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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:22

Morning all & welcome to Hogweed

Sunny but ffffffffreezing out there. May get a bit done outside today - but perhaps just an hour or two.

Forgotten everything that's been said  other than Pansy's contemplating ironing. It's allowed if you light the fire, put on a great B & W movie for distraction and reward yourself with a huge portion of cake afterwards.

Oh - and I covet Crunchie's new chair too. We need a new chair & that would look grand with our colour schemes. Do you mind if I ask where it came from Crunchie (sorry - I meant M-U)? 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:09


Sunny bbbrrrrass monkeys here - should be able to get a bit done outside today. Did a load of potting up yesterday & had a sort out of the plants I've rescued / made / grown / bought for the new border. May even get some of them planted this week if I can get my a*se into gear

Hope you have a brilliant first day Wonky & hope they break you in gently. A nice day pricking out in the heated greenhouse with the radio on would be good

Have a good day everyone whatever  you're up to.

Do choisya works well as a hedge/screen?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 08:23

Maybe Pittosporum Tenuifolium "Tom Thumb" to join them in the border? Evergreen and compact. Mature leaves are a glossy rich purply brown - new growth is a lovely fresh light green.

Last edited: 25 April 2017 08:25:55

Where have the April showers gone?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 16:51

We're in the window of 90% probability of heavy rain. So far I've seen perhaps 5 spots

Getting a little desperate here in Mid Suffolk.

Celandine problem

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 13:40

It's some of the much smaller leaves I was looking at LB - but as I said the image resolution is not good enough to allow for much magnification. I am also probably completely wrong

Celandine problem

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 11:52

I might be about to show my ignorance here, but are you absolutely certain that the majority of that growth is celandine Curly Dog?

The vast majority of the celandine in my garden has smooth edged leaves. Your picture is quite hard to enlarge and retain good resolution but (on my screen at least) a lot of the leaves look notched and not like 'my' celandine. I think I can make out some celandine - but I'm not sure that all of it is. 

I think I would give a couple of square metres a really good soaking and get in there with a hand fork so you can really look at what's there. The celandine in my garden (Suffolk) has finished flowering and is starting to fade away now.

Last edited: 24 April 2017 11:55:40

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 09:42

I'd love a composting toilet Phillipa! (that statement makes me sound weird doesn't it?)

It would be a little painted sentry box affair and go at the far end of the garden behind the fence next to 2 of the compost bins. 

Oh the joy of not having to do the cross legged dance when gardening and busting for a pee and desperately trying to lever off muddy wellies

Last edited: 24 April 2017 09:44:06

Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 09:27

I agree 10cm is too shallow for mint - for reasons given above.

If you want to use the trough for herbs you'd probably be ok with chives and thymes

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:55

Nothing much achieved here - seem to have run out of steam the last few days - need to give myself a good kick up the behind and get on with some jobs.Tomorrow is another day....

A little link to make Hosta's mouth water if he hasn't seen it already:

I will visit them this year - I will, I will, I will.

Harrogate spring flower show

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:47

Glad you had a good time - thanks for the photos

Did you pop into Betty's for a Fat Rascal afterwards?

Last edited: 23 April 2017 17:48:19

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