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Posted: 25/01/2015 at 09:06

Morning all  Off to count some birds, but will have to deice their birdbath first

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 22:55

Potted up some hellebore plug plants, had a furtle round the GH and got rid of some moss round my pulmonaria.  Glad I did because it meant I noticed one of them is starting to flower

And Fidget - you'll be pleased to hear that Molly-in-a-bucket has thrown up new shoots.....very exciting


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 17:16

Great garden Beaus - love the arch and the pond - plus loads of room for you to make your mark.....what fun

Happy Birthday DD.  

just been for a lovely long walk - now feet up and a cuppa. Might watch Wolf Hall on iPlayer as everyone is raving and I missed it.  On taxi duty later so will treat this early bit of the evening as if it were the real thing


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:42

Love Kate Morton books too - the secret keeper is fantastic - had me guessing til the end

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:58

We have a few fruit trees - standard, stepovers and fans.  All have come bareroot from Ashridge trees, who have a great website with loads of advice on pollination, planting and pruning.

as for varieties, we went on an apple tasting day (lots are held in October time) and made a list of everything we liked the taste of.

i haven't got any of the "family" trees, so can't help you there


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:53

Morning all This is a much more civilised hour

Need to fill up all my bird feeders - they get a bit neglected in wintery mid- weeks - can never see to fill them up (note to self, miners lamp required).  So I will fill today and count tomorrow.

Today I will be potting up my 10 new hellebore plugs (Shhh, don't tell Verd, he'll shout at me).  All my best hellebores are the ones that started as plugs - they seem to settle in better for me, even if you have to wait 2-3 years for flowers.  The GC ones seem to flower beautifully for the first year, then sulk or disappear altogether.  Exception is Mrs Betty R, who has lots of buds.

And I shall be doing lots of looking too


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 20:18

What a lovely weekend wish Wintersong Thank you

Fantastic cooker Lizzie - cheese on toast needed for lunch tomorrow to celebrate the return of the grill

So glad its the weekend, and i don't have an alarm, or a commute, to worry about tomorrow.  10 new plug hellebores arrived today, so i have some potting up to do

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 20:13

So delighted Matty - now you can concentrate on getting over the op - look after yourself....the garden's going nowhere

Thoughts go out to others. "Because we care" is so true.  Sometimes I think not caring might be an easier option- but what an empty life that would be.  So I'll carry on caring - pretty sure the good times outweigh the bad - even though thats sometimes hard to remember.


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 06:44

Morning all

I'll be windscreen scraping in a short while.  Traffic has been more than dreadful all this week - taken 2.5 hours to do the 30 miles.  Only upside is that once the regular radio is over, i have been catching up on my GQT backlogs.  Doesn't seem so bad sitting there when I have Chris, Matthew, Bunny and Bob to chat to me

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 22:55

Tootles - i leave mine plugged in all the while I use it - its only a very gentle heat, so hardly takes any power (i've got a smart meter, so I checked)

Discussions started by chicky

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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Tree id

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Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Plant ID - blue flowers

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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