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Latest posts by Rosie31

Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:25

We made sloe vodka by 'mistake' one year when we ran out of gin.  Since then we've made it every year... it is Fantastic.  We use wild damsons from the hedgerow - they're a sloe / damson cross and just brilliant.

What's this flower

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:45

I'm not a geologist but your picnic table sounds tempting! 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:43

We're on heavy clay with a generous helping of big rocks.  Most of our digging involves a mattock (or even a pickaxe for the very bad bits).  For digging over big areas I use mattock to break it up and then fork or spade to turn into something manageable.   My mattock is quite a small one (I'm a wimp) but made from very heavy-duty material so it gets through anything.  I've once broken the shaft, but that is really easy to replace. 

After ten years of adding compost and leafmould, though, I now have quite a few bits of garden with lovely soil that is easy-peasy to use fork and spade on. 

I'd say get a really good mattock from a country stores (countrywide are good, or mole valley), the sort that you can get replacement handles for!

Dogs and toxic plants

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:23

We've an 8 month labrador puppy called Pongo.  Love him to bits.  Eats ANYTHING.  Loves to chew on ivy ,  hunts around for wisteria pods . I go around trying to pick up and remove anything truly toxic (I'll be keeping close watch on the ricinis seeds) but there's no way I can keep everything out of his way. 

But so far no sign of illness;  must be strong stomach!


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:15

Hi Julie

I don't think the cherry would be a problem.  In my garden the montbretia flowers fine, except when it has been there too long and needs to be dug up and divided.  How long has your plant been there?  Has it ever flowered?



Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 09:37

Sun is shining, all is good!  And some people from the worst-affected bits of the levels are beginning to get back into their homes, too - hoorah! 


Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 07:26

It was a great thing to be part of.  Real teamwork, big impact!

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:22

I've given a load to the local GP already.... perhaps I could give some to some other local practices...

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:11

Every month I get a Gardeners' World magazine and also a 'Garden' magazine (I'm an RHS member).  I love them.  But I've now got several years worth of back issues and they are taking over the house.  They are still really good reference sources (after all, the yearly routine in the garden doesn't change that much) so I hate to throw them out.  But really I don't want them any more.

Does anyone else have the same problem, and if so what do you do with them?

Or would anyone out there like them?


Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:29

Hello everyone! 

Well, I've heard back from our friends in Somerset.  At the moment the demand for plants has died down (most are now in the ground, and the big clean-up effort is focused on homes and interiors now).   Andrew suggests that we should avoid building up a backlog of plants in pots that need watering over the summer, so the pressure is off for now. 

Huge, huge thanks from everyone on the levels to everyone who has done so much over the past few months.  The boost to morale, as well as the boost to gardens, just can't be over-stated.  I've had a message from Gardeners' World Magazine that they might want to run an article on what we've been doing (well done Artjak!), so I'll let you all know how that goes.

Big grin, big hugs, and big thanks to everyone!

(and Pongo sends big licks to flossie flo)




Discussions started by Rosie31

Children's play area - help please!

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pinching out dahlias

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Loosing my followed threads

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help with melons

how do i know when they are ready? 
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Garden and Gardeners World back issues

What do you do with them? 
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Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Shrubs for very shady, rocky bank 
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Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Cut flowers at end of May

What would be in bloom then? 
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Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Any dog owners out there? 
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Protecting banana plants - suggestions?

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Sweet peas in conservatory?

Advice please 
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