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Posted: 28/06/2015 at 09:43


Haven't seen any ladybird larvae, last year i 'farmed' them around onto the worst aphid infestations and it worked.

Pippin is more settled  but still finding a lot of things scarey. This morning it is raining (hooray) and the swish of car tyres on the road really upset her.

This rain is much needed, first here for about 3 weeks, so am not complaining, it is that gentle drizzle.

I wish DD all the best today for her open garden. I'm sure it will be wonderful and her hard work will pay off.


A couple of IDs please.

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 14:25

What are the leaves like on the top picture?

I thought spirea bumalda as well


Posted: 26/06/2015 at 13:16


We have just taken Pippin for a bit of retail therapy. Like all girls she really enjoyed herself being fussed and petted and complemented by all. She chose a red spotty collar and lead set and a bag of dog food. I chose some special stuff to spray on floor .........A short car trip as well, seemed a little better at that as well.

Keeps trying to rain here, we have had some large rain spots but not even enough to wet the patio, 

I planted one of those sanguisorba's a couple of months ago. Just love it, it is in my white garden.

Pleased your cousin wasn't as bad as feared Verdun. speech will slowly return but will be frustrating fro him, memory is longer. My mother used to say she knew the faces of people but could never remember exactly who they were. Never got me wrong though



Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:38


Have been trying to communicate here nearly all morning, had the page open but then stuff and daughters partner (hairdresser) arrived to do all our hair. Pippin instantly started barking at the clippers. The first time we have heard her bark, then tried to keep her calm and not bark  Then DP left and was supposed to take some plants but they are still here. Hey ho!!

Lot of grandchildren being born/imminent on here, how lovely. I hope they all grow up to enjoy gardening.

Hope interview was OK, cousin is recovering and all music stuff fits where it should.

Pippin news though, not a clean floor this morning Have been given some hints on what to do by a behaviourist, so we will work on that next .

She is off to vet later for an introduction and a health check



Posted: 24/06/2015 at 20:27

Congrats LilyP - a long time coming but I'm sure she is worth it.

Pippin seems a bit more settled, and has finally slept for a hour or so. Must make even dogs feel better when they are properly rested.

Can't see much gardening happening at the moment though I have watered and OH cut one of lawns, it was the clover one so the bees have gone, but I'm sure they'll be back

A lot of work needs doing to get garden to where it was last year, but hey, it will happen eventually and I will be able to see it 


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:29

I have had her 1 day, about 2 years old - photo on page 2181

Of all the garden she could choose, she walked over my cutting flower bed


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:20


Pippin update

At 7.30 this morning with a dog racing up and down the kitchen - toss a ball, run fast to other end, skidding halt on newspaper, bang into door, race back to ball, toss ball, run and skid on newspaper etc - all I wanted was my first cup of tea of the day!!!

She is not house trained and I guess because of stress, is very explosive, and it is not pleasant

She has just gone into her crate/bed for the first time, she didn't bark until about 7 which I think was good 

Loves tennis balls and with her rushing around garden with one (8 am) i was still thinking but I just want my mug of tea.

i have registered her with vet, only fed her on plain boiled rice and unless it becomes urgent will take her there tomorrow,

She is very nervous and worried by OH so he is working on that and the cats are bemused because she is taking no notice of them!

Don't think there'll be much gardening done today

 Hope all goes well Lily, thanks for your interest forkers 


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:01


Lovely day here - warmth just hits you when go outside.

Meet Pippin

Been hard work this afternoon, although she seems very good. She was a bit bemused by a) size of kitchen/living room then b) size of garden but seems happier since she has had a snooze.

She chose the middle of the kitchen floor to doze on, plenty of dog friendly mats and a lovely new bed to choose from though. We'll get there. She seems happier already but need a good dirt, tlc and lots of grooming to improve her coat. They say now she is 2 years old.






Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 18:08


I'm sure your garden will be fine. I don't think people come and visit and look in every 'corner'. They didn't at Liz's did they?

A garden is what it is a personal view of cultivation be it flowers, roses, veg or fruit and that is what people will come to see and go away inspired.

I think it will be a perfect day - cakes sound good 

It will all be fine just you wait and see 



Posted: 22/06/2015 at 12:27


What a busy time you have all had 

Love the colour of those bridesmaid dresses Frit.

Well done Liz - how many GC's now?

Yesterday we were invited to daughters for a BBQ, they had bought one and a chimnea, spent a lot of the time getting smoke blown at us as it was windy, still their garden is now christened. I am very pleased to say she is beginning to think ';garden'. So far wants a lavender and butterfly border, has bought some herbs to grow. She asked what she had to do to keep them alive - I suggested watering them was a good start!!!!

Anyway 2 have come home with me to be potted up into larger pots

Just think peeps only one more sleep before dog 

Have a good day 


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