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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:13

Welcome back Stacey - so glad you had a fab time - hang on to that relaxed feeling as long as you can  And also glad that wild swan not only survived, but flourished in your absence.

mrsG - good luck with new career beginnings - very brave, but absolutely right thing to do if your current one has lost its sparkle.... Go girl

Hope Lizzie is not in the grips of Garden Party panic  .... and that Doves house is now ready for visitors.

littlest chicklet has biology gcse exam tomorrow morning.  We all feel a bit sick.  Jokes from Verdun, Steve or Fairy most welcome to lighten the mood

But One D at Wembley Stadium to look forward to (?&?&?) on Sunday .... wish me luck .... someone has to do the chaperone thing


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:01

Morning Dove and Fairy

Fairy - this site has really made me aware of the differing seasons across the country - what with Verdun at one extreme and you at the other ...... all my daffs were finished by the end of April this year 

Growing Roses

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 06:54

Don't apologise Yarrow - great to hear your thoughts.  

I grow lots of roses - they seem to like our quite heavy clay.  But they also get 2 mulches of FYM a year, and get fed Potash in Feb, and roes fertiliser in April and June, so they don't go hungry.  Most of mine are now 4 years old, nearly all from David Austin as bare roots, and are beginning to fill out nicely.  Will be following this thread with interest to see if there are more tips to pick up.  And in the meantime, here is Gertrude J ....



Posted: 05/06/2014 at 06:44

Morning KEF - we've nicked your sunshine Hope you have other cosmos to fill its place. Mine are still in the GH, but will have to come out soon.

Got past the week's half way point - time to start planning the weekend's list.  Top is getting my pots of annuals potted up - think it is finally safe to remove the old daffodil leaves

Lobelia for wedding at end of May

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:26

How lovely Green Magpie - hope you all had a fantastic day.  So glad the lobelia worked out, and so special to have something you had created yourself.  My favourite aunt did table decorations at our wedding .... in October 20 years ago .... she used lots of fir cones and autumn leaves she had collected from the forest the week before.

And thanks for coming back with an update too - always great to hear how things have turned out

Cane tops

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:17

Cane tops

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 14:53
I have the terracotta ones in the shape of owls - i treat myself to a couple more every time i go to Hampton Court Show as he does them at a special price (50p each i think )

This is our first year of using string from GH ceiling for toms and cucumbers - Beechgrove has a lot to answer for!!


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:38
Thanks for the bracken link Dove - wasn't aware but will be careful now that i am - littlest chicklet is asthmatic so even more reason to remove it now. We have got rid of it completely in some places by a few years of mowing. Thats not possible in the meadow, so i thought that by removing its leaves i will stop it being able to photosynthesise and weaken it year by year. Thats the Bob Flowerdew GQT method of weed control

Have a lovely day with daughter - and others too at Chinese restaurants, saltmines, B&Q, SM etc. Keep smiling Panda and Lily - if nothing else it will irritate the h*** out of the perpetrators !

What veg outside of July and August

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:00

Duncan - is it just the cropping you are worried about ? ie do you have someone who can care for stuff (weed, water, the occasional judicious snip) whilst you are away?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 06:54

Morning KEF  I don't normally manage gardening in the evenings - which is why i am convincing myself that 30 mins snipping pesky bracken is doable - doesn't even require a change of clothes (apart from ditching the heels)

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