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Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:32

FairyG, I was brought up on Hollywood musicals; South Pacific (I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair) which has the most incredible anti-racism song - 'You've got to be taught, before it's too late, to hate all the people your relatives've got to be carefully taught...' My Fair Lady, Oklahoma which has that wonderful song, 'Poor Jud is dead, poor Jud is dead...his fingernails have never been so clean (been so clean)...

I recently just saw the end of Singing in the Rain and the brassy blond  with Debbie Reynolds behind the curtain, sadly I didn't notice the arm movements, I'm not crazy about Gene Kelly so don't make a point of watching this film; I'm more of a Fred Astaire fan; he was so elegant, in fact I like to think that Verdun is a bit like Fred Astaire

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:16


Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:16

I sterilise a lot of wine making equipment with baby sterilising tabs.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:33

Philippa, hopefully Rosie can let us know what people need, but since you are so close to the flooding, do you know any of the affected people? Would you have contacts in the area to help deliver/identify where plants are needed?

Thank you so much for responding. I'm sure any spare seedlings, cuttings etc. would be welcomed by someone.


Climbers for supports either side of steps - clematis napaulensis?

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:29

Pariate, it is hard to tell whether your garden is exposed without seeing a photo, but generally I would think that Wimbledon is going to benefit from the 'kiln' effect of being on the outskirts of London and surrounding buildings will stop harsh winds. Where I am it is very rural, flat and the winds come whistling along without much to stop them. I would risk this plant, after all I have a Campsis growing happily along my fence for the last 8/9 years or so; I only learnt last year that this should only be grown in very sheltered spots or in a green house.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:22

Rosie, I've P.M.d you

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:20

Allium2, you can make wine from virtually anything, possibly even alliums

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:55

Fairy G, Placido IS MINE, I bet I saw him first! I so like the fact that he has made the transition from Tenor to Baritone in his old age; I've made the transition from Alto to Tenor, now I'm nearly 30. Problem is, in our tiny local choir I was quite happy singing along an octave below the fruit flies (sorry, Sopranos), and then along came 2 serious singers who can sight read OFF THE PAGE and now I'm expected to sing Tenor along with them; I now have about 15 pieces that I have to painfully pick out on the piano at home and learn.

In the garden, I tend to only sing when I have the lawn mower, the drill or the jig saw going so no one can really hear me and then it's the Alto bits from Handel's Messiah.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:41

I'm just so pleased after years of failing with Rhubarb that the Timperly Early has appeared again for the second year running. I'm wondering if it's the soil here in the Fens, a friend who is a very experienced fruit and veg gardener has just about given up with rhubarb. I tend to make rhubarb fool, but with Greek yoghurt not cream.

On a different fruit theme, am sitting here drinking homemade pear wine (I think they are Concord Pears) from 2011: delicious

Cleaning patio

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:33

Dove, I agree with you; I even phoned one company to ask them how toxic to plants their product is, the young man who responded said, 'Oh it's fine as you apply it diluted'. But why do they give no guarantee on the container?

My builder said emphatically when he laid the terrace in 2001, NOT to use a jet washer as it would wash away the grout. I'm reduced to scrubbing on my hands and knees to clean it. Now that is alright at the moment, as I'm only 27, but what happens when I'm 30?

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Vote for us 
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Well, I never knew that!

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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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