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Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:00

Er, not quite what I imagined you to be Jo. Cute though 

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:59

Oh yes you can and should cut it down every autumn....down here it grows for such a long time.  Hollow knotweed..and seeds.  But it may be what you need there Poddington if you only want one plant.


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:54

Roasting here.  

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:53

Ah, that's cheating Topbird.  Thst's flower arranging

reminds me, I had a nice chat with a lady this morning.  She appears regularly on tv doing flower arranging demos.


Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:39

I,think the danger is tomorrow night.  Following a clear day the temps are supposed to slump.  I think here they are now saying 8 or 9.  

If in a frost pocket away from south west best to check out your local forecast


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:35

Is that your passport photo Jo?  

Ok...its nasty

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:33

look, a pesky blackbird got my bumper crop of blueberries.  He outdid my determination to get my fruit.  He teased, tormented and repeatedly got under my netting.

ok, its nasty.  Cruel.  Blackbirds have a right to live etc. but you have to understand my frustration, nay anger.

it was with a heavy heart that I...............





pulled up a stool and sat among my blueberries and ate everything remaining.  I saw aforesaid blackbird perched on my runner bean post.  I teased him, tormented him, expressed my sheer pleasure vocally in eating my blueberries with great relish.  I had enough to half fill a bowl and B Bird could see it.  Couldn't resist a backward glance and a smug expression as I carried my bowl of blueberries indoors.

cruel?  Yep.  Nasty? Yep?  Good feeling?  You bet 


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:23

Oh, supernoodle, be patient.  Don't investigate 


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:22

Annoying this...just replied in detail only to lose my post

i purchased half a dozen this year and all are flowering well or about to.

a few points.  The roots are very thick and every plant I received was rootbound.  Well, they are vigorous plants.  I loosen every root lewving nothing to grow around the rootball.  Long roots left dangling and widespread.  I soak then for 30 minutes or more then put into my case 5 litre pots.  I soak again and put saucers under those pots And leave for a day or so in the shade.  Then move into the sun and water thoroughly again.

after a week or so I plant out and thoroughly soak it again.

ok, knips like hot dry soil but when established.  I think water is the critical factor initially


Anyone had health problems after pruning Buddleia?

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:59

Yes it is a little like that for me too Reluctant Gardener.  Only on my one and only tall variety.  The pollen from it is the cause I think. 

it may be a shame but to make sure take off all the flowers asap and see if it makes a difference.  if anything like mine your buddleia will be packed with flower...and pollen.

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