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Posted: 24/08/2015 at 14:01

Hello, I'm back   Hair tidier, nice new top purchased in the sales and some M&S Vietnamese-style wrapped pork and veg 'bites' had for lunch. 

Panda, I forgot to get more antihistamine cream   I've got bites on my arms, legs and one on my toe!  That last one's the worst!   OH has a trip to the dentist this afternoon - I may be able to persuade him to call at a chemist on the way back - I think he'll be willing - he didn't sleep well and had to abandon ship and go in the spare room - apparently I was keeping him awake with my scratching

Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 13:52

Past experience of Rhus typhina showed me that it will behave perfectly well for years and years - until you remove a branch or two, prune it, call it what you will.  From that moment onwards the tree will decide it is under threat and it needs to procreate and it will do so by sending up suckers for the rest of its days. 

A friend's father grew a row of them along the edge of a lawn - he was a gardener at The Big House in the next village - we were not allowed to sit on the wall alongside the garden in case we knocked off a branch and triggered the suckering.  In all the years I knew that garden those Stag's Horn Sumachs never ever sent up a sucker into that immaculate lawn.  When he died and his widow decided those trees should be pruned .................. the following year the first suckers appeared and soon the lawn was ruined. 

I would love to grow a similar row along our front boundary - they would suit this house so well - but our boundary is passed every day by children going to school and I'm not prepared to stand guard every day ensuring that not a twig gets knocked - so we will not grow Rhus typhina


Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:49

Good idea BL - this one would provide all the basics


At least it's based on UK climate - I've found that beginners sometimes find second hand books on Amazon etc to be US based and that just makes for more confusion!

A bit like their cookery books with US measures!


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:34

Dd, I remember my ex (Wonky's Pa Womble) telling me of a time when he was a very cheeky teenager and he splashed an older chap in another kayak who told him to behave himself or else. 

The ex's reply was something along the lines of 'and what are you going to do about it?' ... the other chap got out of his boat and waded toward him ... ex said he'd never paddled so fast in his life


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:22

That's good news Pat - poorly OH's can be a right PITA, no matter how sorry for them we feel


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:21

Sorry, no baking done here Bushman, but will these help

 I can pick something up from the city when I go in later today - something Italian from Carluccio's perhaps?

Persistent weed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:18

A weed is something you don't want to grow, but does.

A plant is something you do want to grow, but won't.


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:13

Pdoc - something to look forward to is always good

DD - I've never found canoeing to be tame - not even here where we used to take Wonky and her brother when they were younger.   I had a session there last summer with my grown up son and OH's 12 year old niece - son and I had a canoe and she had a kayak - not tame at all!   The place is based on the Peter Pan story - there is a crocodile!!!

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:06

Carrots should be ok - they're ok with cooler weather.

You might just be lucky if you have a sunny windowsill you could keep a couple of chilli plants on indoors for the winter, then they'll have a head start next year.  Choose the two best looking plants - pot them up individually and keep them on a sunny windowsill indoors - only water them when they're dry. 

Keep your eyes open for aphids/whitefly on them -  I usually rub aphids off with my fingers or if whitefly attack indoor plants I put some Ecover washing up liquid in a bowl of lukewarm water, spread my fingers over the compost, turn the pot upside down and swoosh the plant (not the pot) about in the water and drown the whitefly. 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:37

Good morning Verdun   that's what I like to hear - get all that rain used up before we arrive down there   We've got tickets for The Minack - don't want rain!

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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ID please

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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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And it's not laziness ...  
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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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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