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Posted: 31/08/2014 at 11:20

Hi Tanty

Think that might give me a fright too!

Maybe a devil's coach-horse beetle - try this link



Posted: 30/08/2014 at 21:23
Hi Busy Lizzie - thanks so much for the info - I've sent you a PM.


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 17:06

Really looking forward to my jollies - will be spending tomorrow doing serious deadheading & moving pots. When I do the final lawn scalp on Tues  I'll know it must be nearly time to go....

Busy Lizzie - we'll be sort of between Bergerac & Sarlat so I think that's quite a bit further south than you isn't it? It looks as though the weather is really picking up - had been teenager-style sulky looking at all the rain and relatively low temps you've been having recently but it looks like 30C for Wednesday  - glad there's a pool!!

Are there any equivalents of the Open Gardens schemes over there? I haven't been able to find any on t'internet. I know of some of the big gardens but I like going to 'ordinary' peoples' gardens and I haven't been able to find any small ones open.

Enjoy your hols - and you too OL - and everyone else who's going away.

Dig For Victory

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 16:29

Clari - any chance of getting a local GC to 'sponsor' the event by donating a few bags of compost in return for some free advertising?

You'll have a better idea than me how many visitors you're likely to get, but I wouldn't have thought you'd use that many bags of compost if you're only filling 3" pots (or their equivalent) - and you could always agree to return any unopened ones to the GC.

Dig For Victory

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 16:18

Lyn - I think Clari is intending to have a Dig for Victory corner at her 40's exhibition next Easter. As part of that she will be inviting kids to plant sunflower & squash seeds (on the day) & then (over the rest of the season) there could be a comp to see who can grow the largest (a clever way to get repeat visits to the museum  - as well as sparking horticultural interest in the kiddies).

I think it's a great idea 

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 10:34

I didn't understand it either - glad it's not just me 

low fruiting hedge ideas

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:37
Espalier apples / pears or cordons could work well for you. Is there a tree nursery near you? If they grow, train and supply fruit trees they would be well worth a visit to get expert advice. They will be able to help you choose the best varieties for your chosen method of cultivation & for cross pollination. They will also give you advice on training & pruning.

If you are anywhere in E Anglia a trip to Crown nursery at Ufford is very rewarding. Lots of help from them & they offer pruning courses and apple tasting days to try some heritage varieties

Clearing a garden

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:24
That's well on the way mr T.

It will be a bit patchy & look rather thin for ages but it will start to thicken up when you start to cut it. In another couple of weeks it will be fairly obvious if there are any areas where the seed hasnt germinated or has been washed away & you could put a little extra seed there - but for the moment it looks just as it should.


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:05
Sorry Clari my family are quite a bit further north than that. But can I suggest that a bit nearer the time you put out a new plea for local members to bring you in spare plant pots - I always have a shedful from my GC purchases & regularly return some to a local nursery for recyling.

If I'm on my way up to see my rellies at the relevant time I'll happily do a detour with a box of small pots.
A local GC might also donate some sacks of compost in return for a bit of free PR and advertising. Sounds great fun

Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:57
Always pleased to hear when somebody has come out the other side of the Big C experience & all the unpleasant treatments and procedures that go with it.

I'll raise my morning cuppa to you Mike & hope you continue to make good progress & can have a happy season in the garden next year.

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