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Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:20
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Elvis was on the radio this morning, Welcome to My World.  I like that but my favourite is I Can't Help Falling in Love With You, my soppy OH used to sing it to me when we were 18 and had just started going out together 

I don't think anyone has mentioned Elvis can we have missed the King???

Elvis is in the garden!!!  

We have this - under one of the ash trees - he is referred to as Elvis 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:18

A majorly important record for me for years and years - The Byrds'  My Back Pages

 ("Ah but I was so much older then - I'm younger than that now")

It's also the title I gave to one of the best paintings I ever made 


How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:12

I think that we need a mixture of basic scientific knowledge and our own experience - scientists carry out their research under controlled conditions -  we endure and labour on under the vagaries of climate, soil and predation. 

Of course we should know the basics of what scientists tell us - and then use our ongoing experience to temper that information to particular conditiions - after all, sound observation and empirical evidence is what good science is based on.

The whole point of this forum is to share our experience with others - otherwise we could just point enquirers at a good book. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:02
Verdun wrote (see)

Fighting.......again?  Dove 

Maybe .... just a little ........ with some hairy bittercress and twitch! 

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:59

I top dress the beds with home made compost and well-rotted farm yard manure, and a sprinkling of FB&B in the spring and again in early summer.  

Plants that produce a lot of blooms, like clematis and roses also get a watering of soluble potash in early spring and again in the summer.  


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:53

Good morning Verdun and Fidget 

If today goes according to plan, I'm expecting to be feeling a bit stiff and sore by this time tomorrow morning

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:42

Yes, cut it back - growth follows the knife = old gardening saying 

Frog orgy

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:37

Perfectly normal - it's what I would expect.  Last spring it was so cold for so long they had to cram all their 'activity' into a very short spell - this year the weather is milder earlier and this behaviour is perfectly normal.    

When I was a child I could hear the noise from the farmyard pond when I was put to bed, and for a week or more it was my excuse for not being able to get to sleep, so '....please can I read for a bit longer?' 

 Make sure you leave some long grass and plants near to your pond for the froglets to hide in when they first emerge from the pond  so they don't all fall prey to crows, cats, herons etc

Peter Beales

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:31

Monty's instructions here are spot on 

And yes, the Beales family have had a very sad time of late   

The firm is local to me and I think they're one of the best there is.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:25

Hope you had a better night Nut 

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