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Good morning everyone.

I realise that much of Britain is under snow or exeperiencing heavy rain today and hope you and your gardens come through OK.    Perversely, here it is sunny again but freezing and the ground is  like iron.

No outdoor gardening for me then today but I shall ask OH to help me tidy up my work area tomorrow so it's ready for action when spring does arrive with intent.   On Sunday we're taking Possum and a friend to Antwerp to see a Hip Hop Battle competition so no gardening then either.

So, today is more seedling turning for me.   What about you? 

Jean Genie

Looking at purchasing a few huskies and a sled  Total whiteout here.

Planned on installing another water feature and digging out some of the rockery .

Not a chance.

The potty gardener

I really want to get some Lily bulbsplanted but think I may have to wait 'till after the weekend!!

Bunny ...
I think obelixx has sent their weather to us , snowing here though only light (so far) , east wind so think I shall avoid the greenhouse as dog will follow , want to come in (small greenhouse+big dog =disaster)
I shall ponder over seed packets , talk to my seedlings just poking through and get on with dreaded housework and paperwork...and help OH working in between.
Much rather be gardening in some sun though !!

Mild and sunny here. 19° forecast for this afternoon. No gardening this weekend as going to daughter near Poitiers. May have to help in her garden as she ordered loads of roses with the birthday cheque I sent her.


Pennine Petal
Marking exam scripts, might as well given the weathe!

J-G - how big a pond?

Lillies in pots should be OK BPK.   I always lose any planted in the ground anyway.

Bunny - I have a big Labrador and a smaller Wheaten style terrier of unknown parentage.  Both very "helpful" in the garden.   He like sto sprawl on the beds and watch and he likes to dig out moles and other rodents.  Both play ticky with gay abandon all over the lawn and beds.

Busy, whereabouts near Poitier?  We holidayed near Ruffec last year and loved it so are going back to explore some more.  If Belgian winters carry on like this we'll probably head that way permanently once OH retires and Possum finishes uni.   Long, cold, wet winters are bad for my soul and my incipient arthritis.

PP - very virtuous but you'll be conscience free when the good weather does come and you escape outside.


Obelixx, it's south of Poitiers, but that's my daughter. I'm in Dordogne. If any gardeners who correspond here are passing by drop in for a cuppa!

Bunny ...
**checks calender for dordogne trio** think we'll all be heading south at this rate , already a plan in the house for the future

Haha obelixx yes Olive the black lab likes to be involved , stealing gloves, plant pots, trowels , brings toys to drop in the compost or onto plants , helps dig holes , lays on my plants , chews them and spots them out . I had hebes at the front in sunny bark area...turns out to be the perfect sunbathing spot (when we have sun that is )
Bunny ...

Just checked weather forecast ... grim! looks like another indoor weekend , think i need a greenhouse type thing attached to kitchen then i dont need to go far


I had mine outside the back door of the garage right next to an electric socket for heater and propagator and a tap for watering.    All very convenient except it was the north side of the house and had a 3'6" retaining wall round two sides so lilmited light and heat so last year we moved it to the front south east corner of teh garden where it gets loads of light and is sheltered from prevailing westerlies by an 8' hedge.

Great in summer but so far no direct electricity or water so less easy to manage.   These will come some time this summer I hope and then it'll be easier.

Right now it's too cold for babies so I have seedlings starting to get leggy on window sills.  I just hope next week is abit warmer so they can go out.

Jean Genie

Back from shops - it's horrendous out there .  Wind picking up and howling through ( the back passage !! )  but snow's stopping . Everywhere turning slushy so hopefully it'll be gone soon.

Can't see me doing much outsisde at the weekend . All this snow 's got to go somewhere so everywhere will be like a bog but I expect some folk have had it worse so should be grateful really.

Not a pond , Obelixx . We 're just installing a little waterfeature in the rockery as we've got a bigger one for the bumblebee border which I've planned.

Hot chocolate required - I'm freezing.

Bunny ...

Brrrrrrrrrr jean, could do with a hot choc. I think a weekend of pondering plants is in order



Not musch planned gardene under water and then covered in alayer of slushy snow. Don't even think I am going toventure into GH.

For the weekend - well it is very weather dependent



I suppose we could all be good and wash pots and trays ready for when it's warm enough to sow more seeds and pot things on and lift and divide plants but right now I'm with Genie Bunny and think hot chocolate and some plant pondering is the way to go.


Magazines, gardening books, Forum, seed/plant catalogues, warm drinks, Making lists to lose, Such will be the weekend unless it perks up a greal deal 

Bunny ...

Even business paperwork is being perused today its so cold ...


hmmm washing pots , bit cold to even rescue them , think we should gather on the couches by the fire and discuss plans for dealing with the heatwave


I shall be painting a ceiling-or I may be supervising the painting of a ceiling


Obelixx- washing pots??? I can hardly face taking the bin out right now!!!   Hot chocolate sounds about right though