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    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
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    Daydream fund challenge part 4
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    • 4th Oct 14, 10:37 AM
    Daydream fund challenge part 4 4th Oct 14 at 10:37 AM
    back in march 2009. this thread started, as I had daydreamed of having a smallholding for far too many years than I can remember.. since then, we are now on our 4th new thread.. and have a nice bunch of mse'rs who are at various stages of their dream... even if you ream is to have a plot of land, or a house with a nice garden.. join in, all are welcome..


    here are the links to the other 3 threads
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Jun 17, 9:07 PM
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    Yes, I must remember not to ask you for advice on plants Dave .
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Indeed, my credibility is only just a few percentage points ahead of Theresa May's now , but a week is a long time in gardening.....

    Anyway, with all the amazing reference sources now available, I can't understand why people turn to random strangers for advice, especially as it takes only seconds to look something up.

    It was the village Market this morning, so I was there till lunchtime, being slowly tortured by fellow stall holders tucking into huge bacon and sausage baps, or selling equally fattening pastry things. It was slow, but not as slow as brushcutting the alternative hen orchard, which I decided to try this afternoon after a year of it lying fallow.

    Now I'm totally cream-crackered. Off for a snooze....25 open gardens in the wee town tomorrow.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 10th Jun 17, 9:40 PM
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    Any recommendations for a wisteria? I have a huge new pergola over the patio to cover and want a wisteria, plus a range of clematis to give me flows and foliage for as much of the year as possible.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 10th Jun 17, 10:01 PM
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    Not a recommendation, as such, but they are slow to flower if grown from unsuitable stock, seed, or ungrafted cuttings, so best bought from a trusted local nursery. Buy one in spring that's flowering, and you know what it is, and that it will!

    I have a list of three or four I grew at the last place, a couple of which I loved. Different computer, age-and-alcohol-induced memory fade, so I hope tomorrow to look them up for you. One was a spectacular waterfall wisteria, loved it (and miss it).

    Ragworted the 4 acre near paddock today, and surprised how clear it was. Progress! Lambs not only walk to heel on head collars, they'll walk following a pointed finger. All set for the "dog sheep" trials at the show in a few weeks. The dog is less obedient, but the sheep are simply stunning. One will really round up the dog to order. Dog not too impressed, but accepts it. Others learning fast; helps being flock animals.

    Our village garden open day was cancelled, Dave, and I had mixed emotions. It was good pressure to crack on, but I can't really claim to be ready. It is very, very different to how it was a year ago, but not really ready. Next year might be better. Sad not to nose round the others, though.

    Edit: up early, and sorting through the plant list for the Wisteria, and the one I liked best was "lavender lace", but that was because I had got the pruning right, and it looked good....and it was a rescue bargain from one of the diy sheds! Call me cheap, but I like a rescue. There was a "black dragon" in the same rescue, which is probably more spectacular, but I made a balls up of the pruning, so spoilt it. They were grafted, so flowered quite young. There was also a highly-scented white one, which I wrote down as shiro kapitan, but with a couple of ?? so it might not be right.

    I'd buy from a reputable local garden centre (despite my shed-luck!), I'd buy a graft, and I would ideally buy in flower. They do get better and better with age, so it's worth a bit of investment at the outset.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 11th Jun 17, 10:12 PM
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    Edit: up early, and sorting through the plant list for the Wisteria, and the one I liked best was "lavender lace", but that was because I had got the pruning right, and it looked good....and it was a rescue bargain from one of the diy sheds! Call me cheap, but I like a rescue. There was a "black dragon" in the same rescue, which is probably more spectacular, but I made a balls up of the pruning, so spoilt it. They were grafted, so flowered quite young. There was also a highly-scented white one, which I wrote down as shiro kapitan, but with a couple of ?? so it might not be right.

    I'd buy from a reputable local garden centre (despite my shed-luck!), I'd buy a graft, and I would ideally buy in flower. They do get better and better with age, so it's worth a bit of investment at the outset.
    Originally posted by DaftyDuck
    Thanks Dafty. I think I've finally found a reasonable local garden centre, so will give them a go.... Alternatively I do use a nursery in Norfolk when I'm visiting family and I know they are good, so can always have a look there. I don't really want to have to wait until next year, but I guess I should

    I'm currently trying to work out a combination of wisteria and clematis that will give me a long flowering period over the main part of the pergola and then roses and clematis for the rest. I think i'm OK to start planting now, as although the wires aren't on, all the rest of the disruption has finished in that area, so I can dig all the rubbish I don't want out, remove as many stones as I have the patience to deal with and add in some pelleted chicken manure... and then draw up my plan and start buying things.

    I really do need to stop buying things I don't have homes for... I had to do a lot of planting today as I realised the things I'd bought a week or so ago were going to die in their pots if I didn't. I still have a peony and two poppies that are homeless but I think I might be able to reach a decision on those in the morning.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Jun 17, 10:59 PM
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    I'm not going to create hysteria over wisteria next, but I will agree with Dafty that buying from a reputable source is vital, as seed-raised plants from Ernie at the car boot may never actually flower.

    Today was Open Gardens Day in the little town, with well over 20 of them to see in the course of an afternoon. This year, I came away slightly depressed, because the amount of shelter available in the town is so much greater than we have here.

    Having said that, despite the battering they've had, most of our plants have come through the unseasonable winds just fine.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 12th Jun 17, 7:49 AM
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    I'm not going to create hysteria over wisteria next, but I will agree with Dafty that buying from a reputable source is vital, as seed-raised plants from Ernie at the car boot may never actually flower.

    Today was Open Gardens Day in the little town, with well over 20 of them to see in the course of an afternoon. This year, I came away slightly depressed, because the amount of shelter available in the town is so much greater than we have here.

    Having said that, despite the battering they've had, most of our plants have come through the unseasonable winds just fine.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Don't worry, not going near a car boot. Don't do shops either, so will either be online or a nursery, or a garden centre that actually sells plants ...

    I spent yesterday at Mottisfont looking at the fabulous roses in the walled garden. Compared to my exposed garden with wind and hail battered foliage... Then again, my garden has so few plants now it doesn't really matter. Fingers crossed that next year there will be lots of greenery and flowers.

    I really do need to do some chasing of builders and get on with the house as well.
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 12th Jun 17, 6:59 PM
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    im sort of the "ernie from the car boot "


    more as an experiment I grew 3 wisteria from seed.. they are all about 3-4ft high [at the thickest] and EVERYONE keeps telling me they wont flower or at least outlive me before they do...


    I always get my bedding plants /toms etc from the same elderly couple at the boot sale.. lovingly raised and nurtured and ALWAYS go onto be strong healthy plants... even grew a particular type for me [requested last year] .. they do it as hobby .. bet their garden is super !!


    been another dry day here, I weeded the 2 beds either side of the front door, which seem to be producing flowers id forgotten about having borrowed seeds and relocated them there
    I love this time of year when all the blooms get going... riot of colour ..


    worked on the railway this morning, that's it now till the big track clean before the event
    I was sawing off low branches of a big tree last evening [think tulip tree ] when I heard a rather ominous humming noise !! looking up saw a "bee-fest" going on, on an upper branch
    I retreated !!


    I seem to need to mow twice a week at the mo ... glad I got my new mower as it just wizzes over it., it has one of those levers that cuts but chucks it back on the lawn ? recycling .... lawn seems much better for doing it !!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th Jun 17, 10:37 PM
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    We started at car boots, worked our way up via village days and the WI to the Farmers' Market. Eventually, we found ourselves at the posh venues run by various wealthy folk in aid of their favourite charities, and those were the best earners. We didn't give up the market though; just exchanged the labels for ones with lower prices when we were selling there!

    Wisteria is one of the few plants I'd not try from seed, but mostly I'd say "live dangerously and sow whatever you collect/purloin." A few of the nicest, most exciting plants we have grown came from a happy accident in the propagation dept......

    For example, we have some cracking dahlias, an erodium I can't ID, an anthemis no one has been able to pin down, and huge astrantias, one of which we just had to call 'Hagrid.'

    We also grow, and occasionally sell, one of the country's rarest umbellifers, Meum athemanticum, or Baldmoney, which we had aeons before umbels became trendy. It does have one drawback....about 4 or 5 years to flower from seed, but unlike some wisteria, it does get there!

    https://cabinetofcuriosities-greenfingers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/spignel-meum-athemanticum-tales-of.html?m=1

    Nothing to report. We did quite well on garden gate sales over the weekend and DW sold around a dozen more Geranium maderense at the Garden Club tonight, so that's now well on its way to becoming naturalised around here. I think about 30 have gone to new homes this year alone.
    Last edited by Davesnave; 12-06-2017 at 10:43 PM.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 12th Jun 17, 10:50 PM
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    I just don't do shopping Dave, that's the problem!

    I'll scrounge as much as I can from friends and family, but I know I'm going to have to buy wisteria, roses and clematis. The problem is, most 'garden centres' round me have a very low plant-to-tat ratio... although there are a couple I trust.

    I urgently need some erigeron to plant round the edge of the new patio before the weeds take hold. i'm trying to persuade my mother that she can pull up some of the stuff that has self-seeded in her brick patio and post it to me...
    • ukmaggie45
    • By ukmaggie45 12th Jun 17, 10:54 PM
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    Just a quickie as totally exhausted. Went to PIP Tribunal today and won! Enhanced rate for both Daily Living and Mobility, backdated to 12 June 2016. Plus "It is inappropriate to fix a term." which is as near as PIP gets to the old "indefinite" on DLA. For me it prob means about 8 years. Happy bunny tonight!
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 13th Jun 17, 1:08 AM
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    The problem is, most 'garden centres' round me have a very low plant-to-tat ratio... although there are a couple I trust.
    Originally posted by greenbee
    When did garden centres turn into tat emporiums? A big one near us used to be quite good, but now much of the footprint is taken up with toys, a pet centre, a farm shop, wine, clothing, gifts, kitchenware, you name it, plus 2 seperate cafes. Hopeless for gardening sundries now, or any plants apart from mass produced, bought in bedding plants and municipal type shrubs Have to shop online now, despite preferring to support local businesses.
    NSDs for December 4/15
    Decluttering 13/31

    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 13th Jun 17, 6:46 AM
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    When did garden centres turn into tat emporiums? .
    Originally posted by DawnW
    When the owners found that it was much more profitable selling 'stuff,' rather than plants.

    We didn't make big money when we ran the nursery full-time. We couldn't achieve economies of scale, but even those who could, just scraped-along.

    Good news maggie and I'm pleased for you. I know the politics around PIP is controversial, so I'll steer clear of that particular minefield. I suppose if DW had been working, rather than doing-up the house with me, we might have received something by now ourselves, but as things are as they are, we've had 100% of b*gger-all, and that's pretty much the prognosis for the future too.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 13th Jun 17, 8:11 PM
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    I have just reyurned with a car FULL of flowers [in pots !] 2 large, 2 medium hanging baskets too... lovely lady who is in the process of chemo and she just cant plant/manage them at the moment so I bought them off her ... sad but shes a fighter..


    mum is planning a weeks holiday with an equally elderly cousin ! its a hotel in Bournemouth that's run by macmillan.. survivors of strokes etc. so shes going and im really pleased as it will be a break for her but I will know she will be under someones carefull eye ...


    im hoping to go to stay with a friend in northern Cyprus in September. we were kids together through till now.

    got to organise fetching the "carriage"... still cant decide wether to diy or get it transported for me .... need to crack on now with the horses training, seems ive lost 3 months of this but better late than never !


    fabulous weather here still..
    • Chesapeake
    • By Chesapeake 13th Jun 17, 9:04 PM
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    That carriage looks like it will tidy up pretty well Alfie, looking forward to seeing it restored!

    We got 4 raised beds built and planted just over a week ago... the day before we were battered by 4 days of gales and torrential rain Haven't been back to assess the damage yet
    • ukmaggie45
    • By ukmaggie45 13th Jun 17, 9:08 PM
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    Good news maggie and I'm pleased for you. I know the politics around PIP is controversial, so I'll steer clear of that particular minefield. I suppose if DW had been working, rather than doing-up the house with me, we might have received something by now ourselves, but as things are as they are, we've had 100% of b*gger-all, and that's pretty much the prognosis for the future too.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Thanks Dave. Will make a big difference to us, as once summer is over we can think of getting some help around the house. Even if all they do is cast a vacuum cleaner around the clear areas of carpet it will make OH's life easier. Plus can look at getting a car more suited for my needs again. All this assuming DWP don't try take it to higher court, which we are told is unlikely but I ain't going to count my chickens yet!

    I don't know how your DW's health stuff affects her in daily life, but she can claim for PIP up till age 65. It's much more about the effect on life (rather than the condition) than DLA was. As DLA was, PIP doesn't rely on a person either working or not being in work - most people with any disability can make a claim. Just thought should at least mention. Hugs.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 14th Jun 17, 9:36 AM
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    I don't know how your DW's health stuff affects her in daily life, but she can claim for PIP up till age 65. It's much more about the effect on life (rather than the condition) than DLA was. As DLA was, PIP doesn't rely on a person either working or not being in work - most people with any disability can make a claim. Just thought should at least mention. Hugs.
    Originally posted by ukmaggie45
    Thank you for that maggie.

    DW's mobility problems affected our daily life quite a lot in the winter months, but the present treatment she's receiving seems to be working, so at present we are being positive and hoping that they'll eventually be overcome.

    Like many health difficulties, getting the right help took time, and meanwhile, the condition worsened. It was linked to another well-managed condition and could have been sorted more effectively, but health professionals move on, and others who don't know so much just prescribe palliatives.....which in this case didn't help and probably did more harm than good.

    Hey-ho. Will bear what you said in mind though, if we have to.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • ukmaggie45
    • By ukmaggie45 14th Jun 17, 1:46 PM
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    Hi again Dave, Forgot to say as well that PIP is tax free.

    Should your DW decide to apply it really is worth getting help with filling in the forms. CAB can be OK or not so good - depends on the particular office from what I can make out. Benefits and Work give good documents on how to fill out forms if you feel strong enough to do it yourself.

    My Tribunal was my very last chance to put my claim forward to get Motability car back, which is why I went to Fightback. We are near enough to them for advocate to come to Tribunal, and I very much doubt I'd have won without her. They do form filling over the phone for people who live further away - there is a charge, but it's very reasonable as these things go.

    Of course my hopes are that your DW doesn't need to pursue this, but thought I'd just pass on a few thoughts in case things change for the worse. And of course you can always PM me for more info if you want to - though my Inbox seems to be full most of the time!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Jun 17, 9:07 AM
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    Of course my hopes are that your DW doesn't need to pursue this......
    Originally posted by ukmaggie45
    Mine too, but I've copied your posts to Word and I'll keep them, just in case. Thank you.

    I've always accepted that when one of us, and especially me, gets too infirm, we bale-out and do something else - plenty more adventures to have - but this place does allow for a phased withdrawal, fast or slow, if we ever need to.

    We have plans to alter the legal standing of this place in a year or two, but I won't say much about that. It's already possible, but it will be easier by 2019. We are here until then anyroad.

    Not having much luck with our ancient hens, as canker has struck again. We have two birds isolated, and one died yesterday before we could even get to the vet for the treatment. I'm hoping that was all she had, as it was kinda quick and looked more like mycoplasma to me, although the canker was there, definitely. Anyway, she was bonfired immediately.

    Bloody annoying as we change the water regularly, twice a day, dose it with cider vinegar at this time of year, and all the food is under cover. However, this disease, or something close, is why we no longer have greenfiches, when there used to be dozens....
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 16th Jun 17, 7:15 PM
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    Horse Woman's place went on the market today at a ridiculous price, typical of the local agent, which prices high to get the business, then steadily reduces....Seen it time & again.

    Wouldn't be so bad if they could manage a room plan or even just give people the room dimensions, but all of that seems to have gone by the board.

    Well, did my best. Even recommended the agents I don't like, who sold us this place, but it fell on deaf ears. They do at least get their prices right and sell stuff.

    Now watch it sell next week!

    In other news,after my sortie the other day with Asulox for the bracken, I went into the field this afternoon zapped a few ragwort and thistles and then.....ran out of stuff to zap! The grass is looking really good, though not growing much due to the drought, so that's something that's come right. Doesn't look like Pete will be taking a hay cut though, which is disappointing.....

    How was the allotment after the battering Chesapeake? We've had a right hammering too, today bringing some relief from the winds, at last.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • alfie 1
    • By alfie 1 16th Jun 17, 9:16 PM
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    have you had rain dave ?? not a drop here !
    some forecasts said we were going to get it 3 days/2 days/1 day ago but nahder, zilch , nil ....


    I seem to have worked non stop for weeks... took on sorting a posh house out for equally posh priced weekend guests ... new fad here... rent your home out for the weekend !!! still I get paid so cant complain..


    final "do" at the railway tomorrow morning for test runs etc.. then the anoraks , sorry enthusiasts will arrive clutching their pride and joys


    then im off to visit some friends tomorrow tea time for a county ?show on sunday.. lots of gypsy wagons etc there apparently so will be drooling over what I cant possibly afford
    hoping to go to the dorset steam fayre this year... missed a few so hopefully weather will be kind... last time was knee deep in the stickiest sludge ive ever seen [they have apparently put roadways in now ]


    when ive mowed my lawn yet again I will post some pics of my garden now it resembles one ! I love it when all the summer flowers get going
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