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Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:59

Foxes steal and bury eggs!


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:52

Whatever it is, a water scarecrow will get it!


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:47

Get a water scarecrow - available from Amazon etc.

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:14
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

....My general rule of thumb is that yellow variegations will take more sun than white, indeed in too much shade the yellow can become green. ...

Right, my other yellow one (H. June Fever) has joined H. Stained Glass in the sunnier part of the terrace.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:08
KT53 wrote (see)

You're right Wintersong.  Why does the BBC, which is supposedly not a commercial channel, start every programme with "The Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by......."?


For the same reason as showjumping has jumps with the name of the sponsors on them, and football grounds have the names of the sponsors on hoardings around the pitch and on the shirts of the players etc.  Gone are the days when if such things were appearing on the BBC they would be covered up.  Horticultural shows, football, art exhibitions etc, are businesses.  They wouldn't exist without huge investment from sponsors - the sponsors wouldn't and couldn't invest the money unless their businesses benefitted in some way - it's what makes the world go around.

To expand furrther, this website is run by a commercial company which makes it's money from advertising - forum members are the beneficiaries of that (especially those of us who run Ad-blockers on our pcs).

Spongy Grass in a walled garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:47

Is the lawn 'spongy' because it's been regularly mowed, but not raked/scarified and a layer of thatch has built up?

I'd try aerating/scarifying/feeding and see if that improves things. 

Others may have more ideas .......

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:29

That's great about Sue Beesley  

I see she has Geum 'Flames of Passion' - I have that in my front border - it's gorgeous.


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:22

Morning KEF

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:21

And just a tip re the hedge - I think the sides need trimming back now.  A leylandii hedge needs it's sides trimming right from the start to encourage it to form a dense hedge.  If you let it get wide then cut it back it will not regrow from the inner layers of the trees and you will be left with dead brown branches. 

You probably know this but I thought I'd mention it.

Extract from

"Will Leylandii grow back from brown wood ?

No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown, leylandii will not re-shoot. This is not a problem if you keep your Leylandii No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown  leylandii will not re-shoot.  This is not a problem if you keep your leylandii hedge trimmed from the start and you trim it back once a year to the same point. It is only a problem if you let it get over-grown or move into a property with an untrimmed Leylandii hedge. We have seen someone cut back one side of a very wide hedge back to the trunks. The green shoots from the other side of the hedge grew back through but this took five years.  It would depend on how wide the hedge is and how far the green has to grow back through so is a bit risky.  The only other alternative is to start again with a new hedge and keep it narrow from the start.  If a leylandii hedge is cut back to the width you want immediately after planting and then cut back to the same width once a year, every year, you can keep it as a dense but narrow hedge."

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:04

Have a lovely time today

Hope your chest has cleared up and those ribs have eased ((hugs))

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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 22:47

Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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