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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 12:47

I think I'm on the mend now, so you won't be long PP, finger's crossed 

OH has mowed both 'lawns' and I've edged the front one and weeded the front border and driveway - had to lay on my tummy to get at the couch grass taking up residence among the herbaceous salvias 

It all looks much better now.

I've come in to make a lunch of asparagus, poached eggs and ailoli  - then I'll go back out to edge the back lawn and do some planting/pottering/pruning/deadheading.

Wonky - good idea, but I've got some borlotti bean seeds so I think I'll sow them direct and get some chard and other goodies in the runner bean patch - have a lovely afternoon. 

Prunus ' Kanzan ' problem with blossom

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:42

Clear the soil around of any weeds, grass etc, cultivate the top couple of inches (avoiding any cherry tree roots or you may find they sucker) and apply Fish Blood and Bone in the amounts shown on the pack, a good sprinkling now and again in early spring - water it in well - that'll get it down to the roots.  

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:56

Part of the problem is that for years lazy politicians and business have, instead of learning and explaining the facts, used the EU as a scapegoat for all the annoyances expressed in the UK.

'Oh, it's the fault of the EU' ... even those in favour of our membership have said this in the past.

Now people who don't do their own research are happy to believe that leaving the EU would lead to an end to everything that irritates and annoys them. 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:36

Think Wonky is visiting some Open Gardens today with her Dad 

The runner bean seeds were treated no differently to other years - we were only away 8 days and the compost was moist not wet and the temp was consistently above 12C  - should have been fine.  These were the newish 'Moonlight' variety.

I shall return to my old favourites, Wisley Magic for next year.  

I might just pop up to the GC and see if they've any runner bean plants left ......... 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 09:09

Oh dear!  Disappointment in the Dove household ...  do you remember I sowed my runner beans before going on holiday (in grow tubes) and left them in a warm but shady studio to germinate while we were away ... no sign of them so I've just investigated ..... the seeds have rotted  

No runner beans for us this year - I shall go out and sow extra Swiss Chard, and at least we have the sweet corn, tomatoes and squash which are growing away merrily - we won't starve 

Last edited: 19 June 2016 09:10:22

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:58

Great for cutting and using as a filler in vases of summer flowers - looks especially good with pink roses 

Karen Carpenter goodbye to love

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:55
Logan says:

And also how could she get hold of illegal medication in the 80s or before then?

See original post

 There were plenty of irresponsible/unscrupulous people around back then and prescription etc wasn't as well regulated and monitored as it is now.

Can someone identify this plant for me!?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 08:01

Dranunculus vulgaris

Where can you get the Aliminium edgeing?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:03

Edd check your own spelling! Hoster indeed 


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 06:59

Yes thanks Pat - had the first good nights sleep since we got back from holiday - didn't wake once. Throat still a bit sore but the spray and paracetamol deal with that 

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