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Posted: 09/11/2014 at 07:37

Morning Lesley   I hope it's drier where you are or the dog will have to be towelled dry and spend the morning in front of the fire!!!  Fresh pot of coffee just made


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 06:09

Good morning anyone who's about

Clari I hope you're safely tucked up and snoozing! 

Fidget, what a PITA all those breakdowns happening at once!  

Later this morning we'll be going down to Suffolk - hopefully the weather will be fine and Pa will be well enough for us to take him to the British Legion Parade and Silence at the war memorial and place a cross for his youngest brother killed over Germany.  This is usually something my son does each year with his Grandpa, and we just tag along, but son has a really nasty cold and sore throat and Pa is very susceptible to chest infections so son is going to stay away today.  If the weather's grim or Pa's not up to going along, we'll watch the wreath laying at the Cenotaph with him and Ma. 

On the way back we usually make a short detour via the pub and Pa has a good single malt (with his horrid thickener in it).  Ma used not to be keen on the stop at the pub, but since I introduced her to hot chocolate with a splash of brandy she quite enjoys it!

The rain is tipping down here at the moment, but the Met Office website for East Anglia says "Cloud and rain soon clearing away from Norfolk and Suffolk. Otherwise, a dry day with bright or sunny spells after any early fog patches clear. On the cool side but with light winds. Maximum Temperature 12 °C."  so fingers are very crossed!

Importing tropical plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 05:53

I'm sure you're aware of this but I thought I'd post it as other people may not be aware of the restrictions on importing some plants, e.g. kaffir limes, to prevent the spread of disease.

Also doesn't the temperature in the hold get pretty chilly?  Better wrap your plants in bubblewrap!  

I've no idea what I'd bring as I don't have a conservatory so have never thought about it - but I'm sure there's some amazing plants out there.  Let us know what you decide and how you get on

Talkback: Broad beans

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 19:44

Hi James

If you're sowing them outside now to overwinter them, the variety you need is Aquadulce Claudia.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 19:31

DD, as you're in France vin rouge is permissible and probably de rigeur.

A very long time ago my son was into club  athletics (100m runner).  Parents get roped in to do all sorts of stuff - I used to try to sit in the car and hide behind the dashboard - athletics training was the only chance I ever had to read a book in the daytime!

Breather Bags/Air Pruning

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 19:22

Hi Sussexslanter

I think these would serve your purpose

Reads are usually happy to give advice by email so you could ask if they think they'll do what you want them to.



Posted: 08/11/2014 at 18:24

So was last winter Stanley - but I hope this winter's going to be colder than last - too many slugs, bugs and aphids kept breeding through last winter - we had battalions of them last spring!   We need some sharp frosts!


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 18:11

On it's way Lily,

Here you are Lesley,

Certainly Chicky - Cheers!

Pdoc - of course you can, but it'll be DIY  


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:47

There you are KEF - Cheers!  You and Fg had the last lime between you so I'm having a G&T

What is this cute little beauty please?

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:14

I'd say Alyssum

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