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Posted: 05/01/2014 at 09:45

Chicky - you deserve a bacon butty - well done 



Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 09:42

I'm thinking of growing something in a pot that I could decorate and stand on the front porch at Christmas - I used to use the lollipop bay but it's too big to cart around there now without us putting our backs out for Christmas.  I did think of a holly but if I have a holly I want it to be big enough to cut sprigs for decorating.  

I wondered about a Colorado Blue Spruce - they're a lovely shape and colour - but they grow huge - don't know how long I could keep it small enough for the porch  


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 09:37

Verdun   OH says to tell you I'm doing my power walks with my top down 

What would he know??? - he was still in the Land of Nod!!!



Posted: 05/01/2014 at 08:38

Clari - he says his parents brought him up to know that if something needed doing he shouldn't expect other people to do it - his lovely Dad worked from home and his lovely Mum went out to work, and he had two older sisters who were both tomboys so there was no gender-division of labour at home.  I picked very well second time round at least 

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 08:34

Is it pot-bound?  If so personally speaking I'd go up one size bigger pot and repot in JI No 3 as above.  

You can tease out the roots a bit to loosen old compost  before potting on with fresh compost - the more fresh compost you use the more nutrients you'll be providing for the tree - it's a tricky line you have to tread - providing enough nutrients to keep the tree healthy without it growing too much.  

No tree will remain the same size - even bonsai trees grow, but they can be pruned to keep them small - Christmas trees do not take kindly to pruning - it spoils the shape.

I'd let it grow slowly, and then, when it's too big for you to use at Christmas I'd bite the bullet - shred it and start again ..............  heartless I know but the other option is to give it its freedom, plant it in the garden, and allow it to become one of the many huge lonely ex Christmas trees at the bottom of gardens, pining* for a forest 

*there's a joke in there 



Posted: 05/01/2014 at 08:13

Good morning Lily   There's something strange going on with the weather - no red glow in the east this morning, but it's glowing pink in the west 

Enjoy your h**sew**k   It's a nice feeling when it's all done isn't it?  I noticed last night that OH has cleaned/dusted all the wooden blinds - isn't he great   (I will not feel guilty for not having done them myself - I've only been retired a little while )

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 07:54

Get Chiltern Seeds to send you their new catalogues 

James, I'm off to Bashkortostan in Central Russia to visit my daughter in law's extended family 


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 07:46

Good morning all  I'm back from my walk and the skies are brightening.  I surprised a couple of blackbirds who obviously aren't used to walkers at 7am on a Sunday - I could also smell that a fox had been along that path not long before me.  

Clari - I'm trying to find the perfect spot for a wildlife pool in our small back garden so am watching you with interest - but I can promise you from my experiences in the past, it will look smaller once it's in and settled. 

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 07:35

Good luck! 


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 19:32

Fidget ((hugs)) nothing useful I can say, but thinking of you and yours ((hugs))

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Yes, that soon!!! 
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Did you participate? 
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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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