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Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:16

Excellent advice there Busy Bee.

Last year I managed to buy a white metal garden bench for £15 from Wilkinsons. They are crafty, they slowly lower the price but keep your eye on them if you have one near you. 

What I have done also is put up a bargain arch, Gardman on Amazon are reasonable and put the seat underneath it - economical arbour for what £30

Also you could maybe put a few small square slabs into the gravel to break up the look of it.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:51

Hello All

I went to Malvern Show.

There were 2 things that caught my eye, one was that stand of geums that MD showed and am still kicking myself for not having bought that Geum 'Rogers Rebellion'. It was exceptional but I was not sure of planting conditions - hey ho.

The other was one of the outside market stands which had loads of hardy geraniums- I bought 3 different one  but wished i'd had Verdun nearby to remind me of the name of that black one he talks about!

I did get a really pretty one called Purple Pillow, Anne Folkard and pilostemon (or similar).

Did get a lot more things - rusty metal obelisk (7ft high) for £12, more plants and some of those wire holders for concrete posts.

I have finally planted up my curved herbaceous bed, and left spaces for geraniums. Until the show I didn't realise that Geums came in such pretty colours, so hope to find a couple of spaces for them

Today we have rescued my lovely acer which has been blown over in the wind (in a pot)

Most things damaged in the winter storms are now re-potted and doing well, I think I will have to do the same for the Acer. Any one ever re-potted one? It's quite large! Any hints?

Good to see you are all still busy chatting


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:27

It's not the bits and pieces - I've already been called on for cake and growing the flowers, (agreed to sacrifice one of my raised veg beds for the purpose)

It's the cost of the venues I've looked at - scarey! 

I'm sure they will work it all out, they are sensible (most of the time)


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:35

Thanks for welcome Chicky

Don't envy you the giggly girl teenagers - funny now we think back, but Aaargh and they are always in packs as well!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:15

Well Good day

Thought I would pop in and say Hi. What a performance. Had to re-register, then couldn't remember password, I'm sure it was the one I typed in but wouldn't let me have.

Anyway here I am, briefly.

Big news is daughter (bike ride for cancer) has got herself engaged to a lovely bloke. No qualms about it.

Then I priced how much an average wedding would be OW! OW! OW!.

Still should have a while to save up as their priority is to buy a house.

Garden is doing OK. Finally, using nectar points, bought the Grow house I wanted. Gives me more space. 

Planted a lovely white cherry - Prunus Shirotea - in the back

Put a twig I received from Hayloft in a pot (supposed to be a cercis) Still a twig!

Back later


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:10

They like the shade as long as it isn't too deep. So your instinct Is right. Feed when not in flower, so yes and keep them dryish if possible

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:22

Over the back fence - well it isn't a home. Done some this morning

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:15

I Bob I'm a  'she' 

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:06

I grow brassicas in a raised bed.

If I tell you what I do it may help' First I have a cultivater tool (3 pronged) which will break up lumps, then I rake level. then a use the 'blunt' end (ie put the rake upright and flat) and press the soil level, then I do go up and walk it as if making a lawn, then I throw on Chicken pooh pellets, press in again blunt end of rake  then lightly rake again.

I have done this already, probably Jan/Feb as then I let the weather (rain) push and compress soil more. It is not disturbed again except for planting.

This is what I do - there are probably other gardeners who do it differently

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 23:58

I think that may be to the detriment of the flowers. Not sure but have grown them for some years and would hesitate.

From one corm you should get several main shoots from which will come the flowers

The stem bud shoots should be growing now.

Others may think differently. You could experiment with one to see what happens but...........


There are different types of begonias, sometimes it is just the weight of the flowers that make them trail downwards.

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