Latest posts by chicky


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 07:14

Thanks guys ....cover me, I'm going in

What is this please?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 07:12

Clarice - am I right in thinking you live in the South of France?  If so, when did you sow the seeds of the first one?  I only ask because I have amaranthus that look like that (as pdoc and fidget have said) but they have been flowering for months in not so sunny Surrey.  I would expect you to be way ahead of us in terms of flowering, not behind, so I am a little confused


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 06:51

Morning all.....still hanging out for an Indian summer here - fingers crossed

Seems very dark this morning tho - not sure if thats the cloud, or the fact that the sun is getting up later now

Hope Wonky's migraine has subsided now ( -you poor thing), new windscreens pass the garage test, pdoc enjoys his post-in-law brownie points, and everyone else has a tip top day.  I'm heading off to work to have a conversation that has been slowly building for a while, and needs to be confronted.  Would rather leave it (not great with aggro, me) - but it is affecting other people, so can't be glossed over.  Hope it doesn't turn into an explosion. Wish me luck

When to prepare new beds for next year?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:48

Its looking great Mondegreen

I think digging the beds and covering with a really thick layer of organic mulch (garden compost or  well rotted manure) would be a really good idea.  Over the winter the worms and the frosts will break it down for you, and by next spring you will have wonderful soil to work with


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:43

How beautiful ....lucky Jo


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 20:41

Totally agree Dove - our system may not be perfect, but it is one I am comfortable with

For any of you that a) like Alan Titichmarsh and b) live within striking distance of an evening in London .....he is giving the first annual lecture for the NGS on 27th October.  I've just bought a ticket (see NGS website /lecture) so there are definitely some still available

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 17:49

Gorgeous Lyn. The first one looks positively Mediterranean 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:00

Oooh enjoy Sicily Lizzie - we had a wonderful (sunny) time in southern Italy earlier in the year.  Hope Fidget makes it to Scamdinavia too (can't remember which country and daren't look back


edit: Denmark .....loooved Copenhagen, especially Nyhaaven


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:26

KEF, Fairy .....many thanks, means alot.

Happy Birthday to Charlie ......tell him all the really important people have two birthdays 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:17
Verdun wrote (see)

Chicky.....what photosynthesis is needed now for tomato plants?  the plants, as I see it,,are simply holding the fruit whilst they naturally ripen.

I don't know - I was quoting from GQT as it seemed relevant to the discussion.  If we all agree that they taste better ripened on the vine, then something must be happening to them whilst they are there......maybe PS helps in that process?  But I don't really know .....I have a CB book downstairs, might go and read the photosynthesis chapter

Discussions started by chicky

Grass ID

Does anyone know what type of grass this is? 
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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

What to do and when? 
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Gardens we have visited 2016

Pictures of our garden outings 
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Hellebores - black spot?

All my hellebores have distorted leaves🙄 
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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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