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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:29

Oh that's a shame   but quite understand.  Camera batteries have been charged.

So the rest of know where we're meeting and when?  You and I have mobile numbers Nut, and I have Panda's and she has mine so I think we're sorted 

If this weather carries on it'll be sun hats, sunscreen and ice creams all round  - it was 26.4C in the shade here today.  

Panda - I think we may have our top down tomorrow morning 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:22

Shelts hello and welcome

Lucky you - we used to have a grass snake visit our pond - it would catch the occasional newt - we didn't have fish so I have no idea what the risk would be to them, but grass snakes are protected by law and that means that their habitat is also protected from disturbance, so I suggest you just enjoy it and be justifiably pleased that you live in an area that provides them with the right habitat.  Ours would appear once or twice about this time of year and then we'd not see it again until the following year. 

As I'm sure you know they're totally harmless to you and your Weimeraner 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:16

All native UK amphibians and reptiles are protected by law, and that includes disturbance of their habitat.

Oaktrees Gardening Services have been reported to the Moderators for unauthorised advertising and for suggesting illegal action. 

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:57

I was Geoffrey Smith's biggest fan - my ex  firmly believed that if I ever left it would be for Mr Smith (well, he was wrong there ).  

His series Geoffrey Smith's World of Flowers, where he went back to where our garden plants come and looked at the original species and the way they've been developed was worthy of a medal and if I am ever cast ashore on a Desert Island one of my 8 records will be a recording of Geoffrey Smith on Gardener's Question Time responding to someone bemoaning the difficulties of a shady garden - he just reeled off all the wonderful plants that love shade, and described them all so beautifully - it was like poetry.  

Under-gardener Award

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:48

Mr Dove is also growing something in the veg garden this year for the first time ever - last winter he planted garlic and it's doing great - I have had to point out the need for the occasional bit of weeding but he's acted on the instructions  - think he's going to really enjoy the harvest 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:05

Indoors for a long cool Campari & soda - well, the sun must be over the yard arm somewhere 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:55

Oh, the're really hardy and theyre good broody hens, so you can get them to hatch eggs too if you have a cockerel, or if you buy some fertile eggs to increase your flock.

If I was having hens again they're what I'd have - but I've just ordered two more raised beds, so I really don't have the room now 


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:53

Clari - Light Sussex Bantams - pretty hens with a lovely temperament, good layers of good sized eggs - larger than ordinary bantams eggs - don't be misled by the term bantam - they're a smaller version of the Sussex hen which is a big chicken, so they're sort of medium hen sized. 

There are other colour-ways in the Sussex, so you could have several of the same type, but with different colours so you know who is who from the start. 

Under-gardener Award

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:28

My Under-gardener deserves a pat on the back today - we were sitting out on the terrace having a cuppa when he pointed out two lily beetles on a pot of lilies - he doesn't really like killing things, he is especially interested in beetles, and he knew that I would squidge them - but he pointed them out to me.

Gold star awarded! 


Cucumber babies - male or female?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 13:27

Expert??? Never grown a cucumber in my life - but the principle's the same with courgettes, marrows, squashes, people etc   Boys don't have babies, girls do 

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ID please

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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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