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Pumpkin varieties

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 15:48

Hi Snoodle. Mr Chicky has been growing pumpkins for the last couple of years and has had great success with Charmant (see pic below).  He also tried Atlantic Giant this year, which lived up to its name and got huge, but has much softer skin so got decimated by birds and slugs before we harvested them.  Next year it will be Charmant all the way

 The two weeny ones were from Sainsbugs


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 08:51

Morning all Quick peek in before I fire up the work computer

After my bulb planting weekend, yesterday I discovered a box of bulbs I had forgotten I'd ordered, that the postman had hidden so well that it had been there 3 weeks without me noticing.  So more alliums and daffs to go in after all.  Good job I had some spaces left over.

good luck at the docs Hosta.....and welcome back Dove Glad Lola kept you safe on the foggy journey home.


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 06:46

How fantastic Flowers ..... fascinating and moving at the same time.  I love the bits of my history that others have put together, although I have not done any of it myself.

Morning peeps.  Half term over, so early morning service resumes to get littlest  Chicklet to the station.  Work have been very good at letting me work remotely, on things that have some flexibility around the deadlines, whilst I need to be around for OH.  Thinkthat will continue for at least another week whilst he is unable to drive ......then we shall see.

Hope Hostas bruises are less painful today - a really nasty place to fall on.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:57

"If the water is deep enough that light does not penetrate to the bottom, and photosynthesis is limited to the top layer, the body of water is considered a lake. A pond is a body of water shallow enough to support rooted plants. Many times plants grow all the way across a shallow pond."

Not nearly as simple as the hill/mountain.  We'll have to wait til Hosta's bruises subside enough for him to scuba dive in the middle and see whether photosynthesis  is taking place at the bottom 

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:39

I'm with Hollie, pdoc, Pete and Verdun - much too late to prune lavender now.  All you will do is encourage new growth that will get killed off by the first frosts ....which must be just round the corner, despite the record breaking temperatures some have had today.  I try and get mine pruned by the end of August, and if I miss that  I leave it til the spring.

Planting a Rambling Rector

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:34

Rambling Rector is nearly as vigourous as Kiftsgate Iamweedy ..... There are others that are more manageable.  David Austin website also gives good details If you want another site to help you with your research.


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:04

Gorgeous views Fairy - well worth the boot cleaning


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 19:03

We might be related Lizzie.  My family were originally from Norfolk ..... although, train drivers, tailors and perhaps not moving in the same circles as the Mayor of Norwich


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 18:07

Hope that pain starts easing soon Hosta - nasty fall

Bulbs did indeed get planted here, and summer pots got tidied too - all looking quite smart out there, just waiting for the next dump of leaves.  Mist never lifted all day here - but was kind of atmospheric.  Smell of woodsmoke from our burners hung around, and all felt cosily autumnal

Now its time for tea and walnut cake


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:48

Panda - I went for the "vintage silk" collection.  Have used the Venetian one before and it was fab - just too "zingy" for where I need to put my pots.  Deer love tulips more than anything else (SGL, beware) so my pots have to go in the cage for safekeeping, and at that time of year it is mostly pastel shades.  If your hair is the colour I'm imagining, you will be very welcome to come and sit there next spring'd blend in luvverly

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