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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Planting out courgette

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:36

I sow end of April under glass, to plant out end of May.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:20

SGL,as we said to one of the other neighbours. If you don't like having a house with a chuffing great Oak tree (with a TPO) on the boundary, don't buy the house.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:12

I think they got the message.The last lot of washing is now in the dryer. I had hoped to use the power of the sun.

 If they do it again I have a long hosepipe. I did it once before at the old place. A builder used to burn all his rubbish on Sundays. I turned the hosepipe on it, and called the council. You're not allowed to burn business waste in residential areas.

Today I have potted up cosmos.I opened a bag of Arthur Bowers MPC. Not convinced by the bits of blue plastic. To see any difference, I have potted half up in Arthur Bowers and half in Levington M3 pro.  Side by side on the bench, so we'll see.

Help needed to save orange tree!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 18:56

Put it back in your conservatory/orangery .

Repot it into citrus compost in the next size up. Water it. Its unlikely to be frosted now under glass. If there is a brick wall in there, put it next to it, as it will act as a storage radiator. It can go outside from June to September. 

I would take the old fruit off.

Indoors next to a radiator in winter is usually too hot and dry.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 14:19

Still missing fairygirl. I need her to put a spell on the neighbours.

Nice day, so I stripped the bed, got a line of sheets out, and one of the neighbours  lit a bonfire.

 Some shouting and gesticulating later, I find they don't speak English. They had to get a 5 year old to translate.   I think they got the message that I was not pleased at having to wash a pair of sheets again to get rid of the smoke smell.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:59

I took cuttings last September. Now potted on after being overwintered in a cool greenhouse. I experimented with cuttings from the cut down last March. They did well, producing earlier flowering plants than seedlings.

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:54

I have my name down on the waiting list for a  6 foot dandelion . Its a long list so there may be a long wait. 

The one above is entitled  "Wishes can come true." It is at Trentham gardens between the lake and the cafe.

See for more or Trentham gardens website.

Apparently, after I put the link on in January, the likes on the sculptors website went crazy. There must be more lurkers on this site than we suspected.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:45

Good morning everyone. Ive been away for the weekend, near Pershore. As we were in the vicinity, we popped in to Ashwoods at Kingswinford, on Monday, to see if they had a double yellow hellebore to replace the one that someones big feet trampled to death. No luck.  I did get an intersectional peony Bartzella. A double yellow. They had a prunus kojo something or other in the display garden, that was smothered in bees. So i had one of those too. OH sat in the sun and read his book.

Well, I ought to get out there and plant them.

Have a good day folks.

Is my meyer Lemon plant dead?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:06

Lemons will tolerate cold but not freezing. Keep on the dry side in winter.

lilium starlight express

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:10

If you have heavy clay, I would put them in pots. If you have sandy soil, ok in the ground.

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