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What kind of paint for a cedar flower box?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:36

Cedar contains its own natural oils that help repel moisture and prevent insect damage; there should be no need to paint it, and left to weather untreated it will develop a beautiful silvery sheen.

If you do not want the silvery look of weathered cedar, then you should treat it each year with Tung Oil,434,464.html?&args=Y29tcF9pZD0zMDQmYWN0aW9uPWZpY2hlUHJvZHVpdCZpZD0xOTMmfA%3D%3D


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:28

Good morning all   It's a lovely morning and the birds are singing - hopefully OH will be making me a second coffee any minute

Hosta, I hope the day goes well for you.

Pdoc - I'll be voting this morning and will watch the first results come in - I may then retire to bed with the radio on for the rest of the night - or I may sit up and watch with you - after all, this is the first General Election where I've not had to go to work on results day! 

I've always been quite politically aware, ever since my school had a Mock Election when I was about 14.  When they eventually get around to asking me to go on Desert Island Discs, one of my choices will be a recording of Bishop Desmond Tutu being interviewed immediately after having cast his vote for the first time - his whoops of joy and sheer elation should be an admonishment to those who do not bother to take advantage of the  universal suffrage we have and that has been fought for so long and hard by so many people, and which many, particularly women, are still denied in some places.

I'll get off my soapbox now

The rest of today will be a gardening day

So upset

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:06

I'm so sorry that you've lost your lovely companion.  Of course your grandchildren will be sad, and you can comfort each other with the knowledge that he was so well loved and had the best possible life. 

One of the wonderful things that having a pet teaches us is how to 'let go' - I've had many pets in my lifetime - on the farm we had a pet cemetary where hamsters, rabbits, cats and dogs were buried - all very loved and desperately missed - I still remember the first dog we had, a golden retriever who was my dearest companion and with whom I shared all my waking hours - he would even walk with me to the village school and then turn around and walk back to the farm.  He was ill and was euthanased when I was nine years old to spare him any more pain and confusion.

My children also had many pets, and as happens, cats got run over, dearly loved dogs died - and we all grieved and hugged together and helped each other to accept that there are some things that we cannot change, and we just have to cope and move on. 

As you may know, my dear Pa died a month ago.  Although I'm now very very adult indeed, I'd never lost a parent.  Just lately I've recalled my parents' good sense in never hiding the difficult parts of life from us as children, but reassured us that however sad we were, we would get over it and the sun would come up tomorrow.

I do hope that you, your children and grandchildren can all console each other in your loss, and find comfort in the knowledge that you all did your best for Lucky, and that the fun you had with him will remain with you as the most wonderful memories.


how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 20:33

You're thinking of Alka Seltzer!

Epsom salts are jolly useful

Free sunflower seeds

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:34

Snap Gardengirl - me too   Well, I've already bought some so I'll sow them,  I'm not going to buy any more.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:31

Take it easy Hosta, very very easy!!!


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:27

Brother is a potato farmer - he has fields of potatoes covered in strips of fleece 35 ft wide and as long as the field - the wind is blowing it all over the place -  it's more than they can do to hold it down - hopefully it'll get tangled in the hedgerows before it reaches the A14 - this is the second time this year this has happened - never happened before!


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:43

We won't blame you Fg, we'll blame the snow

how shall I treat my little camellia?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:26

Very true!  Thanks Wintersong    It needs to be shaded from morning sun Wonky - otherwise you'll get no flowers - remember Grandma's pink one was outside the kitchen window facing north and shielded from the rising sun by the garden room.

To explain why - it flowers in the late winter/early spring, at the time of year when we're getting lots of frost - if the flower buds are frosted they need to thaw slowly - if the morning sun shines on them they thaw quickly and the cells burst and the flower buds die.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 18:09

Liri - she put it in her handbag - don't think she's into sharing like she used to be! 

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Markings on hosta leaves

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Shock!!! Horror!!!

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Congratulations to you both ... 
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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

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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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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Do bees become addicted? 
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