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Latest posts by chicky

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:23

Clari - i love my windowsill heated propagator.  I start half hardys off in Feb, and when they have germinated i move them to another windowsill one that has capillary matting to help with the watering - then i get another set of seeds going in the heated one.  I normally move things out to an unheated gh when the clocks go forward (by then the mornings and evenings are light enough that i can get to the gh before and after work).  In a bad year that means lots of putting fleece on, and taking it back off again, but i don't have many casualties.  Plus it feels like my gardening year has really started then.

Bird feeders

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:10

I'd check the ingredients list - don't they add sugar and preservatives to it?

Talkback: Brimstone butterflies

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:43

Excuse my ignorance (we all have to start somewhere) but do the Peacocks change colour when they hibernate or are the underside of their wings always like that?  I have never seen them like that before, but we get them in the garden so maybe i will check our woodshed .... Or at least point them out to OH so he is aware


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:25

Dove - you are a woman of many disguises 


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 19:35

Wild and windy day again here, but tree still standing. My fingers are crossed too KEF

Glad its the weekend - out and about for most of it - Dad and SIL birthdays to celebrate.  One task i must do is to clean out my bird feeders - i bought a bargain mega box of birdseed a while back that has been a complete disaster - so much dusty stuff in it that the damp turns it to a solid mass and the feeders get clogged up.  I shall have to use it up by scattering on the bird table where it can do no damage.  Never again will i buy Ga****n

Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:41

great idea Clari - I am a reader not a writer, so will be watching this post with interest !


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:40

Great news John - welcome home.

And great news Matty - Oscar is obviously a fighter.  Is your eye better now?

And fingers crossed for Spike - and hoping Verdun (and anyone else down there in SW or Wales) is keeping safe and dry.  Scary stuff this weather business .


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 07:12

Back on the early shift again.   Can't see the weather outside but can hear the wind and rain - will it never end?

Going to celebrate my Dad's birthday on Saturday - down on the south coast near Southampton.  Were planning lunch and a walk along Lepe beach.  Think it will just be lunch after all 

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:00

I have had a few that come with collections of "free" perennials.  I have killed them every time - even though the rest of the collection has come through.  Maybe if I'd bought a plant they would have been more successful.  Don't think I am giving off bad vibes ...... but on the other hand ......

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 21:55

GardenerP - there is a section on the RHS website about finding plants for special occasions, with tips on how to use their plant finder to find plants with special names, or that flower at special times.

Checked it out earlier for you - and ended up purchasing a couple of new camellias because they have my youngest daughter's name ..... if OH complains about yet more plant deliveries, I shall be blaming you

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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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Rose "The Fairy"

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Do my Blueberries need feeding?

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