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Forecast has changed and rain should hold off for today, so I will find my fleece and get out there
Verdun you do make me chuckle. Angels playing harps I can believe but the rest of it?!
Was sunny this morning, after very heavy rain last night, all night, but clouding over again and looks like more rain Why smiley? Cos I don't have to work in it and all the plants are happy!!!!!
To do list...shop, paperwork, sort seeds to send, go visit people.
Checked damson tree this morning. Nearly ready. Think next week will be damson jelly time my mouth is already watering at the thought
Dove that sounds terrible. Glad you got it sorted but does make you wonder how many people just accept things and don't complain. Have to admit ours here seem pretty good.
Are you heading my way to see parents?
Verd- are you taking something love? Sunny here but very very cold overnight- grass all dewy and sparkly in that AUTUMNAL way....yes- it's Autumn - you're all in denial!
Plenty to do today while it's good - don't think I'll be getting anything done tomorrow other than battening down the hatches if the forecast's right.
Have a good day everyone
Morning, folks.....if FloBear looks in here, or if anyone could pass a message on to her, could you please let her know I've left a (rather belated) message for her.
dismal start to the day here, drizzle! I'd rather it rained properly. If we believe the weather forecast should be nice this arvo thus enabling me to get on with it. If not, another day indoors plotting!
It's not so bad here, cool but some warmth behind it so should be ok later, not seen forecast just relying on common sense, even a bit of blue in the sky behind the white clouds which only have a slight grey tinge to them.
last night I forgot to put the cuttings and seedlings back in the mini greenhouse but they look happy enough.phew! Repositioned camomile lawn seems to be doing ok too. In fact I'm quite pleased with all of it to say its trying to be autumn (oops there I go again).
off to show grandma how well her grandson has recovered from operation on wed so will check out how my charges are doing in her care, bet she doesn't leave them out in the cold overnight ( few cuttings from her garden which I will take charge of in spring).
OH off with my nephew on bike ride so will have to wait again for holes drilling in pots before I can get the bulbs in.
Woooooohoooooo I'm the early bird lol... Suns out here hurrah oh has a list of jobs to do today including mowing the lawn bet it doesn't get Done! Laundry on the line already , I'm hoping my iris dry out a bit today ooooo just sat here and notice a white fox glove flowering. I was at hospital during the week and there was a leaflet about how to keep your children safe in the garden, there was a list of plants that are poisonous reading through it I was like yep got one of them and that and that and that lol guess I had better watch Lo a bit better didn't realise soooo much was poisonous.... Well another load of washing to do.... Ttfn peeps
Good morning I was out hanging washing on the line - it annoys me slightly, this preoccupation with 'poisonous plants' - I mean children shouldn't be in the garden unsupervised until they're old enough not to put things in their mouths, and then they're old enough to understand that they have to ask before they eat anything.
I grew up putting fox glove flowers on my fingers and playing wild in the gardens, fields and woodlands. As soon as we were old enough our parents showed us the laburnum tree at the top of the driveway and we knew that the seeds were poisonous etc etc.
I mean, holly, ivy and misletoe berries are poisonous but the human race hasn't died out from bringing them into their homes at Christmas. And the fruits of potato plants are also poisonous, we get enquiries about these on here every year, and people still grow them in their gardens.
I've known people go around digging and discarding all sorts of lovely plants from their gardens in a panic - such a shame - all that was needed was a little education and supervision. Maybe there should be notices in hospitals telling parents to supervise their children when in the garden - it would probably be more effective in keeping them safe in so many ways!
I'll get off my hobbyhorse now
Have a lovely day everyone
Morning all. We had a great time in Venice, went to "La Traviata" in an old palace and a concert, Vivaldi's "4 Seasons". Now in Eastbourne but internet connection is very poor, had to buy a BT one as DIL has gone on holiday and her Wifi must be turned off, or something.
Went to Penshurst Place yesterday and going to Sussex Prairie garden today.
Glad you had a good time Lizzie. Went to Sussex Prairie a fortnight ago - the drifts of rudbeckia are quite something ! Hope you enjoy
I agree dove the word "no" seems to be fading into the past... My daughter who is 2.5 knows not to put plants in her mouth already ( a lesson painfully learnt last year when despite mummy saying no she still ate a chilli from the plant!) she knows she can eat anything mummy points out is edible but nothing else only this week she was pointing to the honeysuckle berries and saying tomato so I picked one of each and showed her the differance and now she walks under the honeysuckle berries and I heard her pointing them out to daddy last night saying "not tomatoes daddy don't eat them they are little and red..."
busy lizzie those prarie gardens sound fab fab fab ( oh if I had the room) ((or won the lottery!)
Good morning forkers
Agree that education is the important thing concerning poisonous plants. I remember explaining difference between blackcurrants and the black berries (not blackberries) growing on the wild privet on the nearby Towans. Redcurrants too....think of all the red berries on so many cultivated ornamemtals. Children learn of the dangers in the home too...bleaches for example. Education!
In a rash of impulsiveness I pulled up my runner beans late yesterday. Had a huge crop but with the weather changing now bean production will prob now be low. I will empty a compost bin into that area now
Can see a distant pink dahlia and Acer flamingo from my kitchen window now as well as "titillating" glimpses of frikartii monch, coreopsis and echinacea now beans have gone.
Morning all, still thinking about crawling out of bed. Drainage holes.have now been drilled in pots so can finally plant bulbs. Most 'non gardeners' probably won't know a poisonous plant in their garden so hopefully the leaflet helped educate the parents especially if there were pictures too. My children have never tried to eat anything in the garden, I don't grow edibles so its easy to say no to all, which isn't very educational... Hope your Lo enjoyed the chilli Stacey!
Stacey sounds like the chilli experience is well-remembered. Glad she's looking after her Daddy
Rudbeckias - I've just seen these on Peter Beales' website http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/gardenplants/rudbeckia-laciniata-juligold-cone-flower/
aren't they gorgeous with those green centres - quite different to the ones with the 'dark eyes'. They're going into my 'possibles' file for the new border in the front garden.
Morning all. Lovely start to the day here, am enjoying my breakfast (well it is a Sunday) in the garden.
jobs for today are pegging out the washing once it's finished, planting out some more plants in the new bed, throwing some of the 100 plus bulbs I bought into the mix and crossing my fingers that the weather holds
Sounds like you have a clever lo there Stacey, although I bet she's regretting the chilli!
Morning all- though very little good about it looking out the window- certainly not scorchio!
Glad I got my gate moved and fence reinstated yesterday. It'll have to wait for another day to get the rest of the painting done.
Re poisonous plants- you're so right Dove. My girls knew at a young age they couldn't eat anything in the garden unless I told them it was edible and they were always supervised. I do think people can make an issue of it though if they go a bit overboard. We grew up with a Laburnum in the front garden and I would never have dreamt of eating anything from it, but my Mum went on constantly about the seed pods being poisonous and it made me curious about them! Never ate any though I hasten to add.
lol no she's never forgotten the chilli she looks at them still on the patio and says thems is chillies mummy don't like them they are lott( her word for yuck!!) those rudbeckia look lovely but I have no more room its back to winning the lottery again..... Areggghhhgg looks like rain gotta go get washing in
re those rudbeckias Dove, you need fair bit of moisture to grow them well. Ive looked at these ...or similar...myself but they grow fairly tall too so staking looks necessary.hey! you can trial them and if they good Ill copy you.
rain is coming here too...dog has had good run whilst weather is good.
lm enjoying inserting these smilies but not liking the thought of rain but its going to be fine on wednesday gotta go...hungry
Just something I saw in the paper. One of thos B......s in Parliament I think.
Dont take sleeping tablets with Senokot.
(Hope you're not preparing Dinner, Nut)
Had a good morning in garden, bulbs potted apart from anenomes which are still soaking. Started to clear another tub but lost my nerve as its got a hellebore in along with pretty violas and chives.
what happens to these violas now ? - I've taken cuttings (read that somewhere but not convinced) and taken some seeds but not many left, should I throw out the rest of the plant Orr is there a chance it will come back?
the compost is weedy and mossy so should I tip it all on the compost bin and start again?
thanks guys n gals,I'm forever learning. previous years I'd just throw everything out but since being on here I'm more interested in knowing what can be saved for next year. I think there will be loads more questions coming, so please you lot don't desert us over winter!