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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:21



 Great Liz - always wondered how to do it on here.

Sorry - Good Day All

Training a pillar Rose

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:17

I have a Handel climbing rose which I want to train up a wooden pillar. It was planted last year 

Now how do I prune it to train it to wrap around the post.

Do I cut off all but, say a couple of the main stems so I have soft growth to encourage in to a framework. There are 5 at the moment.

Sorry site won't let me upload photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:35


Now managing about half hour gardening a day. Doesn't sound long but with careful planning before I go out there can do quite a bit. can't manage clematis sorting though as that requires stretching up.

Hospital today was good, don't need to see consultant for 3 weeks but still need to see Specialist nurse twice a week for dressing change. Physically am feeling much better, still getting down times though'

see everyone is very chatty, lurgies seem to be improving. and pets (cats and dogs) are providing entertainment with walking, not going out and just generally being....... well........ animals 


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 13:55


Nice day here, managed to put some washing on line - very pleased with myself 

George probably thinks he smells great!

Off to do a half hour in garden, trying to get this pruning done slowly and badly need the fresh air

Lot of poorly folk around hope you all begin to feel better now the weather seems to be springing


Posted: 25/02/2015 at 13:35

Acidenthra need full sun. I usually grow mine in pots and bring them into the GH for over winter.

Hope that helps a bt


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 15:04

Hello All

Beginning to feel like me AND have spent half hour in garden. I planned what I was going to do and did it in the time - gave some carex a hair cut, pruned 2 more roses (18 to go now) pulled down a clematis which has lots of new sprouts coming from the base

Sorry so many of you are poorly, just keep germs to yourselves please, and get well soon

Luvverly doogy, he looks very cuddly well done George 

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Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:54

very useful link Edd - Cancer entitles you to be exempt from prescription charges, one of first things I was asked. Fortunately, like Dove I'm so old anyway...............

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Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:37

Progress report

Counted up today and taking 16 tablets aday at the moment - 2 are herbal htough.

Hospital did a swab and found nasties so am taking 2 lots of antibiotics to kill the lot. Must admit feel a bit better today but mostly am totally zonked out and have a job to just walk from one room to other in house. Should be over by next week as on Friday I was finally showing signs of healing

Hope all have improving situations as well 


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:32


Not been here for a few days - few problems and generally zonked out

Cat flaps - haven't one here, but do have 2 cats. it was the time i came home and found a wood pigeon cooing by the fridge freezer put me off having one in this house. Have no idea how cat with pigeon managed to get through flap!!

Today I have sowed some practice wedding flowers. I am recording date sown, date germinated and,  date flower if they get that far! Should then have a rough idea of the timings.

Have realised that veg sowing has been forgotten so will look at what I have. 

Must point out all done in kitchen, and safely in propagators or window sills around house, no proper gardening

What flowers to grow?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 16:22

Can't go far wrong with cosmos I think - easy to grow, look good and can cut them as well.

I also grow French marigolds and plant them in blocks rather than the traditional line- this year have some ones called 'Red Cherry' - also easy to grow and attract beneficial insects.

Larkspur can be tricky - in fact I have just read that putting seeds in a freezer for a week can help germination - I have a packet so will give it a go.

Zinnias are supposed to be easy - also trialing them this year

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I understand it is a fried egg plant but what precisely is it? 
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Plant ID please

Hope some one can help! 
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