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Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:52

Thanks Fairy, Lily, - will pass info on.  OH relies on "chick's chat" as much as i do

first seeds sown ...

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:56

Sounds perfect djjj - i always use a west facing sill - south is too strong for little seedlings.  I keep the vents closed til they have germinated, then have them cracked open for a couple of days, then remove altogether.  Keep an eye on them though - once the lids are off they can dry out really quickly 


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:52

A-ha - the Dove is safe ......


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:51

Madam Alfred carriere is lovely lily - some of the honeysuckles have lovely cream flowers too - you could do a combo.

Fairy - had Duchess de N in last garden - beautiful, and lovely smell too.  

Verdun - oh is looking at petrol hedgetrimmers - how long do yours last before needing a recharge ?  And would they be strong enough for beech hedges ?

Where's Dove ?  Either hole went as far as Oz and they are having a quick visit, or maybe her and OH are stuck in said hole without a ladder.  How long do we leave it before alerting search and rescue ??

Thanks to Folks on the Forum

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:58

So pretty


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:53

Gorgeous day here - t-shirts all day.  Re-discovered some more of my plants underneath their blanket of leaves and acorns (all of which are now sprouting - never mind, oak saplings are easy to weed) - all my echinaceas coming through, my bells bank geums and lots of eryngiums.  All very exciting.

pond looks like a herculean task dove - oh is a hero.  Love peonies Fairy - which one are you going for?  Off to google kedera gh's to see what Andy is hankering after. Might need a snooze too - all that fresh air has got to me

Container grown Acer

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 10:15

On siting - make sure it is not in a windy spot - they hate it!  

Not sure about the best pot - but my gut feel would say terracotta - more stable, looks better, stops the roots cooking in the summer.  Good luck with it, they are lovely little trees !  I have a couple of big ones, and a whole set i am nurturing from baby plants from an offer a few years ago.  I was advised (nursery lady at hampton court flower show) to only pot them on a pot size at a time, as they try to put on enough root growth every year to fill their pot - and if the new pot is much bigger than the old, they sometimes wear themselves out with the effort


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:40

Andy - you'll need another GH for all those baskets.  Hope GH's go up, pond's get deeper, hedges get longer and veg patches get fluffier.  Gorgeous here today, will be gardening all day - bliss!  Magnolia starting to flower here, so we will now be on tenterhooks just in case a frost ruins the display over the next few weeks

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:26

Love PiNK from the bottom up - might stand half a chance of remembering it now Mrs G you are a genius


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:19

Allium - I thought GW was sad too

Two stepover pears planted, hostas potted up, daffs in the ground, and lots of time spent furtling for new shoots - happy times 

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