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Posted: 28/02/2014 at 17:07

I love cyclamen and their pretty leaves. Then they disappear in the summer and other things take over. I don't really care for house plants, always seem to kill them and they get dusty. The little blue flowers on the Brunneras are starting to show.

Something to replace connifers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:41

It will take a lot of digging, but, luckily, conifers have shallow roots. I dug out a big one and made a flower bed where it was but I dug in loads of manure and compost. Soil under conifers gets very poor and dry.

For birds it would be good if the new shrubs could have berries, like cotoneaster, which is also evergreen, hawthorn or viburnum opulus.  Rhododrendrons and azaleas need acid soil. Do you know what yours is?

Sowing Poppy Seeds

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:28

I'm going to try Ladybird poppies for the first time this year, but I have sown other poppies into the ground before and nothing has happened. Last year I had one poppy from a packet of seeds. So I thought I would try to sow them into modules and plant them out as plants if they come up. Does anyone know if this would work?


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:23

Thank you KEF. Isn't it pretty and furry? Mine is pale purple, but as I said it's disappearing under the rapidly multiplying cyclamen, which I must do something about. Took years for the cyclamen to get going and now they've even gone over the wall into the garden rubbish area!


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 14:29

Horrible day here, strong, gusty winds, tipping with rain, 3°. I think I'm having a day off, hardly done anything except deal with washing and have a long phone chat with a friend.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:41

When we were in Newhaven my OH left me in the GC and went off to buy new tyres for the car and returned 1 1/2 hours later to find me still staring at the packets of seeds, near where he'd left me.

Soil problems

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:01

I find brassicas difficult and celery impossible!


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:56

Thank you. We have a Lidl, don't often go there, huge queues at check out. We don't have a Point Vert. There is Jardiland, which is quite pricey. But a new GC has opened in Thiviers, wonder if that's Point Vert, it isn't Jardiland.



Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:10

Bill, you had a son to be proud of, that was a very wise and moving letter. Thank you for letting us share it. xx


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:04


We have been out most of the day. Went to take costumes for Christmas show back to lady who owns them, then went back to town to go shopping. As it was lunchtime by then and I was starving having had a 500cal day yesterday we thought we'd try the other big Chinese place. They have a choice of cooked things and a section where you choose your raw food and had it to a Chinaman with a wok who cooks it for you. When we had nearly finished Son 2 (dentist) and wife (pregnant) turned up - coincidence! So we stayed and chatted to them.

Then went to Hyper U supermarket for a change. Their gardening section was disappointing even though they were having a garden promotion. Then I remembered that daughter 1, Poitiers, said Leclerc was having a gardening promotion too so we went there, much better.

Bought fertiliser for plants in pots and roses, some really cheap trellis to grow sweet peas in veggie garden, and some wooden squares for temporary paths in veggie garden and bag of MP compost.

Now I'll go and read Bill's post and have a catch up.

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