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I will post picture tomorrow with bark it's a thin layer but looks levelish 😌

On photo - Before bark


I've never had any problems with mine Sue


Found this if your interested to know.

Yes Russia hold the most oil and own country's that have a rich source of oil too.
I wonder what they all will do when oil runs out.
My uncle who was in the army in the second world war who stayed in Singaporearried after the war married a Chinese lady they moved to Australia then visited here about 12 years ago to consider moving back here but said we are all living on top of each other they have let to many in here now he stated then commented about how nature has its ways of getting rid of poison not to do us harm then the greed of man digs it up by drilling and sends it into the air for us to breath in toxic fumes.

Even non leaded petrol causes cancers and they will have a nation walking around with all types of cancers according to two London doctor professors when they warned parliament of this and they said they did nt care in the Whale report.


Maybe spread sand rather than bark under the membrane, but professional help would probably be best. Then you can enjoy your new area without worrying.


Bella adds that certain something to your pics Hywel - always a welcome sight. I was happy to see that St Francis has had a nice sheltered spot for the winter! Hope he doesn't feel the cold when you trim the shrubs!


You can be pleased with yourself! Weeding can be a pain but the beds look so much better afterwards. Sorry to hear you have woundwort and hairy bc - both difficult to eradicate here. Hope you have better luck that I do with it.. At east thebluebells that you miss are pretty. I heqaved a lot out last year but they have popped up again regardless...

Your flowers are lovely. Aren't they early! Idon't remember seeing crocuses and iris out so soon before.


And look out for slugs, its treats time for them.


If it is lesser celandine (leaves look a bit big on the pic but its hard to tell) do not let it set seed. Its the most prolific self seeder in our garden at least. When you dig it up you'll find rather ugly little clusters of what look like tiny bulbils. Any left behind will grow again...
If its cyclamen it will have pink flowers and it won't spread except nicely. A quick look at the roots will show you the difference as cyclamen have one corm rather than a bunch of little bulblets.


Though having said that, those leaves also look a bit like some of the cyclamen leaves which we have.


Lesser celandine, Ficaria verna. Will flower and disappear in a few weeks time. Otherwise hard to remove as it grows from tiny little bulbils which fall off the mother plant by the hundred. Roundup if you do not mind weedkiller. Personally I like them.


I wish I was a meteorologist, 3d. I've watched Youtube docs on the polar shift and the contrails and the changes in the climate of the high arctic (Alaska and Nunavut) . It's even been postulated that Putin wants the Arctic ocean free of ice so he can drill for oil... There was a submission to NASA from some Inuit Elders regarding obvious changes in the climate and the location of the sunrise/sunset on solstice... I don't know if they ever received any reply to their query. so much theory floating around. Would like to see some authority step up to answer the questions. (The Royal Geographical Society, maybe?) Does it still exist? )
I'm hoping for a better shake this spring. At least get some apples this year as the buds and blossom have been frozen off in previous years.


A great effort - you can see where you've been!
We too have Spanish bluebells and they are very persistent and determined to keep on going! If only they didn't take over. We have beds with perennial weeds in them and we try so hard to get rid of them but always miss quite a lot!
You will definitely have made a real difference.


The snow is usually still quite deep in the forest in March when I'm doing the sugaring, but most often it is quite gone by late April. last year we had a lot of snow in April and May was terribly cold until almost the end of the month. The transition from winter to summer was instantaneous..or so it seemed. The Ministry of the Environment spokesman is telling us that this spring will not be like the last two... it should be more like the "normal" we've had in decades past. We can put our gardens in on the 24th of May weekend without worry. He's gambling his credibility on weather models that haven't been working for the last few years... is he right? only time will tell us. ;-) personally, I'm so ready for spring. Pleeease let it be!


You'll be digging out Bluebells for the rest of your life, as I am. Must take a look at my I. Pelopenese to see if it is going to flower for the first time this year


Hi Gardenless. Perhaps a picture of your garden as it stands at the moment might help members to give the best advice?


Very pleased I found it, only problem is where to put it.
Think next to my Clianthus, which has been stripped bare by molluscs I think. As the leaves are so similar, I hope they don't attack it as well.


Thank you Bulbaholic and Seaburngirl for sharing those links. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

On question - Snowdrop variety


Thankyou Bamboo and SBG. I'll pot them up and harden them off gradually.


Wow that's a lot of areas of weeding and clearing to do well done Seaburngirl. Good luck with rooting out the Spanish Blue Bells I only have a small patch of them and after 19 years they still come back. You new Hellebore is lovely and love your Irises very pretty colours and markings.
Not sure this will help you ID Snowdrops.


Yes, it is a private garden, but the owners are members of the Hardy Plant Society and the Alpine Group and open their garden on occasions for members to visit. Also Snowdrops were for sale.


I have been looking at how to identify the main species and found an interesting pdf about leaf structure to aid id. ·

On question - Snowdrop variety


That's interesting Bamboo as I have been told they are hardy in most of Britian unless there is a severe winter. I also have some freebie ones [thank you eldest brother Ed]

I have potted mine up into 1litre pots and they are in the cold frame to harden off as these will probably have been grown under glass. in a month or so I will plant them out. we shall see how they do.


Congratulations Kate it s nice to have a winter flowering plant. I think its Latin name is Helleborus Niger 'Emma


That's a pretty colourful one.


Before I replaced the old one, I felt exactly the same K at the end of the day manually winding and winding.... They are a good investment.


welcome to GoY :o)
Yes I understand what you are saying so no worries there.

the bark chips will rot down in a year or two so the area will be uneven again and you will be back to square one. Lifting gravel and membrane to add more will be a real pain!

Could you find any one to level it for you either by adding more topsoil, or levelling the soil you already have?

not much help I'm afraid but some one may offer a better remedy.

Some homework for you, Jimmimac. Try and find it yourself from the galanthus section of this link. Good luck.

On question - Snowdrop variety


'minarette' are described and sold as annuals,not perennials, and Lupin varieties certainly do range from annual to perennial and shrub - the only way you'll know for sure is to grow them and see if they make it through to the following year.


Thank you.

On question - Succulent baby


Your borders are lovely and tidy, Hywel. Bella is like our cat We should have changed her CPL name to Shadow.

My OH potters in the greenhouse when he is up to it and keeps an eye on the containers. Otherwise it's a case of waiting for the camellias, magnolias and azaleas to come out in force.


I must be the only one here who had to look up that word! :O)

Looks a lovely place to visit. Is it a private garden or are plants for sale?


We have had one or two of these and find them invaluable.


I wonder if its to do with the earth's magnet polemoving towards Siberia.
We normally over recent years get our snow in February but most southwards of me on here show spring has arrived with daffodils flowering. I hope you don't get it to bad there Lori in March


Close up of one of the flowers on my new hellebore plant. I’m pleased with my first hellebore purchase!


I finally bought my first hellebore. Label said “Emma “, not sure of the botanical name.


You won’t regret getting this lovely plant!


I would like one of these. I find reeling in 50m of hose is exhausting!


Whoo hoo! Yes, there are daffodils out in Dorset too! :)


They lookgreat in their new ew pots!


Thank you Kate x


Its my biggest challenge LL!


Thanks Ginellie!!

I took a risk and have just planted some garlic in containers. Here's hoping! I have thought of elephant garlic. Next time perhaps!


Wow, strong winds indeed... I don't envy you the clear up..... How long is the snow forecast to hang around Lori?


And if you mean summer bedding, things like geraniums, petunias and so on, none at all, its too early. They can't be planted out till mid/ end of May, depending on whether there's still frost about.


I lost the roof vents on my greenhouse to seventy mile an hour winds, Meadow. It's just behind the tree limb in the photo, and the snow is up to the roof on either side. What a mess it's going to be when the melting starts.


the weather is wet and cool down most of the west coast of NA this winter. Friends and family in B.C. are experiencing more snow than ever..and friends in Cal. are talking about the cool wet winter... If it's still wet out will take a while for it to travel across country to us...but we'll have it sooner rather than later. Early March is usually our snowiest period and I can't lift my shovel over my head ... pathways are like tunnels the banks are so high! a snowball rolling downhill, Stan! pardon the Truth...and it's serious. 7 (seven) millions in the Bay area! my my...

On photo - More Moonglow.


I've just returned home with a washing up bowl and some Spring onion seeds Darren. I forgot what type you said so haven't got white Lisbon but hope they will grow for me. Thank you for the idea.
I have just taken delivery of some garlic bulbs for my neighbour Joan and so she must be about to plant them now. She has an allotment and seems to grow most things. Anyway I also bought elephant garlic from Wilko to try. It says plant in February.


have to agree with you about Fb, Hywel. oddly I found it intrusive...a little too personal. I've been skipping days and only going in once a week, gradually weaning myself. It can become habit forming, I find. Going back to the beginning I joined at the request of my grand-niece and it was a young person site. Now all my retired relatives and most of my childhood friends are on there... It's not cool for the youngsters anymore. I put a link to the Belgian Nursery in my comments. It's a quick pann around the cacti and succulent greenhouse.


Thanks Seaburngirl, that’s great advice! I do like the idea of having both types of ginger. I appreciate the feedback re. Slugs, I’ve seen the damage they do to some of my hostas! Oddly, not all of them..