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Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:08

Probably not Verdun - not if they've rarely ventured over the Tamar


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:04

Coffee anyone?




Posted: 03/02/2015 at 06:55

Good morning all - I'm a bit later than usual too - absolutely pitch black outside with a good sprinkling of snow and some more to come if the weather people are to be believed.  Apart from topping up the bird feeders I'm staying indoors today and making soup.

Edd, I think some googling was a bit 'overdone'


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 18:52

Second glass of Provencal rosé going down here .... OH is washing up.

re-potting orchids

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 18:43

I've seen something similar at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, but this was in one of the tropical houses where the warmth and humidity are so high they slap you in the face as you walk in - I don't know if it would work without those conditions.   Perhaps you could email them and enquire?

plant / weed id please

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 18:41
Garden Guru wrote (see)

....  the greyish leaves are mullein or golden rod ,

They might well be mullein (verbascum) but they're not Golden Rod (solidago).


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:18

I'd use a sharp Dutch hoe and slide it energetically under the weeds to cut through their roots and then use a rake to gather the weeds together and dispose of them. 

Do it on a dryish day and stand on a plank and you won't damage the structure of the soil.

Pampas grass

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 15:26

Beware of hibernating hedgehogs in the pampas - it's a favourite spot!


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 15:09

The gritter's just gone up the road - although the road at the bottom of the rise is a No Through Road it is a bus route so it gets gritted when the weather is bad - however not usually at this time of day - so I just checked the local forecast - wintry showers later today leading to accumulations of snow overnight

The birds are tucking into their food - I went to Homebase earlier for dust sheets and some more bird feeders, suet pellets, sunflower hearts and peanuts fell into the trolley

Sorry to hear about all the sore throats, poorly tummies and other bugs around.  Much sympathy from here and I hope you get well soon, but please keep your germs to yourselves.  These internet viruses are so virulent

Raspberry food

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 13:50

I grow autumn fruiting raspberries - I give them a sprinkling of FB&B in the spring and again around July time - amounts as directed on the pack.  

I also give them a mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure or home made compost (whichever I have available) in the autumn as this helps with water retention of the soil - raspberries can be very thirsty.

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