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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.

Aspects of a plant pot?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:35

Measured my pots with climbers. The smallest is 50cms tall and 40cms wide. In wood filled with damp compost that would be heavy to move easily, so put it where it will stay. Also, wood should be lined to stop the rot that ended the life of my pot and to retain some moisture. But it should also have drainage holes to stop water stagnating in the bottom and rotting the plants roots.

Aspects of a plant pot?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:14

I once bought a wooden trough, unlined, with a trellis up the back of it. It had been treated, but after about 10 years rotted and fell apart. The Nelly Moser clematis that was in it has now been transplanted to another pot.

Another thing about the wooden trough was that it was made of planks of wood, a bit like narrow decking planks, and it was very leaky, it was hard keeping it damp enough, when watered the water leaked out between the planks and leaked a lot out of the bottom.

Size depends on what you want to grow in it. A few bedding plants can manage in a smaller pot than a clematis. As Mac the Cat says wooden pots are very heavy. Ideal price is what you can afford. What it looks like depends on your personal taste. If you are making it yourself then a square one would be easiest.

Serious! Really

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:04

When I was a child we had an old black and white telly that you had to thump to stop the picture going down! Then when I was about 12, wondrous, we got a colour one.

When very small, I liked Bill and Ben the Flower Pot men. Comedy - Topcat, Popeye and Huckleberry Hound. We weren't allowed to watch lots of TV, but Blue Peter had parental approval! I wrote to Pussycat Willem once (shows my age) and Valerie Singleton wrote back.

Then I liked anything with horses in it, like Fury and Champion the Wonder Horse.

When I was older and married I liked the Good Life.


Posted: 15/10/2013 at 09:48

Morning all, gosh some of you get up early. I'm late to bed and late to rise, a joy of being over 60! Don't mind being over 27, those days were filled with babies and nappies, loved them though, but not now.

Happy birthday Fairygirl and anyone else with a birthday.

Chicky, the boot has Minstrels and fruit pastels, Cadbury's chocolate (which the French mistakenly think is inferior), crumpets, malt loaf, hot cross buns, curry pastes and other English goodies packed around the plants on the way back from England. You need something to stop the plants falling over!

WW, yum, love slow roast lamb. For the first few hours I sit it on chopped red onions, garlic and rosemary, more on top, on a sheet of alu foil. Pour in white wine and some stock, wrap it up in the foil. Then, when nearly done unwrap it, make the gravy with the juice and complete the cooking with it unwrapped. But I expect you have your own recipe.

Gardening today if it doesn't rain. And putting naughty horses in paddock with mended fence.


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