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Latest posts by chicky

Coffee Grindings

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:24

We add ours to the compost heap too - then they get mixed in with everything else.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:20

I think a crab apple would look great (check out the one called gorgeous - it does what it says on the tin!). However, something scented as you walk down the path to the front door would also be nice - how about one of the daphnes for something a little less straggly - mine started flowering on Christmas day this year, and will stillbe going in April - stops me in my tracks everytime I walk past it (which is why I am always late everywhere from Christmas to Easter)


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:14

Freezy here too - -6 yesterday night, haven't been out to check yet today, but definitely the coldest here for a couple of years.  But 1)very pretty, 2)I don't have to drive in it this week, and 3) (as Clari said) might dispatch a few of the nasty bugs.

will join KEF on another walk later - trying to work off all those chocolate calories - plus love a good walk in the cold when you are all wrapped up and toasty


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 11:22

Dove - i know for a fact I can be irritating - but I am learning to sometimes curb my enthusiasm.  Its a bit like my singing, to which littlest chicklet always warns "in our heads, Mum, in our heads!!"


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 11:03

Oh Pdoc, how awful.  Glad noone was around to be hurt or scared whilst it was happening.  Hope the damage is confined to the bits you have already seen.

On the bright side (sorry, maddening Pollyanna tendencies here) you will have more light, and new planting opportunities .....but maybe too soon to be thinking about that yet.....

What would you do?

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:48

Dogwood is best bought as a small tree/ shrub, but it also takes easily from cuttings, so if you want a few you can by one mother/stock plant and then increase your supplies by taking cuttings from that.  Its latin name is cornus, if you want to do some googling


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:43

Morning all.  Glad to hear there was lots of laughing over the holidays - best tonic I know

Sorry to hear your GH is in a bit of trouble LilyP - wrong time of year to be playing up.  We have the thickest frost here this morning - it looks like its been snowing, even though we have not had a flake - quite a magical scene.  Will go and have a peek in my GH later - unheated, so I expect it to be frozen, but it does keep the wet off the plants in there, which is the biggest winter threat.

another walk on the cards today, and maybe a trip to the cinema tonight.

Enjoy your days everyone (&hope not too many have had to return to work today)

2015, here we come!

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 19:40

Well I can guarantee this late riser won't be first ...... but I will turn up eventually (like all bad pennies)

Dilemma........wot to choose?

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 17:45

Wouldn't be without some of my annuals and half hardies - cosmos, salvia farinacea (snap Lizzie), isotoma, lots of trailing lobelia and rudbeckias are all musts for me - and I get a thrill out of growing them from such tiny beginnings.

in terms of changes - i hope this year will be more about consolidating what I've got and working out what works, rather than just filling the space (which has been the challenge for the last few years).  As for grasses - wasn't keen, but OH keeps sneaking them in (seems to be under some misconception that it is his garden too - worrying) and i am becoming a convert


2015, here we come!

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 17:34

First week of Feb for me, which is when the windowsill propagator comes out ....although I will enjoy the snowdrops and hellebores in the meantime.

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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