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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:06

Chateau de Gateau ??  


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:34

Welcome PP 

I usually pinch mine back several times to keep them at about 6" until around mid June by which time there should be several sturdy stems. Then they are allowed to start doing their own thing. They nearly always make over 3' by the end of August and the latest I've picked flowers off them was in November! Getting a bit straggly by then but they are lovely plants in autumnal light.

If a plant particularly likes a situation it can easily become the size of a small shrub. I quite often end up cutting plants back again towards the end of August (not all over just some carefully selected stems) to keep them at a sensible size.

Important to keep on top of dead heading to keep the plants flowering until the frosts.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:42

If you have lots of cosmos I would pinch back half of them very hard (down to about 6") immediately. They will flower very late but they should be bushier, sturdier plants. Meanwhile the other half will give you some earlier flowers - albeit on tall and leggy plants which might need to be supported. You can pull these out when the bushier plants are about to flower.

It is a bit late to be doing this now and there is a risk the pinched back plants won't flower at all if we have a cold summer or you live in a cold area.

I usually sow seeds at the beginning or April and pinch back regularly until the beginning of June. I have lots of other plants in flower through June & July but the later sowing and pinching back means the cosmos flower when I need them in August / late summer / autumn until the frosts. 


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:14


Sunshine so I think some gardening might get done. If I can finish hacking back and get the lawn cut I can do a bit of planting next week to fill the gaps.

Have a good one everybody 

So sad

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:35

Loved her writing and the characters she created - a real loss.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:06



Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:49

No sympathy for Novak here either... 

No ironing either. Just a bit of cat cuddling and tea drinking. Spicy tomato sauce for chilli eggs made during lunchtime rain break, strawberries and raspberries prepped during the latest one. Hopefully OH will step up if they're playing when I should be putting it all together at dinner time.

Sad news about Caroline Aherne - loved her characters / writing.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:58

Came in from the garden to watch tennis - but just a nice picture of the covers 

At least 20 of the Gove slaps are from me. Pathetic really - but I sat there saying that's for you, and one for luck, that's for Boris, and one for luck that's for Farage, and one for luck, that's for Corbyn....

Felt surprisingly better afterwards. I have had 8 days now of feeling permanently angry - really furious at times. Have never, ever felt like this for so long before. The only good thing is that at least some people who might usually say "Oh I hate politics - I don't bother with voting - it's a waste of time etc etc" have been engaged by this.

Watched some of the Punk Brittania last night - quite enjoyed it. I wasn't into punk at the time but I enjoy the best bits.

Shower & lunch now - maybe tennis in a bit - fingers crossed. Skies very threatening .... 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:45

So pleased to hear that you have such a good plan in place DD 

The house sounds as if it is in the perfect location where you and Charlie will be able to keep and develop the friendships and support networks you have built over the last few years. Also nice that you already have some little jobs to provide a small income while you make your business plans.

If you can keep it civil (even friendly) between you and OH it will be so much easier.

Do you think OH will also stay in the area? That would be nice for Charlie wouldn't it?

Very, very best wishes to you all. Hope to come and enjoy a slice of cake when you're up and running 


Posted: 01/07/2016 at 19:00

No cooking here either - OH on way with chish & fips 

Punk Doc - Heads up for you - BBC 4 tonight 9pm - Punk Brittania - part 1 of 3 

Food is here - yum!

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