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new job

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:47

Well done dannyboy

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 20:37

KEF

go for Wimdows 7 unless you actually want a touchscreen .  It's a very good system, you should get a good deal and be able to haggle for an even better price.  Ask for best price, look at what is available on line (so you know what the computer is worth when you go into the store) and then ask for laptop bag (if you go for a laptop) and discounts for Microsoft office.  If you opt for extended warranty ask for an extra discount for this too.  Don't  ask and you won't get.  Salesmen desperately need to sell, remember that .  Don't forget to get anti virus for free or half price and ask for the best system they have.  I have great fun haggling for stuff.....in my element esp when the salesman initially says he cannot drop his prices.  

i think Apple macs are grossly overpriced.  I have an ipad....it's excellent but not without its glitches. I pay for an IPhone (but own a Nokia ) which is excellent too but is no better than other cheaper phones.

microsoft will still service Wimdows 7 for few years yet.  Decide too on what specs you want in your computer and possibly which brand.  This makes it easier to compare prices

Good luck KEF.  Enjoy the haggling.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:14

yet to see the prog but if  Christine Walkden is over Cornwall right now in a hot air balloon she will be flying at hundreds of miles at hour .....it is one heck of a storm right now.

Hellebore Query

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:19

Yes cut them off now.  Flower buds will start showing at the end of the year or early spring.

you could mulch them now with mushroom compost too

Deutzia dilemma

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 14:17

Ros, I would dig it up if mine.

however you grow it for the birds....fine.

pruning deutzia is easy.......they SHOULD grow 4 or 5 feet every year.  Prune out a percentage of old stems down to the ground and all flowered stems back to new shoots.

for me deutzia flower wonderfully well if pruned correctly.....the flowers soar above the foliage

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:33

Ok, can't recommend rhubarb, euphorbia, daffodils, acteas, etc.  we will have to issue a health warning to most everything.  

people aren't stupid.  Let's  not over react to every alarmist article in the newspapers.

I've always been aware of aconitum ...as well as lots of other plants.....being toxic so grow it where ita safe.  I will recommend it as  a good blue for a dampish, shady spot

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:17

I eat runner beans raw too but last summer a couple of visitors were sick by eating too many.  I think they really did too many!  Apparently beans are toxic unless cooked.  I eat carrots, rhubarb, peas, etc. raw and I'm pretty healthy......I think 

Talkback: Dealing with vine weevil

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:13

jenny, you simply replaced one group of vine weevil favourites with another, viz., heucheras.

treated with provado vine weevil killer twice a year is very effective.  As has already been said heucheras will regrow surprisingly quickly after attack from eaten pieces.  I divide heucheras regularly, wash old soil off and pot up or replant in the garden and they quickly form large plants again.  

Re vine weevils in pots I found, by experiment, that garden soil mixed with mpc is less attractive to weevils.  A top dressing of grit helps too.  

A torchlight visit at night in the summer will often reveal the adult weevils....they seem to like euonymus bushes as a host and I have, seemingly, reduced attacks by subsequent weevil grubs by squashing adult weevils

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:56

Just about every plant has the potential to poison us.

we just need to be sensible  ......how many of us grow yuccas and other dangerously spiny plants?  Greater risks to our health from the chemicals (even food preparation) in our homes

i will continue to grow plants that appeal 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:50

Good morning folks

Grey but dry so far here.  Rain later and for week ahead it seems 

trimmed hollies, Berberis atro nana, euonymus, taxus  etc with my new/replacement cordless hedge trimmer yesterday.  These are grown for their shapes so I maintain annually.  Most of the hellebores have been cut back to the ground now.  So much still in flower though

 

 

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