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Latest posts by chicky

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 07:07


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 06:54

Morning all - and what a lovely morning it is.

Unfortunately I have to go put on some smart clothes and heels, and shut myself inside for a day.

Just checked weekend cuttings and they are all standing up - so I think they have made it through that first crucial stage.  Will ignore them for a bit now - I have found cuttings are a bit like the proverbial "watched pot".

Forum up the creek

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:36

Me too Nut !  I was saying to OH earlier, this is perfect weather for gardeners - 3 or 4 nice days and then a downpour - keeps everything fresh, but also lets you get out there and enjoy it too.  2013 will be a summer to look back on with a smile

baby apples in my garden

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:32

Squirrels pinched all my apples, pears and plums last year.

This year I read somewhere that they don't like the smell of soap, so I have hung little mesh bags of  the smelliest soap I could find in the trees.  So far, so good ..... although I am nervous posting this in case I am tempting fate. Do you think squirrels log in to the forum??

create meadow?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:07


Not sure I should really be giving advice on this - as I have been trying to create a flower meadow (with not much success) for the last 5 years.  However, the one thing I have learnt during my efforts is the importance of yellow rattle - its a plant that's parasitic on grass so keeps the grass down and gives the flowers a chance to grow.  In the patches where I have got YR going I am having much more success.

I bought my YR seed last autumn and sowed in patches straight into the ground.  It needs to get good and cold before it germinates, so needs a winter exposure.

Good luck with it

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:00

Archie - that's why we do it - they always taste so much nicer when they are your own

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:58

Dove - picnic sounds a lovely idea - nearer the time I will keep fingers crossed for some perfect picnic weather (doesn't work if you do it too far in advance !). 

And you are right about Forum Friends - people often drift in and out, and there is no way of knowing whether it is for good or bad reasons.


Posted: 05/08/2013 at 19:45

I don't do anything apart from leave the foliage on over winter.  Lose a couple ( out of about 30) each year, but most are fine.  However, I am in the south, so that might make a difference.  Took some cuttings this weekend, just to prove to myself I can do it!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 19:40

Ps Dove - intrigued at what all the cooking is for.  Or am I just plain nosy 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 19:38

KEF- hope it goes ok with your Mum - don't have any experience of cataracts apart from people's delighted reaction when they can see clearly again.  So hopefully it will go smoothly and be worth it.

rain finally arrived here with avengeance.  Driving home was a bit of a challenge - lots of roads had turned into fords.

dog happy - phew!!

must find wellies so I can go water GH.

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Rose "The Fairy"

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