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Plant ID

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:36

Can't id it i'm afraid ....but it is beautiful

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:33

Having read loads about Sungold, I tried it this year - it did well and was very tasty

Gardeners Delight is a banker for me every year.

Both are hardly adventurous....but I guess they are everyone's favourite for a reason


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 13:13

Lily - as Dove has discovered, Paddy from home is exactly the same as her Ring on a String game .....the only embellishment being that you sing a meaningless ditty whilst you play ("Paddy from home has never been, a railway train hes never seen, he likes to watch the great machines as they travel along the railway").  Its a game that has been passed down from my Grandad's family, and he was Norfolk born and maybe its an East Anglia thing.

Similarly Tippet ....where two teams of 3 or 4 people sit on either side of a dining room table. One team hides a coin in one of the players hands and they then all put their clenched fists on the table - then the other team guesses where the coin is, by choosing hands to take away.  When they think they know where the coin is they "tippet".  You keep score of which ream wins using a pile of matchsticks.

Both came from more simple times ....but if they are only played once a year they still cause quite a giggle.  Tippet, in particular, requires a very good Poker face


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 12:58

Chicklet is home

The eight hours of driving yesterday took its toll on me though - I was so tense I couldn't drop off to sleep last night, so ended up sleeping through the morning instead

Off to find a Christmas tree with what remains of the day .....and then deccys up tomorrow.  Might find my Christmas CDs too GWRS


Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:33

I love Christmas ...there, I've said it

We get together with family, have lots of laughs, play lots of silly games that everyone joins in (hunt the thimble is a favourite, using my Grandma's old thimble, plus Tippet, Paddy from Home and charades) and try not to turn the telly on .  However, I know I am blessed to have a lovely family who all (for the most part) get on together.

Plus I love the build up too - decorations everywhere make me smile.

So, controversial it may be but .... I love Christmas 


Posted: 11/12/2015 at 07:27

Morning all

Off for a return trip to Nottingham to retrieve Chicklet for the holidays .....I am soooooo excited

Looking forward to dandelion pics Fidget


Posted: 09/12/2015 at 07:53

Morning all

We have an aga thing too (other makes are available) - ours is a woodburner, and powers the hot water and half the radiators too.  Saves us a fortune in gas bills fact I think we might have recouped the intial outlay by the end of this winter.  Plus it looks lovely.  We have a generator in the garage too - self sufficiency is the way forward 

Get well soon poorly Panda

And welcome home Hosta - sounds like a great holiday

Spring shoots in December

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 07:46

Everything's very strange here in Surrey - daphne is in flower a full month earlier than usual, snowdrops poking their noses through, one hellebore flowering, both japanese quinces covered in blooms (normally strut their stuff late February).

It might be normal for Devon and Cornwall, but it is definitely un-normal here. And I know, because I am the sad sort of person that writes flowering dates down.  Don't normally have to get my little notebook out til after the festivities are over.


Posted: 08/12/2015 at 08:51

Good luck to all the shoppers least its not a weekend. Hope you all have good lists to keep you going - nothing worse than waiting for inspiration to strike in a crowded Christmas store.  

Is this a good moment to mention that I finished all my pressie shopping yesterday??  Probably not

Propagating lavender to make small hedges

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 07:14

Also worth bearing in mind that cuttings from the same parent plant will give you a hedge that is uniform in colour, whereas seed grown will have slight variations.

If you keep your eyes open for offers in the gardening magazines in the spring they often sell 48 mini lavender plugs for £5 (ie the postage).  The plants are tiny (think little fingernail), but grow to a decent size by the next season.

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