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worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:33

Hadn't heard about not cutting a hawthorn - as it's a traditional hedging tree that would be difficult to avoid, but there's a traditional belief that you should never cut down an elder tree as it's the home of The Elder Mother, a supernatural spirit who protects the home.  

There is a belief that you shouldn't cut hawthorn blossom (may blossom) and take it into the house or you'll have bad luck. 

As for red and white flowers together, back in the days when you took flowers to patients in hospital, it was quite common for nurses to reject a bunch of red & white flowers because of superstition (they would say 'red and white is Blood and Bandages) or they would add some flowers from another bunch to make it ok. 

gardeners world

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:17

Sweetpea Welcome   Great to hear that gardening has you hooked 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:11

Roast pork, roasted squash, and broccoli from the garden all eaten   feet up and watching Countryfile - about the North Norfolk beaches and storm damage.

Love the piggy with the twirly tail 

Bonfires

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:05

If ok with bye laws and the neighbours etc I don't have a problem with an occasional bonfire to burn some woody material and the dried roots of perennial weeds - it provides useful potash for the garden. 

Compost

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:32

Contact their head office with photographs of the compost - or  contact your local Trading Standards office for advice.

It is not fit for purpose.

Bonfires

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:30

At any time of the year hedgehogs (and little woodmice and other creatures) may be sleeping or even raising little ones in a pile of bonfire material - as Scroggin says the best thing to do is to stack your bonfire material and then, when the time has come to burn it, you build a good fire with the accumulated material.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:17

Lily, thanks for the tea and cake - I got distracted - tea got a little cold, but the cake was lovely 

When to harvest

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:52
Welshonion wrote (see)

Never had that problem, Dove................

Perhaps that's because of the higher humidity levels over there in the west ......... I'll get my coat 

what are most fragrant jasmine plant

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:39

The first two are not hardy in the UK - they are more usually grown in a heated conservatory,

Jasminlum nudiflorum is winter flowering and does not have a noticeable perfume.

Jasminium officinale  is hardy outside in most parts of the UK and is happy in acidic soil.  It is happiest planted against a south-facing wall which will help to bring out the perfume on a sunny day. 

Another identification required, saw this out on a walk on saturday

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:57

It grew happily on unimproved clay on the farm Artjak - your soil's probably too good! 

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