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what are you excited about?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:27

Thanks, Dove: It's always a 'team effort' each December - OH does the cakey bit & I do the 'decor', well-early enough for it to be 'matured' by Christmas Day. [Despite the fact that there are normally just the two of us eating it, it rarely makes it through to the New Year!!]. *The designs are different each year, just as my creative 'juices' flow...!!

what are you excited about?

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 20:12

Thanks to SGLily and Perki: here's a "Deliarised" cake which ought to go all round the GW forum members; with a bit of luck there'll be a toothfull/ morsel for all!

*When we lived 'onsite' at a Field Centre near Pembroke, the Warden had the same birthday too! With having to share cake amongst 100+ students & staff, it was a real effort for the catering staff each March 4th!!

C grubs in pots

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:41

They'ra also very partial to lily tubers/ corms, so I'd oick any old compost + grubs out for the birds & repot the lilies in new, clean material.

what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:38

I'm excited 'cos today's my birthday AND my wife's birthday too!! Furthermore some of the sunflower seeds that Soulboy sent me have 'risen' in the natural warmth of my unheated greenhouse!! [+ assorted weeds that must have been in the soil I used, tut!].



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:54

 Just two of my favourites - so refreshing after all the snow, rain & gales! [They obviously love the 'diet' of hg compost I gave them after their severe 'haircut' last December!!!].

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:20


Ancient hydrangea?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 20:50

 The accompanying photo shows a large 'mophead' hydrangea which was planted by Mum & Dad in the mid-'1950's: I remember rollerskating (badly) and ended up nose-diving into it one Christmas morning when I was seven or eight years old - just after taking the bungalow over from the builders. It's still going strong nowadays & I have brought cuttings to root in my west-Walian garden.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 20:00

Gave my gh-overwintered Broad Bean plants their 'freedom' in prepared/ sheltered sunny beds: Bunyards Exhibition and The Sutton (dwarf) as they're becoming quite tall & in need of supporting sticks. Also started the 'spuds-in-buckets' plantation with 1st early Premiere. They too start off life in the small gh, then go up against sheltered S-facing stone wall later on as the tops develop. Filled a 4' trough with dozen primrose plants brought by oh for Valentines Day [half price at Homebase on Monday] -- trough will go on sunny windowledge (just wide enough) after the plants 'perk' up a bit!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:24

Rosemummy: I've sent you a pm with my suggestions.


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 20:25

Monday 29th*: started with intense frost covering all cars, rooftops and any 'shadey' places. Tried to defrost car windows (& door rubbers) for 1/2 hour - my navigator decided that we could postpone intended superstore grocery trip until later, after wintry sun had 'caressed' the car for an hour or so!! pm saw intensely blue sky & light winds - frost melting off all sunlit surfaces.

*Tweenty-umteenth wedding anniversary - similar weather to 'the great day' as I recall.

Tuesday 30th: much milder here in sunny SW Pembs - light SW breeze, no frost left from yesterday, even deeply shadowed borders have defrosted. Broken cloud throughout daytime, building & closing over toward nightfall.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

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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