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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:50

Good excuse for a hot toddy Frank.   Possum has given me hers which is very kind of her.   Too cold and snowy to garden anyway so, between sneezes, I'm doing some sorting in my sewing attic, clearing out patterns I had for suits and dresses in the 80s when I had to be smart every day.

 Anyone interested in unused patterns for Barbie doll outfits or a toy rabbit with dresses?  Possum turned out not to be that girl so I never made them. 

Ask Joe Swift a garden design question

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:16

I have two of these things in my front rectangle bed.  I grow heucheras and anemone de Caen and geranium macrorhizum in the soil around them so they flop over and disguise the edges and I put a big pot in the middle, planted with bulbs or trailing pelargoniums or petunias and an upright plant in the middle or some such according to season.

I have another in the lawn to the side of the house.  Nothing to do there but build up the soil level so the lawnmower can go straight over.  It's in completely the wrong place to be a "feature".


Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:01

One bite at a time?

It's far too early to plant anything except bare root plants and even then I'd pot them up first and nurture them out of bad weather.    Far too early to sow most plants as there isn't enough daylight to maintain seedlings and prevent them getting leggy, assuming you have somewhere cosy to keep them.

Hoe your beds to decapitate any weed seedlings, add compost and manure if you haven't already and keep hoeing till planting time in March.

That gives you about 6 to 8 weeks to research/remember the plants you did want and work out what will go where.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 12:58

Charlie D lost her mum and stepdad in the Boxing Day tsunami and that made her withdraw from public life for a while.   Since coming back she's done a bit of TV gardening, she's been in panto, does a lot of charity work and is a gardening presenter now on an ITV breakfast show.   Popped up on James Martin's afternoon show recently.

Agree about hands and plants rather than faces.


BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 10:44

Snow - definitely wishful thinking but we can live in hope, can't we.   Gardeners have to be optimistic.   

Agree with your earlier post too except for CB.   He's a clever chap and could do both except he might need a time turner to fit it in with his other activities.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 09:16

Freezing.  -12C on Monday morning and not getting above freezing by day so far this week.   Should be warmer for the weekend though but only 3C and there's all the snow to melt and soak into frozen ground.  No gardening for a while here yet.

Indoor jobs then for me too.   Enjoy!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 17:31

Well done Frank.

Getting warmer here - only -8C this morning - and set to be frost free again by Saturday but yes, February can be the hardest month here too so no rush to get going but I do need to do some maintenance and mending on trellis panels and posts as soon as it's OK.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 17:29

Mr T gave it up and handed over to Monty.   Quel désastre!

Even when he covered plants or projects I can't grow or wouldn't attempt he made it interesting and fun.

Since this person is to be an extra, rather than a  replacement, I think they could do with a garden pests and diseases expert to do regular features on how to identify and how best to treat in a wildlife friendly manner.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 15:32

Chris Beardshaw or Matthew Wilson for me.   Both fully qualified, with wide experience and are articulate so can communicate their knowledge and enthusiasm to others.  

Unlikely to happen though as both would show up Monty's shortcomings.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 09:16

I think it might be a Delia Smith recipe so better give her credit.

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