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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Help needed for a novice gardener

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 19:11

Gardening is such a big subject, I think it would be helpfull if you bought a book and during winter look up on Google all the flowers you like the look of and how to grow them. After a bit you won't be a new gardener any more!

In th meantime have a look at these -    geraniums (the perennial sort), veronica, salvias, campanulas, geums, phlox, michaelmas daisies, penstemons, aquilegia, erysimum, oriental poppies, delphiniums (watch for slugs!). They are all perennials. Filling a garden with perennials all at once can be expensive so you can sow hardy annuals in between, such as nigella, calendula, californian poppies. Beg from people with gardens!

Go to your garden centre in Spring and summer and see what you like the look of then go home and look it up.

Good luck!

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 18:58

They left because there was some sort of disagreement on the site. It's very sad, but Waterbutts has now said she's leaving. Someone was rather cruel to her over pruning apple trees - at least I think it was that because I've just read that thread.

Frank left very suddenly when I don't think there was unpleasntness. Worrying. Brumbull left very suddenly too but has now reappeared and says he was very ill. That's the trouble with forums you don't know when someone is very ill, or worse. Brummie Ben used to post when Brumbull was first here, haven't seen him for a bit.


Posted: 15/10/2013 at 18:37

My email notifications have gone again, just when it was going so well. And I saw someone said a thread had disappeared. Hope there aren't going to be tech problems again.

fox gloves

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 18:00

How funny, I sent an answer that isn't here! It said what  nutcutlet said. Mine seed themselves and stay outside in the flowerbeds all winter.

Serious! Really

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 17:57

If the lovely Geoff Hamilton is a childhood memory, flowering rose, then you must be quite young. If only............ he was too young and fit to die.


Posted: 15/10/2013 at 14:19

Hadn't rained for a bit, so went out to plant bulbs, then after digging only 2 holes it poured.

WHEN DID IT ALL start for you .... ..... .... . . . ..

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 12:41

I started a thread about starting gardening some months ago, long gone now. The answers now are just as interesting but different. Then lots of people started quite young, family influence. Now more late starters.

I was given a little patch when I was quite small, then when I was a teenager I went right off it. My mother said we each had to get up a wheelbarrow full of weeds at the start of the summer holidays. Hated it, also didn't know which were weeds!

Then when I married and had my own garden my mother-in-law came to stay. She was a keen gardener. She helped get me going and I've been going ever since

Bay tree

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 12:29

Autumn is a good time to move it, so anytime now. I'm sure you can trim the roots but not sure how severely. It would need a good rootball. Is your pot deep enough? 70cm is quite wide. Has it got waterlogged or been allowed to dry out?

I've found a site which has a lot of info about bay trees.


Posted: 15/10/2013 at 12:20

I just put the naughty horse back in the field. Naughty Hannah was testing the fence with her nose as I ran to plug it in, then there was a squeal and they galloped off. Now grazing. Hope they don't find the last small bit which has a fault, the brambles need strimming there.

Now it's raining again so big garden clear up and bulb planting is postponed again. Ironing this afternoon.

something in the air

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 12:15

I like it here too. As it's an open forum there are always people who come on and upset people. I actually allowed myself to be upset by something recently then I upset someone here who I like but we've written to each other privately and it's sorted. I hope that didn't cause any upset to anyone. I was upset by some strange newly arrived people, normally I take no notice, but there was some stress in my private life.

Anyway I'm staying here, lots of lovely people, so I'm glad all those who replied to Waterbutts are staying too. Please stay Waterbutts, I hope you've read how much we'll all miss you.

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