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Posted: 23/02/2014 at 08:37

I'm still being very wary Stacey - but I am going to make sowing and planting plans today - I  am,  I am ............. 

RHS London Shows.

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 08:13

We're getting to know you and your gardening Mike  this seems appropriate 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 08:07

Morning Stacey - poor snuffly Lo!  My daughter is snuffly too - but she's a very grown up girl so her hub will have to look after her  

Cloudy here too but .... ever hopeful   at least the year's moving in the right direction!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 08:03

The bullfinches are back to peck at all those lovely fat buds developing on the fruit trees Chicky - bless their little cotton wing tips 

Where to begin?

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:56
bookmonster wrote (see)

.... You could always work with it and create a bog garden, plenty of wildflowers like marsh marigold enjoy damp conditions. What sort of wildlife are you hoping to attract? I found it so rewarding last year watching the bees, butterflies and hoverflies on our plants where before there had been gravel, grasses and paving.

That's my first thought - work with the conditions you've got - I'd love a bog garden but our soil is very free draining - maybe we always want a little of what we've not got? But there are loads of gorgeous native British flowers that just love to have their feet in boggy dampness - purple loosestrife, yellow flag, ragged robin, marsh marigold, meadowsweet, forgetmenots, cuckoo flower and of course the snake's head fritillary needs damp meadow-type conditions to naturalise in, as do the native primulas.

But if there's something you particularly want that needs a free draining area then I'd create a slope with some stone or similar underneath to aid drainage - I'd probably look at instructions on how to build a rockery - alpine plants need free draining soil so that's why they work so well on a rockery. 


Camera Corner

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:37

Ah Fidget - I love Rutland Water - last time we were there the woods were full of bluebells and the perfume was intoxicating ............ must do again this spring 

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:30

According to Google, Blippar is ".... a Mobile augmented reality and image recognition platform enabling advertisers to reach consumers via outdoor ads, billboards, magazine, newspaper and ..."  

Those of us using laptops seem quite able to access (or be accessed by) advertisements when accessing the magazine, so things seem fair to me 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:21

Well, I wish I'd given him a harder spanking now 


It did seem a little odd as it wasn't funny .......... but then, we're used to Verdun's jokes................. maybe I should get my coat 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:09

Good morning all  - seems I missed  'something'

It seems to have been sorted  Hurrah! and Thanks to Daniel! and any/everyone else who is involved in supporting us on this Forum. 

Now for coffee and gardening matters!  Temp in the garden went down to 1.9C last night which is roughly what it's been for the past 3 nights, but it's up to just over 7C already this morning - does this presage a warm day ahead?

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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