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Posted: 11/09/2013 at 09:32

I think Verdun is scared to admit that even here in Cornwall it is getting a bit A*******l.

I thought we gardeners could be winding down now but there seems to be more to do than ever. The dahlias and cosmos are still flowering their socks off so I'm deadheading dayly to keep them going as long as possible.

I'm thrilled to find buds coming on the cobaeas that I sowed earlier this year so I hope the weather doesn't turn too cold so they can open. Some posted that they wouldn't grow them again  as they never flowered so fingers crossed.

One of my chickens is broody and my grandson has brought six fertile duck eggs for her. She is going to get a shock if they hatch. It takes 28 days so she is going to have a long wait. She is sitting tight and I have to lift her off the nest to feed and drink.

I hope Verdun arrives soon with his advice. He even got me into planting two helebores this year.

Wood lice

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 17:36

I've found woodlice inside holes in strawberries. Maybe if the tomatoes were damaged or splitting the woodlice would have a nibble.



Posted: 21/08/2013 at 10:08

Good morning all,

Lovely morning here in Verdunland. I've been picking wild blackberries for a week now. They are in the freezer for winter puds and pies.

Thanks for the info on ragwort, Nutcutlet. It must be an age related symptem as I'm now 27 going on 28.

Betjeman is buried in Cornwall. I think he prefered it to Slough although I think he had a few digs at Cornwall too.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 17:25

Hi TT and Fairygirl,

I did google ragwort and it did say to wear protective clothing and I'm like you Fairygirl, I've got two retired shetlands and I've always pulled ragwort up when I've seen it so it might be just coincidence that I felt a bit gippy the next day.

I'm noodling too.



Posted: 20/08/2013 at 10:11

Good morning all,

Not posted for a while but lurk and try to keep up with you all.

That accident was horrific, Verdun. Take care. Are you popping in to the exotic nursery near there?

Hearing talk of ragwort, I pulled some up near where I live to stop it seeding everywhere, stupidly not wearing gloves. I felt really dizzy yesterday but gradually feeling better. I know it's poisonous especially to horses but could it have this effect?

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 16:42

Hi flowersforbees,

I think it could be knapweed. A wild flower and good for bees.



Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:13

A bit cooler today in Verdunland.

Please, Fairygirl, can you make the thunder overnight?

Love the photos, Punkdoc. Heligan is my favourite. Is the pond in the Italian garden at Heligan?

Powdery mildew.

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 10:52

I've been spraying a clematis that was showing signs of powdery mildew. I've used milk and water and it really seems to be working.


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 10:32

I agree with the Cat.

They've probably been attacked by the dreaded lily beetle. I think the lava cover themselves with their own poo which will look like worm casts. 

HELP! plant identifying its ruining my life

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 17:35

Hi Holly, I think it's russian vine. It's also know as 'mile a minute vine' and I think you realise why.

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