Latest posts by chicky

Cosmos seedling have been devoured

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:04

I agree with Bob that its mice that are the culprits  -slugs would have eaten the lot, not just nipped the tops off.

I have mice in my GH - too many to get rid of - so i put vulnerable seedlings on trays balanced on tall pots so there is an overhang.  Its the same principle as saddlestones on old barns.  Mice can climb, but they can't hang upside down


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 17:49

Definitely second MaryG  well done

Had a good tidyup/weeding session ...beginning to look so much better out there now. First time this year that I came in because I had run out of steam rather than light

Acer all planted up - looking good.  Lots of things growing away when you get down on your hands and knees and furtle

Sympathies with the neck Dove - sounds ouchy. And hoping secondborn's house is ready very soon  Yvie - they are so lucky to have you available as a stopgap (bit of tidying wouldn't go amiss though).  Surely there isn't any more fence left to paint Fairy ....or are you starting from the beginning again already?


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:59

I found a lone one yesterday, all on its own in the middle of the meadow  I certainly never planted it. Bambi will discover it soon


Tomato Seedlings + Cold Nights

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:26

I find that tomato seedlings really suffer if they get hit by frost.  Mine normally go out into an unheated GH in April, and I spend the evenings covering them with fleece and the mornings uncovering them if cold is forecast.  They are with all my other (mostly flower) seedlings - but are always the first to show signs of stress .....they turn a sort of purpley blue and stop growing. Don't normally recover either, so have had to resort to GC replacements.  So.....I would keep them somewhere you are confident will be frost free.

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:10

Buddleias take really easily from stem cuttings - we have far too many because OH had nearly 100% success rate and can't bear to throw any away .he took them in about June I think ......usual method of cutting just below a leaf node, stripping off lower leaves and sticking them round the edge of a pot of compost. No covering or bottom heat required.


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:02

Morning peeps

No sunshine here, but no rain either - time for some gardening.  We used our Christmas garden tokens to invest in an acer sango-kaku yesterday, so that needs planting up.  Its going in a bed just outside our front door, for a bit of winter interest.  Hope the stems stay this red as it grows

 It is evicting a rather boring viburnum, so some excavating required first.  So better have another cuppa first to keep my strength up


Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:54

Our very own snow message

sounds like a lovely way to spend a day KEF

Wisley was lovely- this one's for Topbird

 And this one too

 They have made some fantastic new sculptures out of tree trunks which were killed in the 2013 storms too - out of disaster, comes opportunity 


 So clever !


Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:16

Morning all

have been having a very indulgent morning lying in bed, reading garden mags

Was about to get ready for some gardening when Mr C suggested going for a walk round Wisley would be rude to refuse, so the garden will have to wait for a bit

Happy handbag shopping Wonky


Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:22
Dovefromabove wrote (see)


Spanakopita, Gigantes plaki , Baba Ganoush 

Que ????????

Anyone else strapped for space?

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 19:19

Inspirational stacking system. My eyes are always bigger than my tummy when it comes to seeds


......and, yes, I know you're not supposed to eat them

Discussions started by chicky

Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

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Pictures of our garden outings 
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All my hellebores have distorted leaves🙄 
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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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