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Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:40

Agree about David Austin roses. I did not think that roses fitted in with my borders, but they seem to look much more natural, and their repeat flowering means they earn their keep a lot better.

Any gardening programme is better than none, gives me something to do on these wet miserable days.


Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:33

Morning all, another grey and gloomy day, must do my SAD lamp, as this weather is certainly bad for me.

Congratulations to the new grandfathers. Not having any children, it seems unlikely I will ever experience that joy.

Whilst I agree with you Verdun, where do you draw the line? Were the ANC terrorists under apartheid South Africa? " One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter "


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 13:00

Pansyface, we are about 1 mile from Peak Park. At the moment I am more excited about having found it, rather than the fact it is an alien.

It is just so good that the stream is so healthy, we also have a good population of brook trout, and very briefly had water voles, until a local cat fancied a change in its diet, which made me very angry.

Fidget, thank you for the kind offer, I may well need you.

Isn't the forum great.


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 10:36

Love them Dove, want them, need them, must have them!

WOW! Just been wading in the stream, removing the debris, that comes off the moor, during heavy rainfall. I turned over a rock to remove a bit of black plastic, and I found a fresh water Crayfish [ American Signal type sadly], but still amazing.

We have so much life in the stream, which is remarkable considering that in the 1960s, it was regarded as too polluted to contain any life.

Isn't nature amazing.


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 08:07

Morning all.

Been outside with torch, and the water level in the stream has dropped a lot over night, so things looking good.

Just waiting for the next gales.

Have a good day everyone.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 16:53

Afraid so DD, runs through the garden, then passes about 20 foot from the house.

Shouldn't tempt fate, but although the garden often floods, the house never has, although it got very close last winter.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 16:36

Afternoon all, thoroughly wet and horrible here all day.

Stream is now a raging torrent, I do not want it to flood again.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:07

I keep a seed sowing diary, which lists the dates I sow, where I sow [ greenhouse, indoors etc ] and how well they germinate, plus anything else of interest.

This has now been going for about 10 years and I find it very useful to remind me when to do stuff.

I also make lots of to do lists, with jobs for the next few weeks. Unfortunately though I seem to make dozens of the lists, and can never find where I put them.

Writing a list sometimes seems to be a good way to put off doing something, a bit like revision lists at school.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 11:01

If they are the Oriental type of hellebore, I would remove all the leaves in late autumn. Firstly this is because it shows off the flowers better, and secondly, because the leaves usually develop fungal leaf spot and look terrible.

Hellebores don't need too much sun, so maybe they don't need moving.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 10:12

Morning all.

Rain of biblical proportions here, nearly got washed away in torrent outside bread shop.

So glad I retired early, although I didn't want to go at the time.

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