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Latest posts by Rosie31

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)




Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:27

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:52

Still waiting to hear from my fb contacts.  Sorry!  Will chase.

Fabulous day here.  Hope the weather holds for the weekend, we've big party in the garden (50 or so people coming) so we don't want rain!

Bumpity bump



Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:33

Thank you everyone - great suggestions!

Hogweed, the bank is dry in summer because sheltered from rain by overhanging trees, but wetter in winter when exposed (and the soil is clay).  The biggest issue is finding a decent soil pocket - it is rocky hillside, planting holes need to be dug with pickaxe and mattock, not spade.  So the soil is rich clay, but not much of it.  The only good thing about it is that the stoniness and steepness (it's about 45 degrees) means it does drain relatively well.

The other hazard is rabbits (and hares).... but nothing is immune to them, so I've given up worrying about that and just live with the casualties!

Discussions started by Rosie31

Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Will an amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulb last wrapped up for four weeks? 
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Dahlias going free!

Would anyone like some dahlia tubers? 
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Children's play area - help please!

Creating a zero-maintenance play and dining area for daughter 
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pinching out dahlias

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RHS Cardiff - what do you think?

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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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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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