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GW magazine subscription

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:42

I check it out for myself.....issue by issue not by personality 

The real experts are the growers of plants, e.g. Adrian Bloom on perennials, Christoher Lloyd, etc.   

Flowering shrub for awkward sunny spot?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:37

Is it sunny there Humblebee?  If so check out convolvulous maritima a trailer with superb velvety purple blue flowers all summer.  Helianthemums....the Wisley varieties like Pink and Primrose have evergreen grey foliage.  Another convolvulous, cneorum, has silver foliage and white flowers.  Osteospermums like Cannington Roy with pink flowers all summer is delightful. 

Something more shrubby consider prostrate lavender....some excellent bright blue varieties out there.  keep the hedge side pruned back and allow it to spill over and down the wall 

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:28

It's what I said Steve. 

If you don't do newspapers how do you know what the Mail says?  

Every publication, politician, has an agenda or a basic point of view.  

watching Question Time last night I think I have never seen a more confused audience.  One or two on the panel were (alarmingly) silly with their comments too........suspicion,  distrust, following the party line, insincerity and unable to speak with any integrity or on earth are any of us supposed to know anything? 

On referendum day people will vote on a whim 

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:11

Steve, what do YOU  read?   

I do not read the Mail but it does make me chuckle when it is now "fashionable" to lampoon it.    I think those who do have long forgotten how this began but simply have joined the chorus 

It is important that yes to leave europe voters are not ridiculed 

do people realise countries WILL leave the european union after we have voted to remain?   


Climber in a pot

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:03

Clematis etoille violette would look good there Sainfoin 

First veg plot ideas - asparagus?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:53

Lie, asparagus is a luxury crop...expensive to buy in the shops so worth growing.

you are right to dismiss carrots if you feel you cannot grow them.  

Runner beans grown over a wigwam, dwarf french beans, peas for a delicious treat, lettuce will not take up much space, a few beetroot too, a small patch of parsley, chives and a pot of mint would be my advice.

good luck Lie.  Enjoy your veg plot 


Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:47

A couple of showers but mainly sunny and bright here.  Planned to topdress the front lawn today but its wet right now. hoping it will dry out during the afternoon.  

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:39

for fear of the wrath of the forum I have resisted mentioning the EU.....I have escaped lynching by the skin of my teeth. 

however, Simon you  have linked it to our gardens so (should be) safer 

re our gardens, I think we should be out of the EU.  It has meddled in our laws from forbidding us to grow certain varieties of vegetables to the chemicals we can use.  We would have tightened up on many chemicals without the EU.....we aren't that backward 

it is, or should be, about choice. The EU denies us any choice.  It will be even more dictatorial.

Who knows what diktats will be issued about our gardens, our right to garden?  To accommodate an exploding population here will we have to give up land to accommodate them?  Locally there is a move to control bungalow longer will a bungalow be deemed a retirement space.  It is seen as a luxury we can no longer will no doubt incur excessive council tax charges to drive people into flats without garden space. 

Europe has changed alarmingly and quickly over recent years, over recent months especially, and far from creating unity and peace europe is a squabbling, disorganised mess.  We have seen nothing yet; following the referendum....make no mistake a "no" to europe will not be accepted...things will be far worse.

here in Cornwall we have benefitted from european money to help our economy....europe is now we were overpaid and wants the money back???

I hope the electorate holds its nerve and votes to keep our independence

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:12

Hmmmmm!  showers now.  Should have kept quiet.   But sun around too 

Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:10

Aym, a tad warmer here (far SW) I think over winter but I plant dahlias tubers in pots covering them with just tips of stems above the compost. Prob a little early to water just yet....dry compost is fine for now.  Begonias are traditionally placed near top of the compost......compost barely covering them.  Again, would not water just yet. 

Patience for just a while longer 

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