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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.......

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 22:25

Christmas Day starts with a bloody mary even though I usually don't want one.  My partner is Scottish so we always have one of his lovely thick woolly socks each crammed with sweets, and open our big presents after dinner to keep the excitement going all day.  

My sisters and I have our annual weekend away in Nov/ Dec as it's cheaper to book a cottage out of season, but we always have an evening of singing carols very badly with mulled wine to make up for the bad weather.

I love the idea of everyone in the family shaking the turkey's leg - ha ha.

Board games are for New Year's Eve. And we pull crackers again on New Year's Day.

Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 21:53
Nooooooo James!

small trees to form an arch

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:20

I went on a willow weaving course where the tutor was carrying out an experiment (of which I never found out the results) whereby we grafted the plants onto each other - the theory being that they would share sap and become one, stronger, plant.  I wouldn't recommend growing willow so close to your house, but it might be interesting to try on whatever plants you do chose at the point where they meet, so ensure one side doesn't die.  Does anyone have experience of this method or am I talking rubbish?

Deepest red astrantia

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 21:48

Thanks very much everyone.  So - Hadspen Blood (I like the name) or Star of Fire. I will try to get one of those and split it a some point.

Deepest red astrantia

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 07:49

I would like to grow a very deep red astrantia but websites offering plants or seeds all boast that theirs is the deepest red.  Can anyone advise on the darkest, moodiest, bloodiest red please?  The favourites seem to be Claret, Hadspen Blood, Primadoona, Ruby Wedding and Venice.

Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:19

Oh bother, I suspected as much.  Thanks for replying.  I don't suppose you can lend a hand Fairygirl...?

beds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:16

I've got a similar situation. They'd have saved me time by not bothering with putting the topsoil on.  I'm digging out the massive stones and sieving the rest of the rubbish out on a wheelbarrow sized riddle with the back of a rake.  I piled the earth up initially and now backfill where I've created a hole with the earth and manure (I get 5 bags for 3 from the garden centre when it's on special offer).  At some point I will get to the end with a hole and no earth to fill it at which point I'll probably buy some topsoil and mix it with manure.  Warning: I got manure from a riding school in my previous garden and it brought a load of weeds in with it so I'm sticking with stuff from the garden centre now.  I suppose it depends on your compost - if you've made it yourself then fine, but some multipurpose stuff dries up and won't rehydrate well.  I throw compost from my pots onto the compost heap.

Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:04

Hi, if I build a wooden arbour does it have to be fixed into the ground like you would with a fence or can it just sit there like a garden bench?  I ask because I want it to go on a paved area and don't fancy digging up all the hardcore and rubbish that I know will be lurking under the paving stones.  I'm looking for a lazy way out but suspect it will need fixing to the ground.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:53

Good idea BobTheGardener, I have sent them an email.  They actually have a department for this, I had no idea.  Thanks very much.

Allotments!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:44

Depending on what you inherit from the previous occupant, to avoid getting discouraged early on you may wish to concentrate on improving the soil in a small area - starting at a square metre (Google square foot gardening).  My friend inherited a challenging space and is taking it one step at a time and covering the rest with cardboard to deal with later.  And listen to advice from people who's plots you admire.  I hope it brings you a lot of pleasure.

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Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Nooooooo James! 
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Deepest red astrantia

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Building an arbour

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Metal in soil

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Confused by my group 3 clematis

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modest hellebores

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Help! Droopy fig

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potato varieties

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greenhouse vs coldframe

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short climbers???

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Small tree - any ideas please?

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have I killed my wisteria?

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Encouraging birds to the garden

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Acanthus dilemma

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