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Posted: 15/09/2015 at 07:32

Morning all! Well its very moist outside today: just what we want to see for a morning under the bonnet of the van. I hope all that need to venture out keep safe with the weather and traffic. Never a fun mix. 

Both the dog and his lordship are snoring heavily on the bed. I can't decide whether to stay here in the warm or go and make his sandwiches for lunch today.

At least the garden wont need watering! But I really ought swim out to my strawberries in hanging baskets and make sure they're getting the good stuff too.

New Petrol Strimmer Smoking

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 22:05

Check your manufacturers oil mix specifications. Excessive smoke is a sign of worn parts (or ill fitting; unlikely on a nw engine) or it burning too much oil.

Pitcher plant in winter

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 22:03

When I was researching my pitcher (it floats in a bowl in the pond) everything seemed to indicate letting it live outside all year round.once they're acclimatised. Where are you from? Do you get very bad winters?

Thanks for the recommendation of supplier Keen; I've been looking to expand my collective!

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 21:58

Obelixx: whatever I wish for I rarely get, so here's hoping! The three that have been in there a year and some have not made any signs of growing / spreading. 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 21:54

Bloody hell GWRS!

I hope they cut themselves badly on the broken glass.


His lordship has put the heating on. I protested that it wasn't October yet (not very loudly mind). At least we know it works for when the real weather hits.

Tomorrow I'm starting phase two of the education police riot van: a trip to Fords for the initial repairs. Do wave if you see me in Sheffield! 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 18:07

Heavy rain coming your way KEF!! Not quite storming yet but it'll certainly make the rush hour traffic interesting

Cuddled up in my blanket while the dog paces the house frantically waiting for his lordship to come home. I'm not turning the heating on. I just wont do it!

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 15:07

Fortunately a short season matches my attention span!


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 13:47

Well I thought about doing the housework, so went to a garden centre just so I can clam to have left the house. Nothing of interest there but I nipped into Hobbycraft on my way home and brought a sew your own teddy kit. Alas no instructions when I opened it!


Anyone for tea and cake?

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 13:45

Thanks all. I've just found a website that says its "impossible" to germinate these and they only grow through splitting a plant yearly.... which makes you wonder who the devil is out there writing articles as though they are knowledgeable?! Now you can see why I much prefer to ask you guys! Even Verdun is more reliable

As for puncturing the liner: I've a fibreglass pre-formed solid liner so I'm not too worried about that being damaged. There's also little soil in there that's not in fixed pots for anything to grab hold of (and the fish seem intent on eating all the fresh vegetation so no signs of rhizomes yet).

Nutcutlet: interesting to hear they will take hold anywhere as they'd look lovely in the wild area around the manshed.

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:34

I have a yellow flag iris living in my pond that this year produced a pod of seeds. These dried out and I've taken them off the plant now: all brown and crispy.

Unfortunately I can't find much in the way of information on germination (so I'm guessing its not that easy). One website seemed to suggest three months on a piece of moist kitchen roll in the fridge so I am trying that. It didn't suggest when to do this but since I'm guessing the cold fridge is to over winter them I'll keep my toes crossed now is deemed acceptable. 

Does anyone have any words of wisdom? I've still 20 or so seeds awaiting sowing so am happy to experiment with other ways to germinate them. 

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