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Posted: 16/08/2016 at 06:53

Morning all

Gorgeous morning, but definite nip in the air.  Feels like one of those "back to school" mornings of my childhood......but they were always in September. Just been out amd harvested another bowl full of Opal plums.  The tree is 5 years old and this is the first time we have had more than one or two fruit - its making up for it with a spectacular bumper year this year.  They are lovely and sweet, so very pleased.  Its also ripening way ahead of our Victoria Plum, so we will have ripe plums coming for weeks ......good job the Chicklets are fruit monsters


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 07:26


Coalface, here I come

But a sneaky look at that medals table before I go makes me very proud to be British


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 01:12

Woweeeee !!! What a day

How I'm going to get up for work tomorrow is a mystery


Posted: 15/08/2016 at 00:37

Kitty - Louis Smith won Strictly a few years ago


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 21:23

Loving this 

Need an early night ....but thnk the excitement will get the better of me

Tall perennials that don't need staking.

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 19:40

I have a 6ft tall thalictrum Elin which stands by itself, as does Helianthus Lemon Queen and Joe-Pye weed (latin name escapes me at the moment).  I also have clematis growing up obelisks to give height at the back of the border.

Edit - JP weed = Eupatorium (thankyou Mr Google)

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Posted: 14/08/2016 at 19:21

I know . Wot a superstar


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 18:33

Nettles and bracken conquered (well, possibly more lurking in the depths, but a good start made).  Now resting my aching limbs and waiting for the tennis to start ......COME ON ANDY


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 11:17

Thanks Dove - I think we have a Miss Ruby (ours is called Sugar Plum, but I think they are the same thing) ......gorgeous colour.  We also have the ubiquitous, but beautiful Black Knight, a pink pagoda and some Empire Blues.  We had a bit of a spending spree when we went to the national collection at Longstock last year, and Mr C has been taking cuttings too.  The flutterbyes are flocking (although not as many as last year  .......maybe the weather)

Pruning Lavender border that hasn't been pruned for a year

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 10:59

Lavender wil not regrow from old wood, so you should only prune down to where you can see growth - ie not down to the dead wood and leaves.  Because of that it is notoriously difficult to rejuvenate a lavender hedge once it has got out of hand - many people just grub them up and start again - they grow pretty quickly.  Probably not an option if you are only a visitor, but worth suggesting to the owners.

Discussions started by chicky

Grass ID

Does anyone know what type of grass this is? 
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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

What to do and when? 
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Gardens we have visited 2016

Pictures of our garden outings 
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Hellebores - black spot?

All my hellebores have distorted leaves๐Ÿ™„ 
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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Last Post: 29/08/2015 at 16:26

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

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Strange flower buds - ID??

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Love lies bleeding from seed

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Have I got an orchid???

New flower appeared in grassmeadow 
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Gardening on TV

A thread for TV alerts - no whines please !! 
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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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Jasmin - officinale or trachelspermum??

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How big are vine weevil grubs?

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Indoor hyacinths - are they ready for some light??

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Getting rid of brambles

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