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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:31

We do what you do - to be honest OH usually takes the fork out of my hands and takes over - I make the coffee/fetch the beer 

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:22

They look to me like foxgloves - I've had some which have not flowered in their second year but have grown huge lush leaves, then go on to produce a magnificent show of blooms in their third year.  Fingers crossed that's what you have - but you'll have to wait and see  

My sunflower carked it

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:17

We've had problems in the past from overweight and very stupid wood pigeons not understanding that the top of a sunflower plant will not bear their weight  but at least we find the broken flower head on the ground  -  and in some cases we see it happening and at least we're provided with a few moments of sheer slapstick comedy

... in your case, in the absence of any proof to the contrary, I'd blame grey squirrels 

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Bl*#dy Tomatoes!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:07

I grow mine outside in what can be a blustery garden in Norfolk - I use big plastic pots the size of large buckets, and a bamboo cane and soft twine.   I've grown all types, usually cordons, including large Russians and Marmandes as well as Sungold and large plum tomatoes.  

They've withstood all sorts of conditions - if there's a very strong wind forecast I move them up close to the fence and occasionally have been known to put a loop of twine around the  top of the cane and fix it to the fence so the pots don't blow over.  

I think you're right Steve, in that it's the selection of pots that's important - plenty of depth gives stability to the cane and the plant roots.

Termites attacking the lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 08:39

The alternative to chemical control for ants is to use nematodes

However, if as we suspect you are in the US and the problem is from termites, there are nematodes which will deal with them too 

I'm sure other suppliers and brands are available 


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 07:24

Morning Chicky   Have a good day - just going out to do some watering 

Updating threads

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 07:20

Not bonkers   It varies, people do what they think best at the time. Some people update old posts, there was one recently where a poster came back after several months to show us the improvement in his laurel hedge after following advice received here, and asking some follow up questions. 

No rules here other than the ones in the 'code of conduct' (link at bottom of page). 

We're laid back and pretty flexible on here and do our best with whatever gardens and Gardeners present us with 

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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 07:06

Good morning  Anyone else awake?

New job

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 07:02

Lovely to hear such happy news - thanks for sharing it with us 


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:28

We had a lovely late afternoon and early evening lazing and reading in the garden, had supper on the terrace and we were just going to settle down to another game of chess on the terrace when there was a huge rumble of thunder - a few more and we came in to pull the windows to so that the windowsills didn't get wet ... However we've only had a light shower so far and now the sky is full of lovely low golden light .......... but ..........time for GW folks .............. 

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