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Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 21:04

Thank you runnybeake.  Got no pressies or cards or anything today so cake will be nice 

It's my birthday

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 20:57

Runnybeake , it's my birthday today.  Can I,have that cake ?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 20:44

It's so frustrating when it seems we can't do anything  when someone is so ill Lily but giving support counts awful lot 

When I saw my mum last night in hospital I attracted an admirer.   Lots of attractive nurses there   However this admirer was one of the dementia sufferers.   The hospital in their wisdom had put together 4 "forgetful" patients together around my mum's bed with a nurse in charge.  I realised my mum isn't quite in that far gone yet.  Not sure though if this was a good idea for my mum   It was a bit uncomfortable.

It's not my birthday.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 19:10

Yes Bekkie I have loads of bithdays  and birthdays . ,had to find a way of getting more pressies    Trouble is I am now 116 



Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 13:22

Lily,,sorry to hear about your friend's shingles.   Sounds awful.  Hope she recovers ASAP. 

tomatoes not looking good

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:52

Agree with welsh onion....cutting down the tree is drastic to say the least.  

Karools, have ??ou ever pruned your tree?    Did you leave apples on the tree a little too long?  Ripe, over ripe, apples will be attacked 


Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:45

Morning folks.

Dove......sounds like things are improving 

Panda, yes exactly that but keep them outside for a while yet of course.  think about developing a strong root system before flowering is the "secret" to growing many of these new varieties. 

Bit drizzly this morning ......very warm still 

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:38

My "style" is similar to Obelixx.....minus the wine (tho I see the attraction

Because blackcurrants ripen at slightly different times over a period  and because birds like the fruit I cut out fruited branches over the fruiting period rsther than wait for whole bush to fruit.

After fruiting I look to remove a couple of old stems to the base to promote strong new growth.  I look to create strong branches throughout the bushes rather than leggy tall ones and this too encourages lots of fruit. 

Unlike gooseberries etc which are best grown on a "leg" ......clear stem off the ground .....blackcurrants are grown multi stems.  

A generous organic feed, watering and mulch applied after pruning. 


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:13

Panda, I would hold off plantIng tiki torch until spring now.  Not the hardiest to plant now.  I have divided mine ...mid summer .....and I will delay plantIng.  A fantastic plant if you also delay the flowering  


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 21:29

Been very warm ESP this afternoon.  

Painted boundary wall this morning looks sensational, amazing and wonderful    

Lent my trusty  stainless spade out on Sunday.  Could have used it today.  Hope it's looked after 

WatchiNg footie  ...what's the betting English clubs lose?  

PlanniNg to add more heleniums and grasses ....wonder which varieties (grasses) Woody will choose tomorrow. ....To extend a border . Panicum Shenandoah already growing elsewhere  will be added ....a lovely delicate underrated  grass 


Discussions started by Verdun

Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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Now then, now then....

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Black Friday bargains

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Any other dodos out there?

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What's left for us to grow?

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Meany or being careful !

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Clocks go forward tonight

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Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 12:43

Impressions of the posters here

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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 21:32

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 14:30

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

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Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 19:13

Verdict....your new plants this year

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Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 19:16

Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

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Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 19:00

It's my birthday

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