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A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 10:49

Don't need to try Vicki's a result of this thread earlier in the year I discovered L'occitane's one minute handscrub (thank you Yvie) it is marvellous, miraculous stuff

Winter flowers

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 11:40

Lots of colour on here - inspired me to go searching round the garden for the first time in weeks (not often here in daylight atm)

found a brave little primrose self seeded in our steps - it must cower every time we clump down the path

and the viburnum bodnantense doesn't photo well, but is pumping out honey scent like theres no tomorrow

Seeds to start early

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 09:42

I start all my perennials (delphiniums, rudbeckias, echinaceas etc) in Feb, but leave cosmos, tomatoes, cucumbers and other annuals til March.  The annuals seem to shoot away quicker and hence get leggy, so need to be left til lighter days.  I also have the benefit of an unheated GH to grow them on in (normally from beginning of April when the clocks go forward).

Chiltern seeds are ace

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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 09:37

Great warning Dove - will definitely watch out for that

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 09:34

Didn't realise you were from Southampton too Flowers.  Hope you are making a good recovery and the meds are keeping you comfortable.

Best wishes to Wonky too - STAY IN BED 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 09:30

Lights at Kew were lovely ......well worth a visit✨✨✨

Found 2 nursing homes local to Dad that do convalescent care, and have places available.  Chicklet and I are going to visit both today, and then to see Dad on the way back.  The medics have said that once he has his antibiotics he can go out for the day, so we can collect him to have Christmas Day with us after all  So looks like a plan is coming together.  Think Dad is relieved - he sounded normal on the phone yesterday for the first time since he was taken ill......its obviously been worrying him.  He has friends that have been in both places, with good reports, so fingers crossed.  My Mum used to volunteer in one of them too - so that gives it a special connection

......any baby yet LilyP?  I'm on tenterhooks too now !!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 08:41

((Hugs)) for Lesley - sad news, and such a shock.

Lots of phone calls to make today to see if I can find some respite care for Dad.  They seem to be ready to send him home next week, but won't let him out of the Southampton area, which means a lonely house.  Have some contacts to follow up, hoping someone will have some space.

On a happier note, meeting up with sisters, nieces and a full complement of Chicklets () to visit Kew Gardens light display this evening.  Forecast is dry.....really looking forward to it

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 06:50

So sorry Pdoc, must be really difficult to deal with. I have no answers I'm afraid.

Dad continues to improve.  They are talking of getting him out of hospital but won't let him leave Hampshire!  Since we are spread round Surrey and Sussex that might prove an obstacle.  Going visiting after work tonight.

Went to a fabulously uplifting talk by Andy McIndoe (recently ex-Hilliers) last night - gardens he loves and why bits of them work so well.  I am good at saying "I like that" but less good at working out what it is that appeals so I can replicate it myself.  Very entertaining chap 

Lesley - that cake is a triumph it🎄🍰🎄

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 06:57

((hugs)) for DD - difficult time of year, but you have come so far ✨✨. And next year this will all seem like a dream.  Start planning festive schemes for CdeG, you're going to have such fun with it

Thanks for all the Dadwellwishes   He was so much better last night - even walking round without a stick now.  However still on IV antibiotics, which will be the complicating factor in getting him home/to one of us.  Doctors to opine today or tomorrow, so should know more then

Forgot to mention .....saw the Christmas tree at Waterloo Station on Monday.  Wisley provided it, as a promotion (its "their" station) .....decorated with garlands of flowers -hydrangea heads with other things mixed in.  And all the baubles are glass balls filled with flower or seed heads like chinese lanterns.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Would have taken a pic, but had left my phone at home I might have mentioned before

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 07:13

Ooops that sounded like a rant

in other news .....heard yesterday that my Dad, who is in hospital at the moment trying to recover from a heart infection.....might still be in there at Christmas.  Going down to visit after work, like I did most days last week.   Probably another reason I felt so vulnerable without my phone

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