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Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:09

Ooo Panda - which one did you go for ???  Meant to say hair sounds awesome 


Posted: 01/11/2015 at 10:44

Morning all

Got all my daffs and alliums planted yesterday, today its the pots of tulips I will be tackling.  Made a slightly longer job by the fact that I have to empty out the summer annuals first.  I have gone for one of the Sarah Raven tulip collections this year.  i fancied a change from my normal combinations, and by the time I had worked out that it was not only colours I had to match up, but also heights and flowering times, I decided to pay the premium and have someone do that bit for me.

Felt good to be back in the garden again - my fingernails have now returned to their usual mucky state - they had started to look like a normal person's fingers .

Mr Chicky is soldiering on, but very tired.  Baby steps, baby steps.

Hope the a&e dash sorted out problems for niece Verdun, and that the rest of her recovery is "uneventful" and speedy.


Posted: 31/10/2015 at 11:42

Lesley - they are AMAZING . Love the authenticity of the black spots on the bananas've obviously been studying a fruit bowl like mine

Glad to hear Jo is back on the coffee again ...always a good sign that the lurgy is retreating

Help needed!

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 09:55

Runny/Dove is a problem with Safari and ioS 8 & 9 (apple/ipad operating system). It doesn't happen to me much on this site, but is a real problem on some of the newspaper websites with lots of pictures and adverts.  the Independent and the telegraph are practically unusable because of it.  I did some googling the other day, because I thought it might be a problem with our set up at home, but it seems to be a common grumble.  So it needs Apple to pull their fingers out.....not sure the clever people at GW will be able to sort it ....but then, I might be underestimating them ( if so, apols to Daniel and the crew)

Autumn colour

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 09:46

Beech trees are having a great year for colour round here



Posted: 31/10/2015 at 09:41

Mr Chicky came home from hospital yesterday, and is now catching up on lost sleep.  He feels pretty good apart from the tiredness - will be a challenge to keep him quiet and rested for the next few weeks.  Think I might turn into a bit of a nagging wife.  Thanks again for all your support - you are a lovely lot

I have a box full of bulbs waiting (ordered before all the troubles started) - think i will have a go at getting them in the ground and in pots over the course of this weekend.  It will be lovely to do some actual gardening .....have read enough magazines to keep me going for a while ....and two lovely books about allotments by Kay Sexton if anyone wants a reading recommendation.

Hope Verdi's niece makes a swift recovery- what bad luck to pick up an infection in there

Saw this on a trip to Wisley last week .....made me smile


It's my birthday

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 22:03

 Happy Birthday LilyP . Hope I haven't missed the Cinderella hour !


(Google reliably informs me that the berries in the picture are real, live LilyPillies live and learn)


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 20:54

 Just back from the hospital.  Today was a good day - they got 2 of the three blockages completely cleared.  It took longer, and was more complicated than anticipated, but the cardiologist was pleased with the outcome (which he hopes will last a "lifetime").  Slight downside is that we have to wait 6 weeks before part 2 (the remaining blockage), to give Mr Chicky time to recover from the extra dye and x-rays they had to use to finish the job today.  But we feel like we have taken a big step forwards.

Huge thanks once again for the support on here - I could feel all those positive vibes, I really could.  I will sleep well tonight - not least because I have left Mr Chicky under observation in the hospital, and will have at least one night without being on 999 alert. 

Really glad Hosta has also taken a positive step forwards, and that winter sun beckons in the meantime.


Posted: 28/10/2015 at 20:53

Thank you all so much for the good wishes and the hugs - you are a lovely lot.  We will walk in there tomorrow just a little bit taller and positive as a result.

Hosta - fingers crossed for a good result with the ortho tomorrow, and for niece Verdun on Friday.  What a horrible thing to have built yourself up for a procedure, only to have it changed at the last minute......too stressful for words

night night all

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 09:01

Wow Kathy - what lovely plants - looks more like June than nearly November. I am coveting that verbascum

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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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New flower appeared in grassmeadow 
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A thread for TV alerts - no whines please !! 
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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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Tree id

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