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Latest posts by chicky

Gauntlet recommendations, please

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 20:47

I love my Gold Leaf/Tough touch ones - bit expensive, but my first pair survived 5 years of pretty hard work.  Just got a replacement pair for Mothers Day - one from each daughter ! 

Gardening Shows

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 20:43

My tip for Chelsea is to get one of the afternoon only tickets - you are allowed in at 3pm.  It is cheaper, for a start, and by the time you get to 6.30pm the crowds really thin out.  By 7.30 (it closes at 8pm) you have Main Avenue to yourself - wonderful.  I guess it only works if you live close enough to London not to worry about travelling home after.

I also love Hampton Court - agree that parking can sometimes be a nightmare - but the last few years has been much better.  It far more spacious, and easier to look round the nursery stands than Chelsea - which is really just show gardens and the flower marquees.

rabbit proof plants

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 20:38

Hi Heide

I have problems deer rather than rabbits, and have found the hayloft plants website really useful.  If you type "rabbit" in the search box it will come up with a list of all the plants that they mention are "rabbit resistant".  As I said, my problem is deer, and their recommendations have all been left unmunched by the bambis !


Posted: 21/03/2013 at 06:41

Morning Dove !  One thing we all seem to have in common at this time of the morning is a mug of something hot...

No frost here, but feels pretty cold.  I have great hopes for April ! London bound today - hope the trains behave.


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 06:44

Morning everyone. Just having my morning cuppa before setting off for work (I said my Mon-Fri posts would be v. boring!).  Just turned all my windowsill seedlings round - always amazes me how some seem so robust (rudbeckia) and some are so frail (foxgloves) - and how it seems to bear no resemblance to how they durable they are when they grow up. No frost here - but grey and grim.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 20:50

Looking forward to joining in the newly named thread tomorrow (hope I am not too late to join in). 

I think it is a great idea for a thread - although my Mon-Fri posts will be v boring!  However, looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to so that I can add to my gardening to-do list for the weekend to come, when my posts should be a bit more interesting ....

Cosmos seeds - mixed up

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 06:52

Joyce - I have only ever grown the white ones before (Cosmonaut) - this year I thought I would try some colours aswell.  The seeds have come up very quickly - only sown on Tuesday and all pots are up already!

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:25

Thanks Verdun - I knew you were the expert, and was hoping you would read my post !

When you say mulch, will garden compost do?

Cosmos seeds - mixed up

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:23

Many thanks Joyce and Leggi - I will keep a close eye on the stems.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:15

I seem to remember that I am meant to feed my hellebores.  Does anyone know when is the best time to do it, and what feed is best to use?  Thanks

Discussions started by chicky

Shrub id

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Wildflower id

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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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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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