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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 17:59

Didn't rain today so been busy outside. Weedkilled paths and terraces, also spot treated dandelions, grass and buttercups in flower beds. Hands are too arthritic at the moment to dig them out of heavy wet soil.

Crawled about in a shrub bed cutting and digging out brambles that seem to have got huge when I wasn't looking, bit painful that was!

Pruned Etoile Violette which had also got huge, a matted tangle. It's hard prune so not really complicated.

Good TV night tonight. Love "Call the Midwife". Will watch Musketeers too.

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:26

I have a dustbin pot which I painted with thick render sort of paint in two mixed colours, sort of beige and cream to look like limestone. Forgot that in above answer, bin was cheap, paint was in cupboard, left over.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:21

Sunny today -5°, frost.

Went to see live film of Prince Igor last night by New York Met. Enjoyed it, some was very gloomy, but it had a sort of happy ending.

Slept badly, thanks to Arthur Itis, hands and hip. Flower beds too wet to weed, but creeping buttercups and grass are coming up. Think I'll blast them with glyphosate. Did the veggie garden about 6 weeks ago, in desperation, and it rained 2 hours later, but now it's almost weed free. Result! But I prefer to hand weed there. I use weed suppressant fabric where possible in the veggie garden.

2014

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 23:28

Your Bergenias are magnificent Marion. Jealous!

Seeds are up

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 15:12
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I remembered this thread from last year and we are back to that exciting time again when seeds may be coming up.

Here are my newly born babies on the shelf that my OH made for me in the sitting room. Plenty more to sow, that's a start.

 

Seedaholicism

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:09

My OH and the dog mess it up, but OH is very good with the Hoover. Anyway, housework can be done when it's raining. It's rained a lot this winter though and my house isn't any cleaner!

Talkback: How to grow peas

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:47

I use cheap nylon mesh for peas that I can throw away afterwards, but perhaps not very "green". I hoe out a shallow trench about 6" wide and 2" deep and scatter the peas in about 2" apart, then cover them with the soil I hoed out. I find Kelvedon Wonder, which is a dwarf variety, is good, sweet and tasty, freezes well, also I like Hurst Green Shaft - but that is harder to find here in France.

What they call "wrinkled seeds" are usually sweeter that "smooth" ones, but smooth ones can be started earlier. The 2 above are wrinkled. I sow when weather has warmed a bit, end March, early April.

Rodendrum Help!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:37

Usually Rhododendrons just get on with it, you can't stop the wind. It should have flower buds at the moment. After flowering you can very carefully pick of the dead flowers, but you mustn't damage the shoot. When I had a lot of big Rhododendrons in a previous house I never bothered and they were fine.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:34

Good morning all. Hugs to Bill and your wife.

Sunny, but clouds coming. Just had a look around garden, grass is growing, needs cutting, but ground is like a wet sponge.

OH has had 3 colds this winter that I haven't caught. I gargle with mouthwash and take extra vitamin C. Don't know if that will help, Dove, as you say you are chesty.

Think I'll go and sow some more seeds, perhaps nicotiana.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 23:12

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38561.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

 It doesn't have fish anymore, it has toads.

My pond is quite small, my son dug it before he went to University in the summer holidays, he is now 30. I don't seem to have a recent picture and it's messier and more overgrown now. This was 2007.

 

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