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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

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.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:11

We had our evening meal outside in a thunderstorm. OH has roofed the place we sit on the terrace. But the wind did get a bit scarey and tried to blow our wineglasses away.

I saw that link to Monty Don talking about English gardeners. I think a lot of the reason why the English are the best gardeners is because the English weather is right for gardens. Here in SW France heat, drought and extreme winter cold and wet make gardening very difficult.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 16:14

RB I expect your hair will be fine. I often cut mine (with the use of mirror wardrobe doors) because I hate hairdressers touching my head, even when I haven't got shingles.

My MIL was lovely, too. Sadly she died aged 61, younger than me now.

Been to see my horse, she looks fine, has new friends in the field.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 12:20

When I was in Crete years ago with first OH there were little stalls selling freshly BBQ'd lamb and thyme shish kebabs.  Some were in quite out of the way places!

Hope you enjoy coffee Womble. I'm having lunch, after 1pm here.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:50

We are getting excited too, Dove, just downloaded our boarding passes for Sicily.

Hosta, I'd rather have kebab than Chorizo. Was that Doner or meat on a stick?

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:54


Am loving my Lady Emma Hamilton at the moment, has flowered several times this year, smells gorgeous.



Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:11

Morning all. Going to see my horse that I lent to a 16 year old girl today.

DD, if the party is on Saturday it won't be the holidays, back to school tomorrow.

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