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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:08
I have some thalictrums planted last year, which i am looking forward to seeing in their full glory this summer. Mine are erin (v tall) and hewitts double (v purple). They are a completely new plant for me so fingers crossed ! Stacey, we cam compare notes .....


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 06:40

Wow Clari - it looks great already - you must be so pleased.  Sounds like the diggerman was good and persistant.  Look forward to watching it develop.

Caught up on the 1st winter watch - loved the eagles, foxes and squirrels. I like all three of the presenters, and the way they bounce off each other - makes the programme in my view.  Really must go and have a proper look in our woodshed next time I am home in the light.

London today, so i might check back in with you all from the train

......the good guys

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:44

Just received two beautiful camellias from Trehane nursery in Dorset.  They were carefully packed and arrived in tip top condition - they certainly get the thumbs up from me


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:02

Good to see you back Andy - hope you enjoy your London shows - les mis is my favourite - lost count of the number of times i have seen it over the course of the last 30 years 

Punkdoc - ouch !! - take your time letting it heal - as others have said, the garden can wait at this time of year.

My two camellias arrived - beautiful plants in beautiful condition and beautifully packed.  Big thumbs up for Trehane nursery in Dorset.  Will post on "the good guys" thread if i can find it.

tonight i will catch up on last nights winter watch whilst tonights is being taped.  School parents evening tomorrow, so looks like i will be playing catch up for some time

Raised Bed Under Plum Tree?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 06:42

I think that in general they say the roots of a tree extend underground the same area as the canopy overground - so you would need to go further than that for any beds that need digging deeply.

on your bed round the tree, you will need to build a collar (with a good couple of inches gap between it and the trunk)  round the trunk to stop it being submerged by soil - it won't like it if its trunk gets buried.  Can you plant straight into the existing ground if it is just bulbs?


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 06:36

I've got a consignment on its way too - had an email yesterday.  Its a couple of camellias with littlest chicklets name.  Older chicklet has a clematis called her name already, and it was causing the green eyed monster to surface.  Was very excited when i found these beauties.  I think it is Matty that has a "family" border - so i am not being super original

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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:37

He is leading you astray Red !!

my OH once declared, having found multiple packets of something in the cupboard (because they were on 3 for 2, or some such nonsense) - "the trouble with your economies, is that we could be bankrupt before we enjoy the fruits of the third pack ....."


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:04
Blast - looked here too late and missed the winter watch alert

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 06:41

They worked for me, but you need to wait til its much warmer - from memory, about May - before you use them, so you need another answer for early in the season.

i also found you need a watering can with a rose with big holes - it clogged up the first one i tried to use.


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 06:37

Morning all - how were the weekend's labours Clari?  And how was London Dove?  And where has Fairy flitted off to now ?

Fidget - hope the clearance now stops and some garden creating now begins.  It would be nice if they added as many new trees as they have removed

Could do with another couple of days of weekend - two days of sunshine have been very welcome here, but not very helpful on the HW front

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