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My Hydrangea cuttings have rooted, now what?

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 13:49

I'd pot them on into individual pots - using a mixture of two thirds John Innes No 2 loam-based compost, and one third multi-purpose compost.  Keep them outside in a sheltered spot, not in direct sun - a cold-frame would be fine as long as it has plenty of ventilation.  They'll be fine outside in the winter.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 13:44

Oooh, I'd love some ice cream ........ but we had a big bowl each of coconut ice cream last night ......

I had thought about mowing the lawns - I've given up thinking about it - it's too hot to mow lawns - 26+C

Do you remember that a few weeks ago a robin flew through the house into our sitting room and perched on the rocking chair? Just now a large green female Southern Hawker dragonfly did exactly the same thing - then it went to the window and was rattling about in the wooden blinds - fortunately I was able to open the window and shoosh it out without it being damaged.

Littleo problem with low growing weeds

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 13:29

Get yourself a Dutch hoe and just tickle it through the soil as demonstrated here Afraid you have to wait a bit before it gets to the hoeing bit.

Please don't worry about asking basic questions - we all had to start somewhere

badgers in gardens

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 11:38

I too started my life on a dairy farm - this was in Bedfordshire, Pa kept Red Polls and Dairy Shorthorns   Then the family moved to Suffolk - we then had a mixed arable farm with pigs and poultry. 

We get our milk from this local farmer who supply the farm shop on the edge of the city where my OH works. It costs a bit more than milk from the supermarket, but you can taste the difference - even if you only use skimmed milk as we do.  And the yoghurt and creme fraiche is superb

Horseradish - When to Harvest

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 11:14

When we had horseradish in the garden (and hedgerows) we just dug a root as we needed it. Pa would dig it, peel and grate it and Ma would make horseradish sauce with it.  Any grated root left over would be put in a jar with some vinegar and used to make sauce next time we had roast beef.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 11:09

I love the look of the fading flowers - I think they're part of the attraction of hydrangeas

badgers in gardens

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 11:02

That's good! 

I think the Springwatch night camera revealed that there was one badger in particular who had developed a taste for the eggs of waders and gulls nesting on the islands in the Scrape - it was thought to be that individual who made a strong attempt to dig his way under the fence - fortunately the fence proved effective

Growing up in rural East Anglia the sight of a badger was very rare indeed - nowadays wherever I travel around here I see evidence of both of living badgers and sadly of them as roadkill as well.  I see at least one dead badger on most journeys through the countryside.  There are very few dairy farms in this area nowadays , so they're not perceived to be causing problems around here.

Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 09:44
chicky wrote (see)

We'll be later Steve - but I'll keep an eye out

loved the squirrel story.  If a spray works its easily solved though.  GW last night reminded me that a return trip to Heligan is long overdue - is it on your list for your jollies Dove ?

time for a browse and a cuppa.

Very tempting ... although we've promised ourselves that this holiday won't involve too much driving (after we've actually got there).  As OH doesn't drive he worries that it's not much of a rest for me.  We'll also probably have overnight stops on the journey down and back - usually I do it in one go but he's beginning to insist!  Maybe we'll get as far as Devon then stop for the night and have brunch at a GC if Hosta and Lyn can recommend one near them?

At least it's well watered

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 09:33

Me too Chicky! 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 09:31

Bonica is such a good rose, described in some places as 'procumbent' and sometimes as 'ground covering' although I think that's misleading.  I've grown it in three gardens and once established it behaves like a good shrub, as wide as it is tall and it flowers for England -

It's also a fabulous pure pink, without a hint of yellow.

It's only shortcoming is that it has hardly any fragrance, and I wouldn't normally grow a scentless rose, but Bonica is so good I just can't resist it.  It doesn't even mind a fair bit of shade.  It also looks beautiful in a jug with some alchemilla mollis - Wonky may remember there was always some on the dining table in the summer when we lived at The White House (no, not that one ).

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