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Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:50

Good point KEF.  Excellent...and prob much needed ......thread  but we cannot be naive about "friends" online.  Need to be absolutely sure about personal  info, ID's and  wary about making contact.  An email address, for example, and a clue about where you live can locate you.   No need to be alarmed ...just sensible 


Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:39

Strange here this morning  It's grey and drab....very warm though.  And sun will be out very soon. 

May grab a couple more gaillardias later from a small nursery.  Hmmm!  Gaillardias are "itching" me at the moment.  Very colourful but smack too much of annuals and annuals aren't really my cup of tea ...well, ok in containers.  if I can find a "classy" slightly more subtle variety for the garden but they look a little gaudy .....???

Hace nice weekend folks 

Cant quite get rid of that image of Bekkie and her bleeding cold sore.  Can you,post a picture with a big grin?  

How do I contact the programme?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 09:25

Prob through the GW website.   Doubt ??ou can personally contact him 

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Posted: 06/09/2014 at 00:27

Bekkie that is hard.  My sister died at 32 leaviNg a 12 year old boy and an 18 month baby girl.  It is still difficult for me, even now, cos I was also a father to her when our dad left. I,guess things are for a reason but I struggle to accept that.  However, I am very close to her children amd know the boy, now a 31 year old man, still feels that pain.  The baby girl is now 20 and always loves the conversations about her mum.  

New Rudbeckia and Echinacea plants query

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 00:18

Rudbekias are hardier than echinaceas and less temperamental.

I grow a lot of the newer .......and more difficult varieties.....and they really do need to develop as big a root system as possible before flowering. They are problematic in winter too, some times (paradoxically) because they are too warm and cosseted . 

Cangrandmafixit, what varieties do ??ou have?  The older varieties are less of a problem. Those varieties can be left in the ground   Down here my soil (light Sandy) they survive well enough.  However, I,will dig up some of the modern ones and keep in greenhouse.

If you have young plants they are best kept indoors......they beat both the winter  and the slugs then    

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Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:35

Sounds good lily 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:19

You're welcome ozwig. 

Yes Fairy...very witty   Actually the Hollies were a fav of mine.. Was it "All I  need is the air that I breathe"? Still like that one 

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Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:12

Fishy, my "addiction" is....or was.....anger.   So destructive, never cures anything and is all consuming.  Anger is a very easy emotion because it allows you to disguise the deeper stuff.   And boy, did I get angry!  

None  of us can judge another .  Hopefully we can try to empathise 

New Rudbeckia and Echinacea plants query

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:03


No, don't plant them out   Keep in those pots outside until frosts beckon then overwinter in greenhouse. Don't pot on now.Rudbekias are hardier but still leave until early spring.  Rudbekias can then be planted out

Echinaceas are different, ESP the new varieties.  You should pot on in spring and plant out when growth is vigorous or delay planting  out and pot on again.  Dont let them flower before mid summer....let them develop a good strong root system first.  Keep well watered. After mid summer let them flower and they should then flower right through to the frosts.

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:08

I thought that Philippa.   But someone wished you a  happy birthday .....nameless but lulu ?  ......and didn't want to miss  You out .  

Spike is taking me out for a meal later unless I'm barking up the wrong tree   

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