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Posted: Today at 11:26

Due to rain and cold, have wimped out of gardening. Took a trip to GC instead, and bought stuff to make me think that Spring was coming: fertiliser, Vermiculite and seed compost. Got £5 off for spending more than £20.


Posted: Today at 05:18

Morning all. As you can tell, my body clock is not in the right place yet. I am also freezing, 10 days at 27 - 30 Centigrade means I cant cope with Sheffield in January.

Highlights of holiday were a walk in the rain forest being followed by Cobus monkeys, and our general daily routine, sit under Tamarind tree, on edge of beach, 10 yards from the sea, and wait for member of hotel staff to come and take our drinks order. They also had a curry night on Fridays!

I was very sorry to read your news Verdun, maybe a blessing in disguise though?

Hope the rest of you are well, and am looking forward to getting back into the banter, although not if it is going to be all about bras. My only interest in that subject over the years, was in how to remove them.

Hoping to get outside for few hours today, as I seem so behind with winter work in the garden this year. Did manage to sow some more sweet peas yesterday though.

Have a good day everyone.


Posted: Yesterday at 07:24

Morning all.

Just returned, from 10 days in the sun. Grenada is a beautiful island with lovely people and a great environment, with a rain forest and lovely wild life.

Utterly jet lagged, so off to bed, after the SM.

Will catch up with you all soon.

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:10

I agree with those who like the purple / deep blue association with the acid green. Some of the tall perennial Lobelia would look good, with as you say, a blue Geranium at its feet.

I love orange, but I don't think the Geum would look right.

Planting a tree

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 14:57

Perfect time.

Square hole [ yes really ], encourages roots to grow out. loosen soil around edges of hole [ same reason ], don't add compost to hole [ if soil too rich in hole, roots will not have to search for nutrients, and finally a stake that allows top of tree to move, but that anchors the roots.

I am sure people will disagree with some of this, but I read a lot of stuff before planting trees a few years ago, and there did appear to be some evidence for the above.

Also regular watering in the first few years.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:58

Look at the photos of Longmeadow from when he bought the house, and you will see how he transformed a field [ without help ] into a garden over a ten year period.



Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:22

Afternoon all.

Welcome back Fg., missed you.

Still blowing a gale here, does not inspire me to get out there.

Counting down to holiday, and some much needed sun.

Have a good day everyone. 


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 15:09

Brilliantly said Chicky, although I cannot agree with Duran Duran and Spandau. Try changing to the Clash and the Jam, and we would be getting somewhere.

I find myself constantly re- reading The Ivington Diaries, which I just love, almost poetry.


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 10:44

Well David, if you say nothing, there will be nothing for me to say!


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 10:08

Morning all, seriously windy here. Woke up in middle of the night to an almighty crash, thought oh NO what has gone.

Got up, got head torch and wandered around outside. Nothing seemed to be damaged, except a few pots broken. Some where a tree must have come down, but I can' see where.

Several roads in Sheffield closed, because of the fallen trees.

Off to buy some seed compost, so after the holiday I can start sowing.

Stay safe everyone.

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