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Posted: 19/05/2015 at 07:33
Wintersong wrote (see)

Morning all 

Low mood today, no idea why although I suspect lack of gardening has something to do with it 

Sun came out yesterday afternoon and it's here now but I do believe we have more of the wet stuff to come this week 

What shall I do with myself today 

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone 

PS Dan Pearson's garden must  win best in show surely? It's absolutely incredible 

Wintersong - you could put Radio 2 on, singalonga Ken Bruce while finishing off sorting my bookcase - there's only the gardening section to do now - while I visit Ma - that'll lift your mood surely

And yes, Dan Pearson's garden is a piece of Heaven, and I want it  !!!!!!!!!!!!

aubretia and vinca

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 07:00

Hi Matt

The only daft question is the one you don't ask

Broad leaved plants are those that don't have narrow leaves like grasses - so virtually anything that isn't a grass or similar.

Most weedkillers were designed initially for use by farmers - they needed weedkiller that would kill the weeds with big leaves but that would leave the wheat and barley unaffected.  This means that they also work for lawns - we can treat the lawn with a weedkiller that will kill dandelions and plantains (broad leaves) and leave the grass to grow.

The problem comes when we use the weedkiller (lawn treatment) near plants that we want - the chemical cannot distinguish between them and the weeds - it affects all non-narrow leaved plants - dandelions, docks and delphiniums are all the same to it.

What I do when I use the lawn treatment that contains a weedkiller is to leave a gap around the edge of the lawn where I don't apply it - any weeds in that area I treat with a spot weedkiller that I can just dab on the offending weed (e.g. Roundup Gel).  This way I can hopefully avoid poisoning my pansies

While we're on the subject I'll just add that this is the reason why the first 3 mowings of grass following the lawn treatment shouldn't be put in the compost heap - just in case it doesn't totally break down by the time the compost is used in the garden - don't want the compost to kill our cabbages

Hope that helps


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 06:31

Good morning all

Chicky - hope exams go well

Sunshine here at the moment, but heavy rain forecast for later - I'm using a rainy day to visit Ma - back in the garden tomorrow.

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:08

Robin is still demanding food - I was out there at 9pm with live mealworms and a robin in the palm of my hand - it doesn't get much better than this


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:02
Clarington wrote (see)

... Guess there goes the idea of spending the weekend in my pants in an inflatable paddling pool drinking cider! 

I don't see why   Isn't that how most people spend their weekends?    It's certainly what we do when  Wonky comes to visit

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:58

Smashing to see my old 'boss'  Sir Nicholas Bacon with the Queen - lovely chap and makes a very good cuppa! 

Panda, it was his place where we went to see the snowdrops

pretty but what is it?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:44
nutcutlet wrote (see)

You may have seen one in my garden as well Dove

I saw sooooooooo much there Nut

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:40

Isnt' it great Barry?!

This evening OH was washing up and one of the robins saw him through the kitchen window and demanded mealworms - OH came through to the dining room door out to the terrace and the robin flew straight to him and fed from his hand before OH had stepped outside!

pretty but what is it?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:37

She's not a  sausage!  She's a Nutcutlet!!!

And I was right, I saw it the other day, when I was with Wonky buying her Choisya!  Duh!

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:33
Frank Davidson wrote (see)

Why do the RHS let celebrities in on the first day? ........

It's like the Private View of an art exhibition - the exhibitors will be able to invite a number of people, and of course they will invite past and potential patrons - it's a chance to showcase their work.  It costs a lot of money to put on a stand or make a garden - and it's all a marketing exercise - taking part has to benefit their business or there's no point in taking part.   

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