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Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:00

 Here's one I made earlier - last Christmas, in fact. Base is plaited Phormium & palm fronds, plus grape vine and hazel 'wands' woven in between. Greenery is principally Bay, plus Hydrangea heads after drying in the garage since early October/ November. The only 'imports' were the robins - scrumped from the Xmas tree decorations box. Great fun, & only took 2 days to manufacture! [Yes, I am retired, so time is not at a premium!!].

Hope you have enough time & home-found materials to be able to fabricate your own personal wreath. 

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 19:27

Edd: Love the 'Action Cat' pic - caught at the critical moment [Ansell Adams].

Tootles: "Luv" will get you a long way, if in doubt about likely reception, try "Alright, mate?" or perhaps "Wotcha, Ar Kyd. Owyerduin?"

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:10

Reply to Tootles: 'Cat ice'* is really thin stuff that you get on very shallow puddles, dampish mud and suchlike. It'll bear the tentative weight of a cat, but nothing heavier....!!

*A West Midlands term, maybe there's a different phraseology in NE Midlands (Notts)??

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 19:20

Coastal S W Pembs had a 'cat ice' frost here this morning, then basking under clear skies all day. Heavy cloud moving in from SW this evening, so I doubt we'll have a repeat??

mozzies in the garden

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:19

This week saw several mature Cabbage White caterpillars munching on nasturtium leaves in sunny border! Sunny S Pembs sharing warm weather with neighbouring Carms!!

Forum picture

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:08

Yay! The Bat is back! *Big "Thankyou" to the tech people behind the forum!! GO! Go !!

Talkback: Broad beans

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 20:05

Planted up deep yoghurt pots with 'Sutton' (dwarf) and similarly 'Bunyards Exhibition' broad beans today - they start off in a cold greenhouse and then migrate to a coldframe in a sunny, sheltered spot to overwinter. Normally I cover a raised bed for a month or so, scarify for light weed (if any), and then plant out in double rows from mid-February onwards. Any weakly ones have 'extra' seed popped in nearby to avoid gaps when cropping. [*Coastal SW Wales has a very mild, wet climate, especially noticeable in Winter.]

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 19:26

Love the smell of lemon balm when crushed, and anything else with a citrus tang to it.

Disike damp, dank foetid 'welly' smell, also damp HH oilskins after hours of wear in wet conditions! [I taught at an outdoor study centre for over 13 years].

Pictures missing

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 21:01

They say "Don't judge a book by its cover": -  I'm currently enjoying the anomalimity of the situation...?

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:15

 Hi, Goldfinches: I'd like to fully echo Dove's comments, especially the last two paragraphs. The attached photo shows a well-established laburnam whose principal purpose is to provide a climbing support for the ivy 'thicket'. The ivy is much visited & two blackbird families have been raised in most recent summers + robins & bluetits nesting too. The feral pigeons, thrushes & fieldfares 'harvest' the ivy berries, usually Dec - February, so all-in-all, it's well worth having the ivy around the place.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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