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david spikes

Latest posts by david spikes

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:47

making compost, propagating, chasing couch grass through the beds and being amazed at vegetable power

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 00:05

happy halloween everyone


Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:25

 taking down neighbors tree and an interested cat

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 00:53



Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:10


 goodbye to an old neighbor-it was the tallest sequoiadendron in nev.


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 16:43
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

KEF these are lucifer which in small quantities are worth giving a go?

for me lucifer a spreader but nice,very nice except foliage is a martyr to uncontrollable-at least by me-spider mites. internet plant shopping. managed to stop myself after ordering a climbing rainbows end and lonicera graham thomas for spring delivery. the thomas could be the very best lonicera.


Hot composting

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:41

according to my friend diane who knows everything- antibiotics women take for various female complaints pass into the urine and do their job on the compost bacteria. she-who is as pure as the driven snow-splashes hers around all the time.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:38

lesley came into kitchen and found people eating cake-BEFORE DINNER-don't know what grandma would have said. real scrimmage to get a piece. so no pic.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:46

dove i think the key to salvia greggii winter survival is a warm exposure-southern, protected-and perfect drainage. mine have survived to -19C, which is about as cold as it gets here lately. there is a greg called cold hardy pink which is esp. hardy.              all the forecasts say down to -3C fri, sat, sun. so garden is done and great cleanup and compost festival can begin-yay. there is something so godlike about running a really hot compost heap-and on the eighth day he made compost.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 23:00

possibly the last tomatoes i will pick this year although there are still a guilt producing amount on the vines. the dahlias blackened last night so rest of garden can't be far behind but end of week back in the 70's. if it doesn't get cold soon will have raised havoc in the entire garden. off to make a strawberry whipped cream cake.

wonderful hoglet pic. 

Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 12:48

hot composting

compost heaping 
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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 11:12

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 14:44

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


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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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

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. 
Replies: 4    Views: 741
Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26
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