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Posted: 09/02/2015 at 08:30
Hi BL - I've been away for a couple of days & unable to post before today.
I am so very sorry to hear about Tigger. Caring for loved but ill pets can be so traumatic - if only they could talk to tell you what makes them feel more comfortable. From previous postings it is clear that all your pets are as loved as any other member of your family and that you strive to do your very best for all of them.
I do hope you have a little more time with Tigger and are able to add some special memories to the memory bank over the coming days and weeks. Love him, cuddle him and treasure the time with him. So many of us have been down similar roads - we understand what a horrible time this is for you.

another pair of eyes please

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 22:36
Oooh Lily - I hope my clocks will be springing forward in the spring - not falling back - as they do in the fall

You have lovely plants in your garden - some nice ideas above


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:21

Oh - and another thing - larger pacs which are more expensive than buying 2 smaller ones - specially to fool those who don't do the sums -

e.g. buy one 100g item for £1.45 or buy a larger 200g pac for £2.99......


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:18

Another thing (while we're having a little lament). Has anyone else noticed how many products these days are smaller than we used to get? Tins of tuna that no longer quite stretch to lunch sandwiches for 2 because they contain less fish, chocolate bars which are the same size but thinner so they weigh less. Lots of products like this...

It's certainly a way to avoid increasing the price of an item (& in the case of a chocolate bar it's probably no bad thing if I'm getting a little less each time ) - but it is very annoying when I go to make a tried and tested recipe and find that where it was once one tin or packet - now it is 2 or (more usually) 1.5 - so then I have half a tin left over which I need to use or throw away. 


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 09:14

The other thing a lot of people do is to go to a local shop to see what something looks like 'in the flesh', how it handles and to get advice on special features etc - and then go home and buy it for less on the internet. Electrical and other household items are particular targets for this.

I have been guilty of this in the past but, after a spate of local shop closures, I now try really hard not to do it unless there is such a huge difference in price that I think a shop is taking the p**s.

It really is true that, if we don't buy from our local shops (with their specialist knowledge and, often, excellent customer service), then we will lose them.

Having said that though - the best ones near me have a strong internet presence too and one of them said he makes far more from internet sales - but he likes having his small 'outdoor' shop with a loyal and regular clientele - good for him! 

What flowers in February?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 08:57
Hi Pauline
I would certainly consider one of the scented winter flowering shrubs mentioned above and then under plant it with some choice hellebores, snow drops and cyclamen. It should be a pretty harbinger of spring each year to lift the spirits


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 08:44
I grow mine in their own raised bed. They usually reach a fruiting peak at about 3 years so I have a rolling programme of replacing older plants with plantlets from the runners.
Personally I would find it hard to manage the strawberries if they were growing amongst other veg. They become quite large plants in the summer with lots of runners and I also have to net against the birds. Doesn't solve the problem of the short tail voles which burrow their way up from below - but they do much less damage than birds.
Mine are planted at 18" spacing. I would always buy plants rather than growing from seed - we have a good farm shop which sells a wide variety of strawberriy plants for less than a pound each. I am happy for someone else to do the initial work!

Shady spot..what to do?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:04
Aaaah - that's not how I had visualised it all - sounds nice.

I'd be tempted by some evergreen shrubs that you can keep nicely shaped (yew, eunonymous, pittosporum, or holly for example - maybe even grown as standards) and then underplanted with bulbs, ferns, hostas, geraniums etc.

Have fun

Shady spot..what to do?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 09:36
Are the house walls brick Bekkie? if so, a hydrangea pec. & ornamental ivy might be nice. How about hostas if it's not too dry? If it is on the dry side - bulbs and geranium phaeum & geranium cantabrigiense would be ok.
How deep is the strip? If it's shallow & between the house & the path I would be wary of putting a rowan tree in - it will either struggle for water in a rain shadow or will grow big so you are always ducking round it.
If however the strip is deep enough - go for it. Fatsia japonica might also do well in this location.
Only suggestions as I'm not sure exactly where this strip is. Is it directly against the house or does the path run between the strip and the house?


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 19:21

Yes, I think I'm with you on this one Verdun - I just don't see how lavender would split well.

I might try both layering and cuttings later in the year. I could believe that layering might give larger plants sooner. 

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