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Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:37

Hosta - my OH isn't the biggest toughest bloke in the world, but I've always thought he has a look of the younger Clint Eastwood about him

Advice on cutting back an overgrown hedge

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:26

The RHS advice is as follows:

"When undertaking work on garden hedges check that there are no birds nesting, as it is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. The bird nesting season is usually considered to run from 1st March to 31st July (though it may last longer for certain species or multiple broods so always check if in doubt). "

Hope that helps

I'm worried ...............

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 15:59

Does anyone else suspect that Harlequin ladybirds may well have arrived in the UK as 'ecologically sound aphid predators' purchsed for commercial greenhouses


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 15:54

Thanks KEF - OH is ok and beside me on the sofa - think he'll soon be dozing. 

Ragu simmering on hob for spag bol tonight.

Veg patch has been hoed,  some weeding of the Shady Bank has been done - I'll water the toms before supper. 

It's really warm and muggy here this afternoon.

Weather Report

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:39

Three young men named Ham, Shem and Japheth anyone............. ???

Advice on cutting back an overgrown hedge

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 13:24

Don't leave it too late in the spring - it's just the sort of hedge that blackbirds and robins like to nest in

Pruning Victoria Plum Tree

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 13:18

Noooooooo!!!  It's nearly September!  Wait until spring/early summer!  Too late now. 

The idea is that in the spring/early summer the sap is rising/flowing and any Silver Leaf spores that land on the cut surfaces will be 'washed off' by the flowing sap.

From now onwards unti spring, the sap is 'falling' and any spores landing on cut surfaces have easier entry into the plant. 


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:01

Oooh Rb - Shingles isn't fun - I know - hope you get rid of it soon.   Don't overdo it!  I was told I'd got Shingles because I'd 'overdone things'. 

Plumber has gone - drain unblocked and washbasin fully functioning.  Now all we have to do is find a matching replacement floor tile!  Plumber will come back tomorrow morning to service the boiler as he's gone off to an emergency call out. 

I just phoned OH to let him know and discovered he's just been a hero - a colleague found a man in one of the storerooms, she told him to leave  - OH went a few moments later to check that he'd gone and found him in the office rummaging around - OH assumed an authorative tone and told him 'on yer bike and don't come back'.     Intruder said he was 'looking for a pen to write a phone number down'.    OH said he looked like a junkie    

The boss is off with a migraine (she's just moved house and daughters have had A level and GCSE results this week), but when she's back they're going to have to review security.  There were break-ins at the GC and another business on the site earlier in the week. 

orange (not red) strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:47

Hmmm - have you lifted any of the plants to have a look at the roots - possible vine weevil infestation weakening the plants?

Gertrude rising

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:45

Gertrude Jekyll can get to about six feet in height - is it in a position where you can let it have it's head and grow to it's potential?  It can also look fabulous  trained against a wall. 

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