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raining steadily here.That scuppered all my plans. I've tidied up the plants in the greenhouse a bit, and I'm trying to talk OH into a visit to a nursery in West Midlands.
Welcome Tracey, always good to see a fellow Welshwoman. Wouldn't catch me on the back of a horse, though. Well, I probably couldn't catch the horse! Or climb on its back. Don't think you are allowed to use a ladder.
Re the leycesteria and buddleia, I doubt if a cat wold make all that mess, it has to be something heavier - or else, the rain was so torrential it actually broke young branches. Or the dogs have learnt to cliimb trees.
Afternoon all. Have had such alovely lie in. Didn't actually wake 'till gone 12,
Grey day here. I want to get plants daughter bought me yesterdayplanted upbut may wait for tomorrows promised heat.
I wouldn't recomend eating dry weetabix in bed without a plate. I have about half now as crumbs on my chest and in the bed
Think I can feel a sofa afternoon watching recorded programs
A trip to a GC sounds lovely Fidget
Interesting gardening grandma
A few weeks back I cut back a large choisya partially leaning against a tall wall as well as a summer jasmine alongside. I had a salvia elegans.....pineapple sage....growing in a pot next to a bench just imside these shrubs. It was knocked over and branches smashed.
I suspect it was a fox. In the past I have seen a fox use the wall as part of its routine. So, I am pretty sure. Prob a fox caused your damage too....
Hi Tracey and welcome to the mad house.
Bev, however to you manage to eat dry Weetabix. Sounds revolting
GG you need some gripper rod attached to the top of the fence. I'm thinking of putting some on my fence.....
I would have suggested cat from what you said but Verd's right- foxes are very acrobatic and much heavier of course. You'd think there would be a little more evidence though if it was a fox - if you know what I mean!
pg I'd need large amounts of chocolate and nuts spread on that to make it edible
First chance to post for several days,have been busy keeping an eye on elderly neighbour who has just been told she has low sodium levels,which have led to confusion,giddiness and all sorts of other symptoms.She has been told to eat more salt and is awaiting results of blood tests.
My Cosmos Purity appears not to be so pure,numerous pink flowers amongst the white,but still a beautiful flower.
Its very warm and muggy today,the garden veg is in full flow,runner beans,carrots and new potatoes for tea (with chops ,not home produced)
Gilly how kind. My Mum had low sodium levels a year ago and it coincided with weight loss & symptoms you mention. Bloods came back ok at second testing. Don't know if not been eating as she should so lost weight & sodium. It happened quickly and weight hasn't been regained. Or deficiency caused weight loss. She does like her salt, too much in my view but considering her age I'm happy that she eats things she likes as well as her veg & fruit.
My cosmos are true white, but took ages to flower, thought I'd just grown fennel.
Been to B&Q for felt for shed roof and various things that fairy will know about, me I just headed for reduced plants alas they needed more than me to rescue them, more like a miracle. Did have to get something, and succumb to 3 for 5 quid, Gerberas. I'm quite taken with them this year, so thought 3 more would be nice. Haven't got them potted on as it's currently raining heavily. Last few years I've had Gazania but they were wasted as they only open in sunshine and we lacked that.
I've found my tastes have changed from last year, I seem to have fallen out with very vibrant oranges and yellows, now loving pinks, purple, white and of course blue. I think my bright orange lilies in pots might get thrown. When I bought the bulbs a good few years ago they were supposed to be red. I'm still waiting for my white ones to open.
Off for now as being a domestic godess and making some pasta sauce, will see how many courgettes I can hide in it. G pigs don't like them Just done last feeding duty, phew! still alive.
This year instead of blanching & freezing I've salted them and then rinsed and drained as you would with bitter aubergine, and then frozen individually on baking trays, hoping that taking out excess water might make them suitable for frying later in the year..will update in Autumn if anyone wants to know.
If anyone has done this and it's no good please tell me.
p.s. I've not salted & frozen the G pigs.
Even made myself laugh at idea of pigs on baking trays in freezer.....okay..I'll slap my own hands.
Good morning all - a glorious morning here - the birds are singing their socks off - I think they appreciated the rain we had yesterday - it was a good gentle soak and everywhere feels much fresher for it.
It's going to get muggy today - before I go to work I'm going to make sure the tomatoes in pots on the terrace have got space for plenty of air to get between them - conditions will be right for blighty infections
A colleague was taken poorly the other day and I had to drive her home - when I got back to work I rang and suggested that she might be low on salt - she's got hypertension and has been following a low salt diet and has been drinking quite a bit of water in the heat - she had a packet of crisps and a few salted peanuts and recovered. GP confirmed my diagnosis Shall I set up shop and help the NHS out?
Oh, meant to say - Spam reported
Hi Dr Dove! The salt thing seems to be a bit tricky - too much/too little is a bit of a balancing act.
Blue skies here. Just setting off to Warwick for the morning - thats a lot of hours in a car. Then a good friend's leaving do tonight (why is it only the good people ever leave??) so will see you all tomorrow. Be good.....
Morning all. Dove - is there anything you can't turn your hand to?
I think we should all back you for PM.....kust when you though it was safe to retire.....
Wet here today - I might have to do the ironing unless I want to wear some very strange outfits soon.
KEF- when you said 'phew! still alive' - was that the piggies you meant or you? They might be good with a pasta sauce -like chicken perhaps...
Work soon - got some bags of 'manure' to pick up today hopefully. Useful woking in an equestrian centre sometimes!
Have a good day all
Morning all just been to Asda shopping at 6am just had tea & toast raining here so it's the greenhouse's to sow some seeds this morning. Took some leaves off the tomato plant's yesterday and dead headed garden flower's plus tidy up the sweet peas. Over the next few days i will change my wall planters as the minulus are now looking by their best as with the petunia's need to think what to put in any help welcome have a good day all.
Morning Andy. Hope your garden's recovered after the heavy rain. It's teh best time to shop isn't it! I sometimes go at about 8pm for the same reasons- much quieter - especially during the school hols
What size are the planters Andy? Are you taking everything out? You could always try some herbs - especially if they're near the house. Rosemary, sage, thyme are good evergreen ones to give you something through the winter.
Good morning forkers
Earlier I cut back few more argyranthemums. Just low green mounds now but flowers will soon re-appear and smother the plants until autumn.
Lovely here.....sunshine and some cloud but warm and pleasant.
I prefer shopping away from peak times.....nice late at night.
Andy, you could simply cut back your petunias quite hard and they will regrow and re flower......or do you fancy a change?
Good morning all.
Already 20C and sunny, some breeze which I think we will need today.
Today as soon as surface soil dry I need to be out with my hoe. Got my three Gazania to pot on. So not too taxing a day. Might be holding a patio chair down again.
Ironing I'll admit to not ironing my gardening clothes, not much point as half an hour and I've got them dirty. Don't know how I do it.
Fairy I thought it was snake that tasted like chicken.
No looking over the fence at piggies today !! I'm still in shock, can't remember the last time I moved so fast & H going over the fence I bet he could give Colin Jackson a run for his money.
Have a good day all.
Happy Yorkshire day.
Morning all! Not done much yet but weather is better so the pyjamas will be off soon!
Get-together with old school colleagues today. Nice. I'm always amazed to see how much some of them have aged, though, while I remain 27. Actually, the opposite is true - there are two who claim to be 80 but who can't possibly be more than 65, attractive, youthful, lively and travelling the world.
Still grey and cloudy here and I'm wearing my medium-weight dressing gown as I write. This may be more imformation than you care to receive while eating your breakfast, but it does prove that it is a lot cooler at the moment.
Have a nice day, everyone.
Still cloudy and overcast here too. What hapened to that scorcher we were promised last night? You need to push it this way a bit Verd.