- Gardening is in my blood, my father and forefathers were farmers and growers on a commercial level and I have the growing bug too. I love nature too, wildlife & birds and would like to see weed killers banned.
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Yesterday at 23:02
Good luck Mike, you must look forward to a chemo free 2018. All the best.
Yesterday at 22:59
Joyce, what a beautiful sunset and the promise of a lovely day tomorrow. I love sunsets - thanks for sharing this atmospheric picture with us.
Yesterday at 22:58
We completed our fruit tree pruning with some trepidation Iain, although I only read your message once we had finished for the day. The cherry trees have never given us much in the way of fruit but the plums have been fairly successful, so we will see what happens next year .......
Yesterday at 22:53
Heavy rain by 9 p.m. after a calm, mild and partially sunny day - wind had dropped completely during today.
Yesterday at 14:56
Oooops sorry David, I think I got in a muddle there, so please disregard my post.
Yesterday at 12:45
I have had experience with plug clematis in the post David. I gave them a good watering and then planted them individually in their own terracotta pot, cossetting them but not overwatering. I kept them in a cold GH for a few months, repotting them into larger pots as they grew, but all the time pinching out the tops of the shoots so that the plants bush out rather than growing tall and spindly. Most of mine have successfully grown into maturing plants and have now been planted outside. One or two are in outdoor containers, but as I have been advised on here, it is best not to plant the most vigorous clematis in pots i.e. Montana.
There are many more knowledgeable clematis growers on here who could advise you in more detail, but I hope this will help you to decide what to do with your
Yesterday at 12:37
Yes, I understand that hollie. I sowed some seed in cold GH last October, but they grew so quickly and became leggy by December. However the year before I had a fabulous display in the summer and many visitors commented on them - the bees loved them too. Don't give up with them hollie, they are well worth the effort.
2 days ago at 22:52
I have not heard before that it is the wrong time to prune stoned fruit trees Iain and I wonder when is the best time. Most of our trees are only dormant until Jan/Feb due to the milder weather. We are going to prune the apple trees in Dec/Jan which we always do and they have given us a record breaking crop this year. When do other's think is the right time for Cherries and Plums?
2 days ago at 22:48
Our garden isn't sheltered (in fact we are having really stormy weather right now), so plants tend to finish flowering early here, but due to the mild weather they start early too. I love cosmos, and they do quite well here as they bend with the wind, but I didn't sow any this year, pity.
2 days ago at 16:25
She looks healthy Tom, with her damp nose and bright eyes. You have done a good job of feeding her up over the past few weeks. Hopefully she will make it through the winter and reward you with a little family to feed next year!
2 days ago at 16:23
What a lovely setting this is. Beautiful colours, blue sky and it all looks so serene scroggin. Is this the calm before the storm?
2 days ago at 16:22
Very windy here this afternoon. Lovely dry, and mainly sunny day but a few plant pots have blown over in the wind. Downhill from tonight, the forecast is for wetter, colder and windier.
3 days ago at 15:48
Yes, they do indeed Frank. Hence the problems with overuse of antibiotics and the like. Many of the old cures were the best, my mother gave us friars balsam for sore throats and raw eggs in milk (can't remember the name of it) if we needed a pick-me-up or looked a bit peaky.
The weather here is dull yet again, very little sun for the past few days, but still it is 15 degrees, dry and calm. The forecast is to get down to 10 degrees by Saturday - that is going to feel so cold, it's all relative.
3 days ago at 15:43
We are slowly pruning all our plum and cherry trees in the garden- one more to go, but on the way around the garden we pruned a few lower dead branches of a weeping willow, a young oak tree and a weeping birch which wasn't really weeping as most of the branches were growing upwards rather than arching downwards. Plenty of sawn off woody bits to shred next week.
3 days ago at 15:39
What an amazing maze of spiders web in your compost bin lamweedy. I have never seen anything so intricate as this web, although I must admit I often walk past without taking too much notice of webs unless they have dew or ice on them. I wonder how long/many spiders work went into this web.
Note to self to take a closer look in future.
3 days ago at 22:27
3 days ago at 16:41
You made me think with your illness attitude Palaisglide. My mother was all for cossetting us when we were ill, Dad would just get on and thought we were being pampered if mum was looking after us. Mum lived until 90, but Dad died at 79 and I still find it hard to accept him going so soon - c'est la vie.
Dull, with a little sunshine this afternoon, Not cold or damp so good for the pruning of a large cherry tree.
19 Nov 2017 18:01
Thanks Silver surfer. The vivid coloured flowers really stood out (in our neighbours garden), they don't have many flowers.
19 Nov 2017 17:56
A walk of sorts today. The weather was dull, calm, and dry, certainly not cold. We didn't go so far, just through some of the nearby lanes, looking at the various new building work, admiring any plants that were in flower and how some trees are still holding their leaves, and yet our leaves have all fallen now.
19 Nov 2017 17:50
I am sure you are right that the bark will hold some water Iamweedy, and isn't it funny how we all have our own ways of trying to keep our plants happy and healthy. Just by sheer neglect the weeds in our garden seem to thrive whatever the weather throws at them, but our cossetted plants often struggle in the supposedly ideal situation and care!