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Posted: 29/12/2014 at 12:41
chicky wrote (see)

Dove - i know for a fact I can be irritating - but I am learning to sometimes curb my enthusiasm.  Its a bit like my singing, to which littlest chicklet always warns "in our heads, Mum, in our heads!!"

Nah!  My littlest (quite grown up now) just joins in - accounts of  the two of us driving around Suffolk with the top down singing along to the Shoop Shoop Song and Fairytale of New York are legendary

What decorative stone to use?

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 12:13

We have off-white limestone chippings on our driveway, which look very good especially when the sun shines on them.  However I've seen them in other places that get little sunshine and they soon get green algae on them in the shade.

Another option would be pea shingle which is relatively cheap, or the more attractive version Golden Gravel which is a little more expensive.  The golden colour looks warm and would blend with your white house and the brown fence.  It's available from most builders merchants.


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 11:16

Chicky - I'm afraid I was reared on Pollyanna too - watched it on tv just the other day too   I understand that some people find us quite irritating  

It may well be too soon for Pdoc to start thinking about those new planting opportunities that you and I have thought about - but if he shows us some pics we can do some preparatory thinking for him - we can also make a wish list so that anyone with suitable cuttings etc can be ready to pot on and get things ready for him. 

Of course the poor chap's feeling down - I'd be devastated too - but spring will come and we'll be here ready to help when it does


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:58

Oh Pdoc ((hugs)) I'm so sorry to hear such awful news!    Would the greenhouse be covered by insurance? 

I hope offloading and talking to us helps you to pause and take stock - would it help to show us some photos - you know how we like making suggestions?


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:20

Glad to hear you're having such a good time Frank and that view sounds fabulous.

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:17

Hi Sean   Most honeysuckles flower on growth produced the previous year, so that will explain why you had no flowers last season - but you should get plenty this coming summer. Sometimes we have to forgo the flowers in order to get things in order.

Some help with pruning honeysuckles here

I'd give it a dose of Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring, and stand well back!


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 08:06

Morning Clari   If your father's medication works I'll recommend it to the builder

As for the dog (lovely) if it's a labrador it'll want to go in the pond.  If it's a terrier it'll dig your garden up.  If it's a collie or a spaniel it'll bounce around all over your plants

Have fun


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 07:47

Good morning KEF

Today had been planned for the start of work in our house - replastering and redecorating - but the builder has flu


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 06:52

I think that your garden soil sounds ideal for figs - if only you could persuade someone to help dig a planting hole through the shale you could plant them there and then the roots will be naturally restricted - it sounds perfect to me.

However, if you want to go ahead with the tank I agree with with Verdun, lots of drainage holes and crocks - and I've used John Innes No. 3 with a bit of added horticultural grit for my fig.

Good luck.

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