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Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:13
Lily Pilly wrote (see)
...  Dove nice one!

Well, we shall see - there's many a slip twixt cup and lip (appropriate teatime saying )

Ideas please for storm damage replacement

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:50

I was thinking hawthorn too - good at standing up to wind and tempest - really thickly foliaged  from early on, and able to blot out the school during the summer and even in the winter the dense twiggy nature of it's growth will obscure it pretty well.  Coupled with that, gorgeous blossom in the spring, wonderful haws in the autumn/winter for the blackbirds, thrushes and redwings - a really good wildlife tree and they grow into such gorgeous shapes - a little group of three native hawthorns would look lovely

And tall enough but not too tall so if they should ever blow over in a hurricane they shouldn't reach the house!

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 13:09

That's interesting Staffsmags -  your tip is confirmed here

OH has just moved our fruit bowl from the sideboard in front of the windowsill on which our amaryllis bulbs reside.   He says that in the cold store at the Farm Shop all fruit is stored in a separate section from leafy veg as the ethylene makes leaves turn brown! 

You learn something new every day on here


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:58

Re the strawberries -  as it's mid-winter I would plant them in pots and keep them in a cold greenhouse or coldframe until spring, when you can plant them out in the ground or in bigger pots.   I'd use a mixture of MPC and soil-based John Innes No. 2.

I've answered your hyacinth query on your other thread.

Hyacinth bulbs

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:54

If they have mould on the outer surface just wipe it off and plant them. 

If the bulbs themselves are rotting and have soft areas I'd bung them in the compost.

Good luck


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:51

Clari - if you want to try McSween's haggis, Waitrose usually stock them.

Son says he knows someone who has a PV solar panel business, and can do really good deals at Mate's Rates - he is going to have a word with him.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:12

Well done Verdun

I dislike the appearance of the panels on roofs - however the ridge of our roof runs front to back, west to east,  so we have a large south facing roof area largely hidden from view - except that next door are slightly higher up the hill than us so in mid winter it wouldn't get so much sun.  I think we need to have that assessed - which could have happened today, but I'm not going to be kept hanging about by people who can't keep appointments.   I have fora to noodle about on and knitting to do - I was going to make a Brioche and marmalade bread and butter pudding as well, but OH says can I do that next week, he thinks I'm trying to give him diabetes

I thought it wasn't going to stay dry for long - tipping it down out there now


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:00

Well, not impressed - Solar person turned up 35 minutes late so sent her off with flea in her ear.  We're easily accessible from two major roads neither of which have any bad hold ups according to AA and BBC traffic websites

The scheme they were talking about doesn't go 'live' until December - apparently we pay nothing up front, the panels are provided and installed free, our daytime electricity is free and the excess electricity fed into the National Grid pays for the panels and installation.  Sounds too good to be true and probably is - I shall do more research and contact them if I'm interested.

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:06

I understand the best advice is to limit watering and keep cool until the flower bud appears - this is the first year I was aware of this (given on boxed amaryllis from Lidl) and I've followed the instructions and for the first time ever I have lovely strong flower spikes on both plants, and no leaves so far, just as in the best illustrations

Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:02

That's a very good point Peanuts3  

I used to post on the RHS forum, but replies are so few and far between there is absolutely no point any more

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