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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:58

Will be mulching soon Fairy - just wanted to get it "clean" before it goes on.  

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:52

I never thought I'd say this, but I like a good weeding session. Like Phillipa, i find my mind wanders happily whilst I am grubbing around.

like pricking out seedlings too, but that seems a long way off.

not sure about the yellow teapot Salino - doesn't seem to be making an appearance here


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:36

Just in from a very productive days hand weeding.  So satisfying to rediscover and rescue all my plants under the mat of sorrel.  Lots more to go, but visible progress made at last.

bought my c-cards last week ( from a friend who runs a card business), going c-shopping tomorrow with my sisters, and making my c-cake and c-pudding next weekend.  And yet today i was out in the garden all day in a t-shirt.  Funny old year we're having

Training a clematis

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 10:18

Hi Daryl - no idea on the paragraphs !

but on the clematis, i prefer to keep them on the cane - clematis stems don't get as thick and tough as something like wisteria (which would eventually envelope a cane, and would then have a decaying cane within) so it doesn't seem to cause a problem.  Mine have been in about 5 years now and the canes are also a good reminder not to slash/dig up the stems !!


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 09:26

Wonderful Liri - enjoy

Autumn Colour

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 09:24

Acers and blueberries are the stars here too

 Very few flowers left, apart from the odd rose

Blueberry Winter Care

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 09:13

Mr BB - i don't do anything to mine - they stay outside in their pots, and seem to happily survive the winter.  If I have any pruning to do (often they are fine to be left as they are) then i do it in spring.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 09:08

Hiya Andy - great to hear you're keeping well.  And that the hanging baskets survived the gales.

Lily - MD - seriously jealous.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Garden (correction - weeds) calling me today - and the forecast rain is missing us - yippee!!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:56
CLARI ! you forgot to pick me up


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 07:43

Thats what we use our very old Landrover for Clari - although without the pressure washing.

just checked the weather forecast and it says rain for tomorrow - which might scupper my weeding plans once again. . Lets hope they are wrong ( after all their super-computer hasn't arrived yet, so I can live in hope).

Discussions started by chicky

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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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

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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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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