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Posted: 29/12/2013 at 16:35

Oh No - don't block me KEF - you'll make me sad 

Seed compost

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 15:53

I always use seed compost, it is much finer than multipurpose and lets the seeds start off somewhere nice and easy for them.  i then pot on into multipurpose when they have grown a bit.  I don't think its a gimmick.


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 15:36

Just been for a lovely walk right round the rim of the Devils Punchbowl.  Fantastic views.  Then replaced all the calories i had burnt off with a big slice of Christmas cake

Thanks for the tip Fidget - i shall go investigate!


Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 10:50

Bring on the ferns and hostas 


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 10:46

Hard frost here - looks magical


Posted: 28/12/2013 at 23:59

Nite lily

chicky household still up, watching cricket.  Think there is a masochistic streak in here somewhere ....


Posted: 28/12/2013 at 17:55

Welcome back Woody.  We too are now starting to hear stories of power cuts - our neighbours are on a different circuit, and were off for 5 days.  We are used to power cuts round here (tree branches often fall on the lines) - hence our investment in our own backup generator - but not sure it would have powered an oven.  Barbecued turkey would have been a first!

Lizzie, I'm intrigued, what is a Mirabelle?  

Bulbs showing here too, although only by the tips of their noses


Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:17

Good news about your Dad, Dove.  Hope he goes from strength to strength.

Had a lovely day of long walks and jigsaws ... I love the days after Christmas almost as much as the big day itself.  

If its not raining tomorrow might even venture into the garden for a spot of leaf clearing.  One of my pressies was a mahonia "soft caress" that needs potting up too.

Hope Ggirl feels better soon, Stacey enjoys her bubbles, and KEF doesn't need the biscuits or the aspirin. And with you all the way on the pub boycott Punkdoc.

Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 10:06

Hi Steph,

it will depend what sort of clematis you have, which maybe hard to tell until it springs back to life, but whatever one it is, don"t do any pruning now. Best to wait til about March until you make a start.  The reason is that cutting it back will stimulate new growth - even in the middle of winter, and that new growth will then get clobbered by any frosts, which will set the plant back.

Some photos (particularly close ups of the dead leaves etc) will help peeps on here identify your clematis, and can then give more detailed advice.


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 08:55

Hope Pa is better today Dove - and well done to those looking after him.  Sorry your holiday has not been relaxing at all, but glad you had your family with you to help out.

We had a lovely, lovely day yesterday - lots of feasting and presents rounded off by cards and board games. Was laughing so hard at one point i couldn't speak.  Fun times 

Off to my sisters for the big family get together today ( my turn to host next year) - more games, more feasting, and a long walk in the Sussex countryside.  I love Christmas 

Discussions started by chicky

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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Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

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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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