Latest posts by fidgetbones

what to "over winter"

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 20:27

Broad beans Aquadulce claudia.

Start off in pots in a cold greenhouse. Plant out if we get a mild spell, or get a head start in the spring.

Chilli peppers

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 16:23


Posted: 19/11/2013 at 09:14

Morning everyone. Frosty here, the sun is shining and the oak tree is glowing amber against a pale blue sky.  Shredding today I think.

Dont get me started on the waste in the NHS drugs bill. It would need a lot of chocolate to get me calmed down again.Why does anyone order another bottle of Lactulose when they already had 15 unused in the cupboard.? if everyone (no exceptions) had to pay a nominal £1 for each months supply of each drug, the waste would dramatically slow. As its free to 90% of the population, the waste is phenomenal.(at an average cost of £10 per item on a prescription, charged to the taxpayer)

Apple trees

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 07:41

I would leave it. The tree will find its own shape. I have a tree (that was here when I came) that is fighting to get out of the shade of an oak. It leans to one side permanently and  only has fruit on one side. However with minimal pruning it does bear heavily every year. If you keep trying to force it to a different shape, you will never get a good crop.


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 22:21

I put  2 kg per sq metre of rock dust onthe veg patch. I will repeat it as I think it improved the veg and the sweet peas.  I've started adding it to the maturing compost heap,so the worms can work it in before I use the compost as a mulch.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:59

I had some raspberries today. Normally by now they have gone mouldy, but as its been dry they were fine. Not as good flavour as the the June ones but hey...

I cut off the last of the Salvia patens flowers heads today. This year I have lifted some and potted them for the greenhouse, hoping to get bigger and earlier plants next year. I have saved seed as well.

Stokesia is still flowering,and the Viburnum bodantense dawn is flowering well.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:36

Ashwood nurseries website has some spotted doubles and some picotee ones I want. This could get expensive. I did find that seeds off mine germinated readily, so I hope the ultra pretty ones seed as well.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:30

Thats a beautiful plant, Lyn. I have a dusky pink single and whites, that have gently spread under the original shrub border. I moved a seedling (white) last year to the new bed under the oak. This is raised from the lawn level, so I hope to see them better. I bought two new ones from Ashwood, a double yellow and a double red for the  under oak bed. The original shrub border separates my garden from the derelict orchard and wood next door. There is no actual fence(just boundary markers at intervals) and the wildlife comes through under the shrubs. I find if I leave the leaves on until the hellebores have already put up the flowers then they don't get trampled by cats/foxes/hedgehogs/squirrels. I don't seem to suffer from the blackspot problems.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:15

Next doors  hounds (great danes) in the snow.


Camera Corner

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:11

dogsitting next doors dog.


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