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Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:07

No need to get me jewellery Verd - some plants will do. It's not my birthday for a few weeks yet but I'm happy to receive an unbirthday present just now 

I think Spike would like a new plant or two ...

Know what you mean about the light. There's something very particular about it in Autumn, whether it's a misty day or a bright sunny one. It enhances lots of planting. I'm looking forward to those spider webs with their 'diamonds' along them on damp hazy mornings.  I've made this privacy screen with a little window in the middle and older fairy said last week  'won't that be lovely if a spider makes a web across it' - which it surely will. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:47

Glad you had a better visit with Mum Verdi. If she's laughing - that's the important thing isn't it. If you can live in her world for that little while and keep her amused that will be huge benefit - to you as well 

Couldn't agree with Fishy more. You know you're the better person. And it's obvious you don't do it as a sense of duty - you do it because you care. That's the difference.

Lyn - proof, if it was ever needed, of the benefits of gardens and ponds in particular  


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:41

The tea breads are good Steve - Bara Brith. The fruit's soaked overnight in tea as Dove says. They don't last long in this house though...the only travelling they do is to my mouth 

Good to see you back in the land of the virtual Dove 

I ain't been up to nuffink guv..

Water Lily

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:37

It's more of a pondside plant Lyn, but happy in quite wet conditions so ideal for boggy bits, and it will grow in shallows too. We had a rill connecting the ponds and it grew in there.

I get very sad when I see a dead bee 

Not sure if that's a common one Lyn. I think they're regional too - like birds and butterflies. We used to get loads of damsel flies and black and yellow dragonflies. We had a smaller pond near the big one, and we'd bought some young koi which we kept in there so we netted the pond. I had to help the emerging dragonflies out sometimes if they couldn't find the gaps in the net! 

Aren't they just the most beautiful creatures - even if the nymphs are rather horrible and vicious!


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:25

Morning all. Wet here just now so I'm glad I did all the grass after work yesterday.

If you soak your fruits for your 'festival at the end of the year' cake for a couple of nights it makes them more luscious too. It means you can make it nearer the time too 

Off for a look round as I was too busy  last night watching lovely Mr Izzard in the drama he was in.

Hope all the workers at t'mill have a good day. I've been let off for good behaviour today 


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:48

Was that the very wet year Fiona? Many may simply have rotted. 'Blind' bulbs - ie when they have foliage but don't produce flowers -  is often because they're not planted deep enough, or it can be because they're congested and clumps need splitting up.  

I garden on clay and we get a lot of rain so I always try to mix plenty of grit where I've got bulbs, just to try and avoid having them sitting in waterlogged ground, although lots of daffs will grow well in surprisingly wet conditions. Tulips need really good drainage though, and many people grow them as annuals - buying new stock each year - as they tend to be less vigorous as each year goes by.  I grow them in pots mainly, as it's easier to give them better conditions. 

Water Lily

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:10

Lyn  - that's Fishy laying down the gauntlet now with a water lily. We''l have  to 'up our game' I think 

What a lovely present Fishy. 

Philippa - do you think Fishy could keep it a bit smaller by simply having it in a smaller container for longer - like you could do with standard garden plants?

The marsh marigolds get quite big and spread around a bit but they're quite easy to keep in check. Lovely burst of colour in spring. We had tons at last house as the  bunnies didn't eat them. There were lots in the surrounding edges of the pond, so we just mowed them when we cut the grass!


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:00

I buy most bulbs from online specialists or  my local nursery. Much better value usually than places like Crocus. It also depends what you mean 'by not done terribly well'. Do you mean they haven't grown well? That can be the conditions you're putting them in. Can you give a little more info Fiona 

Shrub for a shady corner

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:49

My oak leaf ones have mop heads not the paniculata, candle type heads. There's quite  a few varieties 

Just make sure it's not too dry underfoot if it's getting quite a bit of sun, snowy 


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:37

Home from t'mill.

Yes - work sawmill Lesley, as opposed to the one at home!   

That one's beckoning...but it'll have to wait till tomorrow  

My sweet peas have been a bit disappointing this year. I've grown different ones and it may be down to weather, but I had a few of the cream ones left from last year and they're performing very well, so perhaps poorer quality  seed. Gave them an extra feed last weekend so hopefully they'll get going a bit more. 

There's been a lot of waffling going on here today...

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