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Posted: 02/06/2013 at 13:04

Zoomer44 - (... carefully ignoring references to better weather than we had here! ) ... I'm interested to hear your gooseberries are ready for picking. Is that early,  or are mine just a bit late? They are in partial shade of a slightly wayward Victoria plum tree - perhaps that's why they're a bit small to pick yet?

... or have you been feeding them? It took me years to realise that plants need food just like we do! (hangs head..!)   

Ah!  Sun's out again. Must prune that wayward Plum tree - have been waiting for this moment for months.


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Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:57

John H - many thanks for the info on the Twisters - I did wonder how the lower end was attached. 

The bell cloche is a brilliant idea - I do like it when you can make something useful from what otherwise would be thrown away. I've not thought of using water cooler size but have used 2 litre bottles.

You can cut off 3 or 4 rings of sufficient height to dissuade slugs and snails attacking young lettuces etc. I thought if they did decide to climb up the sides they might slip on the smooth surface  (or would they grip more easily?) or at least be unwilling to make the rather tight turn across the sharp edge at the top - assuming they did make it that far.

When I did this a couple of years back I just pushed each ring into the soil a bit so it was very easy to get out again. It seemed to work Because we had more lettuces than we could eat.

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:20

Daisyheadcase - re photos - I'm afraid the only way I could rotate them was within the library itself. After each attempt I returned to my photo library, edited a rotation of the photo and tried again (4 times) until it came out right . (But I'm not doing that every time, beside which I want my photos up the right way in the library)

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:10

That looks like a very neat arrangement John H. I should think it's quite useful having troughs off the ground, you can sweep up with out pushing dust all ove the strawberries. I too am a grandpa, four times over, and I know that what I grow (or bake) goes down better than shop bought. Very gratifying!

What are those spring shapes around your canes, John?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:05

We have a lot of goldfinches nesting in our pine trees. Do you have pine trees, Garden Girl? Apparently they like to feed on the pine seeds.

If, perchance, you also have pine trees nearby, LeadFarmer, you may find they will nest there eventually. I believe they also love nigella seed if you want to attract them in. We have a feeder containing nigella and they have become very bold over the years for the shy birds that they are.


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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:43

Thanks B-L. Mine aren't yet at their best. Once they're all blooming, and assuming they've not all been knocked flat by freak weather, I'll do another photo shoot. (I'll have to call back the firm of acrobats I like to work with for the special angles I like to achieve) 

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:37

Been cold here today - has looked quite nice until you're outside the door, then the wind chill hits you. 

Outdoor thermometer (on west facing window) says 18°C at present. Strangely, yesterday was about 26-28°C here, but later , weather programme reported the SE as being quite cold - yet I was in shirtsleeves mowing the lawn. Scorching hot at times! 

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:19

Don't knock it Artjak. You're supposed to admire them - the peonies, that is - (the photos are just at my normal high standard) 

 Thankyou Wintersong.

PS Actually, it was quite funny AJ 



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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:05

I knew you were lurking WS

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:04

I dunnit! I dunnit! I dunnit! 

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