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Posted: 01/01/2015 at 16:45

Are you using a phone Stacey?  I have never been able to do icons or post pics from my phone - have to use my tablet for that.  The tech team knows its a problem, so maybe a fix is around the corner.

if you know the symbols (eg semicolon, close bracket for a winking smilie) then you can type them in "longhand" and they come out as smilies when you submit the post.  As yet, I have not worked out what weird combination of symbols produces a smiley in a party hat though

Bad news here- just discovered one of my box balls has been decimated by blight. Which means that the others are probably living on borrowed time.  This is a double shame as I use box alot, as deer don't eat it, and can't think of many alternatives that they will leave alone (they nibble yew).

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:36

Here's mine - got cold fingers, so typing will be a bit hit and miss ......

sarcococca, primroses (lots), witch hazel pallida, fatsia, winter honeysuckle, kerria,vinca, daphne JP, cyclamen coum, heather (lots), viburnum dawn,rudbeckia (one flower left over from summer, but its still yellow, so think it counts), rosemary, stinking hellebores (no orientalis yet, though lots of buds), japanese quince, and a very brave kaffir lily

Think that makes 16 -so nowhere near the Nut count, but not too shabby


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:41

Morning.  I too have a Bernard Panda (only mine doesn't have a name, poor thing) - so I can do the giggly smiley thing too.  Will get up in a minute though, I have flowers to count.

but first.....another cuppa


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 00:36
HnY to all - loved those fireworks. And welcome back SL - we've missed you !!

Plum tree problem

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 21:16
Classic silverleaf advice is to prune in midsummer - but like Dove, I would not think it applies to a wound that is below soil level. Maybe google silverleaf to find out a bit more ?


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 21:10
Stacey - so good to hear from you and such great great news !

Am currently sat in an Ascot carpark waiting to do the second leg of tonights taxi duties (just you wait til LO is a teen) - am sorely tempted to start cruising the streets to see if I can spot a polytunnel in a front garden anywhere

Wishing you (and indeed everyone) a happy, healthy and tongue numbing 2015


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 17:05

Wow David - what a globetrotter Enjoy Berlin tonight and the beach thereafter

Just downloaded aload of GQT podcasts to keep me happy on my travels this evening.  Have a feeling I might be counting flowers in the rain tomorrow - another confirmation for the chicklets that their mother is ever so slightly dotty

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 12:04

Good luck Pauline 

Growing potatoes in an old compost sack is also pretty rewarding


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:46

Its been a wonderful thread Marion - thanks so much for sharing it all with us - never fails to make me smile .

Wishing you all the very best for 2015 - I'll be following all the goings on next year with interest.

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:20

My resolution is to keep on top of the weeding this year.  And do as many garden visits as I can manage to fit in.  Hopefully will meet up with some of you there.

will also revive my garden note taking.  I keep a diary (somewhat sporadically) but it is hard to look back and find a particular plant name unless you can remember the date you planted it.  So i have just ordered alphabet tabs for a lovely notebook that Chicklet gave me for Christmas, and will write it all down in an index as well - i HATE it when I can't remember the name of a plant because the label has gone walkabout.

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