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Latest posts by KT53

I need hugs too....

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:03

Don't worry David,  you'll probably get 2nd again in another 24 years

Malvern Show Garden

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:59

We saw it at the show.  Without the explanation on GW I wouldn't have understood what it was all about.  Still had plenty of interesting elements to the garden for those not 'In the know'.

As an aside, that was one of the lucky gardens as it seemed to have survived the rain of Thursday and the gales of Saturday.  Some had been severely damaged.  We were talking to the designer of one who said the tall hedge on hers had been dragged back up almost to upright by attaching guy ropes to the back!

It must have been soul destroying after all the work put in.

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:57

Too me it just seems to gimmicky.  I've a number of hoses, all just on reels and they don't take long to wind back up and if worst comes to worst I can just cut out a section and put in a connector if it springs a leak.  You can't do that with Xhose.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:51

Not in any way trying to put the blame onto yourself, but where were they stored that somebody could make repeat trips to steal them?  Terra cotta pots aren't light so it must have taken some time, effort and a form of transport to take them away.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:01

Some of the show gardens were really good.  Very obviously, some of them pushed boundaries I would rather were left where they are  Some I liked my missus didn't and vice versa.  That is what's great about gardening.

I was talking to one designer who said some exhibitors / vendors had packed up and gone home before Sunday (when we were there).  The weather on Thursday was apparently very wet and then there were very high winds too.

I don't think those departures explain the issues I highlighted above.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:26

We've been going to the Malvern Spring Show as it was known almost since it started and we normally arrive as the gates open at 9am and expect to leave about 3pm.  That has been our normal pattern.

This year we arrived at the normal time and left before mid-day!  There seemed to be huge expanses of empty space and the 'sheds' were literally half empty.  The repositioned Floral Marquee also seems to have far fewer stands than in previous years.  I only hope that it's just one poor year, and not evidence that the RHS wants to change the style and focus of the show.  It's worked for years, got bigger year on year, so please - It ain't broke, so don't try to fix it.

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:35

I subscribe to GW.  I used to subscribe to 'Digital Photographer' but after a few years variations on previous articles became more and more common so I cancelled.

Top Soil or no Top Soil...that is the question

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:21

First thing you need to do is rake it level, including breaking up any lumps.  Then shuffle back and forward all over it to give a firm base to put the turf onto.

Don't buy the cheapest turf you can find as it will generally be meadow grass and full of weeks.

Trailer of top soil

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:08

As Mike has said, topsoil can be very hit and miss.  When we had our garden done the guy doing the work sent the first lorry away as he said there was more clay and rubble than soil.  Second lot was very good quality.

Needless to say, you need to be there when they deliver to ensure it's acceptable.  Getting them to take it back if it's been dumped off a lorry onto your drive could be difficult.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:18

I've done a variety of jobs.  Started off as a Quantity Surveyor then managed a tropical fish shop.  Moved on to IT support and management for over 30 years.  Finally had enough of the aggro which went with that so took VR and looked for something with less stress.  Moved to the public sector - biggest mistake of my life.  If my previous work had aggro, this one has more BS than I ever thought possible.  Multiply the idiocy of "W1A" by "2012" and you're still nowhere near the reality of the Civil Service!!!!!

Discussions started by KT53

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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when-to-start-feeding-new-turf-laid-lawn

Laid in April 
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suggestions-for-dry-deep-shade

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