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Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:50

Morning all - back at work today after my mid-week-mini-break......but only one day til the weekend.  Was so nice to wake up this morning without any underlying stressy thoughts ......its been a long summer

Congratulations on the 100th Fairy. Thats some achievement - loved the celebratory banner. Hope Dove's plumber is performing miracles right this very minute.  And I'll be keeping my eyes out for you Hosta, as you are spending the weekend on my patch - looks like you are meant to be bringing the sunshine with you

hope back is easier today Pdoc, and that Lily finally got some sleep

laters ......

Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 18:30

i have a couple of kniphofias that are doing well, but flower in June.  Does anyone have recommendations for ones that are in flower now?  I'm looking for something quite fiery, so in the reddy orange spectrum rather than pale yellow or cream. 

Many thanks


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:55

Thanks folks

Topbird - cycling was nearly all on cycle tracks in the parks, with a couple of very short road stretches, where he got us to huddle together ("like wildebeests" ) and follow his lead - at no point did I feel that myself or chicklets were unsafe .....and believe me, I can worry for England.  Plenty of stops to see and hear anecdotes about the sights we were passing too.  It was run by Fat Tire bikes (but I am sure other companies are available)


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:31

Well done to your niece KEF - sounds like a multi talented young lady who will go far.  Littlest chicklet did brill too....we are so, so proud of her

Bike ride through the sights of London was fantastic yesterday - would highly recommend it, even if you know the city well.  I now know where the term "pickling" comes from ....not sure Branston will ever be the same again.

Raining today, so me and the chicklets became "ladies who lunch" for the day, to celebrate the fact that all their hard graft earlier in the year paid off.  And tonight, I might even treat myself to a glass of something bubbly

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:01

 Happy Birthday Panda .......have a fun filled day

Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 08:34

Heres what I remember it looking at in days of yore


Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 08:31

Lily - the RHS expert Monty called in did mention treatments, but Monty won't use chemicals, which is why the rest of the program concentrated on control by good husbandry.  It seems 2 new products have been introduced this year:

Not sure how proven they are yet, but if it strikes here again I will give them a go

we also commented that he could do with clearing the growth round his box balls- it never used to look like that (it was all gravel and brick paving), so I suspect he lost heart and just let it go.  

sweet peas

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 07:47

I'm with Lyn - its hard enough keeping the mice away from mine in a few short months in the spring - I'd never get them through a winter.  I've been picking flowers since June and they are still going strong.  Went right through til end of September last year.  Every weekend I take off every bloom I can find, that way they never get a chance to set seed, and we have loads for the house.  Fantastic plants


Also, on "nice" ones - I grow all sorts, but the ones from Eagle seeds that I have this year are bigger and better than anything else I have tried ....I'll be going for them again next year


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 07:28

Exciting news about the phantom hedgehogs

please don't send the rain east too quickly - not due to get off these bikes til 7pm and would like  til then please.

Glad theres nothing serious LilyP - I'm a big Pilates fan too - my work medical scores are up from B- to A* since I started going regularly about 4years ago.  Hope Hostas results come back all clear soon too.

new computer system Steve .....aaaagghhhh - hope you have plenty of old fashioned pens and paper around as a backup

best get a wiggle on ......


Posted: 18/08/2015 at 20:58

Onwards and upwards Panda - there's one out there for you, and I have a feeling its getting closer.  Stay positive, and the true Panda will shine through

Got the next couple of days off .....taking the chicklets to meet sister and nieces in London tomorrow.  We had such fun doing the "Fat Tire bike tour" in Berlin last year that we decided to give it a go in our own capital I will be cycling through the London parks and learning about Royal Palaces like a true tourist

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