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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 21:21

Whizz bangers are abundant here tonight too


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:10

Fairy - just been looking at your garden pics on the clematis thread - its looking amazing . So classy

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:00

Oooooh - can't wait til Feb now

Progress so far

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:58

Daryl - just stumbled across this thread and love what you are doing.  No wonder you smile when you look out the window

Winter Readings

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:47

NGC - if you like MD's writings the the Prickotty Bush is one of my favourite books ever.  Out of print, but can sometimes pick up secondhand copies on Amazon.  Love the Katherine Swift Morville books too - beautifully written. Christopher Lloyd writes very readable books too - the well tempered garden is my favourite

Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:04

We have Victoria plums, one planted 5 years ago, two last winter.  All are doing well.  you can thin the fruit out if it looks like the crop is going to be too heavy.  Only problem is that all the fruit ripens in the space of a fortnight - but cut them in half and they freeze very well


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:58

Will be mulching soon Fairy - just wanted to get it "clean" before it goes on.  

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:52

I never thought I'd say this, but I like a good weeding session. Like Phillipa, i find my mind wanders happily whilst I am grubbing around.

like pricking out seedlings too, but that seems a long way off.

not sure about the yellow teapot Salino - doesn't seem to be making an appearance here


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 17:36

Just in from a very productive days hand weeding.  So satisfying to rediscover and rescue all my plants under the mat of sorrel.  Lots more to go, but visible progress made at last.

bought my c-cards last week ( from a friend who runs a card business), going c-shopping tomorrow with my sisters, and making my c-cake and c-pudding next weekend.  And yet today i was out in the garden all day in a t-shirt.  Funny old year we're having

Training a clematis

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 10:18

Hi Daryl - no idea on the paragraphs !

but on the clematis, i prefer to keep them on the cane - clematis stems don't get as thick and tough as something like wisteria (which would eventually envelope a cane, and would then have a decaying cane within) so it doesn't seem to cause a problem.  Mine have been in about 5 years now and the canes are also a good reminder not to slash/dig up the stems !!

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