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Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:40

If you are happy with the 2 plants together I would buy another alpina.  I think you may damage both sets of roots by trying to separate them. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:06

Steve, I do mystery shopping too.  Only do restaurants though.  Been offered the glasses assignments but where's the food? 

Its been a beautiful day here ....24 at mid day.  Sorry for you folks in the cold 

Sedum Abbeydore arrived from Notcutts.  Perfect condition and nice large plant. ,pinched back by a quarter and planted.  Very satisfying. 

Fairy, my "quality jokes" ??ou rightly describe them ....are seasonal too.  Summer  funny summer not.  Good eh!  Spur of the moment yer still high quality 

Sure MrsG will get her dream job, nice to see Stacey back too 

Eremurus problem

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:55

Well. I cannot frow eremurus.  I know the theory but it doesn't work for me.  

MrsGarden, I agree that you leave it alone until autumn.  Can you move the poppies after flowering?

Underachiever Award

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:52

Not posting pics of my failures KEF.

My underachiever this year is my prize delphinium that was devastated by slugs n snails.  My fault.  It's position ensures early growing and flowering but I was caught by surprise and,,too late, it was eaten. Other delphiniums, smaller, are flowering though.

And my runner beans....normally they are 6' high now with flowers.  So far mine are 2 possibly 3' high.  Domt know why?  Not eaten.  Different and new variety for me though

Then my goosegogs.  No fruit at all.  My fault as I should have cast a net over them over winter to prevent bullfinches.

No doubt a summer performer will under achieve too but always something excels as well.  High hopes for so many plants soon 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:45

Interesting thread.

The established garden, as Frank said, is a reflection of us. WE like it that way for our own personal reasons.  

The lawn...I have 2, neither is esp large..... IS a labour saving thing.  People remove it to save on work but cutting grass regularly is not a chore but a pleasure and I do mine very quickly.  The lawn provides a recreational space that's far more comfortable to,the eye and to,the bottom than paving too. 

Not convinced by this " not seeing all the garden in one go" either.  Can't see mine like that anyway, but what is so wrong about seeing as much  as poss in one view?  Why the requirement for surprises?  It's like giving a child sweets one by one instead of the packet!  

In the summer, with herbaceous plantIng so tall, there will be more pockets of surprise anyway but we don't half make a lot of pompous fuss sometimes about what the garden "means".  Chelsea is a good  example of this......most of us wanted to see the plants not the "significance" of every stone, plant, stump or whatever 

Cane tops

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:31

I use old Vit bottles, medicine bottles and bought plastic tops.

This is a serious issue and not to top your canes is foolish.

Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:51

As I said.....ain't we all a funny lot?  

I still do that mental thing..she loves me she loves me not.  It bothers me, momentarily, when it's the wrong one.  And that thing about three's.......if I have a couple of "baddish" events in a day I need to  get that third out of the way, somehow.  

We all have natural insecurities that manifest themselves in seemingly peculiar ways.....affecting our normal routines,,habits, etc.  


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:34

MrsGarden.....I am shocked.  Failing to keep up?  There will be questions later 

Change of career sounds exciting MrsG.  

Thank You

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:31

Mike, sure do have lots of listening friends here. Don't worry about posting how you feel

We have all commented on the forum about things not connected to's become that sort of forum and it's all the better for it.

Loss of loved ones is devastating.  ESP when that loss is of the younger ones.  Not sure time does heal........however, a faith must help Mike 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:17

Hello everybody 

Bright and sunny.  Nice  Royal Cornwall Show today and until Saturday.  Might visit on sarurday.

Ditto Fairyl re cosmos.  First year not growing them ...they are attractive, etc., ESP the white, but I have so many perennials.  Very little spaces and still plenty of potted beauties.  And a sedum Abbeydore on its way.....Dove made me buy this 

Re dividing Phormiums, I do it usually in May but even now too and it doesn't seem to affect flowering.  Divided plants often flower same season.  Only losses have been when dividing in autumn

All the big lupins in flower are blue.  Ok, gives continuity I guess.  However, yellow, pink amd white spikes are now emerging.  

Had delicious porridge with cream, raspberries and bananas.  Now tucking ravenously into whole meal toast.....jealous?  


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Rubbish mpc

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