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Where is Nigel?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 08:32
So glad there's good news about Nigel. We're a soft hearted lot, thankfully.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:19
That's a brilliant idea smada_1 - holly leaves, especially dead ones are lethal(as I've found to my cost whenever I've trodden on one with bare feet) I can understand why slugs and snails would be reluctant to crawl over them. Will certainly try this with my Dahlias and Hostas next year.


Posted: 14/10/2012 at 14:06
I agree sotongeoff, it does seem to be a fact of life but that doesn't mean we can't continue to have a moan about it! You never know, maybe someone in the "know" will have a rethink and actually extend our one and only gardening programme.


Posted: 14/10/2012 at 10:57
I don't think that Nigel detracts from the gardening Lowenna, I think that he rather adds to the general cosy feel of the programme. Just wish we had more than half an hour weekly, surely an hour a week wouldn't be too much to ask for?

Do you have to have pick out points...

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 16:12
Why don't you just plant how YOU want to? I don't think you have to follow any "rules". If you don't like the end result you can always juggle plants around. I think that's half the fun of planting, if it doesn't look right to you just alter it when you can. Because a lot of my plants have been eaten by rabbits I have ended up with some of my borders planted totally different to how I originally intended but it doesn't really matter as I shall probably keep altering them until I'm happy with them or until something gets eaten again! I think that YOU should decide what plants to use it's YOUR garden after all. Have fun.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 16:58
Thanks for your advice sotongeoff. I'll do as you advise and hopefully the dahlias will survive. The conservatory is really filling up now with pelargoniums, fuschias,various cuttings and now dahlias. Never thought we would use the conservatory when we bought this cottage as they always get SO hot but it's invaluable over winter for all the plants.

Weeding - a forgotten skill? Discuss ....

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 16:18
In a previous house I regularly used to pull out a troublesome weed only to find that when I missed one it grew into a lovely foxglove! Won't make THAT mistake again.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 16:15
I've never grown dahlias before but bought two in pots this year. They've flowered really well (apart from a few munched leaves!) but I'm not sure what to do with them over winter. Can I just leave them as they are in pots in the conservatory or do I have to take them out of the pots to keep them? I would be grateful for any advice.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 09:55
A lovely day yesterday in Lincolnshire. Worked all day in the garden tidying beds and putting down a thick layer of bark (obtained from all the dead wood that we had cut back and put through a shredder) Couldn't believe how warm and sunny the day was, quite a change from today which is overcast and miserable at the moment, maybe it's our turn to have some bad weather.


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 17:06
So that's what happened to Nigel! Poor thing. I too missed him. It's lovely to see him at Monty's side in the garden and obviously enjoying himself. Hope he's back soon. My dog Lily (standard Poodle) is always with me in the garden and I have to keep stopping whatever I'm doing to throw the ball for her. She's great company. Somehow, I think that dogs and gardens go together.

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