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Planning my pergola...

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 12:16

What about a Grape vine ?  It won't give you much interest over winter but if you choose a dessert variety with black fruit, the combination of fresh green leaves and bunches of fruit can be most attractive.  The leaves also give Autumn interest before they drop.

I have a similar set up with the vine planted at one end and trained up and over the length of the pergola.  You get a nice green "roof" that way and the grapes hang down 

Need help identifying houseplant

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:01

Looks like Kalanchoe


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:07

Tabards ?  Weren't they 70's stuff ?  Sound medieval now  They were really just cardis without the sleeves...and without the pockets.....and maybe they were just something completely different

"Soft mick" ?  Presumably an Irish connotation ?  No idea really.

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:00

Are we talking about Ken here ?  If so, I am well aware of his environmental background but he is surely the last person who would need to be "lobbied".  It's the people who don't know one end of a carrot from another who need a bit of a jolt.  I wish you luck with that one 

Isn't it easy enough to get a PD these days......a petition with so many signatories will ensure the matter is debated ?  I might have that wrong tho.  If you come up with a definitive  issue and put it on here you may be pleasantly surprised......I believe the Hedgehog hit the requisite number of signatories recently.  Whether any of it will be debated seriously is another matter entirely of course.

Bunnies ?  Thankfully I don't have that problem here but if you would like to lobby against the common Celandine, you have my full support


Black Lichen (black spots)on stonework

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:41

Why on earth would you want to remove lichen ?

Does every bit of stone have to be pristine these days ?  

Give the ads a rest for heavens sake


Do I have one specimen tree or a hedge?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:33

If your neighbour's tree or hedge is damaging your property, you have a right to seek redress.

Even if the lelandii is part of a hedge or a single tree, it is unlikely to have a TPO on it. May be a different matter if you are in a conservation area but you will know that.

As Logan says, speak to your neighbour first and contact your local council if you are unable to resolve the matter.

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:26

Shepp.......I think that is a bit unfair only to mention a London mayoral candidate - not all of us live in the Metropolis.  

Lobbying is not always the same as Campaigning..........we have to go through whatever local authority currently runs our area.  Well, that's not strictly true of course but I have better things to do in my local community than to trot up to Westminster and "lobby" MP's who have no interest in what I say.

As you say, better to spend the time in your garden, your allotment, nearest green space or WHY.

Don't let any grouchiness put you off from offering your views......we will all become happy Bunnies once summer gets underway.  


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:07

"Cooler " Hazel ?  Tut tut......It is "Kooler" now I think.  You must keep up

Steve.......hope Goat speaks proper, like

Runnybeak..........  Bet he at least called it a Cardi tho rather than a...........erm.........there must be a modern term for a cardi ?  One of you will know I'm sure.

Ooh....Indian Runners........I do like them 


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:13

"I'm sure something will annoy someone again sooner or later "   B3

Yes, something, here you got my goat ( well, like, not literally before any of you post me a replacement goat)

Big Ticket Issues........on the petitions thread.  What is wrong with "important matters" ?

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:07

Sheppardseedco......I'm not sure you will get too many on board by referring to "big ticket issues "........( unless we can get a P D on the reduction of jargon ) but I take your point.  

People have been campaigning for a number of years on the issues you mention but Govt. policies roll on regardless.

It might be more applicable to lobby for people to be more politically aware - many of us are but we are getting older and grouchier and few and far between


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Just trying it out 
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Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Anyone growing this one ? 
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Another Vine Weevil warning

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Pond plants

ID needed please 
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Early activity 
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Seed and Plant swap 2016

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Ryan the gardener 15

Are you there ? 
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