Sara 4

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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 00:24




 Well, they're here so far - let's see if they stay there when the post is posted ...

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 00:20

How weird, NC - they were there, I swear!  Give me a minute and I'll try the b thing again. 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 20:00


Done it, until spring ... not v good pictures, but lovely compared to the concrete earlier in the year!  These may or may not work as a slide show (in which case you may get pictures of all sorts of god knows what) - I have a new photograph album package and I don't understand it at all.


Gladiolus callianthus - peacock orchid

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 22:22

They're so lovely, aren't they - I've said somewhere else that I didn't even notice that they had come up until those gorgeous flowers came out - it was a total surprise!

Serious! Really

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 22:20

Tamarix, I have only met one other person before you who remembered the ping wings, and I am thrilled to find there is a clip on the internet, I shall sally forth and find it.

Jim, I suspect the black and white horse you're talking about was Muffin the Mule.

Everybody, I'm amazed that no-one has mentioned Tales of the Riverbank with Ratty, or a bit later on Animal Magic with Johnny Morris ....

Serious! Really

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 23:14

I swear I distinctly heard the swish of a magic wand, and then Verdun said Gribbitt ....

Winter tree wash

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 22:58

Thank you both - sorry for being so tardy in saying so, I asked my question last night and went straight to bed ...

Cold frames and greenhouses

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 00:06

Hi GG, welcome to the forum - we made our cold frame from drawers out of a woodwormy cupboard with a bit of double glazing from the tip - cost about £1 total!  Not actually a thing of beauty, but works well. We have a greenhouse which was unheated last year, and the seeds in the diy coldframe worked better - this year we know a (tiny) bit more than we did, so we are going to put seeds that need to chill into the frame and overwinter more tender things in the greenhouse which has a heater now.

Winter tree wash

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 23:44

Earlier this year, the forum identified and gave advice on a woolly aphid problem on our apple tree, for which I thank you very much.  I blithely accepted the advice that we should apply a winter wash to kill the nymphs, but now that winter is nearly here I realise that I don't know anything about doing so!  For a start, what is it?  Will it kill everything else, or is it aphid specific and what is the best type to use to be ecofriendly but effective?  Also when do I do it - is there a particular time in the aphids cycle which can be interrupted?  Do I spray it or scrub the tree (again)? All help greatly appreciated .... I've never had a big tree to be responsible for before.

I've discovered something

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 23:28

Flowering rose, I think you might have the same surprise flowers as I do - gorgeous and caught me by surprise too - are yours peacock orchids?  (Acidanthera and not really orchids).  I planted mine ages ago and barely noticed their foliage amidst everything else, and suddenly those lovely flowers arrived overnight.

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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Last Post: 29/07/2013 at 21:51
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