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Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 15:07

Glad we keep you entertained Iain.  Lots of FFing here too, especially the afternoon show.

Old pond - new resident

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 15:05

Much rather have weasels than rats.

We have magpies nesting here but, as yet, have heard nothing from the nests nor seen any young ones flapping about.  We also have swallows nesting in the ruin, black redstarts in the barn and tits and sparrows in house eaves, ruin and barn.   Planning to build an owl nesting box when I've done a bit of research and found the best site.

Poisonous plants

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 14:56

It certainly can.   I was looking forward to growing a liquidambar in this new garden but they're all over certain roadside and roundabout plantings in La Roche-sur-Yon so I'm having a re-think.

I like my daffs small in general and multi-headed tho I love taller white and creamy ones and poeticus types.  No doubles and certainly no pink.   Daffs are also poisonous but it seems an extract from their bulbs is likely to be good for treating Alzheimers and they're already used by herbalists for epilepsy.  

What's this plant called?

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 13:34

Looks like one of the euphorbias.   Be very careful as its milky latex sap can lead to serious burns and ulcers if you get it on your skin or in your eye.

Need to find the culprit

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 13:29

I take it MD is Maryland USA.   This is a British based forum with just a few non UK based members so we're unlikely to have the same pests as you.   I would have thought slugs, snails or rabbits this side of the pond but haven't a clue which critters you may have lurking in the undergrowth.

What is this plant?

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 13:20

Here is what the RHS has to say about growing hardy palms in the UK. Scroll down for specific mention of yours.


Poisonous plants

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 13:15

Went off oleanders after seeing them used as motorway centre and municipal planting in Italy.   Love foxgloves and aconitum and will be growing more here as I have seeds.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 13:12

Ouch Dove but a boot and then a plaster cast will certainly help although, at least with a boot, you can take if for showering purposes.   When I had mine it had a design which kept all the weight on the heel and I could welly round the house without crutches or a zimmer within a few days of the ops.   Needed crutches outside tho cos it was cold and snowy for the first one.

Hosta - never heard of that female till today.    You can keep her.

32C now but dry and with a light, cooling breeze so comfy.   Hiding from strong UV levels at the mo but off outside in the shade soon to get noisy with a sander.  

Unhealthy looking heather and skimmia

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 11:48

Or distilled water you by for ironing?   Think about a water butt for a year round supply, especially when they need it most.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 11:00

I've been to Chelsea often enough to know the gardens look very different "in the flesh" and that BBC coverage is lamentable and it's the same criticism every year - repeat views of the same old gardens but leaving out others completely, stupid things like Nikki trying and failing to arrange flowers, visits to "celeb" gardens which should really be in a series of their own and programmed for 3am judging by the quality of most of them, features on designers sourcing plants - that should be in a special Making Chelsea show and so on and so forth.

I can't see why it is beyond the powers that Beeb to schedule an equal length visit to every single main garden, artisan, fresh garden with an overall view and then close ups on plant combinations and a chat with the designer about the whys and wherefores.   They could do a whole series on the nurseries exhibiting in the marquee and really should devote more time to them as they are exceptional plants people.    

Love the bits with Adam discussing design and Carol on plants.   Joe Smith is marginally less irritating this year but I still find Monty looks uncomfortable in his role.   

There is something odd about a Flower Show having so many "natural" landscapes.  I know it's been hard to find sponsors to fund big gardens this year and sincerely hope that next year they'll have a but more confidence and we'll have some proper gardens with more plants than stone/concrete/water.

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