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Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:34

Hello Doc -   for the canna (I canna grow them.... ).

First blooms always make you smile don't they?

Complete Beginner in Lovely Garden!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:32

Hi Kat & welcome

This forum really will be of help to you!

If you can upload a couple of general pictures of your 'estate'  it will give us an idea of the size and general  'feel' of the garden & might help us target some good reference material (eg for ponds & bog gardens, or formal gardens, or cottagey, informal gardening etc)

If you then put on a couple of pictures of one area you feel is starting to get a bit overgrown or out of control we can help identify the plants and guide you how best to deal with them.

Then you can show us the next area - and so on

As a general rule it's best to just give us one area at a time to look at - otherwise the answers start to merge and get a bit confusing


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:15

Morning everyone 

Been away for the weekend - came back & had a quick look at the last of the July thread - all I can say is you've all been chattier and cheekier in equal measure - keep up the good work 

Sorry to hear your news Dew-Drops - hope today brings some positive information.

Sorry also to hear about BL's poorly dog. Breaks my heart when pets get old and start to break down. Sad that he was traumatised by fireworks - not a fan of them myself simply because of the distress they cause to animals. I worry like crazy about the poor animals in Battersea Dogs' Home on New Year's Eve & other major events in London when they have fireworks - as if they hadn't been through enough already ...

We went down to Dorset for the weekend. Decided to relive my childhood and travel the route my dad used to take before the days of motorways and bypasses. Went through some nice towns and villages and took our time - took about 6 hours to get to our destination with plenty of stops. Realised when we got there that all the major roads (A14, M11, M25, M3, A303 etc etc) had been in virtual gridlock for most of the day and most people had endured horrendous journeys.

We probably got there much sooner and had a much nicer time going the 'old way'

Traffic was pretty bad coming back yesterday afternoon as well (think everybody was out 'doing' their hobby - cycling, caravanning, music festivals, gliding, vintage cars, horsey stuff etc etc). M3 at a standstill, so we came across country again - much better - again 


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 08:48


Bit cooler today - no complaints here

Sorry Dove - can't help with the boiler - we are on oil. We will probably get mains gas at the same time as super-fast broadband and /or cable TV  I will probably be in a long box with satin lining by then!

Clari - my OH winced when I told him of your doggie delights.

Fairy - you and your young men - again  Thanks for the info about The Adventure Show again. We've downloaded the 2 progs to watch in the Camper this weekend. 

Pdoc - SM run done already - blimey that only happens here at Xmas.

Who's talking about frost? - it's July don't you know 

Have a good one!

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 20:16



Posted: 28/07/2016 at 18:54

Good news PDoc - onwards and upwards - how about a little G&T to help things along? 

Lily P - will PM you my address so you can forward a bottle to me (for quality control purposes you understand)  They look lovely - I think I may do the same if you don't mind a copy cat.

Hope Dove's day went OK - will be good to get everything sorted out.

Yvie - nice trees - they will fill that space very well. 

We've had a titchy, tiny bit of rain here - not enough to obviate the need to water - but anything is better than nothing - and at least we've lost the searing heat and drying wind which always make the lack of water far worse. My new plantings may yet survive.... 

Time for a G&T - OH has made frittata & tomato salad for dinner while I was working in the garden. I love not having to cook...

Visiting Woottens?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:20



Posted: 28/07/2016 at 09:20


A little light pottering and a few things to plant out this morning followed by household chores this afternoon.

Good to see you P'Doc - you've been missed . One small step every day... You'll get there 

Tart sloe gin

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:36

I find that most sloe gin recipes call for too much sugar for my palate. I usually reduce by half to start with and add a bit more if necessary during the long months of maturation (good excuse for sampling - quality control and all that ).

If you did add sugar it might have been that the berries you picked were particularly tart - but adding extra sugar would help combat this (again - sample and adjust)

I'm assuming also that you did leave it to mature for several months? It can have quite a raw taste in the early weeks.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:28

I read that last bit as  " ...could Verdun share a donut....?"

I think we all know the answer to that one don't we? 

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