Verdun


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Dahlia's

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:04

Hiya lizness,

Cold part of the world with you I think.

Fleece will not be enough I think.  Indoors overnight is best or can you cover with polythene...fleece below....?  If indoors try to take outside during the day if not too cold 

Good luck 

Appalling Customer Service!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:53

Not getting great customer service from Alwoods.  Used to be very good, few years back,  I think but no response to queries so far. .

Taken over garden - a few ornamental grasses and dogwoods to identify....

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:45

Midwinter fire is only dogwood I do not cut back hard.  For me it is a weak grower that sulks when hard pruned.  Also needs best soil you can give it and generous fertiliser.  The best dogwoods (grown for their coloured stems) are elegantissima and aurea for the bonus of fine coloured summer leaves.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:34

Ooooooooooooo, Yorkshire puddings.  

Punkdoc, love reading chris lloyds books.  Over and over.  Inspirational reading.

Had  a water leak that could not be traced..bit of a worry ...but now traced to the supply pipe.  30 metres plus to be replaced but modern methods mean little disturbance to driveway apparently.

No foodbank today as I consulted  with the engineers.  Just had text to say delicious YumYums had been brought in today for me........oh eck!  Asked for double for next week 

Been lovely warm day today.  No wind and plenty of sunshine and a lovely clear evening.

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:25

Two things.   Council must be informed.....again and again. ,it is a health hazard and must be sorted 

Secondly, when growing up the Sunday morning chore was "pumping".   My dad had a septic tank that regularly blocked so he installed a pump and my brothers and I had to pump septic tank contents around the garden.  Quite a smell but womderful gooseberries, blackcurrants etc.  No idea if it was potentially risky but I enjoyed the physicality of it.......helped with my boxing training.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:29

Once you have Bowles Mauve you can have it forever, of course. Cuttings taken every year ensure lomg flowering healthy plants.....bowles mauve suffers after 2 or 3 years.

No foodbank today. Other pressing business today instead.

Sun now out and bright 

Chalk loving perennials

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:25

Lavendars too.   

Variegated Pieris.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:21

Jack, leave it awhile.  See if new shoots appear soon.

But,  Is the soil acid?  Have you recently planted it?  Pieris need acid soil.  If your soil is alkaline it's best to grow these plants in a pot of ericaceous soil.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:19

Anything really that is not planted too close to,the clematis......I.e. 40 cm away.  I have a euonymous microphylla in front of one, a buddleia, a choisya.  If space is limited a slate, tile etc over the soil but not touching.  Such a stone though could create water running away from the clematis so I prefer a good mulch. Water really well in spring, apply a good organic fertiliser and mulch with dried manure or compost 

Oh eck

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:11

Not just a great white shark coming but an adders seen last week on local Godrevy beach AND an anticipated invasion of emetts......from north of the Tamar .......this summer 

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