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Posted: 04/11/2015 at 16:40

Topbird - I did that with alliums last year and they were fine.  I did 6 pots - 2 were planted out as soon as their noses began to show growth, the others got left, and were only planted when they had buds.  The first two had much better flowers and looked stronger all round if I did it again I'd plant them out earlier rather than later.  Mine were purple sensation.

Your niece is going through it Verdun ...poor thing.  Hope she starts to feel more comfortable soon.


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 08:33

Morning peeps

I am a fully paid up member of the "still got bulbs to plant" club.  I saved the ones from last years pots, and was going to plant them in the veg garden (OH not impressed, but I am trying to persuade him they are a crop, since I will be cutting any that manage to produce a flower)

Wsong - you sound like you are on a decorating marathon......but hopefully nearing the finish line.  Remember that age old DIY refrain .....It'll be lovely when its finished


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 21:29

.....which also reminds me ......Chicklet has a job tutoring youngsters .....she came home horrified a few weeks ago because two of her young charges didn't know that "hob" went with "nob" to make a word or phrase.   "Can you imagine getting to the age of 11 Mum, without knowing that a hobnob was a biscuit" !!!  whoops 


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 21:25

Bruges is looking lovely in the autumn sunshine Steve.

Loving the thought of Ma KEF in a parka 

Mr Chicky is much brighter today - thanks for your thoughts.  Not exactly sure how he is, because anymore than two "how are you feeling" 's turns me into nagging wife.  So I have to use other, less traditional indicators .... and he has called me Chick a few times today (always a bad sign if he uses my "other" name), and he is now shouting at Man Utd on the TV.  So a little improvement every day.  We have to remember his insides have had a bit of a bashing, and be patient.  Not a quality he possesses in spades

Meanwhile ...loved Autumnwatch.  Did I mention I spotted Michaela having coffee with a friend at Wisley last week?  My life hobnobbing with the stars

Pumpkin varieties

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 15:48

Hi Snoodle. Mr Chicky has been growing pumpkins for the last couple of years and has had great success with Charmant (see pic below).  He also tried Atlantic Giant this year, which lived up to its name and got huge, but has much softer skin so got decimated by birds and slugs before we harvested them.  Next year it will be Charmant all the way

 The two weeny ones were from Sainsbugs


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 08:51

Morning all Quick peek in before I fire up the work computer

After my bulb planting weekend, yesterday I discovered a box of bulbs I had forgotten I'd ordered, that the postman had hidden so well that it had been there 3 weeks without me noticing.  So more alliums and daffs to go in after all.  Good job I had some spaces left over.

good luck at the docs Hosta.....and welcome back Dove Glad Lola kept you safe on the foggy journey home.


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 06:46

How fantastic Flowers ..... fascinating and moving at the same time.  I love the bits of my history that others have put together, although I have not done any of it myself.

Morning peeps.  Half term over, so early morning service resumes to get littlest  Chicklet to the station.  Work have been very good at letting me work remotely, on things that have some flexibility around the deadlines, whilst I need to be around for OH.  Thinkthat will continue for at least another week whilst he is unable to drive ......then we shall see.

Hope Hostas bruises are less painful today - a really nasty place to fall on.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:57

"If the water is deep enough that light does not penetrate to the bottom, and photosynthesis is limited to the top layer, the body of water is considered a lake. A pond is a body of water shallow enough to support rooted plants. Many times plants grow all the way across a shallow pond."

Not nearly as simple as the hill/mountain.  We'll have to wait til Hosta's bruises subside enough for him to scuba dive in the middle and see whether photosynthesis  is taking place at the bottom 

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:39

I'm with Hollie, pdoc, Pete and Verdun - much too late to prune lavender now.  All you will do is encourage new growth that will get killed off by the first frosts ....which must be just round the corner, despite the record breaking temperatures some have had today.  I try and get mine pruned by the end of August, and if I miss that  I leave it til the spring.

Planting a Rambling Rector

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:34

Rambling Rector is nearly as vigourous as Kiftsgate Iamweedy ..... There are others that are more manageable.  David Austin website also gives good details If you want another site to help you with your research.

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