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Latest posts by artjak

Small front bit taking up grass, planting conifers

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 14:22

For small formal shapes, you could consider Hebes as well. Whatever you get check on final height/spread; you don't want to be spending a fortune a few years down the line with a tree surgeon

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 14:15

Oh Nut Perhaps Mr. Nut could make you a miner's lamp that you wear on your forehead...and small lights on your gardening gloves


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:01

Bumping this as Garden Organic have emailed me to say they will answer query asap

Growing vegetables in the driveway with cars

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:45

My lovely neighbour in London was worried about this as we were only a mile or two from Hogarth Roundabout, which is supposed to be one of the busiest in Europe. He was a member of the RHS and had a soil test done, presumably testing for levels of lead etc., and found that the soil was safe.

I suggest a barrier between cars and veg; a 1.5 metre trellis with something dense like winter flowering jasmine growing up it.

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:41

2 jumpers and a raincoat for dog walking this morning. I find it very weird that the light in the evenings says 'August' and the temperature says 'October'

lillies cultivars

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:17

holmes, are you sure it was slugs and not the lily beetle? Today I have composted some spectacular (and rather too flashy for my garden) lily bulbs as am so fed up with the depredations of the lily beetle. I could combat it with Provado, but have been told that since Provado is systemic, the bees that go for the pollen and nectar will be poisoned by the pesticide.

Rude but funny.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:11

phlox paniculata

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:08

Well, there are phlox and phlox... I grew the annual (I presume) called phlox of sheep, from seed with the most stunning colours. Will def grow this again

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:06

Chicky, I swear I can smell those flowers

Help. Not sleeping.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:02

All this talk about sleep has reminded me of an article I read a year or two ago; it may have been on the BBC web site. Apparently up until the 16th or 17th century people used to have 2 sleeps per night.

The first sleep would be soon after sunset, then they would wake, perhaps eat, socialise etc then sleep again.

What changed all this was, I think, a combination of improved/cheaper artificial lighting/ factory hours/ street lighting?

It is similar to the change in eating habits, the old habits still maintain on building sites; a sort of breakfast at 10.30, which echoes the Georgian idea of hot chocolate and perhaps something to eat at that time. The Georgians then had 'Dinner' at about 4.00, then a late 'supper' after the Opera or Theatre at about 11.00pm

Now I am pretty much retired, I can eat when I want to and sleep when I want to. This means I do not have to conform my sleeping or eating to business times and I feel much better for it.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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