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Primrose leaves

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 12:27

Primulas tend to grow more leaves after flowering and get quite congested.  Now is a good time to divide the plants and make more.  Here's a video to show you how


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 12:06

Think it needs another coat of paint


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 12:04

The Tardis has landed!!!

 Now we can start sorting out the 'utility area'

The delivery men carried it into the back garden and put it on the paving slabs for me, despite it being 'policy to deliver to the kerbside only', and the two of them having 'six heart stents between them'!   

Creating a hedge - advise required

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 10:25

We get more queries about problems with Leylandii on this board than almost anything else except cats.

If you want a formal hedge I'd go for either holly which is good for security and for wildlife, or a beech or hornbeam hedge which, when clipped will retain it's autumn leaves all winter.

Otherwise I'd go for a mixed hedge of English natives, e.g. holly, hawthorn, hazel, elder, spindle etc - you could then have honeysuckle and wild rose weaving through it.  Wonderful for wildlife and a really attractive hedge.


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 10:16

Oooh Yvie, enjoy Padstow - we had a lovely lunch at Rick Stein's café there (you don't have to book for the café, whereas the restaurant is booked up weeks ahead)


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 10:14

Just had to order another kilo of live mealworms - does the Chancellor have any idea how much it costs to feed a family of robins ?!  He'll have to put the pension up!!!


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:12

I know what you're all saying - I've got faeces from the neighbour's cat all over my little lettuce plants!    But I'm still not going to poison the cat -   however, a little bit of gratitude from the cat for my OH having saved it's life when it was choking on a chicken bone and the neighbour rushed around here for help, would be appreciated

primula candilabra

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 06:51

People keen on candelabra primulas might like to know about Fairhaven Gardens, near Norwich - home to the largest collection of naturalised candelabras in the country - at this time of year the place is absolutely magical


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 06:41

Good morning all  

Panda, glad you're all still in one piece   Have a lovely time

Lesley, glad Mum's home and feeling better

Wonky, the problem was, you couldn't go on your own and you didn't want me to go with you   If I'd known Pdoc was there ............

We went up to the farm shop for the food fair yesterday lunchtime - very good - lots of lovely food and lovely people, then we went on to visit a friend and ended up having a pub supper and getting home just in time to watch Springwatch and fall asleep.    Slight chaos rota-wise at the farm shop, and OH is now going to be working today, so the shedlet will be arriving 'in his absence'.  I must remember to clear the way of large pots of flowers which may get trodden on or bashed by delivery men - but I'd better get dressed first


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 06:22

@Sunflower888   Please don't put down pots of Jeyes mixed with water.  Cats find this solution very attractive and drink it, causing an agonising death - or at the very least huge vet bills, a great deal of pain for the cat and distress for the owner.

However angry you feel about the cat, no animal should suffer in that way.  Our neighbours had a vet bill of nearly £2000 because someone in the neighbourhood had put out a dish of diluted Jeyes.

If you read this earlier thread you'll see confirmation from regular poster 'Steve the Gardening Vet' and other posters that Jeyes is both palatable to cats and highly dangerous to them.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Markings on hosta leaves

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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Would anyone like to come along? 
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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Conference on Ancient Trees and Orchards

Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Some like the shade, some need the sun, some like sun some of the time ... 
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Do bees become addicted? 
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