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Posted: 04/01/2014 at 09:46

Debate always rages about whether decorations should come down on the 5th or 6th. I normally do 6th - but with 5th being a Sunday this year will risk the 5th instead.

did i ever mention i was supersticious ??

tree still upright - 3 days to get through til tuesday when the treeman comes to do his stuff.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:23

Clari - i love my windowsill heated propagator.  I start half hardys off in Feb, and when they have germinated i move them to another windowsill one that has capillary matting to help with the watering - then i get another set of seeds going in the heated one.  I normally move things out to an unheated gh when the clocks go forward (by then the mornings and evenings are light enough that i can get to the gh before and after work).  In a bad year that means lots of putting fleece on, and taking it back off again, but i don't have many casualties.  Plus it feels like my gardening year has really started then.

Bird feeders

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:10

I'd check the ingredients list - don't they add sugar and preservatives to it?

Talkback: Brimstone butterflies

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:43

Excuse my ignorance (we all have to start somewhere) but do the Peacocks change colour when they hibernate or are the underside of their wings always like that?  I have never seen them like that before, but we get them in the garden so maybe i will check our woodshed .... Or at least point them out to OH so he is aware


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:25

Dove - you are a woman of many disguises 


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 19:35

Wild and windy day again here, but tree still standing. My fingers are crossed too KEF

Glad its the weekend - out and about for most of it - Dad and SIL birthdays to celebrate.  One task i must do is to clean out my bird feeders - i bought a bargain mega box of birdseed a while back that has been a complete disaster - so much dusty stuff in it that the damp turns it to a solid mass and the feeders get clogged up.  I shall have to use it up by scattering on the bird table where it can do no damage.  Never again will i buy Ga****n

Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:41

great idea Clari - I am a reader not a writer, so will be watching this post with interest !


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:40

Great news John - welcome home.

And great news Matty - Oscar is obviously a fighter.  Is your eye better now?

And fingers crossed for Spike - and hoping Verdun (and anyone else down there in SW or Wales) is keeping safe and dry.  Scary stuff this weather business .


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 07:12

Back on the early shift again.   Can't see the weather outside but can hear the wind and rain - will it never end?

Going to celebrate my Dad's birthday on Saturday - down on the south coast near Southampton.  Were planning lunch and a walk along Lepe beach.  Think it will just be lunch after all 

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:00

I have had a few that come with collections of "free" perennials.  I have killed them every time - even though the rest of the collection has come through.  Maybe if I'd bought a plant they would have been more successful.  Don't think I am giving off bad vibes ...... but on the other hand ......

Discussions started by chicky

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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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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Daphnes - do they self seed?

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Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 19:05

Tree id

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 20:08

Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:15

Plant ID - blue flowers

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Last Post: 10/09/2014 at 09:08

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 23:48

Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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