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Latest posts by Clarington


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:39
Just watched the big allotment challenge. Aside from the lack of gardening.... what an odd bunch of people (and i meet some really odd people!)

I'll stick to just gardening for fun!


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:00

Beautifully sunny here today. The ground is very crispy and unfortunately there's very little I can do outside so I've topped up the birds with enough food they'll burst, nearly broken a toe kicking some leaves that had frozen into a lump, and put some washing outside to air as I've just cleaned all the windows and left them all open to blow through the house and I'll be blowed if I'm having them steam up straight away with all this washing!

Now sat having a cup of tea (and a thick coat on) working out my "projects list" for the year. One of my resolutions was to not start a new project until I complete one. I'm up to 13 projects so far (excluding the decorating) that need my attention what with my half finished quilts, chicken coops to build, herb planters being ignored... so for goodness sake no one inspire me with amazing ideas for the next few months!!


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:20

Oh my!


Morning all.  Late night with friends so I'm tucked up in bed while his lordship snores away. I wish I could sleep in but once brain hits 07:30 it refuses to settle. Haven't opened the curtains yet to see what's going on but it was -1.5'C when we got in so I'm not expecting the tropics!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 08:25

Steve its all about thrust! You'll get there. 


Posted: 03/01/2015 at 08:22

Morning KEF - yes it's definitely Saturday as it's my first day back at work and I need to go in early to get the heaters going as an old Victorian, not at all insulated building is going to be FREEZING! I wish the website made it clearer to visitors that we genuinely have no central heating!

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:00

Does anyone want any "patriotic" red white and blue firework cornflowers? (Centaurea cyanus). They came with my NFU newsletter but don't really fit in with any plans at the moment (I'm afraid unless I can eat it plants don't get much interest in this garden).

Sow: April - May

Hardy Annual

Excellent for beds, borders, and containers,

Prefers ordinary well drained soil in full sun

Flowers throughout summer

Grows up 75 cm / 30 inches


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 16:56

Decided to get outside of dig over one of the beds: its either going to be a herb area or I'm not sure what! (its underneath the pear tree so I am wary of it becoming a bird poop central)

Regardless I can't plant it up until the greenhouses are installed correctly (one is in the wrong place, the other in many bits). Just hope the weeds and bits get the memo and don't try to grow under the matting like they did elsewhere in the garden. Lifted the matting to find a blanket of green: I guess they didn't get the memo about needing light to survive. 

Rest of the garden is far too damp to potter around, and back is aching too much to want to do anything other than hibernate. Oh well: work tomorrow agh!!


KEF: I've still got a chocolate orange left from my Christmas stocking. How do I go about sucking the orange goodness without gaining the chocolate calories?


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 12:18

Received your PM thank you KEF. I am now sat amongst seed packets and "what the hell did I save this bit of paper for" bits and pieces from my "gardening bag" sorting you some chilli willies out! No traumatising your neighbours too much will you. I mean I'm all for beautiful plants on the windowsill but are you sure they'll get the joke?;)

(Other contents of said bag include toilet roll inner tubes, two tubes of peak polish, three marker pens, a knife, spare hair band, and three mini clothes pegs...)


Oooh I'm all excited about the new season now! Must sit on my hands and show no temptation to get the propagators out (especially since my partner needs to help me dismantle this greenhouse and make some foundations so that I can have two greenhouses this summer)...



Posted: 02/01/2015 at 08:42

KEF pm me your address I'll organise mself to sit down and get a list of what I have spare¡


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 08:13

Very windy this morning. Unfortunately our front garden is full of rubbish as several neighbours put their overly full bins out with the lids thrown open and last nights gusts have unsurprisingly been hard at work. I wouldn't mind so much were it not so easy to just put a brick on yor lid to keep things contained. (Bins aren't going to be emptied until Tuesday).

Still maybe it'll inspire me to start clearing the front flowerbed. We're having the driveway widened so I wont be doing any plantig for a while

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Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

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loved gardening quotes

what are your favourites?  
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Dig For Victory

Museum Event - support needed 
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KEF & her juicy bits

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Stacey & her chilli bits

How is everyone else getting on? 
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Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

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