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Posted: 07/01/2016 at 08:28

Morning all Porridge here too (sorry Yvie !) - no honey, but a sprinkling of flax seeds and raisins

Got a day off today - taking Chicklet for a girlie shopping trip, before she returns to Uni at the weekend.  Its been so lovely having her around again - going to have to get used to missing her all over again So a day of coffee, cake and chatter, with a few shops thrown in, seems a good way to make the most of the last days of her hols

Ask Joe Swift a garden design question

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 23:48

I've got quite a steep bank I'm not sure what to do with ......about 12foot high and sloping sharply.  Would love some ideas. Thanks


Posted: 06/01/2016 at 07:58

Morning all

Decs down for me today. Going out to the theatre tonight, so I won't have to look at the emptiness of it all

Glad your op has made a difference Flowers, and fingers crossed mini-Yvie manages to get her house move back on track.

It was me that said the evenings are lighter - not getting dark til about 4.45 here now - baby steps.  i know it happens every year, with scientific regularity, but it still comes as a pleasant surprise for me. Little things


Posted: 05/01/2016 at 06:29

Morning all

Not been this early for a while.  Littlest chicklet back at college today, so the usual commuting routine begins again in earnest.  Have noticed the nights pulling out already, but it will be a while before the mornings start to get lighter.

Great to hear Mr Yvie's op went well - here's to a speedy recovery

Drooping hyacinths

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 22:52

I stick wooden kebab sticks as stakes - cut them to shorter than the flower spike and put them close to the bulb, but without skewering it .....they get hidden by all the flowers 

Any tips for growing rice?

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 22:30

How about watercress


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 07:52


Best get a wriggle on ......

But on a more positive note - my Chiltern seed catalogue has just arrived - so hours of fun await choosing what to try this year.  i must remember that I only have 14 mini propagators and limited windowsill space

If they could take their words back.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 22:46



Posted: 03/01/2016 at 22:41

Keep hold of that teaset Violet never know

Glad you enjoyed SW Panda

Loved Sherlock too Steve ......Moriarty has got to be one of the creepiest things on modern telly

Work tomorrow


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 18:45
Lovely news Verdun - will that make you a GUV ? (Grt Uncle V). My girls had a GAM and a GUB, names that stuck for years

Had a good (if somewhat soggy) day with family ... Got a bit of sunshine in time for the obligatory woofer walk this afternoon. Amazed to see camellias blooming down there on the south coast.

Hope all goes well for Mr Yvie tomorrow

Discussions started by chicky

Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

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Strange flower buds - ID??

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Love lies bleeding from seed

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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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Getting rid of brambles

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Daphnes - do they self seed?

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Tree id

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Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Plant ID - blue flowers

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