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Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:43

Morning all.  Glad to hear there was lots of laughing over the holidays - best tonic I know

Sorry to hear your GH is in a bit of trouble LilyP - wrong time of year to be playing up.  We have the thickest frost here this morning - it looks like its been snowing, even though we have not had a flake - quite a magical scene.  Will go and have a peek in my GH later - unheated, so I expect it to be frozen, but it does keep the wet off the plants in there, which is the biggest winter threat.

another walk on the cards today, and maybe a trip to the cinema tonight.

Enjoy your days everyone (&hope not too many have had to return to work today)

2015, here we come!

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 19:40

Well I can guarantee this late riser won't be first ...... but I will turn up eventually (like all bad pennies)

Dilemma........wot to choose?

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 17:45

Wouldn't be without some of my annuals and half hardies - cosmos, salvia farinacea (snap Lizzie), isotoma, lots of trailing lobelia and rudbeckias are all musts for me - and I get a thrill out of growing them from such tiny beginnings.

in terms of changes - i hope this year will be more about consolidating what I've got and working out what works, rather than just filling the space (which has been the challenge for the last few years).  As for grasses - wasn't keen, but OH keeps sneaking them in (seems to be under some misconception that it is his garden too - worrying) and i am becoming a convert


2015, here we come!

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 17:34

First week of Feb for me, which is when the windowsill propagator comes out ....although I will enjoy the snowdrops and hellebores in the meantime.


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 17:31

Oh Lizzie - so glad its found, but what a (freezing and wet) palaver.

Gardengirl - so glad you are enjoying the sights and sounds of your own wildlife haven - sounds wonderful.

Our walk ended up being round Wisley.  Discovered bits of it I never knew existed!!  Spotted loads of different coloured stemmed cornus - one called Baton Rouge (I lived there for a while as a very small chicklet), lots of Sibirica and an Annies winter orange.  All have gone on the wish list - planning a little grove in a far corner as a project for a few weeks time.

enjoy the sherberts Might well join you a bit later

And lovely news LilyP


Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:29
Mmmm - smoked salmon and bagels for breakfast here too - though will have to make do with whatever variety the SM could provide. Glad you had a good Christmas Dove, and pleased your rellies made it through the snow KEF.

Icy here - kettle on for the birdbath (and my cuppa). Had a lovely long walk yesterday, and probably another today (think it might be too cold for bikes - too cold for deep breathing, and i fear for my ears in the stinging winds ). Then i am nearly finished the chatto/lloyd letters book - enjoying it, even if they do both come across as rather smug in places.

Enjoy your days, whatever you are up too


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 11:24

We've just had visitors!  They normally visit overnight, but today decided to be bold as brass!!

 Good job all my plant treasures are safely behind bars


Posted: 27/12/2014 at 09:32

Morning Panda

Morning KEF, Lily and Verd

No snow here - but was a wild, wet and windy night (know so, as we were negotiating the M25).  But had a great day before that.

I love this time of year - no work, no SM shopping needed, HW all done .....just a whole week of free days to fill with long walks, bike rides and reading books snuggled by the fire.........priceless

Chimonanthus praecox

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:10

Oooh !  A christmas baby.  Still have 4 more years of patiently waiting to go here - so great to share others whilst I am tapping my feet.  Will try booming "off with its head" next time I am passing

Are you planning a 2015 nyd flower count Nut?  My daphne obliged yesterday, so I will have at least one !

Snow Queen hydrangea

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:04

Hi Peanuts - Merry Christmas to you too

i haven't got snow queen, but my other hydrangeas tend to need a good frost before they lose their leaves (although they have gone now) and my oakleaf one still has its leaves on - but they are russet now, not green.  Is it in a very sheltered spot?

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