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Have you seen this rose?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:29
Please Sir, may I comment?
Dove syn. 'AUS daove' Shrub rose. Origin. Austin. Britain. 1984.
Parentage. 'Wife of Bath' X Schneewinchen X Unknown. Fl. Size. 3.5 inches. Scent. Med & Tea-like. Repeat flowering. Ht. 2,5 ft. Sprd. 3.3 ft.

Hope this helps

A Wee Bit Cooler

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 00:49
Thank you Dear God. At last a small respite from the high temperatures. At last I was able to venture out into the garden. A few days ago, I had purchased a few plants fom tghe GC. Wow! six pound a plant. Somehow, I managed to stay out for just over the hour. I planted a couple of Gloriosa Daisies and a Russian Herb. Did a bit of weeding, then into the greenhouse and potted up some primulas. My poor old trousers. Time and again I got tangled up with the roses.. Even then. I didn't get to plant all the new stock.. Loking at my garden. Roses have grown way beyond their descriptions. Other shrubs such as, Viburnums and Camelias and Ribes etc. My tiny garden has become a forest overnight. So here goes. Perhaps to rewrite the text books.

Would members be interested?

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 00:03
Sorry folks. A joke is a joke but. I was being serious. Now having suffered this kind of responce. Forget it. Go on. Laugh and joke. Watch your trees. Yours might be next. End of subject.

My fushia looks 'woody'

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:42
Nothing to worry about.

Pruning Mulberry trees

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:37
Reg. Pardon the expresion but. You lucky bugger. Mulberries. These must be natures grandest tree fruits. Sidesteppingv the garden books etc. Please leavethes trees alone. They will present you with the nearest to perfect plants. Believe me. Fruitage /finance. My friend. You have a gold mine in your garden.

Greenhouse dismantle and manual

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:31
The average mobile phone camera can help here. Take pics from all angles. Then starting with thevroof secton. A marker pen can help. Mark each end of each peiece 1/1 and so on. Then having dismantle one half of the roof. Secure those parts together. Then start again with the other half of the roof.and do the same. Now take the door end. Mark each bar before dismanteling. Use a sketch pad if need be. Then tackle the closed end. The same applies. Then finally the sides. The important point is. Keep each section seperate. OK bind the parts together with duck tape. When reassembling have a good spirit level and aset suare to hand. I am sure you will be alright.

State of Water in Water Butts

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:14
WOW! this thread has run a long time. Might I say. Any natural bugs, spores etc that may develpo in a water butt are relatively harmless, whenit come to watering the garden. OK. There might be a bit of a pong. Don't worry. The soil has this fantastic kind of instant sterelisation. However if any toxic chemicals have gotten into the water butt, then perhaps some kind of filtration might be called for. In general every day circumstances. I would say. Your waer butt is safe.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:07
Agree with Dove. However. Docks have very long and tough tap roots. If I may suggest. Follow Doves suggestion. That will knock em down and give you some breathing space. If at all possible, prevent them from seeding. Docks are a real manace, especially in paddocks. Both they and ragwort can cause so much harm to horses.

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:59
Certainly the summer warmth, even for some if unbearable at times. Nevertheless our silent fliers, butterflies and moths , appear to be doing well. My garden has played host to. Speckled wood, brimstone and orange tip, commas and peacocks plus the common blue. Where have the red admirals got to. I haven't seen a single one. Daytime fliers of the moth genera. I have never seen so many garden tiger moths before. Sadly the local cat poulation seem to enjoy plucking the beautiful moths out of the air. Oh How I hope that many eggs will be laid and next year will be even better.

It's my birthday

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:55
Best wishes. We look forward to sharing many more with you. xx

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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Our Silent Fliers.

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Would members be interested?

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Dare I say.

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A request or suggestion.

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Pernission to speak SIR!

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