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Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:52

Morning all. Wet here but work all day for me so I don't mind. Plants are all nicely watered in and paint has stayed on the fence so it's all good 

Next week they'll tell us frying everything in lard is the best method of cooking KEF.

Off for a quick look round before I leave.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:23

1985 would get me nearer 27 too -very near!  


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:17

MrsG - Don't be put off  by previous rubbery tomatoes. Perhaps it was simply the variety you tried, or adverse weather had affected them. Someone I know asked me what her husband  should grow because he'd got a little growhouse as a present. I just said - don't grow stuff you don't like. That's the best starting point. I only grow herbs, lettuce, rocket and a few toms.  I got some strawberries last autumn too. I don't have the time, space or inclination to grow lots of other stuff.  Never feel you're not a gardener if you don't grow your own veg. Do what suits you and your lifestyle. 


I don't do hanging baskets either  

Got some paint mixed and  some onto the fence. Much better colour now. Hate to think how many coats it's had to cover up the Dale Winton tangerine underneath   

Bought trellis to go on it, so I need to get that painted and attached before the climbers get too big. 

Roast dinner made and consumed. Daughter made Yorkshires. Very nice they were too. Cup of tea now I think.

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Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:00
BizzieB wrote (see)

Brilliant idea!

Could be used to hide an ugly wall/fence too.

or an  ugly neighbour...


If you can do a bit of diy , a few posts with trellis, backed by  marine ply (painted black) or landscape fabric, will give you a screen while plants grow. You could hang the window boxes at the top and plant them with trailing ivies etc and have a larger container at the base for the climber. You could  use a large shrub like Viburnum  rather than a climber if you did that. 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:08

She's certainly manipulating Martin Compston - what a cracking actor he's turned out to be after fame going to his head as a youngster. It keeps twisting and turning doesn't it? They're all brilliant. Either she's the ultimate bunny boiler or Dryden's even more clever and conniving than she is! Don't know why it was stuck on BBC 2 on a Wednesday with hardly any promotion. Should be in a prime slot.

I'll have some of that bread, pretty please Dove 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:01

Not sure about knowing all the answers LH - Even if I live to 100, I still wouldn't know half of what some people here know! 

Been gardening about 30 years I suppose - from when I had a tiny little patch in front of my first flat 

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:57

In my experience, rhodos cope well with drier soil when they're well established shrubs, which this one seems to be. Although we get high rainfall here, often the ground directly under them is quite dry because the water doesn't get through the foliage. I've inherited  one which is by the front door and in the lee of the house wall. It's in great condition and is really quite dry underneath.

It looks more like disease rather than lack of, or too much water I'm afraid. 


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:34

Lilies can be planted now Loganberry. There's lots of things in GCs just now too. Also , you can buy bulbs 'in the green' just now such as Snowdrops and Aconites etc. If you have a quick search online you'll find specialist  bulb companies which will give you some info. I got a load from Gee Tee bulbs last autumn and they were excellent to deal with.

 I'm thinking of trying some Acidanthera this year - the more delicate and attractive Gladiolus. More subtle than the Dame Ednas...


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:26

Fidget - we'll have to have a discussion about Line of Duty - isn't it incredible!  I have to keep quiet at work the next morning as my friend doesn't see it till Thursday night. Can't wait to see what happens - but will miss it terribly when it finishes. 

Weather has cleared here. Work done, shopping done, will get washing out shortly when it's done. Lunch eaten. I seem to be very organised today. Not sure how that happened...

Revolution Dove...count me in  

Help . . . how do I make my brown lawn green again?!!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:17

Hi Josephinus - if you can post a pic that would help enormously. If you click on the tree icon on the toolbar above the window for your post it will give you instructions.

A few questions though - what was the condition of the soil you laid the turf on and what aspect is the lawn - ie north facing south facing etc. Also, is it in shade - from other buildings or trees/hedges? Is the ground soggy, compacted or stoney?

All these things can have a bearing on how well grass grows. Any extra info wil be a help in determining the problem. 

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