philippa smith2

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Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 16:54

I tend to leave my hardwood bench outside all year - treated once or twice it seems to survive well enough.

Even in the depths of winter, there are days when I want to sit out - dragging something in and out of a garage/shed seems to defeat the object somehow


Posted: 04/03/2017 at 16:48

If you are sure that you will not get any frosty conditions, your tubers can be planted now. If you are desperate to get them in situ now, take precautions - i.e wads of newspaper or fleece over the troughs.

If you are unsure about your weather conditions and have frost free space,  then plant the tubers in pots now - give them plenty of light and pop them in your window boxes next month or after all risk of frost has passed for your area.

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 15:38

Thanks Lantana 

With such a high water table and mostly clay soil here, I wasn't sure. Food for thought tho  - I might be able to find the right spot for it........thinking cap on

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 14:39

Lantana......lovely pic of your Edgworthia

Can I ask whereabouts you are ( roughly speaking ) as I'm still debating whether to buy one of these after seeing one last year.  How much protection do you give it over winter ?  What soil and aspect do you find it does best in ?

I'm coastal Somerset.

aym - hope you enjoy your Sunday - sounds ideal

Removing Moss

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:36

A grass rake would do that I think.  If you look up "Lawns" on this forum you will find several threads offering advice on how to achieve the perfect lawn - or at least a decent lawn if you are not too fussed

Moss in your beds is probably just due to poor drainage and compaction.  Fork it over to break it up and look at your overall soil composition.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:08

I wonder how many use chemicals on their hair but draw the line on using them in the garden ? and is it really logical ?

Similar thing with cosmetics I suppose.   

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:53

I rather like my neighbour's hair - a lady of 92, with very dark grey and then a paler streak from front to crown.  She always reminds me of a badger


Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:41

Heard recently ( could have been Tweet of the Day ? ) that whilst starlings are suffering a decline the upside is that GS Woodpeckers are taking advantage  - less competition for nesting sites.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:27

Rosemary was always supposed to be good for a final rinse.  Don't know what it did exactly but your head always smelled nice

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 19:51

Monty Don is only one of the endless Garden presenters we have seen over the years. He doesn't particularly stand out IMHO but everyone has to make a living.  If he floats your boat......great.... but I wouldn't believe everything he says 

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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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