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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 16:41

Sorry to stick my nose in as I know this doesn't have anything to do with me now - but I think Snoodle couldn't do the 18th (but was up for the 11th). 

I'll take my beak back out to the garden now 


Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:44

Hi Steve S

Generally agree with all the things said so far. For the next few weeks you will probably have your hands full with clearing leaves & clearing summer bedding. Do you have somewhere out of sight you can make a leaf bin? (very simple 4 poles & chicken wire walls). That way you'll have somewhere to put the leaves & you should have soil conditioner for this time next year. Hopefully you have a regular composting area already.

This is certainly the right time of year to be thinking about planting bulbs. If you have interested residents - what about letting them do their own pots to express some individuality? There's a lot of info abt at the moment showing how to layer bulbs in pots so you have a succession from early to late spring.

For the raised beds I would use bulbs for spring interest but I would also consider planting summer flowering perennials such as the hardy geraniums with them. The geraniums die right back in the winter and allow the smaller spring bulbs to sing - but then they start to produce foliage (at various times but usually early to mid spring). This conveniently starts to hide the rather untidy post-flowering bulb leaves which need to stay in place for several weeks to feed the bulbs for next year. Some small evergreens (small leaved ivy?) would help to tie things together throughout the year. Just shout for name suggestions.

Another job for now - if you want to improve the grassed areas this is the time for scarifying, autumn lawn treatments and not allowing a thick layer of leaves to accumulate.

If you have any areas of decking or shaded paving keep an eye on those for algae growth & treat as soon as you notice any - they can become lethally slippery for both young and old! 

Good luck 

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Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:06

Mike - I have no expertise in the 'Agony Aunt' field but, if you are fairly sure this lady is 'interested' in you & you are 'interested' in her then you don't need to start analysing too deeply about what you can offer each other - certainly not until you are much further down the line.

If you would like to explore the option of friendship - possibly leading to romance -  with her then Bekkie is right that sometimes 'doing' something together where prolonged silences are less painful and where there is something to talk about other than yourselves is a good way to go about things.

You are interested in gardening & science - is this lady also interested in either of these? - perhaps a walk round a park or a garden to see the autumn colours & kick through the leaves or a visit to a museum to see an interesting collection. Ditto an art gallery if you both enjoy art. That way you can chat in a relaxed way about the trees / foliage / museum collection / art work and follow it up with a coffee if it feels right to do so. They are also things you would do during daylight hours so you can meet at the venue & not feel duty bound to escort her all the way home - so no awkward 'doorstep' moments.

Going out for a meal means you would almost certainly have to chat about personal stuff which is not great if you are both a bit shy. Cinema and theatre means you don't need to chat but you don't get to find out anything about each other either.

Just make sure you are both genuinely interested in whatever you decide to do. Take it all very gently & slowly & enjoy the moment.

Good luck.

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:56

It's official - I'm off to a talk on the Suffolk Witchcraft Trials of 1645 on Saturday 11th  - (will be very interesting for those of us interested in such things!) so I can't make it to Cambridge on that day. I am also away on both the 18th & 25th. Sorry to miss out but I am sure I will enjoy the pictures 

I kind of got the impression that Nut wouldn't mind a trip to taste some apples on the 11th but maybe I'm wrong ??

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:12

Glad it's not just me Birdy! It may also have something to do with the fact that I work on a mac rather than a PC & tend to access the forum via the Safari search engine. That causes problems with a few sites still. I always get the message that my selected quote has been stored but it then doesn't retrieve it to paste in the new posting.


West Acre

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 18:12

Ooops sorry - was trying to do something with quotes - I have never been able to get that to work for some reason 

West Acre

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 18:11

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 13:07

Now that is a VERY GOOD idea Dove. We've just had a new kitchen fitted - all very white, sleek and modern - but a large wooden bowl filled with fruit would look fantastic & very organic - and it would be lovely to have it made from our own wood.

I think I will make some enquiries - I'm sure there are some wood turners close to me as I have seen their adverts. Thanks for the suggestion 

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:50

Always sad to hear of trees going to the great orchard in the sky - but nice fuel for the log burner. I have a walnut going the same way .....

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:43

Fancy making some scrumpy do you Nut??  

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