Outdoor girl

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Posted: 21/06/2015 at 16:29

My daughter had a M&S cake made up of three tiers. The florist made a beautiful spray to go on top & it looked good and tasted delicious. Cakes can be way too expensive.

Son had a cake made of different cheeses, decorated with ivy. Now that was different!  

Monty and those gardening sins...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 11:54

Oh dear ... this thread  took a turn I was not expecting. I suppose I should have said that at least Monty does some things the way normal mortals do too.  Another example of foot in mouth syndrome. 

Monty and those gardening sins...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:04

Was it just me who saw Monty commit gardening sines? He over-stuffed a hanging basket with POT BOUND plants! Tut tut.  And then he planted some distinctly leggy cosmos which had not been pinched out or watered much by the look of it! I only know that about cosmos because they looked a bit like mine.  His halo is slipping!

Attractive stinging nettles?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:15

What about the red or white dead nettle? I don't think they are stingers though.

What's wrong with these gooseberries

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:29

It looks a bit like mildew after the early stages- as if the furry stuff has come off and left the scabby stuff behind. Not a very clear explanation but someone with better knowledge will be along soon!

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:44

Very calm here - absolutely no wind. A slight rainfall and that's it.The garden is very parched and desperately needs rain.

Soil based compost

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:48

Thank you for the explanations. I now know why the hibiscus is suffering...no food. 

Soil based compost

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 14:41

I understand that if I want to keep a tree or shrub in a pot permanently, then I must use soil based compost. I'm not sure what this is...soil and potting compost? Does anyone have any experience of this and can you advise me?

The plants I want to pot are Acer and myrtle. I have a hibiscus in a pot too and it's suffering. Thank you.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 16:45

oops...whizzed. !!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 16:42

I once met a lady who had a thing about nettles. She would chop them down, hang then up to dry in her spare bedroom until dry. Then they were whizzes into a powder in the food processor and sprinkled onto soup or into stews. She said they were an excellent source of iron.

Haven't tried it myself yet but do love them for the compost heap!

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Monty and those gardening sins...

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