Sara 4

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Yey I have 7m x 14m blank!

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 22:28

I absolutely totally and completely recommend a pond - I made an enormous mountain out of a molehill about making one (a wildlife one, not a koi one) and even though I only finished it a month ago and it therefore isn't fully planted, it is attracting birds and insects -  we now have a toad, and have had a visiting dragonfly.  I can see mine from the living room window (as you'd be able to) and it is fascinating.  It's nowhere near as hard to do as I thought, just labouring really.

Bird feeders

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 22:23

Actually, ours aren't very interested at the moment - perhaps the rain has brought out a million worms.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 21:45

I would prefer your approach FB, but unfortunately I'm going to damage my perfect nails by dry stone walling where the fence has fallen down, laying flags instead of the concrete path, putting up a pergola and redesigning two raised beds I'm not happy with.  Trimming the hedge as the not-to-be-OH-for-much-longer-at-this-rate is too lazy.  Redecorating and tiling the kitchen, putting up the lights which have been in a cupboard for a year, putting in an outside tap, laying a base for a swing seat and other things for the same reason.  Will try and fit in having a non sexual affair if I can find a gardening electrician with a plumbing certificate and a long reach hedgetrimmer.

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:56

Jeannie, I'd never heard of sidalcea until yesterday, although on googling them I think I've seen them and thought they were hollyhocks.  I have grown hollyhocks from seed (not very many at once though) and am a dismal failure with delphinium and larkspur, so sidalcea look like a fantastic alternative.  Are they easy to grow from seed/cuttings?

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 23:58

I love mallows, and Zoomer trust me I am completely incompetent yet I have grown them from cuttings - in fact my first cutting was just a bit I broke off by accident, shoved experimentally in some earth and it grew.  I have also grown Malva (Zebrina, very pretty purple and white stripe) from seed and that was satisfactorily simple too - I generally don't have a lot of success with any method of propogation, but this family seem to be very kind to me. 

Serious! Really

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 23:51

There was a girl at my school whose surname was Balls.  If that wasn't bad enough, she was called Rosie ....

Indoor fucshia - really?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 23:42

I've never trained them to do anything, but I did have a fuchsia that lived in one of those macrame hanging net things in my bedroom when I was a student.  It wasn't a deliberate policy, more that it was pretty and I didn't know it was meant to go outside!  It lasted for years, despite very very minimal care and attention.

Logistics problem

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 23:55

Hi Ivyhouse, I haven't had any email alerts for literally months - I think the site experts are working at trying to restore them and I may be wrong but I don't think anyone is getting them.  If you go up to your own avatar (top right of page) and click on the pull down menu it will show you what threads you're following which helps a bit.

Serious! Really

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 23:52

Break 23, I haven't heard of it either and the cast list that google brought up didn't jog my memory either.  I loved Bouquet, and was totally addicted to the Forsyte Saga ... way before Brideshead or Downton Abbey.  Someone mentioned a ghost one I couldn't remember a little while back, anybody else remember Randall and Hopkirk deceased?  And Verdun, when you had your sports car did you model your image on Jason King?  Not necessarily the caftan!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 23:36

Cosmos still going berserk, Polish spirit clematis, one of the Cobaeas has 3 newly opened flowers, Gentle Gardener rose trying hard with two or three flowers, couple of Gladiolus and half a dozen Peacock orchids or lilies, can never remember what they're called - must get some more of those though. (Perhaps you should have a look at those Max?, they're such a lovely surprise when they come out just as everything else is on the way out) That's about it apart from sedum, and everything shedding leaves and sinking into the ground ....

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Last Post: 27/10/2013 at 00:56

Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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Last Post: 22/10/2013 at 22:58

So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Last Post: 05/11/2013 at 11:46

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 17:16


Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Last Post: 04/10/2013 at 00:55

Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 09:31

Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 10:41

Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 12:04

My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Last Post: 02/09/2013 at 23:24


Will seeds grow? 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:56


I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 21:24

What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 12:15

Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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