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Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 20:36
Lyn - I also liked her comment that nobody needs qualifications to be a good gardener. As she said - you learn about gardening by getting out there and doing it (and making mistakes - even if she didn't say that last bit !!)

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 19:27
Really enjoyed this programme today because she went to my original home county of Norfolk (since emigrated to Suffolk) and she went to E Ruston - one of the most beautiful & inspirational gardens I've visited. Even better - I went with the TWIGS group & I was instantly transported back to a lovely day in July. It was warm, it was sunny & the company was excellent - perfect.

The programme definitely added an extra dimension to the garden as the aerial shots really showed the beautiful plan, design and sheer scale of the garden.
Can't recommend a visit too highly

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 13:43

I do agree with you Gemma & Dorset - everything is beneficial for something  - even if I do still find it very hard to come to terms with the idea of mice or rats in my garden .

But I do love to see owls on the wing & hear them in the evening. I, therefore, plan to erect an owl box in the hope that any residents will help my cat keep down the rodent population and give me a little pleasure too!! 


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 10:18

Morning everybody. VERY cold here - but also wall to wall sunshine
Yesterday it rained non stop from the wee small hours until early evening. It's now all very squelchy out there & there is a flood warning for the next village.
Just getting a few domestic chores done - then out to sweep some leaves, clear a raised bed of soggy, slug munched salad crops & plant some garlic in their place.

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:23
Mr Dove ....

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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 19:20

I would prefer the moderators to insist that everybody uses a nom de plume because I think it would make things a bit safer for some of our less experienced forum users.

Definitely no offence intended to anyone - but there are, occasionally, some very naive postings - often, I suspect, from older Forum members  - who could become prey to advertising & scams.

It can be quite good fun working out whether a poster is male or female and how they came to choose their name (I think there was a thread on this very subject a while ago). 

On the subject of Avatars - I  might change mine & become a leggy size 12 blonde overnight (I wish...)

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 18:48

Sounds like a good excuse to light the log burner and make steamed syrup sponge to me ...... 


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:48

You're right Matty - you have had the very worst of weeks. It is so draining when it is one bad thing after another and very hard to keep your chin up. We are always here to support when you feel like offloading. 

Best wishes to you & hope you have some positive news regarding treatment etc.

Block Paving

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:24

I like moss as it softens edges beautifully.

In the same way that I do not remove moss & algae from roof tiles, I also do not remove moss from between paving stones / slabs unless it is a slip hazard. As Philippa says - it will be an annual task if moss is happy growing in that spot. It will be an even bigger task if you use mechanical methods that disturb grouting and / or bedding so that 'proper' weeds can get a foothold.

Plants for lightweight arch

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:08

Anniets - hope you are feeling better. I would certainly go with a clematis which needs to be hard pruned each year. 

In addition I would also consider one of the New English Roses (David Austin) which are generally grown as shrubs or bushes but can also be grown as a small climber - something like Gertrude Jekyll.

Because they are not true climbers they will never grow too tall or rampant (prob abt 5') but their growth habit allows them to be trained up an obelisk or small arch. There are several of the DA roses which can be trained in this way giving you a choice of colours and scents.

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