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Posted: 07/09/2013 at 14:02

Oooh Poor Sore Nut!!! 

Stacey, you haven't got room for all of those - you'll need somewhere to put them

Let me help  I've got some spare room here 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 13:03

I experienced the 'accidental buying of cheese' today at the market - far too much wonderful Chaumes and a Petit Soumaintrain - but just think how delicious they'll be with some salami and figs on sourdough for a 'light gardening lunch' tomorrow.

I also had to buy a small piece of sirloin to roast with some beetroot, carrots and potatoes to accompany a jar of horseradish sauce - they're all needed to go with the Swiss Chard that needs picking in the veg patch.   Good job there's a bottle of Cote du Rhone waiting to be opened 

A gardener needs her sustenance 

Which clematis is this?

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:57

I'm very tempted by that one - I've got just the spot for it 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:56

Our chairs are the folding ones, so if we're not sitting on them they're folded and leaning against the table, then if it rains the seats don't really get wet and by the time the sun's out again they're fine to sit on.  The big wooden garden benches are out all the time too - if they're damp I've got some old cushions that live in the garage and we just grab them to protect our btms.

The only precautions we take is to make sure that if strong winds are forecast the chairs are folded and laid down flat on the terrace, so they can't be blown over and damage expensive terracotta pots. 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:51

As long as it's not the fact that they were given to you by your MIL that's making you wary 

Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:29

Oh dear - picture researcher chappess obviously not a gardener then?  

And yet in this month's GW there she is waxing lyrical about Iris reticulata - or perhaps it's a different person does the job on the website?


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:24

The sky here is wall to wall bright blue, not a white fluffy to be seen, and the sun is so bright I'll need  to go into the city - sorry folks 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:11

The black is oil on the surface being attacked by mildew - teak is such a hard wood that the oil doesn't soak into it, it just sits on the surface and in our climate the mildew gets it!  When we bought ours the previous owners had oiled it and it had gone black  - that's why they didn't want it any more.  We've just left it outside and rubbed it down with scrubbing brushes when it's been dry and it's turning that lovely silvery colour.

If I were you I'd get your son to power wash it again and then leave it alone, don't oil it or anything.  That way it'll develop a lovely silver patina like the  furniture in the gardens of stately homes 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:00
Haisie wrote (see)

Goog morning all, I've not been on for a while - very busy! A friend has barn owls living in her barn thing and she said that they have not produced any chicks this year and it's a sign that it's going to be a hard winter. Anyone heard that before? It's gone cold here and chucking it down!


I think it's more likely to be a sign that last winter was a long and very hard one, the mice and voles that the barn owls feed on were under the snow and the barn owls couldn't fine them - I saw hungry barn owls hunting during broad daylight over snow-covered fields because they were so hungry.  Many barn-owls only just made it through the winter, (and some didn't make it at all)  they will not have been in any fit condition to breed and probably the females didn't produce eggs or would not have been able to sustain long periods of sitting on the eggs without feeding.  

The problem would have been made worse by the fact that the previous year was so wet that many small mammals drowned, so there was less food about for the barn owls anyway.

Hopefully a much better summer this year will have helped return the numbers of small mammals to a healthier position, and fingers crossed this winter will be easier for the birds.

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:54

Is it real teak?  If so it doesn't need any treatment and is quite ok left outside.  We have a set of teak garden furniture which we bought second hand and we leave it outside 365 days of the year.  It's lovely to be able to sit out on the terrace with a cup of coffee on a sunny midwinter morning.

We like the silver patina of naturally aged teak so we don't even oil it.  Teak is such a hard wood that it doesn't need any preservative.  We just give ours a good scrub over once or twice a year with a stiff bristle scrubbing brush to get rid of dust and grime.

If you prefer the honey-coloured look you can sand the teak to remove the patina and then oil the timber.

Don't use plastic covers on teak furniture - they trap moisture and can cause rot - it's far better to leave it in the open air to breathe.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Which beer is best? 
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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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