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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 10:49

Dunno.  Never tried.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 09:05

Christmas tree pot.

 No decisions on the others yet till I've sorted out existing pots and know what else I may need.

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from tubers

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 08:39

Check over your tubers for any rotted or damaged ones then start the healthy ones off in trays or pots of compost in a shletered, frost free spot.   When they start to make shoots you can take cuttings at about 3" high and root them in pots of compost and grit.

Have a read of this from the RHS -


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:55

Shoulders joints complaining after Tuesday's battle with the conifer so no gardening but I did go to the GC to stock up on fresh peanuts for the bird feeders and 20 small perennials leapt into my trolley.  

Buy 1 for 2.45 or get bulk price of 10 for 1.95 each in 4 inch pots so now I have 5 each of a deep red achelia, lychnis Vesuvius, fiery red and orange potentillas and bright red tanaceum - hot, hot, hot.   They'll go in the greenhouse for a few days then be potted i-on till big enough to go out and fend for themselves.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:20

I love the metal tubs and the blue pots.  Lovely looking house and garden too.

I found some old galvanised laundry tubs in a street market here a few years ago. The biggest and widest (mini bath tub style) has been painted a satin black and has been used as an ice bucket for beers when we had big BBQs but now we have a drinks fridge so it can become a planter.  Then there's a straight sided one I painted red and green and stencilled with gold snowflakes to hold the Xmas tree and one more to paint up or leave natural.  Decisions decisions.

Whilst walking the dogs the other day I found an 8" square, slightly rusty, cream metal bird cage which I rescued.  It'll look great with a trailing plant or candle in it.



Secateur review

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 23:01

I have two pairs of Felcos, one since 1989.   Only bought the second pair cos daughter lost the first one a couple of years ago.  They turned up in the compost heap a year later and now need a new blade which I will get around to ordering one of these days.  My Felcos have outlasted all cheaper pairs bought by friends who constantly have to replace theirs so have ended up spending more over the years.

I use Wolf loppers or a Wolf pruning saw for bigger stems.

Advice on what may be causing hedge disease and how l could treat

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:55

I agree.  Give it a good feed - pelleted chicken manure is another option - and work it into the soil at the base.  Clear out any weeds first then feed and mulch it to retain moisture and improve soil structure.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:51

Hello GG.  Biofreak has gone biodynamic this year which is gardening by the moon but taking into account its passage through the zodiac signs as well as its phase - waxing or waning plus rising or descending.    

You can see the sequence here - but it doesn't give a detailed hour by hour break down that you find in French lunar almanacs.

The lunar eclipse will have a powerful effect on its gravitational pull, as do the points of its orbit when it is nearest and furthest from the earth and the days when it is moving from waxing to waning and ascending to descending - all times when garden maintenance (paths, fences, sheds etc) is preferable to actually gardening with plants. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 17:40

5 hours here too but spent emptying a 2 x 4 metre bed of almost all its plants and setting them aside for division and replanting later on.   pruned back 3 clems and 3 roses and dug another one up and put it in a pot where I can nurture it cos it was struggling.

Weeded and edged another small bed and filled with aquilegias and baby hellebores from the cleared bed.   Cleared half a nearby semi circular bed of excess geranium phaeum then dug up a 5' conifer from the damp bed by the terrace and hauled it ona tarpaulin to the semi circular which is going to become a conifer bed and will end the constant refereeing garaniums and hostas all the time.  When they show their noses, the hostas will come out and be divided and replanted in new homes in my garden and with friends.

Fed the roses and clems and fed, watered and mulched 6 more clems.  Off for a well earned shower now and then line dancing after dinner. 

Might need a gentle day tomorrow.

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:06

I like wrens but I voted for the Puffin as Britain has such a lot of coastline providing ideal habitat for this endearing bird which has been struggling in recent years because of food shortages.

Mute swans or barn owls would be my next choice.  Robins are too aggressive and unfaithful for me.   


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