Latest posts by chicky

First paeony of the year

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 06:45

My Molly anticipation is building

cutting down greens of daffs / tulips

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 07:03

Afraid it is a huge no-no, as you have guessed.  Clari is right that the leaves now are fuelling next years flower production.  Mine are normally ready to tidy at the start of June, but it might be later this year with the cold spring.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 07:00

Thanks keen .... I'll scour the homebase shelves

Great view AWB - you're creating your very own arboretum πŸŒ³β˜˜πŸŒΏπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸƒπŸŒ³

Deer resistant !

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 06:56

I agree Buttercup - seeing them is magical.  Thats why the family won't let me fence off the whole garden.  So I have one fenced area (we call it the flower cage) where I grow all my treasures, and then I just have to be resourceful for the rest

What has happened to forum site.

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 06:52

Beat me to it Dove .....and you managed a helpful link as well (beyond me at this early hour)

What has happened to forum site.

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 06:51

The site has had to be updated and rewritten in modern software.  They are making some improvements to the layout over the next few weeks ....details are in threads called "your new look forum", and there is also one about upcoming improvements which gives all the details.  So the look might change back to something we are more familiar with, but it won't ever go back to the way it was.

Some things are better on the new version....adding pictures is easier, quoting is a doddle, and using it on a phone is much better too.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 06:42

Morning all

More rain overnight ...that'll settle my new plantings in nicely.

Got a garden lecture tonight .....pests and diseases ......cheerful stuff, but hopefully will come away a wiser chicky

And before I forget .....good luck Lizzie for giving your talk on Thursday....hope powerpoint behaves , and you get lots of interested questions.  Not sure I'd be brave enough to do it.  Used to have to do it quite a bit in a job of yesteryear, and only got through it by pretending I was someone else (ie someone who liked standing up in front of loads of people).  Don't worked

Deer resistant !

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 23:23

They leave hydrangea macrophylla (? Spelling) alone, but eat the paniculata or arborescens types.

Pieris are ok too, as is the viburnum plicatum mariesii.

For flowers, alliums are fine, so are peonies, oriental poppies, euphorbia, lupins, the half hardy rudbeckias (something like rustic dwarves), echinops, buddleja, lavender and most herbs. you can see, I have been gardening with deer for a while.  Its a bit of a challenge, but definitely possible.  I spend a lot of time peering over neighbours fences to see what they are getting away with too.

Roses and tulips are a massive no-no

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 23:08

Bumpity bump

sweet pea framework

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 23:03

I agree Emma - they look fine, but will need some strings going horizontally between the canes to help them scramble up.  When they start flowering remember to keep picking them - the more you pick, the more flowers you will get.  As soon as they set seed (which look like little pea pods) then the plant will stop producing flowers, but if you pick them, they will flower all summer.

I'll look for David's thread now, and see if I can bump it up

Discussions started by chicky

Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

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Grass ID

Does anyone know what type of grass this is? 
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Remedial pruning a Group 2 clematis

What to do and when? 
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Gardens we have visited 2016

Pictures of our garden outings 
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Hellebores - black spot?

All my hellebores have distorted leavesπŸ™„ 
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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Kniphofia - one that flowers in August?

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Strange flower buds - ID??

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Love lies bleeding from seed

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Have I got an orchid???

New flower appeared in grassmeadow 
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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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