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Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:47

Good morning Verdun  

Think it's this week that Stacey gets the results - green thumbs crossed everyone!!! 

ID a big bird

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:44


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:29

Now's the time to put a note in your diary for next autumn - Buy some violas!!! 


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:25

Mrs G, hang on to this: 

".... if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

it's from the Twits by Roald Dahl, and I printed it out and stuck it on our office door - our manager said it made her smile every time she saw it!!!  

pruning a mountain ash

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:20

I think those pics are meant to be a warning, not a guide !!! 

silly quotes

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:19

Those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!


Apple Trees

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 08:16

Afraid that pollination is a little complicated with apples - just having another appletree nearby won't do - they have to have a pollinator of the right group - it's explained here 

It might be easier to look at the varieties of your available pollinators and see what they are compatible with then make your choice. 

Or of course a good crab apple tree will pollinate most apples. 

ID a big bird

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 07:55

When are you seeing it Nut, I'd presumed you were talking about back in the summer?

If it's throughout the year , and thinking about where you live then I'd think a Marsh Harrier is the most likely - they often fly low to the ground - have a look here 

We see them over the grazing marshes between Acle and Gt Yarmouth, and the reedbeds near the Suffolk coast. 

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 07:53

Before we came to live here we'd always had a real tree - a new one each year which we took to be shredded afterwards.  When the children were small fetching the tree and dressing it were important rituals for our family.  We never dressed the tree until the 23rd as it is my son's birthday on the 22nd and we always made it a separate celebration

But here we have large open rooms with waxed  parquet floors - we need a tree a minimum of 7ft to look right - and the expense of such a huge tree each year, coupled with the difficulty of moving such a tree and pot and the anxiety of keeping it watered without risking damp stains on the floors forced us  to have a re-think.  

We bought a huge white artificial tree and it looks amazing in here - the first year we had it we won a prize of some special Scottish smoked salmon for 'the best dressed tree'   It's not a traditional look, but it's jolly celebratory.

I've been pondering a small potted tree to keep in a pot put on the front porch each festive period - we used to put the bay lollipop by the front door and dress it with glass baubles, but it's in a huge pot now and is too big to move.  

I'm keeping my eyes open for something that'll be just right  ...................... 

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 07:38
wisehedgecrone wrote (see)

No, not married to anyone's ex as far as I know, Dovefromabove!

Your pots were on the front porch, you say... but were they inside saucers or straight on the ground?

They were direct on the ground - no saucers - with plastic pots lodged inside them.

Sometimes they'd have lots of little pots gathered around their bases with pretty little plants in - auriculas, pansies, daisies etc. 

Didn't think you were the ex's new wife - she doesn't wear blue tee shirts - but she has my chimneypots 

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