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Hester Scott

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plant I don't have but would love

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:25

In a garden open to the public here in Dublin there is a wonderful planting on a big scale of a good definite pink dierama growing through a lime green fennel or dill. Purely inspired combination. 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:42

Being only able to find one shoe.  I would rather find no shoes than one shoe.  

Seedling Unknown

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 23:14

I would think a hydrangea.

i hate flies!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 22:31

I blame the horrid big flies on my cat.  They zoom in to lay their wretched eggs on his unbeaten food.  It only takes minutes sometimes.  Also they smell any trace of the dead mice he brings in.  Not a very sophisticated look these days, but if you can find those old fashioned fly papers to hang up they will put paid to some of them.

Unidentifued white flowering climber

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:18

My next door neighbour has it and it is pouring into my garden and of course they are doing nothing about it.  Been there many years with a depth of many feet of old growth, a frightful fire hazard and my house would go up too.  Once saw a letter on this website from a man who had just planted six against his garage!


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 07:15

Yep, I prefer them!

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:47

I knew someone who kept ordinary snails as pets in an aquarium. She was really knowledgeable about them.  I don't think they do as much damage as slugs so I leave snails alone, and it admire their beautiful shells.  A few I throw into the neighbours, not gardeners.

years ago I saw an old codger being interviewed on Gardeners World, who resolutely killed worms.  Too messy, dirty whatever.  His garden would have hurt your eyes, it looked like it was painted on.  Total and utter control.  Hope he didn't have a wife.

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Make an assessment of the amount of fruit.  Not much. Not worth bringing into the house today.  The pathetic few eaten in situe.  Carry on eating.  There turns out to be more than was at first apparent.  But definitely not enough to bring in now. Carry on eating.  Satisfactory result.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:43

Well, they can be harvested whenever one chooses, of course, but I have found that piece of advice to be correct.

just had a thought.  Few and far between, so it made me reflect a minute.  Here in Ireland we are really particular about our potatoes, and they must be as dry and floury as possible when cooked. With smiling skins, I.e split skins.  The term "waxy" is a terrible insult.  I'm not joking here. We don't like the look, feel or taste of waxy potatoes, even for potato salad!    So, we leave them in the ground until they have flowered and the foliage dies down naturally.

anybody like to come in on this?

Ivy Grow Bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 17:33

Why not grow some sort of virginia creeper, upwards.  It is very quick and actually rampant.  I have it falling downwards across windows (after coming sideways) if you see what I mean.  It changes to wonderful colours later and I change bedrooms just to lie in bed and stare at it.  Ivy, which I also have, is dangerous stuff in the wrong place. Very damaging and to sit under would be dusty and frankly horrible.  Good for birds nests, tho.

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