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Posted: 21/11/2015 at 10:35

P Doc - sorry to hear the news about your OH - but am I right in thinking she had to do a horrendous commute? That's not much fun at the best of times and certainly not in the dark winter months. I also got the impression she wasn't enjoying the job that much anyway.

Perhaps this will be a mixed blessing and she'll be able to find something she enjoys more much closer to home. 

Best wishes to you both 

Best wishes to Lily P as well - hope you have a more comfortable day.



Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:59

It was all that posing topless & other weird stuff which made me wonder if he's really quite stable. Does he really think that's appropriate behaviour for a head of state with so much power?

Still - if he does frighten the enemy that can only be  a good thing. 

cut flowers

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:54

My cut flower patch will be laid out in regimented rows - exactly the same as a vegetable border and very different to how I would set them in a regular flower border. As you say the flowers can be regarded as a crop & the usual rules of aesthetics etc don't apply.

Mine is going to be in the old strawberry bed 3m x 1.2m - nice and sunny and out of sight of the house


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:29
Have a lovely time Fidget - hope your great aunt enjoys her very special day and all the attention.

Not going to get embroiled in the political discussion other than to say that I can see the sense in joining forces with Russia - but am I the only person Putin scares the pants off of?

(My old English teacher will be sent spinning in her grave by that last sentence - very poor grammar - soz)

Saying goodbye

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:18
Been there Dove. Amazing sense of light & space when you remove a mature tree. Enjoy the planning and replanting

cut flowers

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:10
I am going to do the same B3.
I have relatively few bulbs in the rest of my garden because I tend to dig them up accidently and because I don't like tatty foliage after flowering.
However, a dedicated cut flower bed will allow me to plant tulips hyacinths and various narcissi in tidy rows ( & close together) where they can remain undisturbed and allow for nice early pickings.
I will sow other annuals / perrenials for planting out between the rows of bulbs for summer & autumn picking. Thinking of antirhinums, cornflower, ammi majus, coreopsis, rubeckia, marigolds, stocks. These are all easy to grow & should nicely supplement greenery, roses etc I can pick in the rest of the garden.

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:48
If your son definitely wants something in the centre of the lawn I would go with Hosta's suggestion of laurel or holly which can be kept neatly clipped at the required height.
Looking at the situation there though, I think an evergreen hedge (perhaps laurel or prunus lusitanica) in front of the wall would be in keeping with the general feel of the road. It could be kept neatly trimmed at about 5 - 6'. Because it's a bit further away from the house it can be a bit lower than a central shrub and will cut out less light. The fact that it's wider than a single shrub will also increase the feeling of privacy.


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:11
Oh yummy - thanks Dove - really fancy that cookey breakfast.

Decisions, decisions Hosta (bed is really warm & comfy zzzzzz)


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:54
Half an hour since my last post and ...... it's even darker now.
Absolutely chucking it down out there. Don't envy Mr Dove's cycle ride into work.
If anybody's got the kettle on I wouldn't mind a second cuppa - really don't want to leave my duvet - especially now a soggy moggy has come to see me


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:25
Morning / evening all.
OH just got called into work - going away now - not back till late tomorrow night
Got up to make us both tea and it's dark, cold & doing a sleety / rainy thing out there. Brrr - snuggled back under the duvet with my tea now.
Glad I did a lot of work in the garden yesterday - looks much tidier & today I can light the fire & sit & do indoor stuff with a clear conscience.
Enjoy the weekend folks

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