Dinah


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Posted: 26/11/2016 at 23:54

Warmer today. Got outdoors at last to do a bit of weeding and pick rocket and mustard in the edibles garden. I'm just going to take one of the cats and bath it. It must have got shut in one of the neighbours cow sheds last night. It probably slipped and fell down off one of the rafters, because the poor thing is covered in the cow slurry. All the other cats are looking at her with a mix of deep concern, sympathy, horror and disdain (only cats can do that mixture). Soap-suds, rinse and big dry towel time!

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Posted: 25/11/2016 at 20:13

4 more weeks to go, 4 more weeks of sorrow, 4 more weeks to go, and longer days will follow!

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Posted: 25/11/2016 at 17:44

Do they call them allotments because they mean a-lot to people? It's been warmer up here in the north of Ireland, but temperatures are dropping with the maddeningly early nightfall.

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Posted: 24/11/2016 at 20:20

The grocery van made it up here despite the frost and ice. The bin van didn't, but then bin lorries are very flighty on ice

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Posted: 23/11/2016 at 20:14

3 golden smiley faces for Guernsey Donkey2 for braving allergies to look after the cat.

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Posted: 23/11/2016 at 19:43

Hmm yes, I guessed right, you do dry the dogs first! I know this behaviour very well. In our house the cats get dried first. It is a good thing to do in winter because if we get chills it is OK, but if the cats get chills, they not only get far more miserable and play up consequently, but there are often vet's bills with the elderly ones. For a quiet life, one dries the pets first. Some of the cats now actually ask to be dried, and will not stop asking until it is done.

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 21:43

Yes! do have a go at taking cuttings from your Clematis. They are very easy, I take a piece about 6 to 8 inches long in summer, trim it too half way between the bottom nodes (the bits where the leaves sprout out) take off the growing tip and all but a couple of leaves. Then I put them in, covering the lower one or two sets of nodes in soil (the nodes are where the new roots will sprout).


I live on the North Coast of Ireland. I see more boats than cars in Winter, and few people other than the local shepherds. It is wonderful, and the rents are amazingly cheap if you are happy to live somewhere that gets cut off by snow. If you keep good stores of food you are OK. We are all stocked up ready for a cold spell

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 20:57

You can start the Sweetpeas now in the greenhouse, or in a cold frame (I must remember to get another cold frame my self)   Yes, the Nigella and cornflower are best planted in spring now. You can put them in up to late September to start them, and they usually survive over winter, but if it gets too late in Autumn the seed will be more eaten or rotted in the wet than germinated, so it is best to wait till it starts to warm up again.


My favourite plants are Clematis. I have a huge collection that I have grown mostly from seed, or from pinched cuttings.


The two main types of cultivated Sweet-pea are both very pretty. The perennials don't smell, but are very reliable at returning each year. I have some seed grown, woodland species sweet-pea plants. I like all species plants best. I find that though they haven’t been bred to be as big and beautiful, they have more resilience weather wise - and that has to be good up here!

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 19:44

More cold-frames. Yes of course. I've filled them all up with overwintering plants again, and I need another one for seeds. Well spotted GWRS!

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Posted: 22/11/2016 at 19:07

Hi Loana, Cornflower and Nigella are very well behaved and sensible things to grow. Great for Bees too. Sweet peas are lovely. Are you growing the scented annuals or the perennials? They can be put in now, since once they have grown a few inches they will sit and wait patiently on a cool window sill until spring and then leap into an early start. Watch for slugs though, even on a window sill in winter. I have no idea how the slugs get in the house, but once in they can run riot.


Your air-born garden furniture sounded very alarming. You will have to watch where you put pots and seed trays too. I remember putting some seeds in vermiculite to stratify, and the plastic trays took off, with the vermiculite flying everywhere in the wind. It was actually very funny, but I think that was when I started putting things in the fridge instead.


I didn't mean to put anyone off stratifying! It's just that nature seems to be so, so much better at it than me. I look at the way the blueberries and blackberries and raspberries, and various species roses, have populated the mountain, and not just tough bushes, the marsh orchids do fine left to themselves, finding out the sheltered pockets, and they all need a period of cold to start them growing. I manage two or three lableless "some-things" coming up, somewhere other than the tray where I put them. Maybe I'm too busy looking at my failures to count blessings. The wind has produced quite a lot of nice trees, shrubs and perennials that wouldn't be there if I hadn't planted them, even if they did come up on the other side of the garden. 

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