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Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:37

But even if knocked back, will it be any 'further back' than if it hadn't grown in December?  My thoughts are that if stuff is knocked back I'll remove any dead stuff in spring, give it some feed and it'll grow on as usual - fingers crossed.

I think if we get a warm spell early in the spring followed by a cold snap that can cause some problems, but I'm not going to worry about this mild spell ............. yet


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:30

Thank you Pat   Although confused I'm sure Ma will really enjoy Christmas - the fantastic staff at The Lovely Home will see to that - the chef always cooks a fantastic roast turkey meal for them and some of the Trustees come in to carve the turkey and pull crackers and play games to ease the pressure on the staff.  It really is a fantastic place and we are very lucky.  My brother lives a bit closer than I do, and the roads his way are better, so as long as all is well on the farm he'll pop over in the morning and help Ma open her presents.



Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:56

Morning Fidget  

Think too much 'Christmas spirit' may have been taken on board!   Don't recall any previous incidents quite like that on here before ... Glad I was falling asleep in front of the Apprentice! 


Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:52

Hi Pat

We're having ours grilled with garlic butter and a green salad and celeriac remoulade and a bottle of Macon Villages.

We'll start the meal with some prosciutto and melon.  After the lobster we'll have some wonderful local cheese and eventually get around to finishing with a Limoncello and raspberry semi-freddo.  Don't think we'll need a dessert wine with that

We may find room for some mince pies and brandy later in the evening. 

This'll be the first Christmas in a while when I've not had to stay off the booze as there was always a chance that Pa would be rushed into hospital - in fact I've spent two Christmas Day nights in the past five years in hospital with him.  Now we no longer have him, and Ma is in reasonable health so hopefully I've every excuse to take a drink or two this year, even if it is just the two of us at our rather exclusive party

black bamboo

Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:41


I think Denise is looking for this sort of bamboo

unlikely to spread no matter where 'planted'




Posted: 21/12/2015 at 06:25

Good morning all   G'day Pat

Glad Hosta and OH have found themselves a holiday - I hope they have a fantastic time - it's not where I'd choose to go, but then the UK can be a little warm for me on occasion!

Just a bit of h**s*w**k to do, then the last-minute shopping list to write before we pick up the lobsters and other perishables on Wednesday. 

It'll be hectic for OH this week as all the turkeys, geese and cockerels arrive at the farm shop this morning and over the next few days each one will have to be matched up with the right customer  

Cutting old hellebore leaves

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:40

And a Very Happy Christmas to you and yours Nut


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:29

Hello folks - I'm back from being Mrs Christmas - all presents except Ma's safely delivered -  I'll deliver hers a bit closer to the Big Day

Now I'm on the sofa - feet up - knitting out and the Olympia International Horse Show on the telly.  That means it really must be Christmas now 

Callicarpa profusion vs Viburnum Bodnantense

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 16:10

I have Vib. Bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' - it flowers on and off from autumn through the winter and well into spring. 

In my experience Viburnum grows into a substantial shrub more quickly than Callicarpa and the leaves colour up attractively in the autumn.

Callicarpa is a more vivid colour than Viburnum, but Viburnum has that wonderful scent. 


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 06:26

It will be fun Pat  

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