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Latest posts by chicky

Plants growing through mulch

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:26

Thanks Verdun...thats what I wanted to hear

Plants growing through mulch

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 19:42

Will be watching this thread with interest

I have spent the last countless number of weekends painstakingly arranging mulch around my plants.  OH says if I do it in autumn next time i can just use the "blanket everything" approach, but I'm not too sure.  Will things push through ok the following spring (will be using well rotted horsemuck)?? Or would they rot under 2 inches of that?


Posted: 07/04/2015 at 19:34

Sunshine invites decadance Hosta   Enjoy it whilst its here.  One of the things about our climate is you learn to grab the good days.....just imagine how bored we'd get with constant sunshine.......although the chance to  put those boredom levels to the test might be nice too ....

hope you managed to find the right words Dove.  Thinking of you.

got home in time for a cuppa in the garden whilst watching the sun go down.  we seem to have been adopted by 3 geese and a very fat pheasant - so with them all crying out it was less than peaceful....but a nice sort of noise

Help on what this is!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 07:06

Bees are friends.  The more bees you can encourage in your garden the better for pollinating things.  Giving them somewhere to hibernate and sleep keeps them coming back for you.  This sort of hostel works for solitary bees, rather than the honey bees that live in colonies/hives.

have fun in your garden


Posted: 07/04/2015 at 07:01

Morning Dove.  Glad the sun is shining for you


Posted: 07/04/2015 at 07:00

Morning Lesley

Just been out to the GH - its quite nippy out there - just above freezing, but thankfully no frost (got a magnolia about to bloom, and don't want the show spoilt before its started).

be careful those with achey muscles.  I reckon I actually hurt my back last Sunday, and it was Tuesday before it really started bothering me, and Thursday when I succumbed to the nurofen (other pills are available)

Edd - a question on worms.......I spent yesterday spreading horsemuck, writhing with thin pink worms, on my garden.  I know from experience that by next weekend they will be gone.  Have they burrowed into my soil, or just decided that a couple of inches of compost is not as good as a whole pile and turned up their toes ???

(and do worms have toes)


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 22:35

Hiccup OL


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 21:21

DD - what an Amazal box  Recognise lupins, delphs and maybe lavender, but after that I get stuck  You've had a mad week glad you have found time for a little treat

More gardening TV

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 21:15
The BBC is to screen a new historical gardening series fronted by Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don.


‘The Secret History of the British Garden’ will examine how traditional British gardening has changed over time with influencing factors including politics, war, religion, archaeology, medicine and Britain’s evolving tastes in food, design, sculpture and fashion.

The four part series made by Lion TV, begins with Don exploring the sole surviving garden of the 1600s, the world-famous Levens Hall in the Lake District.

The series has four hour-long episodes covering the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It was commissioned by the BBC’s Mark Bell, and has been executive produced by Greg Sanderson for the BBC and Alexandra Henderson for Lion TV.

The BBC does not yet have a transmission date for the programme.


Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:59

Mine always get "leggy" - but bury them up to their shoulders when pricking out and they do fine Especially if you pinch them out to within an inch of their life a la verdun

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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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