Latest posts by chicky

Pruning roses

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 09:42

Hi April rose. The bush rose will need pruning every year - I normally wait til March and cut everything down by 2/3rds.  Climbers need less attention when you are getting them started - just remove anything dead, or that is obviously growing in the wrong direction for your framework.  In later years you might need to prune one or two of the stems harder to avoid getting all your flowers at the top of the plant.

I'm afraid I don't grow patio roses - but others will be along soon to help you out with those


Posted: 17/01/2016 at 09:35

So sweet (the robin, that is)

Disappointingly grey snow for us

Wondered whether you would get caught up in the lumiere thing Dove - but sounds like it made your day better

Spent yesterday with my foot up, reading a really good book.  Think a repeat performance will be required today to finish it.  And maybe a midday wander round the garden to see what's growing.

Snow frolics

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 15:38

Lovely pic LilyP.  No snow here, so thanks for sharing yours

Plant labels

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 09:06

There is also a big choice online - I have used Labels 'n' Things who were very good


Posted: 16/01/2016 at 09:02

Morning all - enjoy your days everyone .....on the hills, in London, on a plane or just chillin'

No snow here but very hard frost.  OH and littlest chicklet were outside at 6am to see the space station go by - they are both back snoozing now

Mane taming for me later.  Would like to get out there walking, but think the ankle deserves another few days rest - so looks like it will be gardening mags for me instead

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 21:17

Great photos Steephill.  We got tickets to walk through the tunnel just before it got opened to the traffic - think of that every time I drive through it

Interesting gardening fact about the old road...... The plan is to return it to heathland, so in the first season they planted thousands of heather plants....all of which died.  They scratched their heads and wondered why, since the soil is acidic and heather thrives in the area.  But then they tested the soil, and to their surprise, found it was alkaline.  Turns out that when they were repairing the road in the sixties, they had imported ballast that had been created when they carved out a road in nearby chalky Hampshire, and it had changed the characteristics of the soil in the strip of land where the road once was.  So back to the drawing board


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 06:43

Such a shame you are poorly for your grandson's visit Pat.

Cold here, but no snow, and none in the forecast ....guess we will be missing it this time.  Love the whiteness of it all when it happens, but hate venturing out in it.

Did I mention I aquired another couple of snowdrop varieties from our local galanthophile .  One called wasp is very pretty.  At £2.50 a pot, it would be rude not to


Posted: 14/01/2016 at 06:50


Our Garden Club lecture on lavender was fascinating - didn't even know we had a lavender farm very near us.  Its owner was very entertaining - and it was interesting to hear about it from a farming (as opposed to a gardening) perspective.  Will make an effort to visit one of their open days this summer

Medical was fine - clean bill of health for another year .......for which I am truly counting my blessings.  So easy to take these things for granted.

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 09:08

I think I have that collection currently hibernating in my windowframes Dove......happy to donate

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 09:02

Will be thinking about this all day now  But for now, can we have a big greenhouse, with a vast underground water storage tank, and plenty of room for seedlings, cuttings and an armchair

And how about the National Collection of delphiniums ?


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