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Posted: 20/12/2014 at 06:32

Hi Jocelyn

As far as I am aware unless a dog (or human) eats large amounts of comfrey there shouldn't be a problem.  I've certainly known dogs living on farms and in gardens where comfrey grew in large amounts and haven't known of any incidents of them being unwell. 

Unless you have a dog with very odd behaviours I wouldn't be concerned about growing comfrey - some young labrador-types will eat anything and everything, but if you had one of those you'd be keeping any eye on it when it was in the garden or you wouldn't have a garden left!


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 20:00

Dd - what a clever Mummy to have such a clever Charlie - put your feet up and celebrate

Finding a plant

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 19:11

Alan - what an exciting time you're having


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 18:05

Sorry Susan - I didn't mean it was an excuse - people make their own choices and have to take responsibility for them - but just saying that she won't be having the sort of Christmas that you and we will be having - her crimes will not bring her happiness.

It's my birthday

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:53

Verdun how very kind   My Under Gardener send his thanks


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:42

Hello folks - we're back home

Susan ((hugs)) for you and daughter.  I can promise you that you and your family will be having a much better Christmas than the girl who stole her bag.   People don't steal things because they have happy fulfilling lives and people who love them.

We've had a day out at Gt Yarmouth - the Birthday Boy took the photographs he wanted of mothballed amusements etc, and we had very good fish and chips on the sea front.  I nearly ruined everything by pulling something in my lower back when I opened the garage door early this morning - but a heat pad and painkillers are helping, and within a couple of days I'll be fine - it's just really annoying that I've been creaking and groaning a bit on OH's birthday

We were going to have a takeaway this evening, but don't have room after the huge lunch, so we're having a pizza and salad this evening and we'll have the takeaway tomorrow.


Happy Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:15

Thank you Daniel, and a Very Merry Christmas to you and to all the team at

Thanks for everything that you do

Finding a plant

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 08:01

No idea about a plant with the right name I'm afraid, but I wanted to add my Congratulations!  and what a pretty name

What to do with new Camelia ?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 07:01

I'm not a camelia grower but Ma grew them, so I'll start off and give my two pennyworth - I'm sure someone who grows them will be along soon and give you more information.

I would keep it outside - I don't think it would like the warm dry atmosphere in a house.

It would be best where it is shaded from the morning sun - in the winter the buds can get frozen - that is fine as long as they defrost slowly, but if they face east or south east and get the morning sun that will thaw them quickly and the buds will be damaged.  Ma had hers on the north and west facing sides of the house and never had a problem.

Remember that camellias are acid loving and hate lime, so water with rainwater only.


And this thread has reminded me that the other day as I rode the bus into the city I saw a huge camellia (probably 'Donation') in full flower - it was an absolute picture - in December!


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 06:50

Good morning all

Wet and very mild outside - temp only dropped to 8.8C overnight from a high of 13.6C yesterday.    Still pretty windy, but not quite as bad as yesterday evening when doors in the house were rattling - and this is a modern house with very few draughts! 

Hope no one's had too blustery a night.

Today is OH's birthday   he has the day off work and he wants a trip to Gt Yarmouth to photograph the funfair (which will be closed) and we'll probably have a curry on the way home. 


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