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Posted: 28/08/2014 at 06:06

Yes, I'm up very early. Cant sleep. Have knocked a mug of coffee all over the living room carpet,so spent half an hour mopping up and squirting carpet cleaner.

I nearly trod on a hedgehog by the back door last night, when I went out to the compost heap to throw out some flowers that had gone over.  Seems a decent size, but not as big as the one sha**ing a plug tray last week. Either a good size one from this year or mum I think.  Either way, I am happy that we still have a hedgehog population after little boy hedgehog died.

I'm hoping for some rescue hedgehogs later on, to stir the genepool up a bit.

All my gages have gone!

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 06:01

Tree rats. I seem to have lost  lot of plums. I thought I had a good crop but they seem to have vanished. The squirrels ate all the apricots before they were ripe, just to get the kernels. They left  piles of orange flesh all over.

They've started on the oak even though the acorns are still green.

dog lovers

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 05:42

When I was young, we had an alsation labrador cross.  We  used to throw stones for her to fetch because she used to bite straight through balls. Of course this chipped all her teeth. They went bad and she had to have them all out(when she was 12). After that she had her food  minced. She never minded the postman who brought things, but she hated the dustbinmen who took stuff away. Once she chased them up the street, with them hanging on the back of the cart. The dustbinmen said they would report the dangerous dog. As my mum said, what do you think she is going to do, Gum you to death.?

In this case the bark was certainly worse than the bite.

These days I would use the solid rubber balls that you can get for dogs, and dentastix, which all dogs seem to love.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 05:14

They will need both summer and winter pruning.

Winter pruning is for the shape. Summer pruning is for fruit spurs. See here for further instructions



Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:11

Well we all laughed at Mrs Woodhead, and the cuprinol ear drops.

Not very PC I know.

Foreign Seeds

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:03

From EEC countries you can bring stuff back for your own use, provided it is free from disease and pests.

From Non EEC countries you are allowed up to 2kg of bulbs and 5 small packets of seeds that are commercially packed.

mystery plant

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:55

Looks like a hellebore to me.


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:53

Very mixed day for me.

Today I was told a story by Mrs Woodhead who was upset by the Doctor. She had gone to see him with ear trouble, and he asked what she had been using. Cuprinol ear drops. She wasn't amused that the doctor fell about laughing. We hope she had been using cerumol ear drops but you never know...

Then I got a phone call. Dad fell over in early hours of this morning, spent 8 hours on a trolley, then admitted, then moved onto side ward. Heart failure worse. When I got there the family had been told to expect the worse. Then he rallied and sent us all home so he could get some sleep.

Now I need some. So  hope for better news tomorrow.

No time to  read rest of thread. so I hope everyone is OK, and if I am not around for a bit you know why...

My Brugmansia finally flowered!

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:05

Mine are being eaten by something very small, maybe red spider mite. It doesn't seem to stop them flowering though.

Last years cuttings are 3 ft tall and have buds on.  I cut down like you would a buddleja, when I take it into the greenhouse for the winter, otherwide they take up too much room. Cuttings go in a coffee jar of water on the kitchen windowsill.

second year they will branch more. Third year I put them in the ground and let the frost have them. I have had them flowering outside on bonfire night.

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