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Hosta and Lyns day out

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 18:21

I think he's probably joining me FG - I never left it 

Seriously though - lovely pictures - glad you & Lyn had a grand day out.

Hosta and Lyns day out

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 12:29

Lovely, lovely, lovely. I think I need to go there.

No picture of hostas though.

"Hosta's what ?" I hear you ask.... 


Posted: 15/10/2015 at 12:22

Hello P'doc - nice to see you - you were missed. Which gardens / RSPB places have you been to? Any good sitings? Don't forget we like pics on here 

Pat - Sir Tom might still have 'It' but he doesn't have that job anymore  I think I'm right in saying they've replaced him with a younger model.

BBC definitely needs to pull it's socks up and concentrate more on the drama & documentary side (at which it generally excels) and leave the reality / talent stuff to the commercial channels. Am really fed up with dumbed down television.

Glad you have had a couple of good nights sleep Hosta - makes all the difference doesn't it? 

Had a little useful rain yesterday which, hopefully, will have rewatered the 60+ perennials I planted / divided etc last week. Today, I just need to go out and water a couple of new shrubs and pick some veg to take on my jollies. I think it will be time to take out the cosmos and nasturtiums shortly after we get back - but they are still flowering their socks off at the moment and I can't bring myself to uproot them.

Enjoy your day everyone. 


Posted: 15/10/2015 at 00:21

Hope you enjoyed Heligan Fidget. I've always found it a rather special and evocative place to visit - but then again "The Secret Garden" is one of my favourite books so I was already half way there in the appreciation stakes 

Time to sleep now 

Nite nite all

Plant advice

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 18:56

Daffy - if the plants you're buying are fully hardy perennials they should be fine outside   in a sheltered spot. The main issue with planting them in soil now is that an immature root system will be susceptible to rot in cold, wet ground and weak new leaf growth will be easy prey for slugs & snails.

It's only really necessary to give perennials protection from the cold if they are slightly tender (penstemons, some salvias etc) 

If you do decide to keep them in the greenhouse make sure you keep it well ventilated and be careful not to overwater.  

Advice needed on brushcutters please...

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 18:13

Not really I'm afraid Daisy.

Obviously I didn't realise there are restrictions on movement, lifting etc for you so you might well be right that a petrol machine could be difficult for you to start. They are often heavier (so more tiring to use) - so an electric one might be right for you.

Stihl do make a cordless electric brush cutter with a blade which might be a good compromise (FSA 90) but it is considerably more than £100 - especially if you have buy the battery & charger separately (haven't looked at it too closely).

The more powerful of the models you originally suggested might well be the most suitable in your particular circumstances. 

If you think you will only need to clear the brambles / undergrowth once (and can then keep on top of maintenance) you might find it cheaper to hire a heavy duty brush cutter for a weekend to get that job out of the way and done safely and quickly. If you don't know somebody who would come and do it for you then a professional gardening team would probably come in with their own equipment for a day or so and sort it out for you.

If you have a disability local volunteers might come in to help with clearance. Do you have a local volunteer centre you can contact?

Whether you hire equipment or call in professional help it  means you have one (probably not tooooo) expensive outlay to get the initial job done quickly (and some sanity restored for you) and you can then buy a cheaper light weight strimmer to maintain the areas yourself as necessary.

If you have family asking what you would like for Christmas or birthday perhaps they would contribute to a "Garden Clearance" fund if they realised how much it meant to you to put it right.

Difficult to decide what to do but I hope you come up with something. It is horrible watching your garden disappear under weeds etc when your heart is aching to be out there.

Good luck. 

Advice needed on brushcutters please...

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 17:06

Sorry Daisy - I have to agree with Treehugger on this one. Both the models you mention appear to be line cutters & more suited to strimming grass or light vegetation (nettles might be ok).

If you're needing to tackle denser undergrowth and brambles you really need something more heavy duty with a metal blade. Stihl are excellent tools used by many professionals but you still need a tool which is strong enough for the job.

Personally, I don't like electric cords flailing around when I'm cutting anything - hedges, grass or anything else. Far too easy to cut through the cable - trust me - I know 


Posted: 14/10/2015 at 13:13

Hi everyone - quick pop in over lunch.

Sorry to hear a couple of you are down with colds - hope you get better soon. I've had a virus twice in 3 months - like a cold but no runny nose / stuffed head just a very sore throat followed by a really dreadful cough which lasts for a couple of weeks. Very little sleep for the first  week but better in the second. When I told OH I was fed up with it his sympathetic reply was "So am I" - guess it's been keeping him awake too 

Congratulations to WS and hope there's good news for WW when she gets home. Glad DD is off to Garden Club - your burn must have been very nasty and quite deep to merit 3 - 6 weeks of hospital visits. Hope it gets better soon.

Has anybody seen anything of P'doc? I think he was getting quite down about ongoing 'issues' with neighbours. Hope you're alright Doc - it is horrible when these things weigh heavily on your mind.

Have to change the bed and do some ironing now - isn't life exciting??? 

Plant advice

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:32

My soil is very heavy in places and very young plants sulk and rot away in the cold wet soil. So I don't do very much planting in those areas after September other than trees and shrubs. Most of my stuff gets potted on and the pots sunk into a sheltered nursery bed (self-watering by capillary action). Usually nice well developed roots by April / May.


what's best item you've ever won?

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:25

I won a year's subscription to GW magazine in the Forum Advent Draw last year and I've been enjoying it every month this year  

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