Latest posts by chicky

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 09:11

I'll be counting  Doesn't look like it will take long this year ......but then there's always something that surprises me

Underplanting a stepover apple tree

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 20:58

Underplanting a stepover apple tree

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 11:11

I'd leave a good space around its trunk (ie the size of the rootball) for a year or two to let it establish without competition, but don't see why you can't plant up at its extremities.  I'd go for shallow rooters or maybe some spring bulbs - might be too late to plant this year, but you could cheat with pots of bulbs already grown - GC's sell loads of them from about Feb onwards.

what type of apple is it?

Lawn to meadow

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 11:04

Totally agree that meadows are not a low maintenance option.

However, if you do decide to go for it then make sure you have some yellow rattle in the mix - it helps keep the grasses suppressed and is pretty in its own right.  We have been working on ours for a decade now, and its getting there.  Its lovely to walk through it in the summer and hear it buzzing with insects, the butterflies love it (mostly the brown ones).  And for the last couple of years we have had orchids appearing too - 2 at the last count, but I am dreaming of a colony 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 10:30

Morning all - bright and crunchy underfoot here too.  Cracking photos Hosta

Yesterday was similar - went for a lovely walk in the Punchbowl - surprisingly few people about.  I love this time between Christmas and New Year - lots of days to do just as you please

Mr C got his chainsaw out late yesterday and felled some trees that had outstayed their welcome ....self seeders that were in totally the wrong place.  Today we have to clear up the mess.  Small trees make an unbelievable mess when they are strewn across the ground rather than standing upright.  Leaves us room for a new flower bed though - will be mostly shrubs, but planning a cornus kousa as the centrepiece

Lovely news about impending grandchildren 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 12:08

Having a bit of a reminisce

Happy Days !!

Last edited: 26 December 2016 12:11:06

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 10:54

Oh No Fairy . What a nightmare. So glad she is ok now (if a bit sore).  Hope today is a better day.

We had a good day yesterday, if a little strange, with 4 hours being spent in a car fetching Dad amd returning him in the evening.  But he was on good form, and good fun was had by all (Ludo providled just the right level of hysteria).

All collecting at sisters today for the annual Boxing Day gathering of the clan . Best go get some gladrags on

Last edited: 26 December 2016 10:55:16

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 10:28

Woken up very sad - still can't take in last night's news.  Many of my "I was there" moments involved George.....Wham Final Concert at Wembley in '86,  Royal Albert Hall when Elton John surprisingly burst onto stage (well actuallyappeared thru the floor) to belt out that the sun wouldn't be going down any time soon.  And CarelessWhisper ......

Oh dear, thats startedme off again

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 23:26

Me too

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 25/12/2016 at 09:09

Merry Christmas everyone - hope everyone has a special day ✨✨✨

Discussions started by chicky

Gardens we have visited 2017

A place to share our latest gardening days out 😀 
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Beth Chatto Garden Festival

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Planning a trip - any tips? 
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Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

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Last Post: 12/11/2016 at 15:58

Grass ID

Does anyone know what type of grass this is? 
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Last Post: 03/09/2016 at 16:43

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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