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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 15:48

hello, have been wanting to plant up two 15" square containers outside some French doors for a while. Couldn't decide what to go for so ended up purchasing two options. Which do you think would go better and do well in the pots... a variegated holly or a pine... Sadly the labels had come off both so I don't know what types they are! 

Here's a photo of each next to one of the pots.

 Does anyone know if the pine needs acid compost? I think the holly will be ok in normal compost. I've got two bags of each!!


Hungry little things...

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 09:30

Ah, thanks. Fascinating to watch them chomp away up close. I've counted 76 of them! There are also plain green small items; not sure if they are babies or plops! 

Hungry little things...

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 08:03

Morning, these little tinkers are having a feast on some nasturtions! There are loads of them . Anyone know what kind of butterfly they will turn in to?



How to choose and hire a landscape gardener

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 08:39

Beware of the websites that suggest trades people. Great idea in theory, but I used one to find a decorator. He came with loads of recommendations - he must have written them himself, or got mates to. He was terrible. He 'forgot' to decorate behind my sofa and also thought that we 'wanted' paint along the edges of the carpet to give a shabby chic look in a very modern sleek room. 

Since then, I've taken to asking for references from 1 of the last 3 jobs the tradesperson has undertaken.  If they can't accommodate this for whatever reason I steer clear. 

Climber in a narrow space

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 23:17

Jasmine would be a great plant. So pretty. I've got a winter / early spring flowering one and it's the first thing in the garden to flower after the gloom of late winter. It grew quite slowly in the first year, and then it just settled and has grown really well. I pinned it to a brick wall today. Looks lovely.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 08:47

Hanging basket at the front looking past its best so will empty that. May nip to the garden centre for some refills. I never normally bother with a second show but feel in the mood this year!



Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:48

My goodness! I think I've put 2 stones on just reading that Scroggin! Yum yum! I'll be having a go at that! 

Are you a bit further south than nottinghamshire Barry? 



Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:10

Thanks for the ideas!  Will Defo be trying some of those. Muffins and wine and liquer top the list!  


Posted: 07/08/2015 at 08:14

Other than jam and crumble, any other delights to make with them?


Posted: 06/08/2015 at 21:42

hello - looking like a great year for blackberries here in the East Midlands. Ones around us have already started turning a lovely shiny black, still a bit sour though. Anyone else noticed signs of a bumper crop?

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