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Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:14

Sorry Wonky.  Missed your post.

sounds hugely traumatic what you went through.loads of credit to you. Although you praise others for their help and support it was you yourself who won through.  Prob surprised yourself with your resilience and determination to fight through.

i hate bullies and clearly you were bullied there.  My thinking has always been that bullies are cowards too so always an enemy ultimately to beat.

 now its all behind you. ..full steam ahead with the future.

as a reward I will give you £50.......dove said she will pay you for me 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:05

Hiya Runny, the plan now is to put it in the ground.........wasnt too sure of the taste at first but now decided its worth its place out there.

it really is very hot...cloudy, humid and roasting. Not much full sun though.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:00

Including upsidey downs 

Blue in a planter

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 12:58


aluminium is not essential at all for blue hydrangeas, in my opinion.  good quality acid soil and good quality blue hydrangea.  As an added factor use rain water.  No, rusty nails,amd screws do not make the slightest difference except to your fingers when you weed.

ceanothus yankee point is happier in fhe soil.  A vigorous..much too vigorous plant .....for any  pot.

blues?  Nice dwarf rhododendron? ,agastache blue boa?  Agapanthus?  Caryopteris? Ceratostigma?  Verbena Rigida? Scabious butterfly blue? Felicia for summer? Lithodora? Lavendar? Nepeta? Geraniums like rozanne?   blue salvias? 




Posted: 16/07/2015 at 12:36

hello forkers

busy morning elsewhere but mizzly one. sun trying to push through.  humid again.

got to eat these sandwiches quickly.  I believe someone is coming soon with some tasties 


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 12:31

lily, methinks thou doth doubt me oh disbelieving wench 

Looks like 8 or so peaches remaining but a dozen or so already picked....and eaten .  small bush in pot so not too bad.  I have another peach  elsewhere with as good as crop


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Posted: 16/07/2015 at 07:06

Lyn, I  cut stuff down in autumn ....however advise others to do so in spring.  It is a job done saving work in spring, it tidies garden for winter and down here it is a safe thing to do.  "Not keen........have 44...."   I must say the 2 paniculatas I have are a delight right now

free gift or not our rights are the same. we are entitled to something "fit for purppse".  And T & M do charge for delivery so not really free.


How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 23:59

Yes, immediately after flowering. it is easy.

did mine last week....remove all flowered wood back to where you see new shoots.  Also out a couple of old stems....they look whiter/greyer/ the base.

pruning is important.....philadelphus is an ungainly bush esp when un pruned and progressively becomes congested.  

Bindweed in my lawn :(

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 23:35

My point Lou.   Short cut grass weakens it and allows other weeds to infiltrate.

i have successfully eradicated wild heliotrope, bindweed, nettles,,brambles etc by lawn weed kill and regular mowing

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 23:31

Sunpatiens varieties are virus free.  Look pretty much like the old impatiens but with much greater vigour......i recently posted a picture of 3 in a trough but in the ground they are super vigorous.  first year for me with these new varieties.  The New Guinea,hybrids are too stiff, upright and lack the charm of impatiens and sunpatiens to the extent that my over wimtered mew guineas,have not been planted out.  They prob will be given away now.

the,traditional,busy lizzies are now so infected with virus that they are not worth growing in my opinion....why would you when the new strains are so much better?

i am assuming propagation will be same as old impatiens so I can keep colours apart. I currently grow magenta and white.  Cuttings taken in September and placed in water should,overwinter neatly on a warm windowsill.



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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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