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Evergreen Ferns

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 13:30

Hi Carol

I would plant them now - the roots will be much more protected in the ground than they will in pots.   I've just planted a couple in my garden.


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 13:24

I love looking at Berghill's garden


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:50

Hi Greenfingers Guerrilla

Yes, you can replant them.  Sometimes the flowers are not as impressive in the following years, but I find them still worthwhile to replant for a few years before they fade away or succumb to virus.

If you have the smaller Species tulips you can leave them in the ground and they don't seem to deteriorate like some of the larger ones.

Smallest size for a wildlife pond

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:48

In our last garden (in the inner city) we had a very small pond - made out of a large plastic tub sunk into the ground.  It was about 2ft across.  It had a small waterlilly in it  and some marginal plants in a couple of pots fixed to the edge.  Within a couple of weeks a frog had found it and he/she became a regular visitor, climbing in and out through the marginal plants, and resting amongst the lily leaves. 

The bigger the pond the more wildlife you'll have, but small ponds are fine

You might find this thread helpful


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:39

Lovely pic AWB - what's the purple leaved creeper? Anyone know?  Is it a Passiflora?

I was going to go out and rake leaves, but I feel absolutely kn*ckered this morning after having been awake half the night - OH has suggested a quiet day of knitting, noodling and rubbish telly - I haven't put up much of a fight

I have identified a lovely lamp for one of our bookcases so it's not as if I haven't been doing something useful

Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:16

Even in  the UK in the 21st Century some people seem unable to think of or see women without objectifying them

pictures have gone

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:59

Just to let you know, Daniel's got this on the To Do list for the tech team!  He doesn't know when it'll get to the top of the list, but it will get sorted .............

Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:04

Why did I put an apostophe in Roly Polys?????   The late night is catching up with me

Winter Readings

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 09:52

I find it hard to understand what Mike means.  On the surface it would appear that he thinks academic papers occupy some higher more elevated plane and that if one is interested in them then that's all one is interested in;  for me they're a different thing all together.  It's like comparing chalk and cheese. 

I can quite see that a gardener of Mike's experience would find the How To Garden type of book a bit simplistic, and even I find some of the 'let me tell you about my garden' type books published by celebrities a bit repetitive, but there are many well-written books by well-respected gardeners which make enjoyable and informative reading for gardeners of all abilities and experience.  Any book written by Christopher Lloyd of Gt Dixter is well worth reading, but especially his Well Tempered Garden which I've borrowed from the library on several occasions.  I've also enjoyed reading Anna Pavord's writings, whether they're newspaper articles, gardening books or novels. 

On my list of books to request from the library is A Gentle Plea for Chaos by Mirabel Osler, covering as it does gardening alchemy and philosophy along with 19th century plant collecting and illustration.  From what I've understood of Mike's interests I think he'd find it an enjoyable and interesting read. 

To me it's strange to think that being involved in academic study somehow removes us from enjoying reading for pleasure - I have academic qualifications and enjoy reading about the latest practices and thinking in my subject  - but I also read other books about my other interests, gardening being one of them - having time to do so is one of the wonderful things about retirement, especially in the winter when it's not so pleasant out in the garden.  A comfy sofa, a fireside (albeit electric) a mug of coffee and a good book  .... bliss

Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 09:23

Sometimes it's really hard for larger women to find elegant shoes in their size - but one would think that a programme like Strictly would have resources. 

Large women can  often be very light on their feet - I remember watching the wonderful Hattie Jacques dancing on some programme or other - she was amazing.  And of course, there's always the wonderful Roly Poly's who proved that you don't have to be slim to dance

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