012 22:57:11
Now if only I had this much space!!
Conrad in reflective mood at June Blake's garden on Saturday - this photo was taken at the back of the property and gives a good overview of the House and surrounding countryside Beautiful. June has taken away some of the large trees so that she can enjoy a better view of the surrounding landscapes and was encouraging us all to do the same - mind you not many of us have this sort of view to enjoy !
On a completely different matter is anyone attending the plant fair at Bellefield on the 3rd March - i have been trying to see what nurseries are attending but have failed miserably so if anyone has any information on this event would greatly appreciate it. It looks like we may be visiting this garden on our course on the 10th but I am in that area on the 3rd so seems to tempting to miss
19 February 2012 22:36:40
Just wrote a long newsy journal about recent activities and lost it :( not enough energy to rewrite hello to everyone and will try and redo journal tomorrow night
04 February 2012 15:13:09
A number of years ago we planted up an escallonia hedge on top of a bank along one of our bounderies - the escallonia has struggled mainly due to the bad Winters in 2009 and 2010 - but that is for another day - the bank was planted up with Cotoneaster - I am not sure of the exact species but it is has very small leaves and grows very slowley however it forms a very dense ground cover. We put Mypex on the bank first and then planted in the Contoneaster can you advise me on the following
What feed should I give the cotoneaster to give it a spurt and can I feed it this time of the year
Should we remove the Mypex - My plan was originally to leave the weed supressant on but Rachel mentioned removing it from her bank and I am wondering if I need to do the same to encourage the coneaster to come on quicker??
All help much appreaciated