London (change)
Today 11°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 8°C / 4°C


Latest posts by Topbird


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:34

I was invited to a Class of '76 school reunion in 2006 - I really didn't enjoy it. Everybody had moved on & moved around the country & nobody had anything in common. It felt as though it was a reality Round Robin letter with everyone semi-bragging about what they had achieved, what their kids & partners had achieved and everything in the garden being rosy..

I would have enjoyed it more if people had been prepared to talk about what had gone wrong in their lives as well as what had gone right. Spent most of the time with people I was good friends with then & who I am still in touch with now - I like them & we know each others' failings .... 

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:26

Agree with Verdun that if we grew nothing toxic in the garden - we'd have little left to look at beyond grass, veg & roses.

I do find all the health warnings that now come on everything to be getting quite ridiculous. I am particularly hacked off that I can no longer buy chicken with giblets in at the supermarket because so many people cooked them with the plastic bag still inside 

With plants it's just a case of being aware what's suitable for your circumstances - I don't grow tiger lilies because the pollen can be highly toxic to my cat but I grow everything else & just give it the respect it deserves.

I'm assuming the heads up about aconitum follows on from the death of the poor gardener reported this week - it is a beautiful family of plants but I will certainly handle them a bit more carefully in the future....


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:08

Morning everybody 

Congratulations DD  - I don't think any of us who have followed the pictures and tales of your garden restoration had any doubt you'd pass. Bubbly all round? 

Know what p'doc means about going back to old work environments. I've worked in a couple of places where I made friends and where I've stayed in touch for many years. Others tho' - collars up & head down hoping I'm not recognised.

We're having our border hedge significantly reduced in height as well as some tree surgery - tree surgeon has just left & will be sending the quote this week. I think it will hurt.... 

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:59

...... and asking for 'ose .....


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:32

Oooh Dove - you snuck in with that lovely trifle - can I have some please - got me own spoon....


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:30

Evening all - sounds like everybody's been busy. Hope Panda's tooth is feeling a bit better and the rest of you have got over your floppiness & ironing exertions.

It's been a lovely day here - if rather squelchy after a night of very heavy rain. Cleared loads of leaves - most of which are have completely filled two one-tonne builder sacks for leaf mould & the rest have filled the council bin

Have also done an absolutely huge pile of shredding (mostly cosmos). I saved grass cuttings from last week & was able to make proper layers of shreddings / grass/ cardboard / paper in the compost bin (don't often get the volume of stuff all at once to do it properly). It was getting really quite hot by the time I'd finished so should rot down fairly quickly.

G&T with Countryfile then jacket potato & cheese for dinner (OH is away!) followed by final episode of Downton  

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:55

Nice thread... lots of memories

Love the smell of:

Nivea cold cream (reminds me of my mum), roast chicken or roast beef being cooked and the smell of woodsmoke on a cold winter's evening. (oh! - and my cat's belly - don't ask! )

Hate the smell of the kitchen the day after I've cooked bacon, salmon or smoked haddock - the odour just seems to linger forever 

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 19:05

I hope you're only kidding Pete - I think Arum Maculatum might be poisonous - the leaves & berries certainly are  - not sure about the roots.

Stick to frozen peas 


White Powder

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


If you want to test whether it's alkaline you could add some vinegar to a small amount. If it fizzes and the released gas doesn't have a smell (you are sensible enough to do this outside & not take a lungful!) - then it is probably alkaline & possibly the lime based product others have spoken of.

With the number '3' visible I'm actually wondering if it's 3-in-1 plant food or something similar.

The safest thing to do is obviously to bin it but I have no idea of the regulations concerning safe disposal of unknown chemicals in France. I would have to pay to have it safely disposed of here - in the same way I have to pay to have old tins of paint etc treated & dealt with.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:42

With you all the way Bookertoo - they have also been making a right mess of my lawn stashing cobnuts, walnuts etc. Would love to have red squirrels though - I would actively feed them - does that make me a squirrel racist?

Ref the suggestion to hang the bird feeders from a clothes line or similar. I watched a programme devoted to seeing just how clever & inventive grey squirrels could be when accessing food (VERY!) & they filmed a squirrel 'climbing' upside down SAS style along a horizontal wire - all to the Mission Impossible theme tune. Made me laugh out loud.

Gotta hate 'em - gotta admire 'em

Discussions started by Topbird

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 0    Views: 151
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 5    Views: 764
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 22:28

Will Jeyes Fluid harm my Box hedge?

Replies: 4    Views: 924
Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 21:15

Growing strawberries

Replies: 4    Views: 471
Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 23:02

Harvesting spuds, onions & garlic

Replies: 3    Views: 836
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:19

Dividing Perennials

Replies: 5    Views: 557
Last Post: 12/06/2013 at 10:34

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Replies: 9    Views: 1738
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 16:08

Is this Pea Weevil?

Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
Replies: 1    Views: 444
Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 10:49

Getting rid of daffodils

Rogue daffodils in raised veggie beds 
Replies: 6    Views: 1365
Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 22:12
9 threads returned