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Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:21

You may remember my Border Collie, Tigger, who I took to the vet on Monday for an upset tummy. I've been very worried about him. He's still not eating properly, nothing today, not even home cooked fish. Couldn't get his second antibiotic down him. Have just taken him to the local vet, again, who has booked him into the vet hospital in Thiviers tomorrow. He's lost a lot of weight. Vet says his heart isn't too good and he's worried about his liver.

I'm so sorry about your goose, Runnybeak. That's why I don't have ducks anymore.I didn't know geese could reach 16, that's much longer than hens.

I'm glad the funeral went well, Verdun, but funerals are always stressful. I got in touch with my cousin again thanks to my mother's funeral.

Old Apple Tree

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:42

I have some old apple trees that needed sorting. We did it over 2 years. Cut out that central branch and crossing branches. The aim is to get a cup shape. I didn't treat the wounds and they were fine. But they were cut slightly sloping to let water drain off, except of course where the cuts were naturally sloping.They were pruned in winter. They are now much easier to keep pruned.

I Can't Get the Hang of Containers

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:38

I grow herbs outside in pots too. I think, generally, woody ones like thyme don't need feeding and not much water, but mint and basil (same family) need feeding and watering. Of course, being winter, everthing has died down now and some isn't hardy anyway. As Bekkie says, they need trimming. When I harvest the mint and basil I use the growing tips then they make sideshoots. Thyme needs a good haircut after flowering. I let my thyme and chives flower because they are pretty and you can decorate food with the flowers. Then I chop the chives right down and chop the leaves and freeze them. Then I feed them and lovely new growth comes up.

All year round interest with perennials

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:17

I started writing out a list of all the bee and butterfly attracting plants that I have and I like, but it got rather long. Then I looked it up and found this huge list from the RHS. A lot of my plants are on it.

I would say though that bees love foxgloves, pulmonarias, honesty and blossom on fruit trees in Spring. In summer pollenating insects like open daisy type flowers, such as asters, heleniums and echinaceas. I have a perennial blue salvia that is always covered in bees, so are the lavender. In autumn sedums and buddleias are good. There are many more and they are all my favourites!

What kind of situation would you call this?

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:50

If it faces north, but there is no shade then I would call that a sunny aspect. North facing usually means that the walls of the house are keeping it shaded, so that depends how big your garden is. My veg garden is north of the house but far enough away so it gets all day sun - I don't call it north facing. I wouldn't call clay soil well drained, whether it's dry or wet. Well drained is a light soil that water goes through quickly. The east bit sounds partially shaded and dry. But is it ever wet in the summer?


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:39

I have the same problem, most people probably have it. But I click on the unsubscribe and it usually works OK.

I Can't Get the Hang of Containers

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:35

How big are your pots and what sort of plants in them? When I plant roses, shrubs and perennials I use big pots to start with and half fill them with garden soil mixed with manure and compost, then I fill with bought compost, as it keeps the weeds down. They need feeding much more often than plants in the ground and regular watering, not just a sprinkle.


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 09:44

Morning all. Light snow here, very cloudy, no sun forecast. -3°

I give my horses up to 3 apples each. Carrots are better. They had carrots this morning with their horse nuts. There was bickering, they are like spoilt children with a bag of sweets! What they must not have is soggy, sliced white bread.

Lesley, your dieting must be going better than mine. There are no chocolates left in this house, I ate them all!


plants for hanging baskets & containers

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 22:29

It's still too early to sow most seeds. What sort of plants did you want to grow?


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 22:21

Good luck Bekkie, but probably too late by now!

RBeak it's called hibernation

Pony looks healthy enough, but they are herd animals and can get very lonely on their own.

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