Latest posts by chicky


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 19:21

I know . Wot a superstar


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 18:33

Nettles and bracken conquered (well, possibly more lurking in the depths, but a good start made).  Now resting my aching limbs and waiting for the tennis to start ......COME ON ANDY


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 11:17

Thanks Dove - I think we have a Miss Ruby (ours is called Sugar Plum, but I think they are the same thing) ......gorgeous colour.  We also have the ubiquitous, but beautiful Black Knight, a pink pagoda and some Empire Blues.  We had a bit of a spending spree when we went to the national collection at Longstock last year, and Mr C has been taking cuttings too.  The flutterbyes are flocking (although not as many as last year  .......maybe the weather)

Pruning Lavender border that hasn't been pruned for a year

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 10:59

Lavender wil not regrow from old wood, so you should only prune down to where you can see growth - ie not down to the dead wood and leaves.  Because of that it is notoriously difficult to rejuvenate a lavender hedge once it has got out of hand - many people just grub them up and start again - they grow pretty quickly.  Probably not an option if you are only a visitor, but worth suggesting to the owners.


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 10:47

Morning all. Bright eyed and bushy tailed here (not). Glad I stayed up to watch tho 

Today marks part II of an assault on a nettley, brackeny patch that is going to be transformed into a new buddleja patch.  We want one that we can see from the patio so that we can watch the flutterbyes without getting off our behinds.  Part I yesterday was bl&&&y hard work


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 01:57

Yay, yay, yay 


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 23:45

I'll be here Dove .....but like Pdoc, I won't bother going to bed first ....there's javelin and long jump to keep me entertained in the meantime.

But don't expect me on here any time tomorrow morning πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 19:41

Will we see you rowing for Team GB in Tokyo Hosta?  Best get training 


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:03

I seem to have been glued to the sofa since 3pm

Loved the rowing, loved the tennis and looking forward to cycling and a late night tonight


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 10:34

On the 2012 flowers .....not sustainable, I agree, but they did attempt to recycle.  I bought one of the rose bushes, and it continues to reward (as a cut flower plant, not a garden worthy one).  Here is a bloom cut this morning

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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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