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Posted: 22/04/2014 at 07:09

Good morning Chicky   Sorry you have to go to work   But lucky you hearing the cuckoo! 

Bill, sorry to hear about those roses   What a shame.

We've had a little rain overnight - enough to water in the Weed & Feed - that's because I'd already watered it in   Not enough to top up the water butts tho - but they're promising us more rain in the next few days - after that I'll be hoiking out the Purple Sprouting and sowing some Buerre de Roquencourt beans 

Where are YOU?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 07:02

Here's The Map 

But  one person hasn't yet moved his tag from Wales to Norfolk - ALAN!!! 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 06:55

Autumn , of course it's your garden to do as you wish with.  

However, even articles on the internet can contain mistaken information - I see that the link you've given us refers to this plant as 'Mares tail' and as you've told us, that's wrong ...........

 The naming of plants is a minefield - people named plants before names were ever written down.  This is why the Linnaean system and the taxonomies that developed from it are so widely used to avoid confusion - every plant has a recorded Latin name.  

However this does not mean that regional common names are 'mistakes' - they are colloquial names and have validity and value - for example, English literature would be so much poorer without the traditional regional names for plants.

To return to the matter in hand, you have told us that you still have Horsetail infesting your garden, so I take it that the techniques you advocate have not yet worked.  

Several others have written of their personal experience of establishing an acceptable degree of control using glyphosate.  

In gardening there are many paths ............................ 

My New Climbers

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 06:29

I have that clematis too - a lovely thing and it looks as if you've got a real bargain there!!!

leather jackets - artificial grass!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 06:20

Birds will eat them - blackbirds and starlings love them.  

One thing's certain, the adults won't lay any more eggs in your lawn so this is the last time you'll be bothered with them. 

Where are YOU?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 06:15

Close to Norwich, Norfolk.

We seem to be getting more East Anglians on here nowadays 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:02

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:54

Angle Shades moths are beautiful - we frequently see them in this garden, and just recently I've seen the caterpillars feeding on valerian. 

The caterpillars may eat a few leaves and buds but why would anyone kill them - apparently some people do 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:48

Use the time you're waiting to plan what you're going to grow and where.

Have you got a cold frame - if not you could get old of some discarded bricks/blocks and old windows and make one while you wait for the weedkiller to work.  Then you can start some seeds off and maybe buy some plants as well, and you'll have somewhere for them to live before you're ready to plant them out.

My daughter spent her first summer in a pram parked under a crab apple tree, watching the bluetits collecting aphids for their nestlings - now she's a married woman with a garden of her own, and she loves to feed the birds 

Spending time with Dad on the allotment is a wonderful start to life 

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:38
Mike Allen wrote (see)

Thanks folks.  I wasn't touting for compliments etc. As I spend so much time alone now, I really do enjoy so much being able to 'open up' and share my thoughts.  Thanks again.  EOS

That's fine Mike - we're glad to be here and privileged that you are happy to share your thoughts with us. 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 12:18

New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 10:05

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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