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Posted: 31/01/2015 at 17:17


What adorable puppies, or are they grown up?

My sister had a springer spaniel, lovely but full of energy. I love Border Collies, so intelligent and good looking too. Here's mine. He's very sweet with children, just as well as I have 8 grandchildren! But he needed long walks when younger, 12 now, bit arthritic.

When I was bitten by the GS I was delivering a packet to his owner, who knew I was coming. I opened the garden gate and the dog just went straight for me

thorny edge

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:51

They sound like Pyracantha. This site has about cuttings and how to grow them. 

They need to be kept pruned and have vicious thorns. I have never grown them in pots, but I expect the pots would have to be pretty big and will need a lot of feeding and watering compared with growing them in the ground. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 15:21

Thank you everyone. It was a big shock for me and I feel so sorry for my friends, but they are the ones who are really suffering. They are having to face police interviews as well as the awful loss.

Early potatoes

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 11:02

I grow Charlotte, which is a second early, as it's such a good, healthy all rounder. It can be dug early for delicious waxy new potatoes and left in the ground for old general purpose potatoes.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:45

In a state of shock, our friends' beautiful daughter has been murdered in Devon. Wasn't going to say anything, but now it's in the papers and has been on the television news.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:41

I won't be sowing anything until March, but perhaps some lobelia in February as that worked last year. Even if seeds germinate plants go leggy when sown too soon.

Looking for ideas

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:38

Good choice from Verdun as always. I would add tall Michaelmas daisies for late season colour, especially aster novae-angliae which are more resistant to mildew and phlox paniculata which flower in high summer.

How/where to cut this rose bush please?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:13

I agree too. March is the classical month for rose pruning, but your rose is already fairly severely pruned so leave it. Is it a climber? You say you trailed it up a fence. If so then let it keep some long strong stems as a frame and when you prune just cut off weak shoots, very old and woody shoots and the side shoots growing from the main stems to two or 3 buds.

Make sure it doesn't dry out in summer, and feed it, I use rose fertiliser as it has the right minerals. Instructions are on the packet. Feed as growth starts in spring and again after flowering is the basic minimum. Roses are quite thirsty hungry plants. They also like being mulched with well rotted manure. A well fed rose is better able to fight disease.

Roses often get a bit tatty later in the season. Don't spray against insects, you will kill good insects too, but do spray with a fungicide against diseases like black spot, mildew and rust.

New Lawnmower

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:01

I join the others in favour of Honda. Mine is still going strong and starts easily, bought it in the late 1980s. It is a solid and expensive one though, a Honda Pro. I also have a Honda rotovator which is very good.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 09:56

Morning all.

Reggie looks lovely, but I'm rather nervous of German Shepherds since being bitten by one.

Lysimachia Beaujolais looks gorgeous, Googled it, like a dark red Lysimachia Clethroides, which I have, but it's rather invasive - roots go sideways. Never seen L. Beaujolais before.

My garden, normally well drained, is sodden.


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