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Speaking of roses, I'm having a problem with my lovely 'ballerina' rose - it's first flush was beautiful and as soon as the blooms faded I pruned carefully for a second flush. This hasn't happened, or at least only two heads have opened, leaving several groups of tightly closed buds - they've been like that for about three weeks now. Does anyone think I'm just being impatient?

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I deadheaded my 'ballerina' rose this morning, there were several more heads coming along, much the same as yours, Ann. Over the last few years mine has produced quite a lot more flowers, but not all at once in a second flush.

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Help! I am looking for some seeds or a cutting - I need to grow a money tree! :o otherwise we'll have to turn down this place at Tring :(

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Went down the bottom of the garden this morning to discover my asparagus is now 5 feet tall!

 

This year, I decided to keep an eye on it - we don't cut it for eating, there aren't enough spears, usually only about 5 or 6 - so we leave it to grow, it is beautiful and ferny, and lasts for months.

 

So, this year I measured it and it grew from nothing to five feet tall in nineteen days  :)  

 

It's still going and has now reached next door's garage roof.

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Remembering ours, that doesn't surprise me at all.

 

I've had to absent myself from this thread: I currently don't have any garden worth speaking of, and it's really sad :(

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I love my garden and it was to have a garden which was one of my main motives in moving out of London after 30 years without one.

It's not that big but has a lovely view looking to the southeast down to the sea and northeast over the downs so I am very lucky.

 

At the moment the bindweed has just got to that point where it's about to get the better of me and the garden unless I get out there every day. We've just dug up what seems like thousands of forget-me-nots which found their way there somehow....we let them flower and then clear them out but there are still more each year!

In the front we are just waiting for the seven big herbaceous peonies to come into bloom.Peonies actually LIKE chalk which is why we invested in them but they are very rewarding to grow as again each year they get bigger and more floriferous.....disappear to nothing in the winter and then the joy of the lovely red shoots coming through in Spring.

There are a lot of fledgy starlings and great tits at the moment which may mention on the catalogue thread because of yesterday!!

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We can use this thread for houseplant and flower arranging news too!!

 

Thanks :)

 

I love my garden and it was to have a garden which was one of my main motives in moving out of London after 30 years without one.

 

I had an 80 (or 70 - depends on which estate agent you believe)-foot garden, and that was within the London postcodes.  Am currently having to make do with a front garden of about 12 feet, I'd guess, and nothing else :(

 

 

At the moment the bindweed has just got to that point where it's about to get the better of me and the garden unless I get out there every day. We've just dug up what seems like thousands of forget-me-nots which found their way there somehow....we let them flower and then clear them out but there are still more each year!

In the front we are just waiting for the seven big herbaceous peonies to come into bloom.Peonies actually LIKE chalk which is why we invested in them but they are very rewarding to grow as again each year they get bigger and more floriferous.....disappear to nothing in the winter and then the joy of the lovely red shoots coming through in Spring.

 

Bindweed - glyphosate.  I've never found anything else which works (and that's having neighbours on either side who couldn't care less about the stuff).  Otherwise, you just end up digging up the roots like crazy, and you always miss a bit, and then the little blighter starts all over again.

 

Forget-me-nots - yes, really pretty, but need to be dug up the minute the flowers fade if you don't want a garden full of the things.

 

Peonies - love them.  Stunning.  Trouble is, as soon as they start blooming it always seems as though it's the cue for wind, rain, and occasionally hail, to ruin them just when they've got really attractive.

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So true about peonies such a nuisance! And worse with tree peonies which tend to have just one or two very large blooms.

The ones in the front garden have just started coming out so guess the wet and windy scene will be in full force by the end of week!!

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Forgot to say the robins are now fledged saw two babies in garden this morning. At least now the starlings re getting a bit more independent it's not quite so noisy at 5am!!

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Ugh, don't talk to me about fledgling robins!  They made a nest in my shed a few years ago.  Horrible mess - and of course you're now prevented by law from even disturbing the little darlings.

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Oh Alison!! They're so sweet!!

I must admit if in an awkward place so you feel you can't go,about your normal business could be a nuisance but ah.....those little spotty cross looking faces....wasn't that worth just a little bit of a mess!!!

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http://www.kelways.co.uk/product/buckeye-belle/21/

 

Ive posted this link to one of the peonies in my garden which is spectacularly in bloom at the mo. I wish I could post my own pictures as they are better than this. First time posted a link so hope it works! Bit worried as its not blue!

 

We got all our peonies from Kelways because they sell such a wide selection and some more unusual ones.

 

Luckily the rain has held off so far(but not the sea mist though) but its getting windier and more rainy over weekend just what peonies don't need! When all of the seven bushes are out they do look good and occasionally get people knocking on the door to ask what they are.

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Oh Alison!! They're so sweet!!

I must admit if in an awkward place so you feel you can't go,about your normal business could be a nuisance but ah.....those little spotty cross looking faces....wasn't that worth just a little bit of a mess!!!

 

Firstly, it wasn't "just a little bit" of mess :(

Secondly, while I wasn't allowed to go in and disturb them, one of the poor fledglings fell into an open container of water I'd forgotten was in there (not that I'd have been allowed to go in and retrieve it, anyway) and died what I suspect was an excessively protracted death.  I found its body once the others had fled the nest, and gave it a decent burial :(

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Actually that happens quite a lot with both frogs and birds unfortunately. There were a couple of baby robins who died in a tub of water on an adjacent allotment recently. :(

Because this happened in our garden with a dunnock and a frog last year I am now neurotic about making sure there are no buckets of water etc that birds etc can't climb out of!

And neurotic about fledgy birds being got by a cat or a crow! So bit of an exhausting time of year.

 

In Rottingdean there is a village pond and every year just about the ducklings there either get taken by foxes or seagulls! So now our lovely local wildlife man takes them into "custody" until they are bigger and stand a better chance.

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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Claire+de+Lune+peony&client=safari&hl=en-gb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Cc3FUbeIBoqsPe3dgcAI&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAA&biw=1024&bih=644#biv=i%7C6%3Bd%7CNnCnGEU6Xj-LbM%3A

 

Another one just out Clair de Lune. Again wish I could post my own piccies but finding piccies as near to mine as poss.

 

Of course a couple of peonies we have seem no longer available or maybe temporarily unavailable.

 

Because we don't seem to have any "flaming Junes" any more it's difficult in some years to see the overall affect when they are all out together .....often the wind or rain destroys the first ones out before the others come out etc!

Sorry if people don't like peonies but we grow them as an alternative to roses which on the whole are not that enamoured with chalky soils. Most of soil in our garden has a PH of 7....VERY alkaline. Can't do lovely maples here because of the soil and the wind!!

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Actually that happens quite a lot with both frogs and birds unfortunately. There were a couple of baby robins who died in a tub of water on an adjacent allotment recently. :(

Because this happened in our garden with a dunnock and a frog last year I am now neurotic about making sure there are no buckets of water etc that birds etc can't climb out of!

 

 

If anyone has a swimming pool, either an above-ground frame pool or an inflatable, please please make sure that you pick up the ladder and swivel it round (so that the steps are from inside the pool) when you are not using it. Not only does this stop stray toddlers from climbing in, it also helps adventurous cats etc to climb out... Alternatively, float a plank of wood in it, with the end of the plank attached to the side.

 

A friend of mine is a swimming pool engineer, and he's told me of several animal tragedies :(

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The first snowdrop is in flower in my garden :)

 

As well as that, still flowering: two rose bushes, my rosemary, several marigolds, a periwinkle and a petunia! Last week I brought in a budding fuchsia which had been sitting in a pot on the patio (I felt a bit sorry for it)and it is now in full flower in the porch.

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Wow! I'm ashamed to admit haven't ventured into the garden since the end of November!! So perhaps I'd better get out there tomorrow to see what's afoot!! It's about time I tidied up the peonies from last year and other seed heads which don't look so attractive any more!!

 

I have noticed the birds have started chasing each other around and a few boxes being looked at probably because the weather has been comparatively mild.

On the way back from my ballet class today right in Churchill Square.......the sort of central point of all the shopping activities....I heard a blackbird singing loudly. At first I thought it must be one of those people who sell "bird" whistles but then there he was on the top of one of the few shrubs growing around the edge of the Square singing at full throttle oblivious to all the crowds around him! I can see I'll be taking a little bag of dried mealy worms with me to ballet class next week!!

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I will have no flowers this year as one of the reasons our vendors gave for moving was that the garden was too big. Our new neighbour said it used to be huge. Apparently it swept round from the back wrapped around the side and into the front. The front garden is now bricked and the original flower beds there have pebbles in them. :(

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I absolutely hate bricked front gardens, and I think I put them in Room 101.  If I didn't, I will!

 

Now is the time to get the digger out, Fiz. 

 

I haven't seen any snowdrops in London yet, but our geraniums have continued to flower through the winter, and have a lovely batch of new buds.

 

And what can I see from my kitchen window?  Could it be roses?  Surely not.  :o  :putsonglasses:  Yes, definitely roses. 

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I had geraniums, petunias and primroses out before we moved!

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Well inspite of the horrible wet and windy weather it has been incredibly mild so far!! Just hope there isn't a freeze just round the corner!

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Just looked outside - freezing here tonight, all the cars are white already and freezing fog forecast for the morning. Oh well.

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It is frosty here too. I don't mind it and bulbs and roses like a hard frost.

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Yes, I have lots of slugs and snails at the moment.  Gardeners' World said to pour a can of beer into a bowl and leave it in the garden and it should attract the slithery snails and slugs.  I use pellets in my plant pots but can use them in the ground because of my dogs, so will give the beer a go over the weekend and see what happens.  I will report back!

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