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Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:50

the weather is better here. hiking, climbing and boating on the na pali coast for a couple of weeks. wonderful except helicopter tours are irritating-and go on all day. hazen wants to go to the big island for volcano eruptions and a snowball fight on mauna loa. 


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:59

happy new year from Berlin. very cold here this week but this morning awakened to rain(this certainly a damp part of the world). friends have committed to THE BERLIN EXPERIENCE-eight parties all over town ending at dawn. christmas in prague-midnight mass in st. vitus cathedral then dinner-roast goose with prunes and latkes,good-whole, stuffed, baked carp-hmmmm. leaving for hawaii in 3 days, have convinced myself that flying from prague to honolulu with a 2 hr. layover in new york will be bearable-26 hrs. in transit, oh lord. well happy new year and good luck with flower count. a month on kauai then home to garden-as always it will be the best year ever. 


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.

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my favorite succulent

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hot composting

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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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