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Posted: 21/09/2014 at 09:03

Hey, that's the way I travel every day Bekkie..

Looks and feels very promising today........can feel the heat.   

Still picking runner beans ...been a great year for,them

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:59

Got all mine  for free 

If you get the chance to get an old ceramic sink grab it.  They make excellent stone troughs.  A tufa mix of cement and peat makes them look exactly like stone ....I again got 3 of these ....for free 

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:25

Orchid chimney pots   Got a few now one way or another.  Classy I,think.  Good luck with your eBay bid 


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:22

Temp reached 26 in my garden.  Showers in some areas but dry here

Managed to watch recording of GW.   Mainly for the grasses, that I love, but such a fleeting part of the programme.   Will add a couple more grasses fhis year.

Currently considering a border purely of grasses, heleniums, and acteas.....great summer colour but not so good at other times though 

My mum was more with it this evening so not so depressing.


The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:10

Always grew cosmos.....the pure white and the colours.  Always grew them large....pinched back regularly but still big.  Then, suddenly, I got bored of them and stopped growing them.   Replaced them with more perennials and never regret doing that every year.  

Sorry you lovers of cosmos ....and I do like them......just prefer perennials 

Tip bearing Apple tree

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 13:41

Your tree produces fruit on the tips of branches so pruning is not quite as simple as with spur  bearing trees

You can shorten some main stems but leave shoots from these unpruned.  These will,produce fruit next year.  Of course remove dead, dying or crossing branches and keep centre open.  

I would be inclined not to prune now .......all being well your tree will return to regular fruiting next summer.  If it does then resume pruning as above. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:41

Hello chicky, I suspect they may have gotten a bit dry (?). They need some moisture but relish lots in summer.  For me aconitums have never been shy to flower even after a spring division simply cos I water well.  But try the acteas if you have some good moisture retentive soil.  Aconitums and acteas enjoy similar conditions 

Stainless steel is a late variety.  I have others that flower in mid summer so you can extend the season

somebody is eating my geraniums

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:36

Love hate thing, isn't it?  Butterflies and caterpillars 

Lyn I have stocks growing soon to transplant as large specimens for winter and spring. Always attacked by caterpillars.  I guess picking them off is best but not exactly an enjoyable task so spray for me.  I was picking some carrots at,the time and didnt fancy the mixture 

Plant now or in spring?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:27

Yes cornishclare ...another cornwallonian ?.....I agree with  delaying the planting until spring.   Use the tme to incorporate of compost.  

Even though the grass is apparently dead I would trench in the top few inches ...burying upside down prob about 9" deep.  Then mix in your compost above it.  I would not add fertiliser just will largely be wasted.  I think late February is best time to apply organic granular fertiliser such as fish blood and bone. 

One further point ......often grubs of different sorts inhabit lawns so regular digging over autumn will expose them to the birds.  

Concerning the slope a picture will be good 


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:16

Bekkie may be happy that matchmakers are £1 but so are walnut whips in poundland   I buy lots cos some don't like the walnuts and give them to meeeeeeee 

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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Boring, boring rosesN

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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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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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