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Strange weather we've been having

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:57

A nice bottle of claret please

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:55

Yes you are right Dove. I occassionaly see adders on bits of heath in Derbyshire. Grass snakes are fairly common around my local RSPB reserve which is full of ponds and gravel pits. Last spring I saw a grass snake swimming along behind a duck and line of ducklings and then there was one duckling less.


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 18:08

I feel better already. Chatting about "stuff" then throw in some gardening once any of us can actually get outside. What more do you need?....... Well actually cake and alcohol.

Cooking cod and chorizo stew for tea so maybe a nice bottle riesling?


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 17:30

Ok. I have had a look at some other forums and they dont look nearly as good as this one. So Im staying if you will have me.

This talk of crabs reminds me that many years ago I was crewing on a boat in the Seychelles. Back then they were pretty undeveloped. One day we sailed past a place called Lazio bay and could see a little shack behind some palm trees. The breakers on the beach were too large to attempt to bring the boat in. Rather than get the inflatable out to see what was on the beach the skipper decided to send the most expendable member of the crew overboard.

Having swum ashore and nearly drowned, I was met by some friendly locals offering beer. Eventually the rest of the crew came ashore in the dingy and we spent a great afternoon eating a fantastic crab curry.


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 08:49

I am very confused.{ according to OH this is my normal state } I dont know where I should be posting. I thought the new Hello forkers was a great idea and that everyone seemed to think this was the way forward.

I cant believe that we can make such a mountain out of something so simple. Can anyone who uses another forum let me know where to find it please.

Good luck on here to one and all, I thought you seemed like very nice people and offered kind words when things were not going well for me.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:14

15` and wet in Sheffield. Not been in garden today. Gym this morning and then watching my beloved Spurs this afternoon.

Weather here for next week looks dire, but lots to do so will be getting wet.

I grow a fair few cannas here. I lift them about now and put them in pots which i store in the porch. I then start them early in February in the pots in the living room [ drives OH nuts ] I usually plant them out early June.

Chilerns seeds sell canna and they are fairly easy from seed but do need plenty of heat.

Mulching: when, how?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 11:45

Another thing that I think is worth considering is that if you want to encourage plants to self seed in the borders, then a 2 inch mulch over everything in the border in autumn covering all those seeds will tend to stop germination. I tend towards Verduns technique of mulching around plants when I am planting something new or "tickling" it around perennials where there is no room for other plants to grow.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 08:37

My clerodendrum is flowering now and very pretty it is to. Sadly though I never get the berries. I wonder why.

Plant ID

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 22:35

It is indeed nut.

Talkback: Give borders an autumn boost

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 10:14

Callicarpa does well in my cold Sheffield garden. It about 6 foot tall and smothered in berries at the moment. A bit dull earlier in year though as flowers are fairly insignificant.

Ceratostigma willmotiana doesnt seem to grow very big here but i do like the flowers and the leaf colour is fab.

I dont think that any discussion on autumn colour is complete without mentioning Asters. I have a number [ long forgotten] which types which are a riot of colour at the moment and along with sedum will probably be the lasr things flowering here.

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