Latest posts by fidgetbones

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 00:21

I think I will be busy potting up and taking cuttings ready for moving. I have warned mum I may be commandeering one of her polytunnels.

I wished I never seen it

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 23:51

Try the first series of  No Offence  currently on catch up

Are too many watermelon bad for you?

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 20:07

you might need some imodium.


Posted: 09/01/2017 at 12:08

Buy big bulbs. A lot of bargain packs have little bulbs that will not flower the first year. Always with bulbs, the bigger the better. The flower is already in  the bulb then when you plant it.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 12:05

Its not a forest , Pat. Just 5 acres or so that has been left for 80 years or so. Part of it is a disused quarry , but looking at the trees reminds you of the way that nature abhors a vacuum , and any piece of land left on its own returns to the wild wood. I've been lucky to live in a built up area, with ready access to major road networks, but pretending I was in the country which is where I want to be.  I've known for a long time that this day would come. When the estate around the back went in the two access roads (currently dead ends) were put in. Mrs N asked the council why.

"Thats for the roads to go around that area madam, it's designated for 60 houses. "

She said     "Over my dead body"

He said     "Precisely madam"   

97 was a good age by anyones standards, so the time has come. It wont be this month, but probably before the end of 2017.

I have a Viburnum bodnantense Dawn that smells wonderful at the moment. I must cut a few sprigs for the house before the really cold weather hits, and pot up a runner or two.  I also found a hellebore in flower. Spring is on the way.

This virus going round is awful.  Lots of hot drink everyone, stay in and stay warm.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:56

Where we are, there is a wood to one side of us. Rolf used to call it the wild wood. About 5 acres of old undisturbed trees, an old orchard the length of my garden, a paddock, the big house, a gate house and a little bungalow. Mrs N had burglars who tied her and the housekeeper up, and she told me many years ago, that when Rolf died, she would sell up and move to London to be with her son and grandson.  The council designated it all as building land, subject to preservation orders on some of the trees.  The access at the top of my garden is an access road in to the new estate, and another one further round is for the exit road.  So the wood will be sold, cleared and an estate put on it. There is already a load of new builds that wrap around it.  I will probably have seven houses the length of my garden that will overlook me. I lose all the privacy and all the animals that come into my garden will lose their habitat.  So I will also sell up, take the money and run. Either the developer will take the top of my garden(building plot size) or we sell it separately as a building plot for a bungalow or two.  The estate agent has says that we will sell the two houses a lot quicker with less garden, and the top half of the garden is two building plots. the gardens run 225ft from my back door to the top fence, sloping up from the house.  I have always known I will need a bungalow for my arthritic knees, so a bungalow with some flat land is what we will be looking for.

I think myself lucky to have had 25 years here, but now is a good time to move on, while I still have the energy to do a new garden.

How early can i sow zinnia seed?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 09:31

Definitely need heat to germinate well. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 08:05

I'm looking at Bungalows for sale with land. I suspect we will be moving soon. A bit earlier than I had hoped. Good job I hadn't ordered the truck full of manure. I do have a pallet of rock dust and another of grit to consider moving, not to mention the contents of several compost heaps.  I guess I had better start getting the garden into saleable condition. ie neat and boring.

How early can i sow zinnia seed?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 07:08

What country are you in?

How much heat /protection from frost , do you have?

If you have a heated greenhouse, with a minimum of 10C you can start them anytime from now in the Northern hemisphere, to grow on into large plants to plant out after the last frost.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 21:08

Prune immediately after flowering, cutting off flowered shoots and any in places you don't want. Tie in any new shoots through the summer, to flower again next spring.  I have it rambling through an old hawthorn.

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