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The Old Vicarage near East Ruston

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 20:08

Lovely photos BL - will have to try to go back this summer.

It's up there with Hidcote & Sissinghurst for me - and maybe the best of those 3 because it still feels like an intimate, private garden full of personal quirks and taste. Love it! 


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 15:38

I just got back too Dove & am having a cuppa.

Lovely day - thanks to you and BL for your company - lovely to meet BL for the first time.

As you say - it was good to do something positive today 


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 07:41


Phrases involving hell and handcarts spring to mind.

Hope beyond hope that I am proved wrong and we can come out stronger and better from this mess.

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Posted: 23/06/2016 at 20:56

Night night DD zzzz


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 20:51

Terrific storm a couple of hours ago - torrential rain - garage flooded  - anything of importance on bricks so just a soggy floor to deal with. Electric still working thank goodness.

Looking forward to tomorrow with Dove & BL - forecast is good but, after a squelch down to the shed I might put the wellies in the car in case it's a tad wet under foot.

Roses might be a little washed out (mine have been to the laundry and put through the wringer) but it will be lovely to meet up - and any rose survivors will smell extra sweet in the damp air 


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 09:00


Very uncomfortable night - warm and very humid and then the thunder and lightning started. Has been very heavy rain for about the last 5 hours and doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon.

My poor roses look quite pathetic. Fortunately most of the foxglves are under various trees so have a bit if protection from the worst of the deluge but some some lovely big clumps of geranium and anthemis, which usually look wonderful at this time of year, have completely collapsed & are splayed wide open - despite some decent corsetry underneath. They usually withstand most of the weather thrown at them but the sheer volume & intensity of rain this year has proved too much.

On a positive note - the hostas, ferns, persicaria and new plantings are looking good - and I haven't had to water the borders once so far this year. Even the veggie beds have not needed watering for the last few weeks. Saves hours & pennies. Would be quite happy to live in a wet part of the country but I would choose different plants...

Pat - my OH would like a drone - boys and their toys...

Fairy - we missed the Colin Prior programme last night - think it was probably just BBC2 Scotland so it's not on iPlayer. When I told OH he was sure we'd seen it but would have liked to see it again. Thanks for thinking of us 

Off to vote in a moment - feels very important this time. 


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:49

Quick pop in to say Good Morning & wish Pat  a Happy Birthday .

If I sneak an extra load of washing on the pile I don't think Clari will notice do you? 

Have yet to watch this week's Sewing Bee - don't fancy sewing lycra but OH has asked me to fix his cycling jersey so looks as though I shall be doing it anyway....

Yet another great Two Ronnies joke Fairy. They can still make me fall off the sofa laughing - even when we all know all the punchlines.

Kiwi fruit -  (sorry Dove!)

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 09:25

DD - huge hugs.

Are you frightened that your OH might actually become violent towards you or Charlie? If so, is there one of your new local friends you can confide in so that you have somewhere to run to if things escalate?


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:33

Evening all.

Huge congratulations to Lily P and family  nice to hear such happy news for a change.

The rest of you have been busy - veg patch sounds as though it's going great guns Dove. Not a huge fan of goosegogs myself - but I'm looking forward to my first harvest of red and black currants - lots on the bushes - just hope I spot them ripening before the birds...

Back from a long day at the office and then traipsing round town looking for birthday cards, presents and a diamond wedding anniversary card. Not too many of the latter around - guess not many people make 60 years. Most of those that are out there I would not put my name name to - very cutesy and soppy. Was looking for something like me - simple but sophisticated . Eventually found it - but it was in the last shop of course..

Need another cuppa now. Had one at 7.30am - nothing else until 3.30pm. Think I may be a wee bit dehydrated. 

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:18

My (3 yr old) plant was very leggy last year so I cut it down to 2" (yes inches!) above the ground in spring - it still made well over 2m growth last season.

This year I cut to about 2' and it is now quite a nice size and shape. I think these are quite hard to kill off and will withstand any amount of hard cutting back.

I believe that as a general rule cutting back deciduous trees during the dormant season (or just before regrowth begins) results in a hormonal response which prompts vigorous regrowth.

Pruning and shaping in the summer is more difficult because of the leaves (less easy to see the skeleton of the tree) but does not induce the same hormonal response.

I don't know if this rule applies to elders - but I would be tempted to reduce the size of the tree now (or after flowering) and see what happens.

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