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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 07:02

Huge cuppa tea sounds very welcome Clari - yes please

Rainy night should have set the garden up well for the fine weather this week.  Shame I will be stuck in an office

Decided lots of things were in the wrong place during my weeding session yesterday, so now have a list of moves to make come the autumn.  The search for PPPs (perfect planting places) continues


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 09:30

Thanks for the warning Joyce - will add skin-so-soft to my packing list


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 09:14

Got up for Mo and the relay too. Magic stuff

Not looking too promising out there at the moment, but not raining or windy any more so will be heading out later to weed round some newly planted hydrangeas - they are doing well, but will do even better if their surroundings are cleaned up a bit.

Got our Russian visas successfully (wot a palaver that was), so all set for our long weekend in St Petersburg next excited


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:52


Calm before the storm here too

Littlest Chicklet is back to fighting form again so we all went out last night for a celebratory pizza Got home in time for the hockey penalty shoot out ......not at all like a football one was it.  Also remember Nick Skelton from the seventies ....he was a bit of a hearthrob (that expression on its own dates me)

Off to the opticians in a sec, then a quick trip into town for bits and pieces, then sewing some blackout lining into our curtains so that Mr C doesn't get woken by the dawn .....I quite like the dawn

Gardening will have to wait til tomorrow

Name that plant?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 07:18

Could also be one of the tall lobelias.

Why not email the council - I'm sure they would be delighted to know their handiwork is being admired. Let us know if you get a positive ID.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 07:15

Gorgeous photo Clari

Thanks for all the kind words for littlest Chicklet - she seemed to have picked up by yesterday evening - still can't speak, but managed medicinal icecream and the celebratory cake that Mr C brought home. She's not one for emotional outbursts (leaves that to her Mum and older sister, who do enough outbursting for the whole household) .....but I think she was pretty pleased with her results

Ouch to strained ribs - heavy lifting should be off the agenda for a bit'll have to use your wand instead.

Rain here for the next couple of days - much needed.  Shame we couldn't have it without the forecast gales

Popped to Wyevale yesterday and agree with others - have never seen such a sorry collection of plants.  Never seen it like that before .....what is going on?

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:43

Stunning photos, love, love that last one😍


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 08:14

Very excited about the hockey team - one of them went to the same school as the Chicklets, and has been back numerous times with her 2012 bronze medal to talk to them all about following their dreams.  Looks like she will have another medal soon to add to that collection


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 07:51

Morning all

Been nursing a sickly littlest chicklet, who has a nasty case of tonsilitus - can't swallow or speak.  But at least the fever she had yesterday seems to have subsided.  As is the way of the modern world, she has just emailed me her exam results (AS's = halfway A-level stage) ......from the room next door.  She has done brill.  So very proud.  So a short period of whooping is in order, then its back to Florence Nightingale for me

Dahlias - Bishop's Children

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 07:09

I grew them a couple of years ago from a bought packet of seeds (they became slug fodder, so didn't bother again).....I sowed in early spring in a windowsill propagator - and gave them the same treatment as other perennials from seed, except you get flowers the first year.  They were pretty easy.

Not sure if this works for collected seed too?

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