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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:20

I kept a deep pink flowered fibrous rooted begonia in a pot on a shady indoor windowsill for years - it always had flowers on it every week of the year - true to it's name semperflorens = ever blooming.

Really easy to take cuttings from too


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:12

Good morning all   Really wet here - no chance of my regular morning stomp  OH has gone off on his bike with waterproof leggings on (he's wearing them, the bike isn't )

Clari, that pond is going to be fantastic 

I shall have to go down to the village later to pick up some bits and pieces - I took some smoked haddock out of the freezer last night but need some potatoes and leeks - Cullen Skink for supper this evening - must also get a haggis and a swede for Burns Night on Saturday 



Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:12

Feet up, knitting out, wine glass filled again .............. see you in the morning folks - sweet dreams everyone 

Cost of bird food

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:09

We've not got many birds on the feeders at the moment  ......... might be something to do with Mrs Sparrowhawk who spent quite some time this afternoon sitting on a neighbour's chimney surveying the surrounding back gardens 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:33

Has anyone noticed how our very clever Forkers have all chosen to be poorly in the winter when there's not much to do outside - very good timing indeed 

Seeds in mortar

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:33

Don't think it would work with modern cement mortars - the old mortars were a lot softer.  

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:20

Mainly perennials  - when the weeds are growing away strongly spray with a weedkiller containing glyphosate and then leave them until the top growth has died right down - if you pull them up before then the roots will still be alive and any tiny piece you leave behind will grow again and you'll have wasted your time, money and energy. 

What's the soil like?

hanging / trailing plants

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:16

I'd fill it with trailing nasturtiums - easy to  grow, wonderful tropical sunny colours and flowers and leaves that you can add to a salad (leaves also fantastic in a salami sandwich) 

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 16:57

Hi snowyy 

What sort of weed are you having a problem with?  If they're perennial weeds then spraying with glyphosate when they are growing strongly and then leaving them to die down and go brown will kill the roots as well as the green tops.  You can then plant your lavender bushes - glyphosate has no effect on the soil.

If you're struggling with lots of little germinating weeds from seeds in the soil (they'll look a bit like the mustard and cress you get in punnets from the greengrocer), then you need to hoe the beds regularly, at least weekly in the growing season, until most of the weed seeds have germinated and you've hoed and destroyed them - then plant your lavender.  You'll never get rid of all the little weeds and will need to hoe gently between your shrubs, or get on your hands and knees and hand weed while the weeds are still small.

And yes, lavender needs good drainage - I find horticultural grit dug into the soil is better than sand.


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 16:52

Sounds good Punkdoc 

Those of us who enjoyed Winterwatch last night (shame they haven't got snow )  don't forget it's on earlier this evening, 8pm BBC 2

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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