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Latest posts by chicky


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.

Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:12

Tootles - most planning departments have an online database of all their planning applications and decisions.  Might be worth doing some research on previous overturned applications to get a feel for which buttons are most effective to push - this will vary from planner to planner - it is absolutely not a uniform process.

I know this as I live on a county border - and everyone comments on the visible difference between the development that goes on this side of the boundary, compared to adjacent properties on the other side.  It also makes a an interesting comparison in bin collections, pothole repairs and the like.....but thats another story


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:01

Morning all - another frosty one here, although looks like it will be the last for a while.  The lumps of ice i am removing from the bird bath each morning are all still in tact, sitting in a row on the wall - so its obviously not been getting that warm in the day either.

Not planning a big night here (hate NY - always more sad about the end of a year than excited about the next ... usually takes me a few weeks in Jan to realise that it will, after all, be the bestest year ever).  Quite a bit of taxi driving - my choice, as its one night I do not want Chicklet driving herself - she's not an idiot, but there will be plenty of others out there who are.

but before that ... maybe another walk in the winter wonderland before it disappears into puddles......


Happy new Year

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 09:52

Happy New Year to you all

 This is a great forum, with a great bunch of gardeners, who have helped me out more times than I can count.  So thank you all, and look forward to gardening with you in 2015.

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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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