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Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:42

Linda - have a look here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/horseradishsauce_1304 

Clari - no hedgehogs spotted here this year but we do usually have one around, with babies.   Use dto have loads of bats but now I only ever see one flitting back and forth.  Been like that for years so I don't know why he or she doesn't bring their pals to help hoover up the insects.

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 22:21

Me too.  They are gorgeous plants and I'm off to a new garden soon but need to wait and see if there are rabbits and what winters are like.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:45

Not really but it is flipping cold for August.

We had curry too but home made.   Tried a new recipe for OH's lime pickle last time and it smells awful but OH likes it - but then he likes self propelling cheeses too.

ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:40

They can take several years from sowing to flowering and resent disturbance and the seed need to be sown fresh and kept frost free for good results.   I didn't know this when I sowed seed a few years ago and most of the babies died off after being pricked out and the rest didn't survive winter.    

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:28

It's a lot to expect a plant to grow, let alone thrive, in the starved and dried up soil at the base of a conifer which will have depleted all the nutrients and whose canopy will stop rain water getting through.   Better to plant it in a well prepared hole at the edge of the tree canopy and then wind the new growth through its branches.   

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ID please!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 21:20

Dierama - aka Angel's fishing rods?

Not a fan of monkey puzzle trees but that's because they're usually planted in completely the wrong place, like a front garden in front of a window.   Expect they look quite good in a large space.

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My little blank canvas

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:48

DD - pots and tubs and any old container you can find to fill with cheap bulbs and bedding and whatever else you can find to plant in them and take to your new place.  Old boots, old wellies, old colanders, anything.

I expect you'll find seeds going cheap as the season advances and you can save them to sow next spring.   Keep an eye out for late sales of bulbs too as the shops clear their shelves for Xmas displays.

Concentrate on making Charlie feel safe and secure and comfortable while he adjusts to the changes and then onwards and upwards to your new venture together. 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:34

OH and I went to Amsterdam and the Hague in February because, for once, all the Vermeers were at home and on display instead of being cleaned or out on loan or their gallery being renovated which has been the case on all previous trips over the last 25 years.

The VG gallery cost about the same but had very few actual VGs on display and none of the really famous ones except for a poster in one spot saying "sorry, these sunflowers are being cleaned".

The bulbs are good though.   Spotted loads I fancied in the flower market, especially colourful bearded irises but decided to wait and buy them in the Hague so as not to have to carry them all day.  Not one, not anywhere, not even at the biggest (sic!) street market in Europe.

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 16:00

Did you feed them?  I do and it works.   3 weeks after the hack they are full of healthy new leaves and then flowers a bit later on.

Quick growing climber - suggestions please

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 15:45

I use pelleted chicken manure which is a good general fertiliser with a balance of nitrogen for stems and foliage, phosphorus for flowers and fruit plus potash for roots and general plant health but for roses and clematis I add extra specialist food to help with flower production.    Liquid tomato food is a good occasional instant tonic for flowering plants.

Anything grown in pots needs an annual feed in spring and anything growing in the ground will benefit from a boost in spring .  Think of it as a bit like feeding a balanced diet to kids to help them grow strong and healthy and a good general diet to adults to keep them healthy as they mature.

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