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Britain's National Bird

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 11:55

I agree, leaving a window open would be best. Then when the babies are born the parents can go and get food when they like.


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:49

Sorry you aren't well RB. Hope you get better soon.

Well done for passing your test Wintersong.

We flew to Stansted yesterday, took bus then train to Amersham, now staying with OH's BIL. He'll drive us to Heathrow to catch plane to New York tomorrow. 

We went to Waterperry Garden today, lovely. Plants I wanted to buy but couldn't.

Using OH's ipad, has taken a bit of time to get to grips with it.


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:13

Off to catch the plane in under 2 hours, just going to shower and wash my hair. Been sorting out the horses who got into the wrong paddock, tree fell on fence in the night. Hope that doesn't happen to housesitter.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:11

The first year they were small bushes, the next year they were about half the height of the ones in the photos. The Pilgrim in the photo is about 4 yrs, 2013. It is now 2 -3 ft taller. But Phyllis Bide in the bottom photo, on right, now about 7 or 8 yrs is now smaller than that as some insect kept eating her last year and I think she flowered too hard and was a bit tired so I pruned her very hard. Malvern Hills on the left always does well.

I plant violas in Autumn and annuals like petunias in Spring. I put rose food around the roses and sprinkle slow release fertiliser in the compost for the annuals. Before planting them I change the top 3 inches of compost.

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:25

We are planning to go there in July.

Which climber?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:21

Montana is quite vigorous and will go up a house, but it will need something to climb up like trellis or wires which it will cling to with its leaves. So it won't mark the house. In winter it will lose its leaves. It will only flower in late spring, but looks gorgeous when doing it.

Is it a north, south etc wall?

My favourites are roses.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:14


I have some climbing roses in large deep pots, mostly David Austin roses, not huge ones. They need watering quite often in summer as they can dry out very quickly, a good soak not just a sprinkle. They will need feeding with rose fertiliser more often than roses in the ground. I feed in March, May, July and September. Prune them well in March so they don't get too big, cut out any dead wood and old wood and the side shoots to 2 or 3 buds. Shorten the main stems. I never spray mine, except occasionally against fungal diseases.



Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:43

Sky is filling with black clouds, really hope it rains for the garden before the hot weather comes.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:31

So lovely everyone, would like to say more, but in a rush, must go and pack. Off to New York tomorrow.

uploading photos

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:23

Since my message above in 2012 and with coaching from Geoff who was here then I have learnt a lot more about using a laptop

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