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Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:07
Percy-Grower wrote (see)

............ Is it just me, but when i read all your posts from earlier this morning by the time i get to the bottom of the page i forget what was said and who said it, all i remember is toast, Aberdeen, broomsticks, skeletons, fox, James and Hellebore seeds.........

Yep, that's me too  

I'm thinking about taking notes 

Fg, you have email 

Is mahonia invasive?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:47

They will grow larger and spread a bit - as do most plants if they're happy where they are and we treat them nicely - if you heave them untended for 20 years in a good spot they might form a small thicket - I wouldn't call that invasive - in my humble opinion that's just 'growing'.



Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:00

I agree with everyone else - it will recover - a bit of gentle fertiliser as Fg says, and if it doesn't spring into life a sprinkling of grass seed and in a few weeks all will be forgotten.

However, if your daughter is wise she'll use this opportunity to get her dad to do some more odd jobs around the garden while he's still feeling guilty - any fences need painting? 


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:52

BL - glad the day went so well for you   I hope you have the chance to put your feet up today - you must be 

Morning Fg and Verdun 

I forgot to say earlier, that last night turned out to be a real Springwatch night - not just the hedgehogs and the songthrush, but we were woken from a deep sleep in the early hours by a fox screaming right outside the front of our house - don't know what that was about - OH shot out of bed to have a look but our streetlights are turned off overnight so he couldn't see anything much in just the moonlight.  There's a whole other world happening out there when we're tucked up in our beds 

Purple/black spots on honeysuckle foliage

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:15

Hi, honeysuckle is pretty tough so hopefully yours will recover.

 I'm planting another in a very dry area under some trees - when I plant it I'm going to insert a plastic bottle 'funnel' like this 

 to enable me to direct water straight to the roots of the honeysuckle - I use this method for growing courgettes in raised beds and it gets the water right down to the roots instead of running off the surface of dry ground.

I  almost bury the bottle so that only a couple of inches is showing about the soil, so it's not too unsightly.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:16

Better not thanks Fidget - I've promised the men I'll do them poached eggs on toast when they surface, so I'll have mine then - but no sounds from upstairs yet - but another coffee would be great! 


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:14

Oooh yes please Fidget - I'll have another one 

It's a lovely morning here again - wall to wall blue skies - I sat out late in the garden again, watching the hedgehogs scurrying around and listening to a song thrush singing nearby - I've not seen one around here but it's good to know they're around - maybe it'll come into this garden one day 

grape vine

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 06:58

As ChrissieB says, pruning the vine is all-important if it is to produce grapes - lots of info here .

Reads are one of the best fruit nurseries there is - they supply various varieties of grapes - if you do need to replace yours you couldn't do better than to buy from them and seek their advice.

I have no relationship with them other than as a very satisfied customer. 

Can anybody identify these?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:35
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The top one look like an ash tree Stu

The bottom one is a treeas well, maybe a cherry.

Both BIG

Nutcutlet was absolutely correct - that is definitely an ash tree. 

Potato flowers

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:22

Thank for your kindness folks - I think ignoring rudeness is the best way to keep things pleasant here 

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