Latest posts by chicky

Cottage garden flowers

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:00

I tried the wool pellets last year.  They worked for about a month and then stopped - and I thought they were too expensive to have to keep replacing.  Only thing that works for me long term is the copper bands.

Cottage garden flowers

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 00:07

Lupins grown from seed will flower in their first year, as will agastache.  They will be with you in years to come too

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 17:10

How awful.  No other words really.  That poor family.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 17:07

Lots of cuteness here today.  One day, we too will have a dog, but not fair whilst we are both still working and out a lot.

just ordered the seeds that i have failed to find at GCs - and a pack of L. Beaujolais fell into my basket .....i blame you lot

Snow disappeared now.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 09:00



Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:50

Reggie is a cutie

Woken to a blanket of snow here.  By the looks of the walls, about an inch, and still falling.  Have an opticians appt a bit later - Mr Chicky will have to get the landrover out to take me - i'll never get up our hill in my car.  Very pretty, but a PITA.

Glad to see Matty doing well, and Beau safely moved in.  Love liquidambers Yvie - you've spent wisely

Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:02
Bekkie - NW tastes of toffee - well to me anyway !

Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:53

Hi Shelly - not really sure how you go about disentangling them (i try not to grow group 3's with anything other than other Group 3's for that very reason - then you can just prune the lot to the same level).  

However, i can help on the Group 3 pruning, where it is fine to cut into what appears to be unpromising woody stems - the new buds appear from the leaf axels, and sometimes you get new shoots appearing from underground too, which then extends the overall plant.


Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:44

We have a sunset, Lord Lambourne, blenheim orange (all mentioned above) and a Newton Wonder.  Have had at least one apple from each in 4 years, but they are definitely still getting into their stride.  We chose the varieties after a visit to the West Dean Apple Day - where I tasted more apples in one afternoon than I would normally eat in a month.  Amazing how different the flavours are when you taste them side by side.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:41

A picture paints a thousand words

Hope you get it sorted - at least at this time of year it won't take long to refill if you have to drain it.

Discussions started by chicky

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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Last Post: 03/07/2016 at 21:14

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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Last Post: 29/08/2015 at 16:26

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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Last Post: 31/05/2015 at 18:37

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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Last Post: 26/04/2015 at 10:44

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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Getting rid of brambles

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