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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 17:01

Love wrens. Mine used to nest in the old swallow's nest until it feel off the wall. Haven't seen the swallows for over 10 years, wonder what happened to them? The wren waits for the bits to fall off the fat balls, which the tits are all over.

Still haven't sown any seeds. I had some cuttings on the kitchen window sill which got covered in whitefly, so I sprayed them and they died.

Verdun, keep off Bekkie's parcel - you know it's not yours.

Daughter's friend and 2 LOs have arrived.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:27

Morning all. Slept 8 hours before needing the loo! (Unheard of since I was 51!) Then slept another 2.

Daughter with 3 sons, including the poorly one, (now responding well to antibiotics) has gone home. Other daughter still here until Monday. Her friend with 2 small sons is coming this afternoon.

Take care of yourself, Dove and other poorly ones.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 20:34

Looks very blue and black to me, but haven't seen it on TV news.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 20:16


Gosh there was a lot to read through! Can't possible answer everyone!

Fabulous crocuses One of seven.

Dove, please look after yourself or you'll end up with a secondary infection of bronchitis like we did. Though antibiotics have done us the world of good.

We went to the mountains with Daughter 2 today, Lucie and Alexis, 5 and 3. Daughter 1 stayed at my home with her 3 sons (1 poorly one, thanks for your wishes) and my poorly dog. We had a lovely day in Le Mont Dore, built a snowman (not easy, snow dry and powdery, wouldn't stick!), and the children sledged. Lunched in a restaurant, family sort, not smart, full of children.



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:31

Is it in shade? Is it badly drained? Do you feed it? If you put a paddling pool on it that bit will probably die and be compacted slimy mud in winter.

Pruning Young Roses

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:25

You can prune roses all through February and March.

The above pea question would do better in it's own new thread. This one is about roses so pea people may not expect to find it here.

But my mother used to dip pea seeds in paraffin to put the mice off.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:22

I buy little plants in pots from the garden centre. Haven't found them sold bare root here in France.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:20

I grow oval Roma tomatoes for making tomato sauce for freezing, because they are quite fleshy and less pippy. They are a bush variety so you don't need to pick out the sideshoots, rather a messy grower, but make lots of tomatoes that all ripen fairly much at the same time, so good for a cooking session.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:17

Evening all.

5 grandchildren are quite noisy, but 9 yr old not well, went to Doc, he has a nasty abscess on his tonsil that daughter's doc didn't notice.

We had Spag Bol this evening. Used up some of the garden tomato purée from freezer.

Been raining all day.

First house, first garden, new gardener!! help/advice needed!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:09

I would have been here earlier, but was unwell

I'm another for getting rid of the tree, too big, will suck the life out of the soil. Will get bigger. A job for a professional, ask advice when you get quotes about leaving some of the trunk. I did that because I wanted to grow a wisteria up the trunk and train it to be a wisteria tree. But had to dig huge hole and add loads of manure and compost as soil was so impoverished, then the trunk rotted and had to be sawn off anyway and a support post banged in.

I'm with you on keeping the lawn though. Without the tree's shade and with a bit of feeding and weed removal I think the green will look nice.

Pruning the buddleia and the smoke bush is the right thing to do. Buddleias can be cut back very hard. The smoke bush will make redder bigger leaves.

Don't rush anything apart from the basics, there may be other things planted and your ideas may evolve. Buy a good gardening book and enjoy reading it.

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