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Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:10

Morning all. Raining, scuppered potato planting. Bother.

Geoff gets up late

what jobs done over easter.

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 23:34

Barbary gardener, are your French dwarf beans in a polytunnel? I hope so, they aren't frost proof. But would that be warm enough at night? I live in SW France and I don't sow them outside until May or 2nd half April in the greenhouse. Our frosts are usually over by end of April.

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Posted: 01/04/2013 at 22:47

Please don't get upset with each other. Nearly all this forum is friendly but when you get so many people of different characters and walks of life there is bound to be the odd disagreement. This particular thread is the fun, friendly one where we all get on in a good humoured way so let's keep it like that. Please

When to prune Arabis alpina "snowcap"

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 22:28

I have hard pruned them before with good results. I have a pink one hanging over the edge of a planter which looked so pretty last year that I couldn't bring myself to prune it and now it's flowering near the compost and at the end but there is a big brown patch in the middle. When it's finished flowering I shall cut off all the overhanging bit.

Purples in my garden but what colour for you?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 22:23

I'm more of a romantic female and I like blues and pinks best. I do have purple, cotinus, berberis, heucheras (such as Palace Purple and Plum Pudding), salvias. Some purples don't like conditions here, hot, dry, windy, limestone, cold winters, eg acers, pittosporum Tom Thumb, acteas, tall red and purple lobelias. I like very dark tulips, like Queen of the Night and Dahlias. I'm trying to do a pastel colour bed and a hot colour bed with reds, yellows, purple, but I like the pastels best.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:13

I love guinea pigs. My children had them when they were small. The babies were born tiny but like minature adults with fur. Soooo cute! They had no sense of personal hygiene though. They pooed any old where, but they lived in a cage with a run so I cleaned it out. The pet rabbits were clean and always went in the same place! Easier to clean out.


Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:07

Can't grow acer dissectum here, I love them and have wasted money on them, we have frost, strong winds and hot sunshine and alkali limestone.

Feeling very virtuous, have cleared up all the dead stuff in my flower beds. Left it on for winter protection. It was 14°, took my coat off. Everything burning nicely on bonfire. Now it all needs weeding, top of soil forked over and mulching. But I like to do it when the plants are up a little bit more in case I damage something. May rotovate in veg garden tomorrow and plant potatoes.

Front garden very uninteresting

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:01

Looks heaps better Bjay. I look forward to seeing more pics later in the year. You deserve a glass of something nice and feet up on comfy sofa.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:54

Cat deterents don't work. I have a cat, didn't ask for her, she was a rescue cat. I have a litter tray for her, which she uses if she's in the house, but when she's outside she goes in my flower pots, the veg. garden, the flower beds. If I put the litter tray outside she doesn't use it at all. I've bought every product ever made and chased her and turned the hose on her. Doesn't work. I live in the country, no neighbours to upset. There are plenty of places she could go in the surrounding woods and fields. I think cats are just untrainable. 

Forget me nots

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:49

I usually plant small plants in the garden in the autumn. I used to let them seed themselves, then I started getting a wild variety with tiny weeny flowers that I didn't want and ants seemed to like living in the roots of these, so now I pull them up when over and weed out any I'm not sure about. They are very hardy.

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