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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:34

Evening archie. Got any cake for after your curry ? 

Hope you have a lovely time tomorrow. Feel so sorry for the girl in the speed skating. The curling boys and girls 'done good' though. 


conflicting answers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:30

Duncan - I read your post and felt so angry. I spend so much time feeling furious about the way people allow their children to behave. It's disgraceful. I've just put blackthorn hedge round most of my front garden because of children running through the garden, along with a boundary fence. Many people here know the saga. If I was you I'd stick as many jaggy shrubs as you can - pyracantha, berberis, quince, hawthorn etc - in the space and hell mend 'em. The worry is that, if you confront them about their behaviour, they'll retaliate in a (possibly) unpleasant way which you wouldn't want, but it's dreadful that people can be bullied like this.

You can't reason with unreasonable people. 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:17

Extension plan's been submitted chicky. Don't think that architect likes me much. I'm really bothered about it......

Panda- I'll give you a swish 

Going to the nursery tomorrow - can I get you one or two...or three or four....hundred


Talkback: Feeding birds in winter

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:10

Panda's right. Just put a small amount in your feeder and top up when necessary. If you get squirrels they can scoff them, but sometimes birds leave them alone in favour of suet treats tasty mixes in seed feeders. 

How to space climbers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:45

Not a stupid question at all pariate 

In theory you would look at the ultimate spread of the plant as you say, but I'd reckon most of us here probably don't do that! It also depends on when each plant flowers - you may want a succession of flowering so, for example, you might put two clematis which flower at different times quite closely together so that the same space is covered for a longer period of time.  Like shrubs - or any other plant -  the conditions in your garden can affect the ultimate size as well, so you need to consider that as well. What grows like mad in one part of the country could be well behaved in another. I tend to plant closer than is probably ideal, but I always reckon I can prune back a little, or just remove something if it gets too big for the area it's in. Just remember that the closer you plant, the more quickly nutrients will be taken up, so you will probably need to feed more often.

Not sure I actually  helped you much there! 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:29

Sorted MrsG 

Have a lovely time. I'll keep this lot under control....if I can...

baldy wormy lawn

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:10

Sounds like the leatherjackets may be part of the problem but I'd agree with Verdun that they wouldn't cause big bare  patches - it usually just looks messy - and it does seem that the ground's compacted if it's very soggy. I'd say since there's no obvious wear and tear from other sources that Dove may be on the right lines with chemical damage of some kind, so Verdun's advice for some spring attention is worth following. My front grass is very soggy too - like many other people's - and I won't do anything to it till it's dried out a fair bit.

Probably around July if the rain doesn't stop soon!

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:59

I know Verd. And my modesty is even more impressive - as you know so well  

They weren't strictly garden-y jokes so here's a better one:

What do you call  two banana skins?

A pair of slippers.

I'm definitely getting better at this....


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:53

Don't worry pd - wand's at the ready. May have to use it as a club though... 

'Stuff' is getting sorted lily- slowly but surely. Bit too slowly for my liking though!

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:24

And how do you know when the elephant's been in the fridge Dove?

Footprints in the butter....

They like using the telephone make trunk calls.....

And holidaying in Tusk-any...

Th th th that's all folks! 

That's ok - no applause necessary for those fine specimens 

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