Latest posts by chicky

Trachelospermum Jasminoides newbie

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 20:05

I'm in Surrey Humblebee, and lost 2 of these in their first winter

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 09:43

Have a fab holiday Hosta - wishing you lots of sunshine  and lots of sleep

off to the hospital to visit Dad today - yes, he's still in there.  Doing well and desperate to get out, but they don't seem to have the staff around to discharge him .....all a bit odd.

Thinking about some New Years resolutions too .....just read about one that involved planting all new purchases on return from the GC, instead of creating an ever expanding plant creche.  Do you think I could manage that ?


Posted: 30/12/2016 at 18:05

Hope lunch was good Chrissy

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 15:24

I've had Ernest Markham in a large pot for years now and its doing really well thats only 23 you have to find border space for now 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:30

And i defy anyone who calls me a shorta"@e ever again

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:24

Out on a walk at the moment - it is a truly glorious day

MrC decided to stay at home and clean chimneys, so am noodling with you lot instead.

good to see you PP, and glad Fairylet is improving - sounds like she has been through the mill 😮

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 09:11

I'll be counting  Doesn't look like it will take long this year ......but then there's always something that surprises me

Underplanting a stepover apple tree

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 20:58

Underplanting a stepover apple tree

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 11:11

I'd leave a good space around its trunk (ie the size of the rootball) for a year or two to let it establish without competition, but don't see why you can't plant up at its extremities.  I'd go for shallow rooters or maybe some spring bulbs - might be too late to plant this year, but you could cheat with pots of bulbs already grown - GC's sell loads of them from about Feb onwards.

what type of apple is it?

Lawn to meadow

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 11:04

Totally agree that meadows are not a low maintenance option.

However, if you do decide to go for it then make sure you have some yellow rattle in the mix - it helps keep the grasses suppressed and is pretty in its own right.  We have been working on ours for a decade now, and its getting there.  Its lovely to walk through it in the summer and hear it buzzing with insects, the butterflies love it (mostly the brown ones).  And for the last couple of years we have had orchids appearing too - 2 at the last count, but I am dreaming of a colony 

Discussions started by chicky

Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

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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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