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Latest posts by chicky

Crane fly larvae

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:03

There was a bit on GQT about them the other week - suggested covering an area of lawn with tarpaulin for a few days, which will encourage the grubs to the surface.  Then go out at dawn and remove it, and all the birds will pick the grubs off for you.  Apparently the worms get back into the ground quick enough to avoid the same fate

What's eating my clematis?

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:58

Panda - if you are going to use pellets the ones with "ferric" something are better - steer clear of the methaldehyde (??) ones which exterminate everything in sight.  I find copper rings in a circle round the base of my clematis do the trick too, because slugs can actually chomp through the stems at the base and then you lose the whole lot (although mine did resprout, and seem none the worse for it)

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:53

Supernoodle - what a pretty patch of flowers - bet it makes you smile every time you go past !  Great to hear it is bulking up nicely too 


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:36

Mr Beardshaw is recording, but footie means i don't stand a chance of getting near the TV tonight - so i have just treated myself to the Hidcote programme on iPlayer instead - what a  place !!!  Have next week off work, and was planning to find a garden to visit .... Its definitely on the list as a possibility.  Bit of a trek, but with a few GQT's on the radio it won't seem too long.  Will ponder .......


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 07:33

Morning MrsG KEF and Lily.  Bishops Children are dark leafed dahlias that you can grow from seed - someone put pics on here last summer, so thought i'd give it a go.  They are meant to get big enough to flower their first season. ...... Thats good news, since my track record of keeping dahlias alive is not good ...... So it could be their last season too


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 07:16

Wow Lizzie - thats a productive GH.  Know what you mean about the weeds - its like painting the Forth Bridge here.  Hope your car is sorted soon Dove.

just about to go inspect my GH - just to see whats grown.  Dahlias were all potted up at the weekend, and all had already got little shoots showing.  And my lupins and Bishops Children have now graduated out there from the windowsills ... keeping fleece and lids to hand.

good days to all of you


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:15
Short post (on a train again) but had to shout WELCOME BACK POTTY . We've missed you ! Don't worry about catching up, just throw yourself straight back in. So glad you are enjoying work (it was Fairy asking before, not me). Hope you are gearing yourself up for the defence of your "best garden" crown . - you need to retain it for your new granddaughter - although i'm sure she'll grow up thinking you are the best anyway. Will there be poppies in your pots this year to celebrate ?

TV gardening programmes

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 06:55

Just to remind those who were interested, there is a new show on great gardens (Dixter, Sissinghurst et al) on BBC4 tomorrow night (tues) at 9pm.  I've just set the planner

Also Beechgrove is also back on bbc2 on Sunday morning (for those in England - think its Thursday night in Scotland).

and the Great Allotment Challenge is the following Tues at 8pm ..... Not sure if gardening really lends itself to the knockout show/reality tv format .... But i'll give it a go 

So a feast of small screen garden stuff 

next season

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 18:25

Verdun - i have a few daffs that are in the wrong place.  Can i dig them up in a few weeks time and grow them in pots til next year then ???

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 18:21

LOVE magnolias KEF - and those are both lovely ones, with really good shapes.  The pieris in the corner is looking good too

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