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Advice for my rose Falsataff please...

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:51

Berkley has started to tie them down. But I agree, much easier when the wood is young and flexible.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 18:56

Went out and bought a couple of tops to wear with jeans. My parcel from M&S arrived at last - at the local Post Office so I collected it. The dress, jeans and pullover all fit perfectly.

RB, I did ride quite a lot. Bought the dark grey mare when OH 1 died to give me a project, she was half wild. She got quite good at dressage but very nervy ridden out, retired, early 20s. The bay is my daughter's 1st horse, he's 27, also retired. The beige one is daughter of dark grey mare, also my daughter's. I was riding the white one who I've lent, but now I'm 27 the body doesn't work as well as it did and all my friends have stopped riding, I got nervous going out on my own.


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:58


Hugs from me too Hosta. I have arthritis in my left hip, but not the cyst. Not ready for a replacement yet. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen help when it's bad, but it's not bad all the time.

Wretched horses escaped this morning. Not their fault really, a tree fell down on the fence in last nights storm. I opened the opposite paddocks gate as there was some good grass there and we set off in search. When we got back they were calmly eating grass in the paddock as those they'd never been anywhere.

Here they are in May before I lent Lena, the grey on the right, to the 16yr old girl.


Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 10:33


This is my Border Collie, Tigger, who follows me about like Monty's Nigel. I bought him as a puppy, but he had a malformed hip so no good as a sheepdog. His grandfather was champion of Dordogne. His hip got a lot better as his body made fibrous tissue around the joint. But as he got older he developed arthritis.

Poor Tigger, now 12, has cancer, started in the spleen and is now in the liver. He was very ill in January and the vet said he had from 1 week to maybe 4 months to live. He is still here and in remission.


Lilac tree prolem

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 08:44

Lilacs are greedy thirsty plants. I give mine a couple of watering cans full when the weather is dry.

Lilac tree prolem

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:19

It could be lilac blight. Have you let it get too dry?

Advice for my rose Falsataff please...

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:09

Tie some soft twine or wool to them and tie to the trellis, pull them down bit by bit over a couple of weeks. Otherwise if you don't like them and they won't behave then you can prune them off to where you want them next March. But, if they really bug you, you can cut them off now as the plant already has a decent amount of stems and leaves.

I have a Falstaff too.

When to prepare new beds for next year?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:59

Oh well done, Mondegreen. I agree with Chicky, dig and mulch the beds before winter. You could always plant some bulbs (if you want them) when you've done it.

Lovely shed.

Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:50

I think a lawnmower would be a good investment, rather than a strimmer, if funds can run to it.

Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:47

You can lift our turves with a spade to make the borders wider, but B3's plan of marking out with a hose pipe is a good one, or you can use a bottle of sand.

It rather depends what you want to plant. Plants grown in pots and sold in garden centres can be planted any time. If you want bulbs it is almost daffodil planting time, tulips in November. Then plant perennials in between. Pansies and violas should be in garden centres now or soon. Good for edging.

The orange flower is red hot poker or Kniphofia.

I think your soil could be on the acid side as it looks as though there are azaleas and rhododendrons, but you can buy a soil testing kit in a garden centre. Make sure you use demineralised water for accurate readings.

Dead heading is right. They will need proper pruning in March, you can look it up on Google. But gardening books are good to read in winter.

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