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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 20:58

Kef... no cossie?

does that mean you're skinny dipping?

Verdun, shut your eyes!!!!

Propagating vibernum bodnantense

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:18

Mine sends out suckers a about 6 inch from the original plants. I cut them off with a sharp spade and replant.


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:07

I have a tin of belgian biscuits and a tin of cheese biscuits still unopened from christmas. Mainly because they are hiding in a wardrobe and OH hasn't found them yet. if anyone saw jamie oliver last week with the colwick cheese, i could pick some up en route for the cabin. Do you think its warm enough for swimming cossies in verdunland.?

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 16:55

Sorry that snowdrop looks out of focus, but you get the idea. I'm hoping it will open with a bit of sun.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 16:54

 1st snowdrop this year.

 1st pulmonaria this year. Both photos taken today.

Apple Tree prognosis

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 16:44

Is the photos the apple tree or the cherry tree?

Personally, I think its had it,and I'd dig it out and plant something else with a chance of a long life.

I think if you were desperate to keep them, prune all the water shoots back to three or four buds, and reassess in the summer when its in leaf.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 14:07

 One of my own seedlings that I moved into a more suitable position last year.

 Shooting star.

 Left to right H. niger , local nursery £2.50. H niger  T&M £16 plus p & p. Shooting star GC £15 The ones on the outside, I figure you get what you pay for. The one in the middle, does not look so good value to me.

A confusing tree

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:59

Squirrels eating all my camellia flowers.


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:57

I've had a walk around the garden, picking up bulbs that have been dug up or otherwise decided to leave the earth and lie on top. The blackbird is singing away, but no haggis to be seen. The overwintering brassicas are doing very well, some sprouting broccoli and kale picked this week. I gave them a feed with some nettle stuff i had left over as its so mild.

 The bulbs I have put in pots, mainly snowdrops pushed out of clumps,  I can replant them/give them away later.  Bulbs are emerging well. The first pulmonaria is flowering, and the squirrel has decided to eat the camellia buds. I might as well chop it out. The squirrels eat all the flowers before they open.

 I'm going to put some hellebore pictures on the camera thread. I'm thinking of pollinating "shooting star" with a double red that is about to flower. I know Verdun will say thats a bit of a long term project, but I hope I have a good few years in me yet. My parents are still alive in their eighties, My great aunt Mabel died at 101, (on my dads side), my dad has a 92 year old cousin still driving, and my mums Aunt Sylvia asked me to her next birthday party when she came to my mums 80th. She's 98 next and still going strong.

It must be all those gardening genes keeping us fit.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:32

excellent news, Pentillie and for you too Busy-lizzie.

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