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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:53
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Bloody freezing.  Apologies for swearing.


It was zero degrees  when I went to work this morning at half 8.


Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:49

Marshmello - Have you ever seen Casablanca??

Or 'The Artist'? 

I am kidding!



Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:43

Tina - it's not so much the fence that's the problem as I can grow lots of stuff on it- it's the ef#*%g  No offence to anyone who likes it but I just don't!

Brum when we went to look at houses a few years back we viewed one that an older man was selling. His garden was beautiful (too overlooked for us) and his pride and joy was his purple Acer. He was obviously thrilled when I commented on it and I felt really bad about not buying the house! The house we did buy had an established purple Acer near the entrance and the location was all wrong for it but I didn't move it as I reckoned it would probably kill it. Shame really as it wasn't growing to its best and I couldn't do much about the area round it although, had I stayed there , I would probably have got some more planting round it to give it some more protection.

When to prune Arabis alpina "snowcap"

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:32

HH -I have a white variety which has flowered constantly since it was bought last year for filling holes in a sandstone wall in last house. I had 1 left over so it's come with me to new house and has flowered all winter in its container. They're really like aubretias - mine were in a very exposed spot but had good drainage as they were in the wall, and I just trim old flowers off. Has it maybe got a bit waterlogged in the middle? Some might be more fragile than others but if it's growing now it's probably fine.  

Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:16

As a well known designer, I expect Joe normally starts with pencil and paper and uses a computer when doing designs for clients. He's particularly adept with smaller plots (mainly urban) and understands that small spaces are usually harder to design than big ones. I assume most people here read G's World where his designs are often shown more fully, complete with planting plans etc. I think the i pod might be an attempt to reach a younger audience or is just giving a modern slant on things. Gardens evolve and so do the methods of promoting them. I enjoy watching G's World but it must be very difficult to come up with new ideas as a lot of things are done at the same time each year (planting bulbs/lawn care etc). I believe that was partly the reason why Alan Titchmarsh stopped. He said there was only so many times you could show people how to rake out thatch and spike and top dress with enthusiasm. Understandable.

Up here it's called an 'och aye pod'...


Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:49

Verdun hope you had a good day and didn't eat too much  I succumbed to some chocolate last night ...not good for my waistline- if I knew where it was that is....

Hosta under Acer sounds good..have to go and get an Acer now. I really like the Dissectum ones especially Atropurpureum.. I'm not supposed to be buying plants Brum.. 1 or 2 won't hurt will it?


Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:28
Brumbull wrote (see)

No, thank you Tee T for posting on the forum, at the end of the day we are all helping each other, or i would like to think so

Absolutely Brum. Tina - did you write your name out 100 times anyway? 

I pruned a camellia too and it rejuvenated it so maybe all your tlc will do the trick for it. They are beautiful when they're in flower and a bit of dead heading does wonders. I might go out and buy one now! Spent 2 hours painting the s***ing fence and it still looks lousy. Only another 40 yards to do then redo it all 

Anyway- Paul Hollywood's on later... I've earned it 

Is anyone watching Broadchurch??

MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:18
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

In France it's illegal to drive less than a metre from a cyclist. Is it the same in the UK?

I think I've heard that here BL but not sure. Is it because when drivers give cyclist a wide body swerve on narrower roads they end up on the other side of the road and therefore cause a problem with oncoming traffic?

Litter...aaagh   My mum used to tell me off for putting rubbish in my pocket when I was very young because she had to take it out if she washed the jacket, but , as I explained - what was I meant to do with it if there was no bin? I vowed if I had children I would never tell them off if they put their rubbish in pockets as I hate litter and I'm pleased to say they are litter conscious and hate it as much as me. I must be doing something right! People who let dogs s#*@ and then walk away should have it returned to them whenever possible. Definitely keep on about the camera Tina!

And what is that thing they do with the dog pooh bags thrown in trees.... Are they mad??


Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:58

Tina-location might be the problem as they tend to get 'burnt' at this time of year so,like Acers if you can protect them from early morning frosts and wind it helps. They also form their buds in summer so if they get dried out then you don't get buds at all or very few..that's why they do well in the west of Scotland..our summers are on the damp side! I don't think you and GG should feel guilty at all about not growing veg. You compost- so you're doing your bit!! I only grow what I know I'll eat and will I have time for tending.

Girasole..I always try and grow 'Cupani' as I love very dark purples, the darker the better, but  I only have about 10 just now,  and the ones I've  just bought are called 'Cathy' and are creamy looking in the pic and supposed to be very fragrant so I'll see.

Bit the bullet! Here comes spring...

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 08:22
blackest wrote (see)

Same here with the oil, annoying thing is how much more it costs when you go to pick some up. Apparently it costs more to maintain the pump than to drive a Lorry a 20 mile round trip...

On the plus side a (relatively local garage) has started selling oil in drums and its open 24 hours.  

Do you have one of those wireless gauges for measuring the oil? We had one at previous house and it seemed to work well. Phoned the oil people when it got to a certain level  and they were usually out within a day or so.

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