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Posted: 15/11/2015 at 12:20

My sister phones me from the bath...I kid you not!  In fact, considering the weather today - I'm expecting one in about an hour or so as she'll assume I'm not walking.. 

Is it very bad if I don't answer? Caller display is so useful....

T'bird - I think I can get by with choccy cake and tea today and not feel too guilty about not walking. Just as long as I don't make a habit of it 


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 12:05

T'bird - the food police really need a kick in the doodahs don't they? Whatever happened to common sense....oh yes, I forgot, that gets removed at birth now ...

Re your friend - my sister's like that - an hour would be getting off lightly!  Managing it is tricky - I just do the same as you - get to the loo, and have a cuppa handy! 


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 11:24

Thoroughly enjoyed it doc  

What kind of climber support?

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 10:42

The one reason I'd use trellis is that it looks infinitely better than wires when plants like Clematis and Rose have died back for the winter, especially if it's a site you can see form the house.

Actually, two reasons - wires need to be attached quite close together so that self climbers like clematis can reach the next one 'up' easily if you're not quick enough to get them tied in. The growth can be quite heavy very quickly, and can become difficult to tie in without it breaking. 

I use both options depending on the site and the type of plant. 

Sorry if I've confused you now!

Spring bulbs sprout up

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 10:04

Not the same kind of bulb Benjamin. The spring bulbs we normally think of - daffs, crocus etc -  wouldn't regrow. If you cut back crocus foliage too soon, you prevent the bulb building itself up properly for the following year. The foliage provides the nourishment. Cutting back daffs and narcissus at that point would mean losing the flowers altogether, as the flower stems will be among the general foliage.


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 09:58

Portly is quite a kind description Dove 

There were some really interesting little bits - like when he played on stage with Bombay Bicycle Club. Nice back story with the connection to Ewan MacColl. 


stormy weather

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 09:53

Happy to be on exposed ridges and sub zero temps on summits, but you couldn't pay me enough to get in cold water ...   


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 09:44

It's absolutely fine flumpy thanks 

This garden's quite exposed compared to the one I had round the corner, and my last one, but we're used to windy weather here, so I always plant accordingly. No flimsy, wispy things  that will get uprooted !  

That prog will probably get repeated too. If it was on Sky Arts it would be on half a dozen times in the next week or two. 

Low maintenance ideas for a large garden

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 09:40

If you're not going to be there permanently for some time, an area to mow is really the best solution. No point in making things difficult for yourself. You can look at working out some real planting plans once you're there properly, and can give them the attention they'll need.  

Patience is what gardeners require, so you can practise that in the meantime...   

stormy weather

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 09:35

That'll be chilly Dove 

Do they wear woolly hats?.... 

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