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Latest posts by Rosie31

Movie quotes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 22:00

The 'I hope...' one is Shawshank Redemption, isn't it?

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:59

Digging in our very stoney ground.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 07:42

I've just arrived! Nightmare flight over the bristol channel. Any cake left?  Pleeeeeeeeeeease?

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:19

"Gardening needs a lot of water....most of it in the form of perspiration!"

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:17

I'd agree with the alchemilla mollis suggestion... we used it for my daughters wedding last year, it fills out everything. Then you only need a few other blooms as highlights.... try cosmos, sweetpeas, larkspur, etc.  You can't do alchemilla from seed, need to get some from a friend's garden but don't worry it is really common and grows like a weed!   Where do you live? That will help us think through what you might be able to sow and get into flower for June. ..

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 16:45

Have fun everyone!

help with melons

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:30

Growing melons (canteloupe) in the greenhouse for the first time.  I've got five nice fruit on four plants.  They are beginning to smell lovely and sweet, but not yet very large ( a bit bigger than a cricket ball), and are turning golden yellow.  What is the best way to tell if they are ripe, and is there anything i can do to speed up the process?  (For example, should i now be removing the leaves, like i do to speed up ripening of tomatoes?) 

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!

Discussions started by Rosie31

Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Will an amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulb last wrapped up for four weeks? 
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Last Post: 16/11/2015 at 12:18

Dahlias going free!

Would anyone like some dahlia tubers? 
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Last Post: 11/11/2015 at 13:25

Children's play area - help please!

Creating a zero-maintenance play and dining area for daughter 
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Last Post: 06/10/2015 at 23:16

pinching out dahlias

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Last Post: 12/05/2015 at 09:22

RHS Cardiff - what do you think?

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Last Post: 18/04/2015 at 16:26

Loosing my followed threads

Don't understand how to make sure I can 'follow' all the threads I'm contributing to 
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Last Post: 30/03/2015 at 18:04

Daphne is too big for her boots!

When and how to prune an overgrown daphne 
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Last Post: 21/02/2015 at 11:02

help with melons

how do i know when they are ready? 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 18:10

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

What do you do with them? 
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Last Post: 31/07/2014 at 10:08

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Shrubs for very shady, rocky bank 
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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 16:20

Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 22:03

Cut flowers at end of May

What would be in bloom then? 
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Last Post: 04/04/2014 at 08:34

Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Any dog owners out there? 
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Last Post: 15/02/2014 at 15:35

Protecting banana plants - suggestions?

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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 23:05

Sweet peas in conservatory?

Advice please 
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Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 11:03
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