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Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:50

Reggie is a cutie

Woken to a blanket of snow here.  By the looks of the walls, about an inch, and still falling.  Have an opticians appt a bit later - Mr Chicky will have to get the landrover out to take me - i'll never get up our hill in my car.  Very pretty, but a PITA.

Glad to see Matty doing well, and Beau safely moved in.  Love liquidambers Yvie - you've spent wisely

Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:02
Bekkie - NW tastes of toffee - well to me anyway !

Clematis - Group 1 & Group 3 pruning mess!

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:53

Hi Shelly - not really sure how you go about disentangling them (i try not to grow group 3's with anything other than other Group 3's for that very reason - then you can just prune the lot to the same level).  

However, i can help on the Group 3 pruning, where it is fine to cut into what appears to be unpromising woody stems - the new buds appear from the leaf axels, and sometimes you get new shoots appearing from underground too, which then extends the overall plant.


Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:44

We have a sunset, Lord Lambourne, blenheim orange (all mentioned above) and a Newton Wonder.  Have had at least one apple from each in 4 years, but they are definitely still getting into their stride.  We chose the varieties after a visit to the West Dean Apple Day - where I tasted more apples in one afternoon than I would normally eat in a month.  Amazing how different the flavours are when you taste them side by side.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:41

A picture paints a thousand words

Hope you get it sorted - at least at this time of year it won't take long to refill if you have to drain it.


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:35

Sometimes the site does rearrange things Frit - but we know what you're saying anyway


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 06:27

Morning all

Just poked my nose out the front door snow here.  That makes for a much simpler day.  I hate driving in the white stuff, so if we have any I'd like it at the weekend please.  Hope others are coping - seems like we were lucky to escape.

snowdrops really getting into their stride now - lots of little white patches on the verges, plus the clumps in my garden have flowers just starting to open.  And its very nearly light at 5oclock now


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 23:07

Good luck with the move BM - hope you find some time to explore the new garden before the 6th

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 21:11

Hugs DD - its not easy is it? The happy memories are very special though, make sure you keep them alive  Miss my Mum most days too - but determined to make sure all the wonderful things she did are not forgotten  ( not the sort of "wonderful" stuff that makes headlines - just the stuff that makes the world a better place)

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 20:13

So sad - such a tragedy for one so young.  My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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