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Posted: 03/02/2015 at 17:08

Can you give us a bit more information about how you did the division please Biofreak?

As far as I can tell all my lavender plants only have one stem coming out of the soil. I can't think how I would divide a plant unless I split the central stem - which I'm not sure is a good idea.

If, however, that is what you did I might sacrifice one to give it a try as it sounds as though you had good results. 


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 18:42

Hi Thomas

If you look at the thread "Has Anyone Done Any Gardening Today?" - you'll see that not many of us have been out doing much more than a bit of a tidy round or clean up either - and most of us cannot claim to be busy with exams etc! - it's just been far too cold out there!

Enjoy getting your beds ready when you have time - but have even more fun planning what you are going to put in them.

We look forward to seeing your photos and hearing more of your plans. Meanwhile hope the exams go / are going / went well - don't envy you one little bit!!  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 21:59
We had quite heavy snow today & it was real brass monkies out there - so I stayed in & made soup & shepherd's pie.
Opened my Feb issue of GW & read a couple of articles while drinking tea. Don't think that counts but my heart was outside

Willow trees

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 15:31

Willow trees can certainly be a problem regarding drains / subsidence etc, but if your house and these trees have coincided together for donkey's years I wouldn't be too concerned that it was suddenly going to start causing a problem. 

Reading your post, however, it sounds as though you are more concerned that they are starting to lean and might eventually topple. I suppose that's possible but probably unlikely unless there is a combination of very wet ground and very high winds.

Boughs of willow trees will, however, break off and a friend had a very mature willow which was almost split in two by high winds. It was cut hard back and suffered no lasting damage - actually looked much better in the years after the haircut.

If you are concerned about these trees the most sensible thing to do would be to get a qualified, professional tree surgeon out to look at them. The good companies (in my area) make no charge for quotations & assessing situations such as this - and they should be able to either allay your fears or suggest what action needs to be taken.

Who owns the land the trees are on? Can you discuss the matter with them first? - you will need to get their consent to do any work or even to access the site for an assessment - unless, of course, you believe your house to be in imminent danger.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 15:14

Best wishes to you and your friends BL - truly terrible news. 

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Posted: 31/01/2015 at 09:01
I think Birdy 13 is really Bert Fry (The Archers) - love from Linda Snell xx

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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 13:38

I think that might just be the one.

You must be as young as me then oneofseven (That's 27 by the way )

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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 13:15
GemmaJF wrote (see)

Thanks for adding 'kitchen' Birdy13, we wouldn't want a circular argument that the 'tap' doesn't work.  


Does anybody else remember that song - "There's a Hole in my Bucket Dear Liza, Dear Liza....."

Guess that's the sort of circular argument you mean Gemma? 



Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:44

That all looks very organised Ivonne - good idea. 

I have a little info in my profile so people know what part of the country I live in, the soil & pests I am fighting and an idea of the type of garden I am trying to create - but I don't give more personal info unless it is to individual members I trust.

Many of us are very wary of putting personal info and images onto the internet. The vast majority of posters on this forum are friendly, honest individuals who want to share gardening experiences and have a little fun - but we must also be aware that anybody (including the bad guys and weirdos) can see what we post  - so most of us prefer a little anonymity.



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Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:28

I think that message comes across RB ... 

Makes me mad too!

I don't know where some people think food goes to when they tip it down the sink. Had many a 'discussion' in the early years with my OH about not disposing of fat down the plughole - till I made him watch a documentary about the London sewers.

The images of mini 'icebergs' of cooking fat blocking the sewers with all the unmentionables clinging to it made him change his ways!!

PS - I feel very at home here Dove - we're all bonkers! 

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