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Posted: 13/07/2013 at 15:09

Just came in for some lunch as it's a bit cooler today for working outside thank goodness. Mrs G -were you drunk and incapable then?? 

Annoying about the seeds especailly when you have lots already.

Tina - I  hope the stress of son didn't 'bring it on' with DIL? Not helpful if you can't get to hospitals easily either. Just what your son didn't need - or you for that matter. Big hug on it's way..

BL the hard ground is a problem when you want to get plants in isn't it? Usually have the opposite problem here but I'm desperate for rain as the ground is like concrete and I need to dig posts out   

Watched Beechgrove earlier so I'll remind everyone it'll be on tomorrow morning - (in case I forget later)  or I assume it is anyway! 

More plants in need of identification!

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 10:00

4 could be escallonia- could do with a pic at more distance if that's possible Lottie!

Definitely ceanothus and photinia fro 1 and 2, and I'd say potentilla  for the last one too- flower looks right. It'll come away no prob after cutting it back - they're pretty tough!


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 09:25

BL we were posting at the same time there! It's the thick stone walls that make the difference isn't it? Some of our windowsills were about 2' deep as that was the depth of the walls.

addict- not funny when that happens. Backs can be a pain - literally- when they don't work properly and it's very frustrating. Hope you're better soon. 


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 09:10

Remember to keep cutting them, and bringing them inside, to keep the flowers coming too. Mine are only just starting to flower now so I'm very envious.

PS you type very well for a 3 year old Mike....


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 08:55

Morning all. Hot again here already so won't get much done other than basics- too hot for me Makes me sleepy rather than preventing me sleeping. Meant to be cooler today but the forecast this morning said no so won't be able to do much outside. May get some painting done- outside of fence still to do if I can stand the heat!

blackest I think that's the  reasoning- you're not letting the house get to such a low temperature that it uses lots of energy getting back up to speed. That's the theory anyway! With older stone houses anyway. My last house was like that- Victorian sandstone -and like a fridge during the night, so the boiler had to use far more energy to heat the house up and it took forever to feel warm. Keeping it at a reasonable level means it's using less overall.

Gilly that's a lot of redcurrants- do you make  jelly with them?

Gardening Novice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 22:21

Hi Chris.  I'd start by having a look in books and magazines - or online - to get an idea of the 'look' you'd like -  contemporary, rustic, formal  etc. and decide whether you'd like some scented plants or more of a foliage look. Some evergreens are probably a good idea as they will give structure all year round and you can add colours and flowers through the seasons with bulbs in late winter and spring, and some summer flowering annuals or perennials, or use shrubs which flower at different times.Do you have colours you particularly like - that's a good starting point.

No matter what size your patio is try and avoid lots of little pots here and there. Grouping larger pots together is always a better look. If you have a long run of wall you can do a line of pots all the same and with the same plant/shrub which is very effective. A set of steps can have matching pots each side or a run up one side of the same thing. If you don't have a lot of time you'll need impact but not maintenance. How you use the plants is the key. Once you decide on the look it's easier to make actual suggestions on the individual plants.

If you can put some pix on that will help too. Hope that's of some use 

Garden sculpture

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:43


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:36

He's not a bad soul that Verd right enough Sue....even if he was very cheeky to me on Morning Forkers earlier...!!  

Bit of a fluke my toms Sue - the  sunny weather recently has helped enormously. We're usually sheltering from rain not sun here...

Hundreds of strawberry plants-what do i do with them

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:29


Would it take forever to collect them for jam then!

Tomatoe problem

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:25

Sounds like blossom end rot Jazzy. Usually happens when watering's a bit haphazard -ie  if the plants dry out too much between watering- it prevents the fruits taking up nutrients properly.Keeping the soil moist usually prevents it - difficult with the weather this year too. When you feed, make sure the soil is moist first otherwise it runs straight through (I'm assuming you use a liquid feed) Nothing you can do about the affected ones unfortunately.

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