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Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:17

Of course these warnings aren't meant for us. We, as gardeners are well acquainted with 'Going Outside'. As a result we look out the window, assess the weather and dress accordingly.

The warnings, given by the hyperbolic weather presenters are for those people who leave the house in winter wearing a crop top, mini skirt and high heels (mostly, but not exclusively, female) and then wonder why their skin turns blue.


Something to mull over

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 00:42

British values?  Whenever I hear people refer to British values, I ask them to define them, specifically, and preferably to state a time period during which these 'traditional values' were held.

The answers are usually hilarious.

We all have to make our moral judgements the best we can, based on our circumstances and understanding and be prepared to argue for change if we feel it appropriate.

There are many things happening in the world that I cannot condone, but find it hard to lay down any moral superiority based on western values.

Things are changing, albeit slowly, things always do, but is there a utopia towards which we are all travelling?, or is civilisation merely morphing along with the zeitgeist as it always has.

Nesting box

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 00:17

Only the second week of January and I have already heard Great Tits, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches and Greenfinches singing their territorial/mating calls.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 00:57

Hollies make lovely hedges, but do please bear in mind that they also drop leaves regularly throughout the year which (depending on variety) are very prickly. Not nice when hand weeding the veg plot. Prickle free hollies are available.

All the best.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 00:08

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesons gold'  gives a good dense hedge but to keep it looking neat and tidy it will need lots of regular clipping. 

I haven't tried myself but I have heard of several people experimenting with yew hedges kept to about 12 inches high.

Houseplants for dark damp bathroom...

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 23:57

Can you rotate your plants around your home?. Shade tolerant plants like aspidistras, marantas, snake plant and many ferns will tolerate very little light for a while. Then when they look like they are suffering, move them into a better lit room to recuperate.

This crazy climate

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 23:48

Long tailed tits are renowned early breeders, but even so I wouldn't expect to see them building until late Feb.


Posted: 24/12/2015 at 20:51

Yuletide greetings to you all and good growing in the new year.


Posted: 24/12/2015 at 20:44

Looking out the window I just saw a flashing red light pass by. 

Either Rudolf's nose is on the blink

or the helicopters are still flying out of Norwich airport.

Is it a Robin?

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 20:41

The song of the Dunnock is among my favourites, the first bit of sunny weather in the spring and the air is filled with this lovely cheerful song.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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