Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Starting off dahlias

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:00

I'll be potting mine up in the greenhouse early April. I plant them out in mid May. But the ones already in the garden I just leave there, mulched. Usually most of them survive the winter.


Posted: 24/02/2017 at 21:56

We'll be going to the Malvern Spring Show in May, hoping to find some exciting plants there. A couple of years ago I fell for a gorgeous red clematis called "Rebecca", but I couldn't buy anything because I was flying back to France. This time we'll have the car.

Large overgrown garden on a hill

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 21:45

Do a bit at a time, starting with weeds and pruning. Decide on a bed, do it until it's done without getting side-tracked. Then do another. Leave the plants for the first year so you can see what comes up. Find a notebook and as plants come up and flower note down what you like and what you want to get rid of.

Or is it a wild sort of garden that needs re-designing and hasn't got beds and plants? Buy a book on garden design, look up about gardens on Google and do some sketching of what you would like.

Blank canvas or already there and lost in the undergrowth?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 21:39

At last I've planted the other 2 Gertrude Jekyll roses that OH gave me. Had to weed and cut down old perennials first, in the upper rose trellis bed, filled a barrow. Changed quite a lot of earth because there may have been roses there before. We planted it in 1991 but then the deer found the roses so we lost a few. OH has now fenced the main flower garden.

You sound so full of energy Obelixx. Masses seems to be getting done at your place.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 10:27

Morning all.
My email notifications seem to have stopped.

Daughter and grandsons have gone.

Must go and help OH shift logs.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 22:06

The grandsons found something really exciting today, a hive of wild bees with 4 super honeycombs in it. The bees had used my old wheelbarrow that I used to use to muck out the summer horse shelter. It's very old, my grandfather gave it to me in England when we bought our first house in 1973. The wheel came off and it was too heavy to carry back to the house so I'd put it in the woods the other side of the fence, upside down. The bees have been using it as a hive. It had a small hole where they fly in and out. We left the bees to it, they can keep their honey, I want them to keep coming to my garden.

pet companions

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:04

I have a box exactly like that that I keep necklaces in.

Tigger's ashes are in an urn, I will be burying it in the garden, but at the moment it's where he used to have his bed by the stairs.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 10:36

Morning all. Quite a nice day here. The grandchildren have gone outside to play in the garden.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 21:57

Love lobster, but can't run to it with 9 here. We had scrambled egg on toast with bacon and tomatoes., pork stew for lunch.

We went for a walk to the river this afternoon. The children got absolutely soaked, went in over their wellies. Children all had baths, wellies are by the wood burner. They were so excited. Children all asleep, daughters in front of TV, OH and I are catching up on emails etc.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 14:46

Frank, ha ha!

Why is punkdoc apologising?

I'm just having a quiet moment while grandchildren are playing outside.

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