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Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 16:43

Governments facilitate trade - or block it - by making trade deals with other countries or trading blocks such as the EU, USA, or China or the African Economic Community.   Governments also make rules on what can be sold to whom eg nuclear materials.

Companies then trade within that framework.

Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 14:49

I think it's just ordinary rhubarb that has been well fed with a mulch of garden compost and/or manure and has then had a mild winter and a wet spring.

Mine just got some ordinary compost from our heaps in late winter and is producing huge stalks and massive leaves.

David Austin potted roses

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 12:17

I don't have a favourite - each is where it is because it looks good in a mixed bed and they're not all in one formal rose bed - but I am tending more and more towards the simpler flowered forms when I buy new ones because they're good for pollinators.  

what is this plant called

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:58

Nut, you are a gem and Mud, I too like the look of that plant even if it does look rampant.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:55

I have a centaurea with white flowers and purple centers as well as that pink form and a deep purple one.   Gorgeous plants.

There's also a white form of lychnis coronaria with silver foliage that should suit.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:53

I used to belong to the Ozzie toddlers' group here - by invitation - and ended up running it.  Visited Oz in 2000 to see friends who'd gone home - one family in Manley Heights and another in Canberra.   OH visited for 5 weeks and I stayed on an extra 3 weeks with Possum so we could help the latter friend move house - pregnant, working, separated from OH and with one son already who was Possum's best friend till he left.  

We started at Magnetic Island to get over jet lag and see the reef then Uluru, Alice Springs, Adelaide (via Ghan train), Sydney and Canberra.   Lots of visits at each place and in between.   Very hot in January and strange to have Xmas lights in hot weather.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:26

Was Boris ever normal?  Good for a laugh but not normal and not too sensible either.   Definitely a "me" politician.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:17

We had -32C here on the 6th of Jan 2009.   Killed off all my evergreen viburnums, an eleagnus, a choisya, several dwarf conifers, lots of clems including all the alpinas, montanas and macropetalas, New Dawn and Guninées rose and cut my whopping great Kiftsgate back to one surviving stem about 6' high.   

We've had the more usual -20Cs since then and the last two winters have hardly had any frost worth mentioning so Kiftsgate has finally recovered and is covering the front, south facing wall of the house beautifully again.  It's been so cool  and wet for a month or more that it's only just opening its flowers now - about 3 weeks later than usual.

The hottest I have ever been was 42C in the shade at Uluru but that's dry heat and do-able.   I'm not good in sticky heat.

Diamond Back Moth

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:05

I'm in Belgium and have neither heard of nor seen these moths here - yet!  I have enough bother with slugs and cabbage whites without wishing for more pests.   

If they come I'll happily squish and drown and sacrifice the brassicas.  Don't want to use chemicals as there are so many birds in my garden feeding their young on juicy pests like caterpillars and aphids.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:58

I would go for a white flowered cistus - evergreen foliage with a sliver/grey back and lovely white flowers with deep purple spots - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=432

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