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petebfrance
9 Aug 2012 - 11:33 AM


Quote: That fabric only retards existing weeds in the soil, otherwise the weed seeds lay on top, under the gravel and grow through, the only good point is that they are easy to pull up.


absolutely - we just rake the gravel, remove the bad guys and take care not to disturb plants that look interesting. It's actually quite a useful source of 'free' plants!


Quote: Cutting grass is cruel........It's very upsetting to hear grass moan

oh dear GrinGrin

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109967 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 1:54 PM


Quote: It's actually quite a useful source of 'free' plants!



absolutely, my wife is a propogation freak and spends hours bringing on self-seeds that she has removed from the shingle, then even longer trying to find someone she can persuade to re-home them Grin

The only weed that we get that we can't easily control with membrane and deep shingle cover is that nasty little purple wood oxalis, it spreads on a matt of fibrous roots and always comes up in the middle of plants like thyme where you have to destroy lumps of it to stand a chance of getting at the oxalis root. I hate that stuff with a passion

adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 63201 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 2:03 PM


Quote: Lazy beggars! Grin

Raking the shingle takes longer than mowing the grass. Especially if you try to get those nice concentric circle effects then some dunderheid walks all over it..

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109967 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 2:13 PM

We don't bother with that, just grow plants though it. It looks great all the year around, even when its just rained.

This was the garden looking across it from W to E this July

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Squirrel
Squirrel  7374 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:00 PM

Lovely shot Brian, Hope you are well.

My style of planting.
Favourite perennial geranium "Anne Folkhard" (the bright pink one) with what looks to me like the blue geranium "Roxanne" Like the use of the pink lychnis and the red crocosmia looks like "Lucifer" with the Nigella. I can just see the variegated leaf of the sorrel (oxalis tetraphylla) its a lovely plant but can spread if not watched. Have a look out for Verbena "Polaris"only grows to 18 inches tall and its not a thug like the Verbena bonarienisis.

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
9 Aug 2012 - 10:25 PM

The Lesser Half, and I were watching some Bats flying around the garden tonight.
So I thought I'd have a go at getting some pix, (I'm always optimistic when it comes to trying daft projects).
Set camera up (Sony A100, Sigma 28-80mm) on 28mm setting, manual, 1/20 at f8 + flash, manual focus set at about 8 feet (all settings sheer guesswork Grin)

Waited for Bats to appear and fired off in the general direction of the Bats, no point in using viewfinder, but the rectangular hole under the flash makes a reasonable guide/direction finder.

I was quite surprised to find that I had actually got some pix (4/12 attempts), these shots are not visible in camera and have been tweaked somewhat to bring them up, hence the grain(noise).
Images cropped about 1/10 of frame area.

Made a major C-Up, I forgot to set the ISO and it was on 100(DOH), will try again tomorrow night, if they appear.

Hopefully I'll get better results on ISO 400 or 800.


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Last Modified By macroman at 9 Aug 2012 - 10:29 PM
mikehit
mikehit e2 Member 45766 forum postsmikehit vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:32 PM

I like the last one...SkeletorBat.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109967 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 11:20 PM

Hi Jacqueline, yes we are both well thanks, still ridiculously busy for two old retired people but having a lot of fun

Well spotted, that is Lucifer, haven't they done well this year, I reckon ours are the best they have ever been. There's a Bowles Mauve hidden in the geraniums somewhere.

When I started building the garden I kept a planting list and we had something like 500+ different species / sub-species.

I reckon that the Darwinian approach has probably culled that back to 150 - 200 that really thrive (given up the list as it seemed a bit anal for something that was supposed to be fun Wink )


Quote: Have a look out for Verbena "Polaris"only grows to 18 inches tall and its not a thug like the Verbena bonarienisis

That's a species we would love to grow but for some reason they only last one season then die back (we've tried lots of different culitvars). A bit like Phygellius, looked promising for a couple of years then they all turned their toes up.

On the other hand Penstemons grow like weeds and I reckon Pam has a secret plan to take over my garden design and turn it into a national penstemon collection Grin

Last Modified By brian1208 at 9 Aug 2012 - 11:24 PM
macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
10 Aug 2012 - 1:02 PM

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Agapanthus.

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Acanthus (Bears Breeches)

Agapanthus has done well this year, as have Digitalis, assorted thistles, Lupins, Hollyhocks, Day Lilies.
Hostas have larger than usual flowers, and the Acanthuses/Acanthii? have gone bonkers with masses of 4ft flower spikes.

Last Modified By macroman at 10 Aug 2012 - 1:08 PM
petebfrance
10 Aug 2012 - 4:56 PM

A couple of this year's 'fun' plants (?)

annual Aster with Lobelia Cardinalis just getting going

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Quote: Agapanthus has done well this year, as have Digitalis, assorted thistles, Lupins, Hollyhocks, Day Lilies.
Hostas have larger than usual flowers, and the Acanthuses/Acanthii? have gone bonkers with masses of 4ft flower spikes.

On our Acanthii (I don't know either) the flowers look good but something has been eating the leaves.
That Agapanthus is really good.

Last Modified By petebfrance at 10 Aug 2012 - 5:02 PM
SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53998 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 5:28 PM

Seems like it's earwig time in my garden shed and bird feeders. I hate them. When you get a nest of them they rustle as they all move around each other. Shudder! And I've never had so many daddy long legs as this year. I don't mind them, but they've taken over my shed and are gradually moving into the house.

StrayCat
StrayCat  1014210 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:08 PM

For the earwigs; if you suspect where their nests are, mix up some water and Sunlight kitchen soap in a spray bottle with water. Or try any other brand if you have it, a capful to a normal size spray bottle of water. Earwigs have gills, and the soap coats them and they suffocate. Works like a charm.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53998 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:27 PM


Quote: For the earwigs; if you suspect where their nests are, mix up some water and Sunlight kitchen soap in a spray bottle with water. Or try any other brand if you have it, a capful to a normal size spray bottle of water. Earwigs have gills, and the soap coats them and they suffocate. Works like a charm.

Oh no. I couldn't possibly do that. I might not like them but I'd never be cruel and kill them. They don't last long anyway. Sad

JJGEE
JJGEE  96104 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 7:03 PM

Pouring down with rain, so that rules out mowing the lawn this evening.

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
18 Aug 2012 - 11:16 PM

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Tonight's best Bat effort, I'm slowly improving my techunique, but the little beggars won't slow down so that I can get a bead on 'em.

Sony A100, Sigma 20-80mm (20mm) Manual mode, 1/10 @f8, iSO 800, focus 8ft app.

Last Modified By macroman at 18 Aug 2012 - 11:35 PM

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