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Posted: 30/12/2014 at 16:07

Oooooo, poor back Panda - treat it gently for a while

Its absolutely glorious out there:

 I am so enjoying my holiday

keeping cosmos upright

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:22

Verd taught me everything I know

If you stay on this forum long enough you can end up sounding like an expert

Evergreen Climbers for Garden structure

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:13

My mum made very convincing topiary squirrels using ivy to cover a chicken wire frame - took a couple of years to get full coverage, then just needed trimming. She grew ivy up the centre of the frame and let it grow through the wire, rather than grow it round the outside of the frame.  Good luck - think step by step photos might be required to keep us entertained on here


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 11:06

Such exciting news

We went to a neighbours drinks party the weekend before Christmas, and met some new neighbours who have a field of horses, and nowhere to put the manure.  They live down the road from us, so pass us every day in their pickup truck.  Well, he has just knocked on the door, and Mr Chicky and he are now working out the best place for him to dump said manure, on an almost daily basis.  So we can have a couple of piles on the go - one maturing, one being added to, and one in use ......result!!  Plus have made some new friends into the bargain.

something tells me that this is not the sort of good news story my family or work colleagues will understand ..... but I know forkers will share my joy

keeping cosmos upright

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:30

I find if you grow them really hard when they are young (ie pinch out the growing tips at least 3 times) then you get much sturdier stemmed plants that support themselves much better when they are planted out.  I don't normally sow mine til March either, and that stops them getting too leggy as seedlings.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:27

Thanks Mark - always good to know when there is gardening of any description on TV - will give it a try.

alan T on the buckingham palace gardens was good too - we stumbled across it by mistake, but I am sure it will be repeated.

Coffee Grindings

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:24

We add ours to the compost heap too - then they get mixed in with everything else.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:20

I think a crab apple would look great (check out the one called gorgeous - it does what it says on the tin!). However, something scented as you walk down the path to the front door would also be nice - how about one of the daphnes for something a little less straggly - mine started flowering on Christmas day this year, and will stillbe going in April - stops me in my tracks everytime I walk past it (which is why I am always late everywhere from Christmas to Easter)


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:14

Freezy here too - -6 yesterday night, haven't been out to check yet today, but definitely the coldest here for a couple of years.  But 1)very pretty, 2)I don't have to drive in it this week, and 3) (as Clari said) might dispatch a few of the nasty bugs.

will join KEF on another walk later - trying to work off all those chocolate calories - plus love a good walk in the cold when you are all wrapped up and toasty


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 11:22

Dove - i know for a fact I can be irritating - but I am learning to sometimes curb my enthusiasm.  Its a bit like my singing, to which littlest chicklet always warns "in our heads, Mum, in our heads!!"

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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