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Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:02

Let's start a petition.....

James - we want you on the telly! 

I enjoyed that helicopter garden programme CB did some years back Liz - did you get it in France? The heli was a bit  of a gimmick, but it was a pleasant way of spending half an hour 

mascaraed rose

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:13

I'm glad you clarified that Welshonion. I had visions of roses looking in  a mirror and carefully applying mascara ...

Best mulch to get for slimbed tapering toward path

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:06

Gravel or bark are probably the best options Adam. Strangely enough, gravel is often a lot cheaper than bark - especially if you get bog standard pea gravel. Bark gets dislodged more easily so it may not be so good next to the path, but it looks nicer unless you go for a better quality gravel, so it really comes down to your preferences and pocket!

If you don't want to grow anything else on the area you could put landscape fabric/membrane down first before putting the mulch on. It suppresses weed growth from underneath and will save you having to weed so much as you'll only get ones seeding in from above. Just make sure to leave a little gap round your  existing plants if you use it, and ensure the plants aren't short of water first. DIY places stock rolls of membrane, but garden centres usually do it by the metre so that might be cheaper depending on how much you need.  


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:54

Oh they cut it MrsG - all 1 inch of it  - it's all moss! 

They'll have done more damage walking around it on it with their big boots than anything else. That's the problem with these guys. They'll just go ahead if they're being paid to do it - regardless of the actual conditions. 

I have relatives in Vancouver KEF - on the west coast of Canada. Their weather is like a magnified version of the Scottish Highlands - warmer, colder, snowier depending on the season - just 'bigger' in every way!  It's a beautiful place though. No wonder my Aunt never wanted to come back to London!

mini pond in butler sink

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:01

If the sink is quite shallow - I assume it will be ellee - it means it'll  heat up quickly, which gives algae and blanket weed the conditions they love. Having part of the surface in shade helps (if you have room for a dwarf  water lily that will do the job) but at this time of year there's often a lot of warmth in the water but plants aren't yet covering the surface, which means the algae gets a foothold. A great trick is to chuck a bit of watercress in - just straight from a supermarket bag - as it feeds on the nutrients that the algae like. If it takes over too much , it's very easy to pull out, but it will help to clear your water without using chemicals remedies. 

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:51

doc- easy on the eye? No idea what you mean...

I feel really sorry for Monty. He gets stick all the time, and, yet again, he's had the misfortune to be asked to fill MrT's footsteps. I don't really think he's the right person to front Chelsea, but then again, comparing G's World and Chelsea coverage is a bit like comparing what models wear on the catwalk to what we actually wear. Two entirely different beasts. I'm not a huge fan of Chelsea, I find it repetitive, but that's just me.

Perhaps the Beeb  need to decide what kind of programme they want G'sW to be if it's losing popularity. 

And maybe they don't really know.....

James Alexander Sinclair would get my vote for any type of programme. Hilarious, knowledgeable, articulate and enthusiastic.

Must remind him to send me that fiver now...

Mystery plant

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:33

They're good those two aren't they Lulu! 


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:32

Just having a cuppa and catching up. I sat outside having  lunch today then sowed some lettuce before going back to work. Got up to 11 degrees -positively summery for here! It makes such a difference when you get a bit of nice weather. Bill - you must be wondering if - never mind when - that will ever happen  

Hope you and Mrs Bill are doing ok .

Had to laugh this morning - 'gardeners' turned up to cut the grass at the house opposite at 8am.  The grass is virtually non existent and everything was white anyway because of the frost. Might as well have burned their money.... Mine needs cut but I'll leave it till the ground's a bit drier. It's looking quite healthy and was very pretty with the frost today - all sparkly. 

Will go and get my laundry in now and enjoy it's lovely smell 

I really must get more...

what to do with my HUGE laurel???

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 08:14

You mentioned being overlooked if you take the laurel out. Roses aren't evergreen so they won't give you a physical barrier to prevent it. If you still want that, you'd need to put some evergreen climbers or 'wall' shrubs behind them - on  a trellis or something  if you don't have a fence there. 


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 07:51

Morning all -  very frosty here but the blackies were singing their little hearts out when I woke. Decent night's sleep for a change - must be all my work outdoors making me sleepy 

Happy birthday to little chick. My youngest has the same birthday coming up later this year. Seems no time since she was a tiny baby - yet last night she was out  seeing her favourite comedian and has her Highers in a month's time. Where does the time go? 

Take it easy today KEF with your assorted ailments. Been there with the missing toenail. Not fun. Mine never recovered - it was stood on by a very large and very stupid horse 40 years ago. Back's not good either. I should probably have been put down years ago 

Work all day but I might get a few more plants in when I get home for half an hour before it's dark. Washing's out - I love the smell of clean, air dried washing. Simple things. 

Have a good day everyone. 

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