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Latest posts by chicky


Posted: 06/11/2013 at 08:46
Advantage of a train is i can check in with you all on the way - can't do that when i am in the car!


Posted: 06/11/2013 at 07:11

Think you are right about your irises Stacey - mine always look like that at this time of year


Posted: 06/11/2013 at 06:43

Morning all peeps yet to wake up!

cold, dark, wet ...... Definitely autumn now.  Train for me this morning - best make a start


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:27

What a lovely day  So pleased you enjoyed it all and have some special memories to take with you.

and now, onwards and upwards


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:12

I had a similar problem with a young apple tree and a tree guard - the ants built a nest behind it and the mud caused the bark to rot.  However, once it was exposed to the air it righted itself and healed over.

One tip I learnt from a neighbour is to wrap strips of black bin bag round the trunk over the damaged bark - like a bandage.  We get deer, who occasionally decide to strip the bark from branches.  The black plastic acts like a second skin and the tree keeps going (I have two magnolia stellatas which have been like that for three years now - each year I retie the bandage over a slightly smaller portion of the wound to let a bit more heal).

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:05

We have loads of holly berries this year - very few last year - and a bumper crop the year before.  So they do vary quite widely.

Its funny how you never notice the flowers on holly (and I always forget to look)

Bonfire night memories or traditions.

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:02

My Mum used to light the sparklers from the gas hob - and writing your name was a must (gave my girls sparklers last Friday - and it was still the first thing they did.  Some things never change.  The second thing they did was post pictures from their phones of themselves with said sparklers.  Some things change beyond recognition !!).

Catherine Wheels on the trellis, and finding your scarves, hats and gloves for the first time that winter are also very strong memories.

Clematis Grp 3 Pruning - RHS says one thing, GW another

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 14:01
I leave mine til spring and cut back to about 18 inches from the ground.

Other people have said you can cut them back now, mainly for tidiness, but don't do the full prune, as any growth buds you stimulate now will get clobbered by the frosts, so you need to have left enough of the plant to do the final cut (taking it back to 18 inches tall) when the spring comes.

Hope that helps


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 06:48

Morning all 

Enjoy your last day Dove - celebrations start here

We escaped the frost - torrential rain instead.  But time to get the last of my pots tucked up in the GH i think.

silly quotes

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 08:54
Also,one that always reminds me of Mum - said under your breath when you see a sight for sore eyes - "the things you see when you haven't got a gun". We used it more than once for our fellow shoppers at Bluewater yesterday

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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

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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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