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An ENVY thread....

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 23:22

Busy bee, so much to envy you for, but your grapes I can't even get sour ones, you lucky thing (sorreeee, couldn't resist. shall i get me 'at)

Verdun, i did so not actually really swear at you. If I add amazing pork crackling to the yorkie puds will you love me again?

Can I add access to any farmyard poo to my list of envy? And Edd's knowledge of composting and worms. But it won't be envy when you start that new thread, WILL IT, EDD??? not that I'm nagging or anything


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 22:47


I think we have all had at least one moan on here. I'm pretty sure I've had several! 

E.G.I've loads of plants to dig out and divide. Working with dogs rest of week. Forecast said rain all day today, So I got out a whole yrs worth of papaerwork and list of calls I should have made wks ago. And what did the weather do?  a mini bloody heatwave is all! Said sun and 13C for Thurs and Fri, so trying to fit in all my work before then. So it WILL piss down then. Just to spite me and prove that the best laid plans, etc. I had a good tan by end of March last yr! Even with high factor. No chance this yr, but will still risk the odd early sowing on warmed raised beds. No real frost yet, so prob less  fruit, this yr. We all need to moan a bit now and again, and if doing that to essentially 'faceless' people saves the sanity of those closest to us, then I'm quite sure that it is a good thing to do. This is a very friendly forum, and people are very caring and helpful (please see the 'help for flooded gardens' thread, that should be found in 'hot threads. Sorry for the plug, but it will prove my point

there are many people who will listen and answer. And the beauty of a forum is that only interested people will answer. If no-one likes your thread, then you will have no replies, but nothing lost. You will still have got something off your chest. Or, you could gain some good online friends, and maybe more. So, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Win Win situation, I would say.

Keep your chin up, you have 4 supporters here,so far anyway, so bugger Clayhanger's rotten neighbours, and join our friendly forum. I highly recommend the music thread by tracey-newbie, the gardening jokes forum, and the 'forkers' thread to start with. You have no need to work backwards to catch up, that would be impossible on any of them. Newbies are welcomed (well, they put up with me!), and you get a great feel for the regulars here. Oh, and camera corner must not be missed, unless you have a serious aversion to the colour green!



Posted: 10/03/2014 at 07:05

On Gunnera, Jools and Mrsgarden. I once saw some at, I think, Dunrobin Castle . (my friend will correct me if I have the wrong castle, don't go till I check!) It was the first time I ever saw it, Many moons ago. Impresssive was not the word! At least 12'tall, growing against a wall.At least 10 of them! I could not believe rhubarb could get that big.And I couldn't see a single edible looking stem!. I was working with interior plants at the time, and only helping out on the exterior side when we got very busy. And just beginning to dabble with fruit n veg in pots in a teeny yard. When I saw the sign at the end of the row, It was one I never forgot. What a plant! If anyone has room for that, I would happily kill for your space! Maybe when the kids leave home, and Ican steal the rest of their play area, and also the lawn .....?. How can it be a herbaceous perennial,die back, then grow that much bigger every year?

I have just looked it up, and found that the biggest can grow to 18'!

Good luck, both of you, and I'm jealous as all hell that you have space for it. (although i did see that there are much smaller varieties!!)


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 06:27

Another waste of time on here after dog disconnected lead to laptop and message lost. So frustrating. so here we go again!

Fatsia and ricinus very similar. Large, lobed, hand-shaped leaves. Fatsia very hardy and also good houseplant as suffers most conditions ifkept on dry side.Large, glossy bright green leaves, as if overdone with the leafshine. Ricinus grows shockingly fast from seed, but needs to be brought inside for winter or started again from seed in spring. Very similar leaves to Fatsia, but a bronze purple colour. Grows so fast, probably cheapest to sow yearly, especially if you can collect own seed. Although seems expensive for seed, results are nothing short of spectacular. Only reason not a 'kids' seed, is probably because the seed is very poisonous. However, with older kids, get them to sow into 4" pots. Germnatation within a couple of days, large plants within 2 months, by June 5' or more in good soil.

 Have you tried 'houseplants'? many are tropical, and all appreciate a spell outside in warm weather.Accustom to sun gradually in 'hardening off', as they can scorch as people sunburn. They will green up quickly and grow fast. Almost any can go out. I have used spider plant offsets as bedding. They do look 'tropical', or 'exotic' and are very quick and easy to propagate. All ficus, including weeping fig, rubber plant and fiddle leaf fig will love you if you chuck 'em out for a few months. Umbrella plant, aspidistra (especially variegated), ferns, palms, Chinese evergreen, Cheeseplant, you name it, will appreciete an outdoor spell and good feeding, and will reward you by needing o be re-potted! Many will also flower, eiher outside, or when you bring them back in, depending on type, season and care. They will need more water and feed, and possibly pruning when out, but will reward you tenfold. You will realise that they 'survive' indoors, but 'thrive' out. All of mine go out every summer.All of our housplants began life outdoors, and are usually tropical in nature. Just make sure the shade-lovers like most ferns get that, and the sun-lovers get some. Natural rain watering cleans off any household dust so they can breathe again, and pure uv light, instead of filtered through windows and blinds gives them a boost, as it does us. If anyone ever doubts the effect of Real sunlight on people (most gardeners don't!) and that SAD exists, just try chucking all of your houseplants outside for a couple of months, and see the effect, even without extra feeding. It may teach you a little more about all of your plants, and what can grow in your garden, if only for a short time. My houseplants go out from May to September with the cymbidium orchids. The houseplants get hardened off first, (the orchids don't much!) Sun lovers have to get used to sun,so only get morning sun at first and all have to adjust to night temps that may be quite low, and fluctuate. My house is never heated above 18C anyway, and drops to at least 12C at night in Winter. So colder temps aren't a prob,as they go out late, but sun is. plants need to become accustomed to sun in much the same way as gh raised plants need to get used to less heat, going out earlier. If you are comfortable outside in light clothes at night, so will your indoor plants be comfortable.They live in the same conditions as you do, and are used to them. But most sensible people need sunscreen for at least a few days in summer until they become accustomed. Either move into sun for just an hour or so at a time, place where sun will come and go naturally, or shade with fleece, green mesh or sim in hottest psrt of day.

Most people never think of this, but you can bring your comfortable 'inside' outside with you, and all acclimatise together, and by bbq time, your plants should be as happy as you are outside, read


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 02:27


Blinking ridiculous! Do the children not have their own gardens to play in? Do the parents want them to play in the dog doo that others have left behind? If the kids have nowhere to go, nor the dogs, then surely the council should address that? Poo bins are not expensive (although then they would have to empty them!), and give the kids a park. Everyone is entitled to peace and no trespass on their own property, surely?

Or if the neighbours are that bothered, tell them to make you an offer for the land that YOU bought with YOUR house, then they can own it and do what they like with it. Somehow don't imagine that they would take you up on THAT offer!

How many of them have fences or a boundary of some sort?

Do you have kids or a dog of your own? if not, borrow them, and let them play and crap in your neighbours' gardens and see how they like it! I'd bring mine if I was closer! Oh, and I meant, the kids to play and the dogs to crap, but I suppose either way would work, now I think about it

Anyway, I too would go for the jaggiest fence possible. Would have suggested a mixed hedge for wildlife, but poor birds would never be able to settle, would they? I just googled 'thorny hedges', and allsorts came up, even some recommended by the police.

Have the police been no use? Trespass is a criminal offence, is it not?

I just think it is such a shame that people can't just live in peace. There are so many threads on here about bad neighbours, and usually some form of boundary dispute. It makes me appreciate my neighbours so much more, as I am very lucky. If I'm annoying them in some way, they have never said, and we all help each other in some small way. In fact, I've always been very lucky, throughout my life, and usually made good friends with neighbours, even if a wee hiccup along the way. I've obviously been lucky not to have a cantankerous one. Perhaps we should do a 'Kenny Everett'. 'Round 'em up, put 'em in a field, and bomb the b******s'

Or a banner saying 'peace not poops'.(tongue should be IN the cheek, there!) Better still,' Do not cross this line, Toxic waste' , with a skull and crossbones. After all, how many of these irresponsible dog owners worm and vaccinate their dogs? And toxocariasis is no laughing matter. If you are not a dog owner, and contract it from cleaning up their dog waste, could you sue all of the dog owners? They would soon wish they had let you keep the fence, then! More so if a child contracted it and went blind. Then I suppose they would sue you for getting rid of the fence!

Hope you resolve it all. I feel for you.I know it is not a joking matter, so I'm sorry if I have offended you. It was meant to cheer you a little, in a difficult situation 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 01:27

Great, Pinkqurtet. Can't wait, it'll be like waiting for all the kids presents to arrive before xmas! I do it all online, hate shopping. It's lovely to order them, wait for them, get them, then get excited about giving them! This time it will be lots of surprises for ME before I give them! Can't get much better than that. The only thing is that I won't see peoples faces at the other end, once they get them, although I think they will be even happier at the thought that has gone in by so many strangers, than what they actually get.

You might still be first. I'll let you know whose land on the mat first

Sedum maintainance help required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 01:18

HE,HE,HE, you two. I've got that in my garden. No idea what it is, but it takes over the minute I turn my back. It's in my hot dry front garden, nr the house wall. Well, I think that's where it started, but now it's everywhere. It IS a beast! I've cut it, pulled it, dug it and accidentally (on purpose), poisoned it. Ha, it laughs in the face of my efforts I don't mind it, but not EVERYWHERE! in contrast, in the same bed is a lovely little pink Thrift like your white one in the centre. Oh, what a well behaved little critter gets only very sighlty bigger each yr, flowers loads, never needs trimmed or even dead headed. Unfortunately, she ends up getting a bit swamped later in the yr, but she doesn't seem to mind at all. Looks a little like a tiny wavy chive clump, very delicate.

I def agree with Dove (again!), sempervivens, house leeks, we call them, can be lovely. Really easy. Will increase quickly in the right place, but so easy to keep small. I shoved some in a crack in the front wall and jammed them in with soil, and they get bigger every yr and flower, making an ugly wall look quite pretty. There are loads of much prettier ones than mine, too, I had completely different ones in a wall where I used to live. You could do the whole sink in different ones. But keep the wee thrift!, She'll never let you down!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 00:49

artjak, ever been sorry you started something Don't be, in this case, it was a lovely idea, and see how many people you have brought together Isn't it surprising how much more you can fit in, space and time-wise when doing it for someone else? bet you'll always grow more plants, now you know you can!

And Ditto to Philippa. Bet those branches would have waited a day or two more in your own garden I'm in to my neighbour most days, we have a gate between. only just got round to shifting her blown down fence! Sometimes, when I'm mad busy and she decides her bed needs changed 'cos it's a good drying day, she drives me nuts, as it will usually be when I have loads of dogs to do, so on top of work, kids and normal stuff, then I need to hang it out, bring it in, 'toast' it on the radiators, then make up the bed.  3 visits of at least 1/2 hr each, as i can't just be in and out. She's lonely, but I wish she would ask how busy I am before she strips the bed! I love her to pieces, but sometimes wish she realised that I can't stay to chat EVERY visit! At least I can usually get her garden sorted without a chat, but then we have to row over money. She wants to give what I don't want, the naughty old bat! So then she sneaks it to the kids!!

And Chicky, great, can't wait. The box is waiting, with dividers and everything. Can't wait to put something other than my spares in it! This reminds me of a thread a while ago about waiting for stuff in the post. It's just as exciting when they are not for yourself! (we don't have an 'excited' smiley,so will have to do!)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 00:22

Thank you, Tracey, as Rosie says, the fact of us all thinking about the victims is a big psychological boost for them, more than what they actually receive. And as we know from here, tastes vary hugely. I can see this being a longish term project, as we have many people deliberately growing extra plants, whether from seed, cuttings , divisions etc. Mostly annuals will be getting sown now, but others will take their place in gh's and tunnels later on. I have sown far more than usual so far, veg and sweet peas mostly, but have started other annual flowers in mods for the first time this yr, and the prop is working overtime! Have even chucked my fuchsias out of the gh, and am building a bottle coldframe for extra space! I've also dug and divided many perennials that can be grown on then planted out once gardens are ok again.

So yes, ANYTHING please!

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 04:07

Oh, I forgot compost envy! Can never make enough or get all I need to make it, then have to decide where best to use it. Our council doesn't sell the stuff they make back to us!Add to my garden 2 pallet heaps and 1 'dalek'. 

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