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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:26

Gorgeous pix everyone  

Beautiful as always LF 

I always cut back geraniums after flowering to get a second flush. If you have lots, you could probably do a chop earlier in the year ( ie Chelsea time) and that would stagger the flowering too. 

Pittosporum chop?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:22


I'd say it would be ok. They're not reliably hardy up here so I've never grown them, although I'm very tempted. If yours is so happy, I'd reckon it would be fine to prune a good bit off. It can put on new growth safely before colder weather sets in. A feed afterwards would probably be beneficial.

I expect someone else who has more experience of them will come along and give you more (or better!)  advice though  


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 17:17

I'm not getting involved in the referendum issues other than to roughly repeat two well known quotes.

# 1-  'There are lies, damned lies, and statistics'.

We all know what that means and I think it sums up both sides of the campaign.

# 2-  'Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose'. 

Not even going to bother commenting on that one  

You can all disagree with me as much as you want, but, as Hazel says,  we'll all get over it and move on. It's what we do.  We're a divided household here as my two girls are both eligible to vote.  Two voted in and one voted out.  I'm not saying which way I voted, but we all did what we felt in our heart was best. It's all anyone can do - about anything in life.

That's called a democracy, and the last time I looked, that's what we are in Britain.

I've been beavering away outside as the rain hasn't come to anything - again. 

Might even do the front grass once I've finished planting up a Tiarella that I split a while ago for moving. 

Did you go and say hello to Mr Trump, Joyce - and did you take your Mexican flag?....

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:10

Emotional scars are the worst fidget. 

I doubt I'll ever trust anyone again. I'm so glad you found real happiness. Your wedding photos were beautiful  

My sad gunnera

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:06

Mildew is usually due to a lack of moisture. You may simply need to give it a good soaking if it's been dry in your area.

Laurel pruning in high summer

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 08:05

6 foot plants will be very hard to get established so chop them well back, water thoroughly and mulch to retain moisture. It's why we always recommend that people DON'T buy big specimens - around three foot is the ideal. You can trim back the outward facing stems too.

Normally, you would use a pair of hand shears for laurel, rather than electric trimmers. The reason for that is the size of the foliage. Electric clippers slice through leaves and those cut leaves then go brown and look unsightly, but if it's huge (which many are!) hedge trimmers save a lot of time, and you can always go over the hedge, picking off the dead 'halves' with secateurs. As you have new plants, secateurs will probably be the only thing you'll need  


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat. Nice visitors  

I'm really saying nowt about the whole  'hokey cokey' fidget, other than -  we'll have another referendum up here now.   

But does it mean we can now build a wall to keep Mr Trump out? 

Been damp here, but supposed to be heavier rain later. Work till lunchtime then I might get some more things done. Digging  and putting my fence post in if the ground's a bit softer.

Have a good day everyone. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:36

Having your dignity, your freedom, and a safe place for the two of you is what matters DD. 

We make choices with the best of intentions. It doesn't always work and sometimes the outcome is hellish, but it can be turned round.

Fidget did it, I did it and I know you can do it too xxx


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:28

Evening all. Only came in a little while ago. Went to vote after work, did loads of stuff outside, made dinner, ate dinner, then back outside to cut back grass and plant a couple of little things. Dishes washed and a cuppa now.  

LP - I thought it was today that lovely man was appearing. The rain's to come in tonight, so - result!

Love the idea of the plane Joyce... 

Hope the weather holds for you Forkers tomorrow. 

T'bird - It was the prog about his trip to Pakistan to photograph the Karakoram mountains - K2 etc. Stunning scenery. 

Friday ALL day tomorrow Wonks  

Anyone know what these are?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:16

I'd say Escallonia too.

Could the second be one of the Daphnes? Not something I grow so not sure. 

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