Potting shed summer party

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Following on from the Blooming into Flaming June thread and all others before it.

The potting shed is open for summer. Elderflower wine aplenty and room for all. Monty will be along later...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 09-Oct-13 19:06:18

Commiserations to all with injuries. I have a slightly dodgy elbow to add to the list of physical defects.

I am very envy of those who got to listen to and sidle up to Monty last night.

funnyperson Fri 11-Oct-13 00:39:03

Monty is giving the talk again at the Oxford playhouse today (friday). I can't go. Shall watch GW on the telly instead.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 11-Oct-13 09:02:01

I shall miss GW tonight as we'll be travelling, but I always enjoy my Monty catch-ups on iplayer.

Lexilicious Fri 11-Oct-13 15:18:43

I have the house to myself this evening (well, with two sleeping children) so I will for once watch GW live! That is, optimistically assuming Child Two understands the requirement to be sleeping at the time of my choosing.

Will look out for Monty on tour nearer me. Would love to hear him talk. Maud and funny, I sent you a message on fb about Astrantia seeds. NANN and Rhubarb, I have addressed yours in envelopes. The PO is five mins walk down the road... I will try to go after baby has (imminently) fed.

Just realised I haven't caught up with last week's GW. Shall do it back to back with tonight's episode and have myself a little GW fest. Now that's how to spend a Friday evening smile

Rhubarbgarden Fri 11-Oct-13 18:28:10

Thanks Lexi that's really kind, especially considering how much you've got on your plate with a new 'un.

echt Fri 11-Oct-13 21:17:08

Gosh, I haven't watched GW for ages, so will give it a go.

Here it's gearing up to be sunny day and I'm cogitating about whether to go on local open gardens fest - 6 gardens plus cup of tea and a barbie at the last one. The problem is all the money raised goes to a group called Family Life who run op shops, do support in the community, etc. Unfortunately they also "cure" gay people as part of their good work.hmm They used to proclaim this on their website, as well as promoting near-surrendered wives advice for women. They've got a bit sharper now and buried all this guff from view but still...

Ethical dilemma.

funnyperson Sat 12-Oct-13 01:40:00

You could go wearing pink hot pants and yellow fishnet tights, some kind of corset thing and outsize harry potter glasses with the lenses taken out. Heavy boots with steel toes, and lots of eyeliner are a must. I know this due to the lgbt ball photos from Wadham. But definitely go. The question is how to buy interesting plants without donating to dubious groups. I propose a capacious umbrella.

echt Sat 12-Oct-13 08:27:36

Mmmm food for thought there, funnyperson. I've got the Harry Potter glasses. Now I think of it there's a Carmen Miranda fruit hat in the wardrobe. Don't ask.

I mistook the day and it's actually Sunday, so time for a think.

Today I re-potted four bottle trees - brachychiton rupestris, and will get DH to do the heavy lifting to various sunny parts of the garden. A $7 orchid cactus has erupted with a huge scarlet flower as big as those huge round chrysanthemums I remember as a child. By the look of it they do one flower at a time, so I'll take a pic and see if I can put it on my profile. I love orchid cacti; you can ignore them all year, they look a bit ugly but then kaboom.

twolemonsinthefruitbowl Sat 12-Oct-13 08:37:32

funnyperson I've just realised that you gave me some good advice upthread about green manure. Thanks for that! I planted some rye seeds (from a green manure online company) last weekend, so shall see how that goes. It's more of an experiment really (like all of my gardening is!)
thanks again!

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sat 12-Oct-13 08:37:34

That was sounding lovely Echt, till you got to the last bit, ethical dilemmas and gardening together not good combination.

A load of alliums and Russian snowdrops made it in this week. Kept the tulips back till next month and was thinking how well I'd done. Then slipped and fell for one of those 200bulbs for postage offer and now have more on the way.

Watched GW this morning. Think I need to move a camellia that's not doing anything by the look of it but don't know where. Didn't feel the love hugely for heathers but do like the hardy cyclamen. Everywhere I've seen them the hardy ones more expensive than £2. The Greenhouse needs some major tidying so that's a job for next week.

Loved both gardens in the Makeoeace House. We have a local garden who specialise in grasses I went to year's ago. Might be time for a repeat visit.

funnyperson Sat 12-Oct-13 09:39:30

Yes, I think Monty's prices do seem a lot lower than in the local garden centres - I remember thinking that when he was planting irises which he said cost him a tenth of the price advertised on 'crocus' for the same variety. I wonder how much commercial pressure there is on programmes like that, or conversely how much pressure they are able to exert on the market. I watched Alan Titchmarsh's 'love your garden' progamme once and it seemed like a commercial for expensive and unnecessary garden furniture.

The ribs haven't improved enough to be able to bend and plant bulbs and move plants. Loads needs doing. I am going to have to put up a desperate notice in the local newsagents. 'Keen lady gardener needed, able to plant bulbs properly in between established plants without trampling on them.'

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 12-Oct-13 10:33:31

Do you have a horticultural c

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 12-Oct-13 10:36:17

Ugh. College nearby where you could recruit help, funnyperson?

I have just impulse-bought a gorgeous liquidambar. I am hoping that planting it in the fabulous pot I bought with my birthday voucher will keep it a manageable size.

funnyperson Sat 12-Oct-13 16:48:10

I thought you bought rosa nuits de young with your birthday voucher. I haven't got room for any more pots or plants or bulbs.
I just ordered Garrya Elliptica for the shady wall under the oak (next to the hydrangea petiolaris: why I think there is room for both I really don't know) and more Acanthus Mollis, to go in front of the Garyya Elliptica. I also ordered fuschia Lady Boothby and Camellia Sasanqua winter joy: the last two to be planted in the narrow space in front of the compost heap. This is a semi shaded spot and camellia sasanqua is said to be not only hardy and winter flowering but fine in shade.
I hope they arrive before the real cold sets in.

funnyperson Sat 12-Oct-13 16:50:37

There are 2 horticultural societies near where I live: one is dahlia mad and so not quite my thing, the other needs investigating but unlikely to provide bulb planting assistance. I may try bribing my niece.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 12-Oct-13 17:38:45

I was thinking of a Hort college with students, rather than a society. I did buy Rosa Nuits de Young, and with the remainder I bought a very nice terracotta pot. Three cheers for half price sales.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 12-Oct-13 21:09:52

I love Liquidamber. Really, really beautiful in autumn. We don't have any autumn stunners here; I need to address that. In London we had a majestic American oak in the front garden, which was breathtaking this time of year when it turned blood red.

It was a beautiful sunny, mild day here today. Dh took the kids to the seaside leaving me free to get the grass cut, finally, as I got the mower back from the repairers this week. It was epic. Took the entire afternoon and countless trips to empty the grass bag. I finished just as it got dark.

There are many things I would rather have spent a rare gardening afternoon doing, but hey ho, it needed doing and the whole garden looks so much better for it.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 12-Oct-13 21:26:03

Yes, the liquidambar is part of my latest campaign to improve the garden in autumn. We don't have enough happening in the garden after about September.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 12-Oct-13 21:51:52

I'd really like a Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' or Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree), but I don't think I've got space.

I have a child-free afternoon coming up on Tuesday. If it's too wet to plant the alliums I shall get my drawing board out and start work on my big redesign. Then I can figure out how many new trees I can fit in. Definitely having a Magnolia, Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi', Cornus controversa variegata and Acacia pravissima. And two or three Hamamelis in the east facing border, which I've decided is going to be a winter border.

Ah, this garden musing has made my headache go away smile

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 12-Oct-13 22:15:03

Ooh yes. CC Forest Pansy is fabulous. The others, I am less familiar with but my gardener friend has a lovely Forest Pansy.

echt Mon 14-Oct-13 11:43:58

Oh, well, the ethical dilemma of the open gardens was sorted as the weather was foul: cold, windy and very rainy. This, coupled with a $25!!!!! fee kind of sorted it for me.

Another minus was all this wind and rain has dashed a lot of flowers from the Wurtz dwarf avocado, so we'll be lucky to get one fruit.sad

Liquidambar is a tree often used in suburban gardens in Victoria, where it grows gigantically. It's very beautiful though, and the main source of leaf hold hereabouts, with so many evergreens.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 14-Oct-13 13:04:52

We had similar weather for our weekend away.

A $25 fee would have put me off too - I'd rather pay less to participate and then splurge on

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 14-Oct-13 13:06:13

Eh? Where did my last word go?

Plants.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 14-Oct-13 13:48:13

Astrantia seeds arrived! Thanks Lexi smile

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