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Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:58

Allotment Max---- you can cancel the gym subscription. You have an allotment.  Plenty of things to spend money on there   .......compost, seeds,and plenty of exercise.

Flower identification

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:53

They are Gladiolus murielae    aka Acidanthera

Talkback: Cooking elderberries

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:51

Good luck Tam.I dont know whether you can get some of the varieties we have here, such as Sambucus Black Lace,  but there are many elderberries that are decorative as well as productive.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:48

I went a couple of times to Wollaton Hall this year. But the best bit is the chinese restaurant in the old  ?? stables??

The gardens are managed by Nottingham City council, and the museum is very dated. It has what I call bucket windows. Most of the displays don't have a proper theme. They seem to have a bucket load of stuff, not related , and chuck it all in one cabinet. I was itching to rearrange it.

Flower identification

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:43

Are the flowers in a spike, one on top of the other, or all together at the top?

Try looking up gladioli and see if that fits. there are lots of varieties and colours, but the flowers are basically the same shape.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:32

My green house is not tidy, Matty.

I've stuffed as much as I can in, before expected frosts. I want to clear the dahlias, but I have one 5ft high in full bloom still, and it seems a shame.  But then again, I want to put bulbs in that patch for Spring.

 We have two new baby squirrels, just out of the nest.Mummy squirrel is trying to get rid of them, looking very fed up. Its very late, but a lot of the birds have also had late broods, they must be second lots. Natures way of making up for last year I suppose.

Lawn Specification

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 16:56

Non slip paving round a pool is best. Grass which is slippery when wet is an absolute no no.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 16:52

I found gravel under a paving slab by the veg patch was being excavated. Gently lifting the slab revealed a nest of leaves , ...and a very startled looking mouse. We put the lid on his house back down gently....

A quick walk around Attenborough nature reserve (gravel pits by the Trent) was rewarded by coffee and cake in the cafe. A lot of border collies out today having a walk. Its been sunny here all day and no wind.  The calm before the storm perhaps if the met men are to be believed.

It doesn't really seem to be Autumn here yet. Some leaves are turning a bit yellow, but mostly everything is still in full leaf.

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 13:33

The other one to watch is theIdeal home shopping channel. My dad ordered a pressure washer. They enrolled him in a club, and sent him a book of useless vouchers. He didn't read the small print and just tossed them to one side. He was charged £50 for his annual subscription for the club after 90 days.  By the time it appeared on the credit card statement it was past the 90 days he had to cancel, so they wouldn't refund his money. 

After several  useless time wasting phone calls, and letters, he eventually got the money back from the credit card company, as he had given no authorisation for this debit, even though the club said he had.

hes not the only one caught with this con. It would have been cheaper to get it from B & Q

Can I overwinter marigolds?

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 13:22

Most marigolds are annuals and will die after flowering. Its the compost bin for them I'm afraid. The african and french varieties will not survive a frost. Calendula (pot marigolds) are a bit hardier, but still best grown from seed fresh each year.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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Talkback: Growing kale

This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apa... 
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I am a sniffer.

What leaves do you like to smell? 
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For hellebore enthusiasts.

John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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intended trip on Wednesday 12th February 
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unusual bird nest

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Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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Bug id please.

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odd aquilegias.

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tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Oxygenating sprinklers.

Pure rain v ordinary sprinkler. 
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How would you describe your garden?

typesof garden 
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solitary bees

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