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Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:43

Leave it to me - I'll explain to them that it's my turn to be in charge of everything!

We could sort out some sort of a meet this summer - even if it's a mini-meet in a pub garden  one warm summer evening ? 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:39

Lilies on the terrace have opened

 Lilium Rio Negro 

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:33

I place wire netting over seedbeds until the seedlings are looking robust enough for the neighbour's cats to be uninterested in that spot.

Available from garden centres and online - I've cut a roll into lengths that fit the veg patch and raised beds, but if it's just a small area I just unroll a section and peg it down with pegs made from wire coathangers - it works for us 



Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:22

Good morning Clari 

Oh, just seen that KEF snuck in behind me up there!   Good morning KEF 

Replacing conifers

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:21

Sorry - I've never yet seen a Leylandii where cutting back into the brown wood has resulted in a pleasing look.  

In my experience they're an All or Nothing sort of a hedging plant - either put up with them as they grow or get rid - they do not take kindly to any type of 'management' other than a regular light trim.

If that were my garden I'd pay almost anything to get rid of them (I did here) and replace with a fence with trellis on top.  Covered with clematis, honeysuckle, roses etc it looks great and will be glorious in a couple of years' time. 

Just work out the square metre-age of useable garden you'll be gaining!!!


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:05

Good morning Chicky 

Yesterday sounds like a really good day - I have Fergus Garratt envy 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:04

Good morning Snoodle 

They obviously don't give you enough annual leave - shall I have a word with them and explain that gardeners need more time off??? 


Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:57

My guess is that they got burnt/parched during hardening off  - I'm not growing any this year (no room) but when I grew them the year before I found that they needed a fair bit of consistent dampness at their roots.

Hope that the others are making great strides very soon 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 06:53

Good morning all 

OL, in my experience Babybrain lasts until the confusion of being parent of teens takes over - if you're lucky you might get a brief window of normality before menopause brain takes over - however I used 7 years of my 40s  to be an art student - brilliant excuse 'Oh, she's a student'  


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:37

Verdun - that's brilliant news - it's so sad that she doesn't have her mum to share these important things with, but she's obviously had a warm and loving family to support her and help her grow into a remarkable young woman.  I hope she's proud of herself - I know you are ((hugs)) 

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