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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:36 pm 
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JJ - Your balcony is really beautiful, the two of you must be so pleased.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:57 am 
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The last couple of days made up for the months of heatwave and drought. Two inches in the gauge in just a few hours.

Next week supposed to be sunny and calm. Luverleeeeee !!!!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Why not let this sticky go until the spring?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:11 pm 
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Why unsticky it? It's not doing anyone any harm.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:37 am 
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Got a free apple tree off the council today in my area........should have seen the Q they had to turn lots away (first come first served)
I was a nice size too .....would have cost about £20 in a garden center


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:15 am 
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Mary - What make of apple?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:40 pm 
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Red Falstaff Anya....Hubby's going to train it as a hedge


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:07 pm 
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I clear up a bag of leaves a day off my lawns. the South wing is a problem.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:20 am 
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Anyone here tried no-dig gardening ?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:16 am 
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Dave - Yes, I have very heavy clay, I was a bit dismayed when I first moved here, after my previous garden, which was fine loamy soil. Also a beggar for weeds. Now I love the clay, full of minerals and it keeps moist in summer.

Ovr the many years, I crammed every inch of the place with trees, shrubs and perennials, with little room left for weeds but some weeds do manage to get through, mainly in the veggie patch. I found a pond liner in the tip, one time, cut it in wide strips and put them over the weeds. Then I spread fresh soft garden compost over the area and things grow happily.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:49 pm 
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Anya.

Thank you for that.

I am getting fed up of not being able to keep up with the weeds. Much of the garden has been covered with concrete flags etc, but I always feel I am not getting the benefit of the place doing that.
So I have been watching Charles Dowding's videos on no-dig gardening. I will give it a try in the coming season.
I have half a dozen large trees that provide a large amount of leaf litter every year, and most of this goes into compost. Or is spread around the azaleas rhododendrons.
I'm not as keen on digging the same patch every year as I one was. Time to try this method.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:01 pm 
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A few days ago, I saw a tree covered in catkins; my honeysuckle, which was leafless, is now sprouting green shoots all over the place; I also found a red headed cardinal beetle, which is usually seen here in the UK between May & July!
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Hello climate change!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:41 am 
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I'm still pulling beetroot out my garden


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:32 pm 
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Same here. The honeysuckles still flowering, the fuchsias covered in huge blossoms, new roses appearing. Some foxglove seeds spontaneously sprouted in a trough producing miniature foxglove plants, with big flower heads at the moment. Very pretty.

The most glorious start to the New Year, supposed to be heavy frost tonight.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:27 am 
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We still have flowers on the rose bushes and one on the lilies.
Also my fountain is still working, it hasn't frozen up.
In previous years I have had to drain it before getting an intense frost in October/November in case the freeze caused damage.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:27 am 
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My Iris are pushing soil up :smiles:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:10 pm 
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All bulbs standing to attention next to the summer fuchsias and pelagornia. Strange about those fuchsias, I bought them as house plants and put them outside for the summer. They grew into shrubs and come up year after year. Cuttings must be the easiest of all plants.

Glorious day today, deepest blue sky, quite chilly.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:50 am 
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I drained my fountain the other day but my lilies are still standing and the single flower has been joined by another.:)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:41 am 
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I hate draining my fountain I get horrid little wiggerly things in it and pigeon shite!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:51 pm 
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mary wrote:
I hate draining my fountain I get horrid little wiggerly things in it and pigeon shite!

Bird poo in your fountain is the price we pay to have birds frolicking around the water in the summer.
I often stand transfixed watching through the kitchen window dozens of birds, mostly sparrows and tits but other birds too, splashing about and thoroughly enjoying themselves in the water.
The blue tits like to bath in the water by backing into it which is funny to watch.
Sometimes there will be 30 or more sparrows jockeying for position around the top part of the fountain that is only able to hold about 10!

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The mini-daff bulbs that I planted last year are only about 1" above the earth - daffs usually flower in February, but not this year!! I wonder why.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:35 pm 
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I went and sat in sun a bit this afternoon with a coffee and noticed the sun had bought my mini iris bulbs into flower
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:15 pm 
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Lovely little blooms, I have much darker ones, started with five and they spread like .... miniature iriseseses.

Primroses, crocuseses, daffies, hyacinths all out, together with the fuchsia, still flowering from last summer, winter viburna and all sorts. Surprising amount of colour, for February.


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