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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:06

AJak.......that sounds a terrible could probably have shredded your stuff with a pair of scissors in that time

The Scottish accent has been voted the best, most friendly and warm accent to use in a call centre   ( a useless piece of info I came across somewhere ) soothes us and makes us forget our complaints apparently. 

Apologies to any Scots members......I love the accent myself

alpines type wot to do please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:48

Dove.......didn't know it was to do with lightning strikes...... and learn. We used to have them on French houses ......I noticed them too on the local Convent outhouses..........the little roofs you describe as  Catslide roofs.

I love them ......bowls of them everywhere and have recently planted some on my roof slope (in place of Stonecrop) ......I was feeling quite pleased until my elderly neighbour phoned me the other morning......"Philippa........did you realise you have stuff growing on your roof" ? She does tend to get in a panic

New Rockery

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:16

Now that sounds like the perfect compromise to me........I can see that now Dove.........half the work is done already I think  .It could be done more easily than building up a rockery for sure and with some judicious planting would be a lovely feature.

 Mmmmm.....I've got a bit of concrete which I dislike...........I like the idea of wandering along a sunken bit.  Physically I mean of course......not just my mind

New Rockery

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 18:22

You can certainly get through a few ankles that way.......

ngs garden in Peterborough

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:38

What super pics........can u do me a mural of No. 5 AJ ?  Looks so cool and refreshing whilst I'm baking here.......oh, and pop a couple of those smart fish in too perhaps ?  That way I can just look at the mural and forget the garden

Seriously...........what a gem of a place...........thanks for showing us

Lemon tree advice

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:31

Citrus are not fully hardy in the would probably want a cold G/H to overwinter them or in a conservatory maybe ?  Mine spend most of the year outside in the garden but do still require protection in winter.  They will take a certain amount of cold/frost when mature but the key is well drained soil.

They aren't particularly difficult but like any containerised plant, need care and maintenance.

Check out the different varieties ( there are a number these days ) and note it's characteristics and then look at some of the specialist growers/nurseries and take it from there.

I rather think tho if you are in the UK you may well find you still have to buy at least some Lemons..........annoying but true

alpines type wot to do please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:53

Alan......Victoria is's a Sempervivum ( House Leek to you and I )...the flower spike will die back as will the rosette it came from......the surrounding rosettes will then flower when they have reached a certain size and the whole cycle begins again

New Rockery

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:27

Mmm........I don't suppose this strip leads to your Woodland glade does it ?  Might make a nice woodland walk perhaps ? You seem to have trees to either side ?

To make it stable I would imagine all you could do would be to keep adding soil and compacting whilst the stuff you have piled in there gradually rots down ?  Pretty long term tho perhaps ?

Having gardened in both France and Spain I can understand the frustrations of battling with a different environment.  However, you usually have more land in those countries so perhaps you could look on it as a "wild patch" and cultivate it as such ?  I actually quite like the look of that  so I suppose I am not being very constructive re your rockery project......sorry about that but wish you luck however you decide to deal with it


Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:30

Salino......I wondered too but was too feeble to ask  Perhaps some of us ( certainly me anyway ) need a rundown on abbreviations ?  At least I have OH taped now but some of the others are a bit of a puzzle.

My tropical garden

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:23

That's a shame.  It's nice to get a perspective from other parts of the world. I've never posted a pic yet but enjoy looking at others the forum too

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Kindle e readers

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Anyone growing this one ? 
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anyone grown this ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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