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Cotoneaster Frigidis

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:08

I've seen lots of cotoneaster covered with berries this autumn, and already being polished off by the blackbirds.  Did yours flower this year? 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 09:03

I'm planning an area with wild hedgerow flowers - campions, native foxgloves, cow parsley, primroses, native bluebells, sorrel etc - it was something I'd thought of when we first moved here but hadn't got around to yet - this series has spurred me on 

Mysterious happenings

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 08:57
gsdf&f wrote (see)

We've only seen squirrel in the garden. I've laid a footprint pad with a layer of sand, hopefully that should give us a clue to what/who the culprit is. Whatever it is, it likes a nice flat area to eat/store them rather than on the shale. Watch this space.

Any News???

gsdf&f wrote (see)

We've only seen squirrel in the garden. I've laid a footprint pad with a layer of sand, hopefully that should give us a clue to what/who the culprit is. Whatever it is, it likes a nice flat area to eat/store them rather than on the shale. Watch this space.


nutcutlet wrote (see)

I love working out these mysteries.

Something is regularly stirring up the mud all along one of our ponds. I think that must be happening at night. 

Heron?  Otter? Water vole?  Duck?


Posted: 15/12/2013 at 08:54

Good morning all   Slept like a log - have a slight headache this morning 

Panda, it was the journey to London that was the problem - if I'd realised you were at Chelmsford I'd have probably got off there and come to you for a coffee and to have a calm down!!!   Everything was fine on the way back so you should be fine today!  The problems were all between Norwich and Colchester!   Of course, that doesn't mean that there won't be some different problems today! 

Mrs G, glad your son's having a good time and that you've got some good friends to support you - parents need to have a good time too.  

KEF, I'm not a huge mince pie fan - I find mincemeat too sweet - but I thought I might whip up a jar or two of this to pop in some pies - I've a feeling it'll be more to my taste 


Posted: 14/12/2013 at 20:50

Hello folks   I'm back - had a brilliant Meet, met some old friends and new and ate lots of lovely food.  

The fact that my train was cancelled, the one I did go on was abandoned half way there and there wasn't enough room for all of us on the replacement will be ignored.  I had a lovely day Despite It All!!!


Posted: 14/12/2013 at 06:49

Good morning all - I'm up with the lark (or even before it) to get ready for my trip to London - have a good day folks 

HELP!: My HousePlanted Yuacca Tree is dying?

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 19:59

Your plant will not do well in unsuitable conditions and this will make it more susceptible to the attacks of bugs and insects.

There are houseplants which would be happy in the shadier conditions that you have - aspidistra is one, Monstera deliciosa aka Swiss Cheese Plant is another.  Spider plants Chlorophytum comosum will also be happy there and will improve the air quality which will be good in your bedroom.   If I were you I'd try some of these.

Good luck 


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 19:34

Well folks - S&K pudding has been eaten, cup of tea is being drunk, feet are up and G&T will be along shortly.   Garden show is being recorded as OH is watching an old Star Trek 

Tomorrow I am off to London on the train to meet up with some Foodie Friends from another Board for a lovely meal - won't be back until late tomorrow evening - I'll tell you all about it then 

Meanwhile take care of yourselves and have a great weekend - don't forget to get those trees up and write the cards and make the mince pies and ..........


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 17:39

S&K pud here - think we'll need a robust red please Punkdoc 

Which varieties for 2014

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 17:35

NewBoy - this thread might have the information you need 

I would add that I was planning to grow yellow courgette Parador next year, as it produced really well in 2012 but I have been unable to get seeds - Thompson & Morgan sent me an email telling me they were in stock, but some weeks later I've received a letter saying they cannot source the seeds and refunding my money. 

As I was not impressed with the variety I grew this year (I think it was Soleil) it's back to the drawing board for courgettes - I may even go down the squash route.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

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