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Buying online

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 09:42

I seem to have been unlucky with buying on-line with very few being successful, except bulbs from Parkers (their bare root plants are not good but their bulbs, for which they are famous, are).  Being fortunate enough to be retired and having our own transport, we can go to several excellent garden centres all within about 15 minutes' drive of home.  Not only can we examine all plants minutely, get good advice when required and all the other accoutrements necessary for good planting, we can put our feet up in a coffee shop too!

Plant care

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:53

Depends on how sheltered they are I think.  I can prune mine any time as it (I only have the one) has its back to the fence and, although faces north, is somewhat tucked back and is protected by the hebe.  Even so, I tend to leave it until beginning of March when I do the roses and other pruning - though I have done my buddleja today!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:50

I attacked the buddleja and it's now gone from over fence height (around 6-7 feet) down to hip level.  I do this every year and every year I look at the poor things and think I've done for it this time.  But every year, back she comes as lovely as ever.  Haven't sown any seeds at all yet but will contemplate that when we return from the South of France in the last week of February - I shall be feeling more mellow then I think!

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 09:05

No tears, KT...I had a wonderful childhood living with my mum, 2 brothers and grandparents in Lincolnshire.  And although I wasn't a gardener back then (I'm now 71!) these memories were gathered by a sort of osmosis as we had a big garden and orchard and so I'd spent time just sitting around chatting to him about anything and everything.  Since then, through many 'gardens' attached to houses I've lived in (RAF quarters, rentals and then our own homes) I've found that books can only help to a minor degree.  Getting 'down and dirty' and making your own mistakes is the only way to go (fuelled by mugs of coffee/tea and a great deal of satisfaction when something goes spectacularly right!) 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 15:56

Dove:  how did your UG manage to sweep the terrace?  The only way we could do that here (Newark) is by being blown over and then swept bodily down the path so our crinolines could sweep the stuff with us....I have looked out of the window and noted the new growth coming everywhere.  Does that count?

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 11:09

Best advice I can give is:  sit down in a quiet place with a cup of coffee/tea/whatever and go back in time to all the various conversations you had with The Oracle.  You will be surprised at how much will come back to you, especially once you start on the actual work.  I have been amazed at how often I 'consult' my granddad, and he died when I was 19!!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:43

Snow's just started in Newark amongst heavy rain and biting winds.  My gardening will be confined to GW and catalogues.

Fantasy garden

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:41

And after all this, Monty, Alan, Joe, Roy and the gang on tap to give further advice if needed; hot and cold running waiters for the hot chocolates/coffee in winter and cocktail glasses with pretty coloured liquids and umbrellas in summer; a lounger and a library; a garden bench; and Himself for loving companionship. 

Planning for the coming year

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:35

My hellebores are doing really well, white in one border and a deep purple mixed with pale pink in another.  Also doing well is my delphinium - it's flowering away despite the bitter wind and rain this morning!!  I did give it a good talking to when it started to bud in the warm sunshine of late November but to no avail...

No good asking nicely...

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:31

Supposedly, an ornamental heron, placed about 8 inches from the edge into the pond helps.  Also, a fine 'wire' of twine placed around the pond, again about 8 inches in is harmless but the herons don't understand how to step over it.  All hearsay, but friends have advocated both methods.

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