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Tete-a-Tete Dwarf Daffodil

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:02

They really are beautiful Pansy, especially as the garden is very blank (although at the moment it has 3 inches of snow on it). 

The plan is to keep them here: I don't have anyone suitable to give them as gifts! His family are very well established in gardening and so gifts had better be spot on and my family... would rather eat chocolate.

Do you ever use the same bulb in a house display twice in a row? Or do they go straight into the garden? 

I have them in the kitchen at the moment. I must pot them up in the morning they're not in the best of plastic pots: would have done it today but the compost bag had frozen.


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:57

I am very lucky that I have wi-fi in the greenhouse and shed and I often take my tablet or phone out. I have a little stand and thick special pen that originally was designed for when using the tablet in the kitchen. Comes in terribly useful with the common garden "wait-what-was-that" and regularly spotted "lost-the-label".


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:55



a) I'm badly organised

b) buying gluten free bread is insanely expensive

c) my attention span rarely remembers the art of defrosting

I freeze my home-made bread the moment its cooled down: just sliced in advance and chucked all together in a plastic food bag. When I need some bread it goes straight in the toast frozen (no fancy extra buttons on this cheap toaster!)

I haven't killed myself or the toaster yet!

(Smashed the door on the microwave when I slipped and headbutted it, put a dent in the oven dropping the kettle, and broke my toe with the iron ... but that's another story)

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 16:33

Last time I checked it was 3 inches of snow out there. The only gardening going on here is filling up the bird feeders!

Tete-a-Tete Dwarf Daffodil

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 16:17

I nipped into a generic "garden centre" on my way home yesterday while idly playing the "what the devil do you buy someone who already has lived so long they've got three of everything" game.

Well while there somehow, and I honestly have no idea how: I think I sneezed or something, a pack of heavily reduced tete-a-tete dwarf daffodils fell in my shopping basket.

They would look fantastic in a little pot on the coffee table (amongst the tissues, machine mart catalogue and my old car radio that he hasn't gotten around to moving yet) but .... could I actually do that? These bulbs are already in flower this season so would I be able to pot them up, feed and generally care for them and wait for them to die down naturally before preparing them for next year. Or would I need to start with "fresh" bulbs?

Any who.... here's a much needed hint of spring to warm us up!



Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:17
Lots of snow here. I was the only one to make it in to the museum and while I'm now safely home my phone is on charge as I've offered my trucks services if it gets worse.


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 08:17

Morning all. Lots of snow here and more coming down! I did a few night patrols to see if we could find hog but hopefully he found somewhere safe to hide. I've put lots more food under a hastily built shelter so it doesn't disappear under the snow should he be out while I'm off. There's a glut of food disappearing for the birds; should I leave them a spade out?

We think we had the earthquake last night. The timing fitted and we rushed outside thinking someone was pinching the plumbing!

Right: lots of schools are closing on my route into work which means the traffic will be lighter; I'm sure I've time for another porridge. 


Posted: 28/01/2015 at 20:45
Thanks Dove; if they make another appearance tonight they'll have a selection of treats. I'm sure that the black birds and robin will mop it up in the morning if not.
The snow is settling now; I've tried looking for tracks to see if he's hiding but no joy yet.There's a box in the shed (warmer than outside) ready to recover him so we can nip to the vets and get them checked out.


Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:14
What should I be feeding, Dove? I've moved a bowl of water to near where I first saw it and so it might avoid temptation of the pond.
The birds put their far share of seeds on the floor but I get the feeling bread and milk isn't great.


Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:54
Still bitterly cold outside but I looked up just now to see the shed light on - a hedgehog had set the motion detection on.
Disappeared by the time I got up there but this can't be a good sign. Any suggestions on what I can do?

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