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Posted: 07/08/2013 at 07:52

Not my daughter waiting on tenterhooks KEF, thank goodness - she graduated last year.  I think it's FG's daughter we've got our fingers crossed for today.

Haven't been to East Ruston for years - must do go there again - problem is having to cram everything into weekends -next summer will be different - my time will be my oyster  or something like that.

Anyone feel like planning a trip next year to East Ruston/Mannington Hall/Bressingham or somewhere like that in East Anglia?  

Cake might be involved 


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 07:08

Bruise the leaves then spray or paint with glyphosate - then leave it alone until it is brown and withered - may take some weeks - this will show you that the glyphosate has reached the roots and they are dead.  If you cut it down or pull it up before this stage has happened you will leave bits of living root in the soil, and have to do it all over again.  

If you do it properly it will work - you need to do it now or the plant will start to die back in the autumn and then it won't absorb the glyphosate properly and then you'll have to do it again in the spring.

Good luck 


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 07:04

Good morning all - fresh and bright here this morning (the weather that is, not necessarily the gardener ).

I love my iPhone Chicky - it took me a bit of time to get used to it - it was DIL's old one when she upgraded - now I love it - mine just reminded me I've got tomorrow off to go to the Hermitage exhibition at Houghton Hall 


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 07:00

Just keep cutting it back once a year - don't let it root on your side or you'll have more difficulty controlling it.  And remember, ivy is very good for wildlife - particularly birds and butterflies - so you can be glad that your neighbour is growing it for you and that you don't have to 

Whatever sort of hedge your neighbour had you would have to trim your side of it (or get him to do it) so providing you cut the ivy back properly once a year you shouldn't have a problem - as I said - don't let it root your side!  

An idea - if you cut it back in the winter you'll have free ivy for swags and decorations for Christmas - spray lightly with silver or gold spray and add a few dried seedheads - a lovely table decoration 

Every cloud has a silver lining 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 22:01

This is a really helpful website and the nursery supplies first class plants.  I've recently bought several fruit trees and bushes from them and I am very impressed.  

They have a wide range of varieties, including some quite unusual ones.

They are also very helpful, taking time and trouble to answer email enquiries.  I heartily recommend them - I have no connection with them other than as a very satisfied customer.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 21:33

And don't forget to water it - a pot of lilies in our garden seemed to have 'got stuck' in bud a few weeks ago, then I gave the pot a really good soaking and they opened within a few days.  It may have been a coincidence but my guess is that it helped 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 21:22

I like weeding  I like doing it on my hands and knees with a little hand hoe, and I like doing it in the veg patch with a Dutch hoe.  So satisfying - I plan to spend much more time doing it .... when I retire 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 21:13

Hello everyone - home from work - only one more day to go and I'm on Annual Leave again until Tuesday   Four courgettes (the first of the season) picked and ready for supper tomorrow.  Runner beans will soon be ready.  Marais de bois perpetual strawberries are still fruiting well and there's enough to make a healthy contribution to my breakfast on most mornings.  I bought three little chilli plants a while ago - they're all absolutely covered with chillies and more are forming -I like summer 


This forum is a bit of a joke!

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:49

Hello - is all well again?  Three Cheers for Daniel and the Tech Team!!! 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 08:02

Good morning all!

Stacey, did you see last week's Gardeners World - acres of bearded irises in Suffolk!

The late father of my daughter's best friend used to breed them - she has a special one for me - if I get it established here I'll send you a root in a couple of years time - it's called Boxford Spice - it was his favourite - I can't find a picture on the net, but it's deep rusty brown and creamy yellow with speckles 

I've got to dig a new bed in the front garden for it, so I won't be getting it yet!

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

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