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Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:06
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I would like to thank all my friends for all the well wishes.

I have changed my antibiotics and steroids to try and shake this chest infection god willing I should soon start to feel better.

It's a good job the OH is a Doctor as I was rushed through A&E Yesterday I plan to go down with some choc's to thank them next week "It's the right thing to do" again thank you for the well wishes


Not 'clueless' about everything then James - that was a very wise choice of OH!!! 

Hope you're feeling much better very soon. 

3 acre blank slate with a river, spring and steep slope!

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:59

I think you need to 'work with what you've got' - anything else will involve huge expense and drainage etc.  You'll probably have to do a bit of drainage too - I think you need to take advice from the local experts before you do anything too drastic.  

It does sound an amazing site full of potential - and what wonderful plants you'll be able to grow there. 

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:56

Sometimes the little ones you find in the herb section of GCs are clumps of several little individual plants - you can separate these and grow them on to make your own standard lollipops or pyramids etc.  It just takes a bit of time. 

I grew my standard lollipop from a cutting some years ago - it would've cost me a small fortune to buy 

Winter flowering cherry - Prunus subhirtella 'autumnalis'

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:52

The one at work must be about 25 years old, possibly more, and is about 3m tall, a very slim and elegant asymmetric shape - mind you it's had absolutely no attention whatsoever throughout it's life.  

As for pruning, I'd think pruning is only necessary to remove crossing branches etc - it doesn't seem overly vigorous to me.  I think keeping their natural shape is important too. 

Cabbage white butter flys

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:47

Close inspection and squidging twice a day. 


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:46

Hello again - that's one heck of a BoP plant Pam - bet it looks amazing when it's out!

I'm back from Sainsbugs and farmshop - just having a coffee before I unpack the shopping and start making banana chutney. 


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 09:18

Yes, I've spent the last 13 years either at a desk, in a car or on a service user's sofa   Coupled with a manager who bought chocolate cake for us all at the first sign of a stressful day  - and I enjoy cooking!!!  It's so good that I met OH who enjoys eating even more than I do!  The metabolism of an Irish jockey!

Panda ((hugs)) good to see you - treat yourself kindly. It's only now that I've stopped that I've discovered how tired I was - give yourself plenty of time - it's the only way to get better 

Bottle Garden, any thoughts

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 08:16

Your best bet will be to use a variety of small ferns, as they will cope best with the low light levels and high humidity.  They also grow relatively slowly and won't need pruning too often.  

Avoid flowering plants as the dead blossoms will rot which will spread in the bottle garden.

Make sure you put plenty of coarse grit in the bottom of the bottle to ensure good drainage at the roots.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 08:00
Ginglygangly wrote (see)

..... Years ago, when I grew up in Suffolk, we gathered them from wild trees. Wonder what variety they were? ....

Whereabouts in Suffolk Ginglygangly?   I grew up and spent most of my life in Suffolk too 

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