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Posted: 01/12/2014 at 16:09

 home ground-dry dry dry but prediction is that we may have as much snow this next week as all of last year. turkey pot pie with biscuits last night. my sympathies to those who work-thought fills me with fear and loathing.


Posted: 30/11/2014 at 18:15

strange-which is how that post came out-the bottom part is me.


Posted: 30/11/2014 at 18:13
Verdun wrote (see)

Just read mail on Sunday Martyn Cox garden writer re bamboos. ,he says phyllostachys  aurea is ok.  It is a real thug for me.  Rampant pants have never been so ramped......

clearly plants can be more invasive in some conditions and possibly well behaved in others.  We take the risk aware of the possibilities and check underground growth annually.                           i would want to know how long they've been in. the horribly invasive things seem to go all innocent for a couple of years and then. . . . .this autumn took a close look at solidago fireworks-one of my favorite plants-and discovered it had plans for world conquest.took out 90% of it and still had more than i needed. plants are like some people-they're fine as long as you keep an eye on them. 


Posted: 30/11/2014 at 01:05

odd to see this blooming in nov. i was going to say a strange year but aren't they all? 

Nandina domestica

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:32

it likes lots of water but perfect drainage. prune it in jan. i grow it with mahonia for the scarlet berries against the dark leaves.

My 2 stroke oil solidified on bottle I tapped it into the petrol tank, problem?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 16:56

or you can dump a can of stp or some other engine cleaner in it-it will smoke like the devil when you start it but will clean itself out.

Nandina domestica

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 16:52

for me it is one of those plants that needs gradual renewal. cut back the oldest wood to the ground every year.


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 00:48

perfect thanksgiving here-21c-with a little breeze. people start arriving in about an hour, dinner looks great, so time for a wash. made pumpkin pies from fresh pumpkin for the first time. seem too sweet and texture a little strange-can we ever have too much fiber? sweet baboo says they are delish and whipped cream can hide all flaws.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 23:56

lots of eating pumpkins and turban squash but everyone seems to know what to do with them. so. . . . . .tuna fish sandwiches with lots of arugula its the only thing still growing in the garden.

hot composting

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 23:46

why composting is always interesting.- topped the heap with a few feet of leaves, moistened but not mixed. in 24 hrs the leaves have reached a temp of 160f. the underlying heap remains at 150f. fyi the leaves were bashed about a bit but not shredded. verdun, the beauty of your garden refutes any possibility of laziness.

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Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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hot composting

compost heaping 
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what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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what were they thinking of

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great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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