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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 07:18

Pat; funny you mention strawberries I grow no end of them. But my partner hates them so I always seem to grow them for the birds. Still as long as someone enjoys them!

Day off today; hurrah! Off to see the family for lunch so lots of driving involved. I think I've done "something" to my back. Not sure what yet; I'm hoping it'll settle down without the need to bring out the big drugs.

Still I'll break my journey up with a walk around Ikea. The very expensive lights we brought won't work in the hallway so I need to find some other options.

June wedding flowers

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 13:10

When planned my wedding I went for flower displays IN POTS. You can get beautiful pots and of course they'll be easy to bring in and out as required to force if the weather is poor / too good. A quick headdead the day before and anyone can plonk them on the table.

Plus no one would notice fake Moss to cover the cover..  or even fake flowers!

Why do I not get flowers?!

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 13:07

This'll sound daft but are you looking after them TOO WELL? 

So they have no need to flower I.e. produce the next generation.


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 07:01

Well you've all heard my rants about work withholding wages, or letting them bounce skill high, so I'll not add to the list as we'll all be in danger of reaching for the whiskey bottle and it's only 07:00.

But as I wobble into work this morning I'll be thinking of you all.


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 06:56
GWRS says:

Clari , didn't known chard could grow that big  Wonder just how big it would have got , particularly as they are hardy ?

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 Neither did we! It was starting to fall over but it put sunflowers to shame.


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:57
just read back lots happening , Clari chard must be a monster , just put some chard  seeds in allotment 
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 GWRS; it was over 7ft tall. I originally thought the plant dead and I threw it on the heap. Ever since I've been too guilty to harvest it.

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:19

Thanks to Topbird for finding this thread for me!

Plants available from Sheffield / Worksop area;

Aloe vera 

Iris Pseudacorus (about 3 - 4" inch high)

Fabrgesia cabrida (I think: dwarf bamboo)

Unknown sea holly in pots that are far too small for it so they're not looking too happy


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:07

LillyP; perhaps not seeing the vet is the best. Poor thing doesn't need more stress! If he's happy and alert than I hope it's just a tummy bug. Dogs do seem to be highly effective at clearing themselves out.

Just "harvested" my Swiss chard. I think it was getting out of hand!! That photo is one stalk.


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:35

Can anyone tell me where the plant / seed swap thread is? I have these Tesco sea hollies (exact type unknown) that have far outgrown their pots and are now struggling but I've no where to put them. Wanted to offer them up to any passing gardener before I compost them. 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 11:27

Oh LP it's heartbreaking when a hound is ill isn't it. Have you seen the vets yet? I hope it's just a one off event and nothing that a little chicken and rice won't solve. As someone whose dog has irritable bowel syndrome I feel for you.

We've just gotten back from a walk to the park; dogs everywhere it was brilliant to see so many playing together. Everyone was nice and friendly and relaxed. I sometimes think dog walkers have their own social community.

Now I need to clear up his lordships efforts at helping cut the hedges. He NEVER clears away the cuttings! 

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