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Posted: 17/01/2015 at 19:42

Tis a long month DD - but more than halfway thru.  Lime juice and fizzy water is my current poison.

no gardening here - ground rock hard - but a nice long walk and a couple of round trips to the dung heap.  Our compost piles are filling up nicely.  Time to make some more bays.  Lots of snowdrops coming through now, flowers as well as leaves, and daphne is pumping out scent that hits you everytime you go out the front door.  January has some good bits if you search for them

apple trees

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 18:18
Any chance of a picture of them Judith ? That might help with pruning advice.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:02

Hope so

Help! How can we use this yard?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 09:42

I'd definitely start with a few pots on the hard surfaces to make it feel a bit more inviting.  As Lizzie says, a climber growing along the fence would also be good - you could try nasturtiums this year (but they will only last for this summer), and if you like the effect you could go for something more permanent.  How about growing sweetpeas up wigwams of canes too, to give some height (and a wonderful scent !).

why have you removed the bark chippings, and what have you uncovered underneath?  Could you grow grass there?  If not, then woodchips are not a bad covering - better than bare earth anyway.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 09:20

Great picture Frit.  Can almost warm my hands in front of it.  And I need to as it is supercold here - one of those frosts that turns the trees white.  Not much planned though, so I can keep warm under the duvet for a bit longer

What half price shrubs are tempting you Verd??  Do tell

Popped into the GC yesterday to start browsing through the seed packets, and there were practically none there.  Can anyone recall when they start selling them in earnest?


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:56

Here you go Fairy



Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:27

Weekend starts here.  Was hoping to fit some gardening in, but think I might be thwarted by the big freeze.  For now, I am snuggled in front of the fire looking forward to some gardening telly.

Glad you made it safely Panda - have fun.  And glad that Fairy's boiler saga (why are they always sagas?? - its not like they are rocket science) has come to a happy end.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:16

How very very sad LilyP.  Thinking of you and all her friends and family.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 07:04

So glad all went well Matty - here's wishing you a speedy recovery

Hydrangea Advice

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:54

Some hydrangeas (especially the lace caps in my garden) do have dry, brittle stems - i think it is just their nature.  Like yours, mine seem perfectly healthy and flower well, so I don't think it is a problem.

Discussions started by chicky

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Anyone know a good one? 
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Any ideas 
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Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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TV gardening programmes

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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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