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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 15:54

I posted this morning, but it took a while to appear. At first I thought I had forgotten to submit. But it did show eventually.

autumn and winter

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 10:07

Earliest flowers for me are snowdrops. Altho' they are not always as successful when planted in bulb form you might want to try some...put them where you can see them from indoors if possible as you may not want to spend too much time out in a cold garden just to look at them..... nothing ventured, nothing g....


Posted: 26/09/2013 at 09:59

Mizzly here in old Hantshire ( that's how we used to spell it in the good ol'days)

Gardening plans now on hold, but lots I can do indoors in preparation for friends' visit next week. We are going to see the garden of Peter Erskine, who is v. big in the alpine world. My friend is his cousin... aren't I lucky. I have seen photos and it is amazingly beautiful.

Also we have a coffee and cakes  morning tomorrow in the village shop for Macmillan, so there is some preparation to do. I am chief sweeper today and i/c washing up tomorrow. I get all the good jobs... and cake if I'm good

Also the excitement is rising for Malvern at the weekend.

Keeping Cosmos Flowering for Wedding

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 20:27

If you leave too short a time between deadheading and wedding you can't speed things up. If you leave too much time you may reduce the flower power below the maximum potential but you will have flowers, frost permitting. You only have one chance at getting this right and you can only play the odds. What if you think you leave enough time for flowering and then we have a cool period. No frosts but not enough warmth. Solution? With not much more than 4/5 weeks to go I would now start to let them flower, and deadhead those that do. The risk of holding them back deliberately for much longer is little or no flower on your special day. If, on the other hand , we have good/reasonable weather from now on, they will reward you handsomely. 

Don't worry, go with the flowers... everyone will love your garden 


Posted: 25/09/2013 at 14:39

StaceyD. I see that you have been brainwashed, like many others to think that a slight change of colour = A*****. We don't go from High Summer Straight to A***** overnight but via late summer, which is what I am enjoying in my shirt sleeves today.also eating summer vegetables off my garden for dinner.

 Our summers are all too short to be wishing them away. 


Fab day for digging.

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 12:21

Very heavy soil is very difficult to work when dry, when it can be like concrete, or wet when it is like stiff treacle and should not be walked upon lest you make matters worse. However the in-between stage which seems to happen about twice a year as wet soil starts to dry, or when dry soil starts to moisten gives perfect conditions for cultivation.

In case you long for sandy soil which can be worked all year round, just remind yourself of the old gardeners adage " clay soil may be back breaking but sandy soil is heart breaking".


Posted: 24/09/2013 at 22:20

A friend told me today that loading Google Chrome had effectively destroyed her computer? Does this mean anything?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 20:48

Verd. I can't do photos at present due to unsuitable technology. but hope to right this by the Spring when alpines should look good. Here's hoping. 

Mrs.G. am getting lots of posts from you if you can hear me, mother!  

Unless someone is impersonating you.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 20:31

Hey Verd your supposed to give out the food to others?

Lovely neighbours gave me loads, and I mean loads, of antique clay pots today. Have plans to increase the number of alpines/small spring bulbs in the Alpine/GH from now, and they will look great in those. Alpine bug is hard to resist. Malvern here I come.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:55

BIZLIZ, how can there be any A***** trees? It's not November yet. None in the New Forest either and I am well north of you.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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