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Posted: 29/03/2015 at 14:26

It's raining so hard on our big west-facing window that for a moment I thought we were at the Sea Life Aquarium on Gt Yarmouth sea front - I wouldn't have been surprised to see a leatherback turtle and some angel fish swim past!!! 

I've found a Randolph Scott western to watch - some appalling acting but wonderful scenery. 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:25

Yvie, we're sitting down at 6pm   The more the merrier - I can stretch it by doing extra Yorkies   Rhubarb crumble and cream for pud ok?  

The spicey red cabbage is in a slow oven already - smells wonderful. 

We've spent the last week watching a pair of bluetits popping in and out of a nest box on one of the big ash trees opposite the studio window.  When they're not busy doing that they're chasing off Gt tits and keeping them away from their tree.  For the past couple of days I've noticed a robin spending a lot of time in that tree as well, and flying down to the veg patch and the terrace outside the studio where the fig tree and Campsis radicans are in their big pots.  There is a robin-type nest box behind a waterbut next to the Campsis - I don't think it's being used but ........

Trumpet Vine / Campsis radicans - is it dead?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:13

I looked at mine the other day but still no sign of anything happening - I'm not going out there to look now - it's tipping down


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 10:00

Tipping it down here

Bro is visiting Ma today so I shall have a lazy sofa afternoon with knitting, sewing, reading etc.  Maybe there'll be a good old-fashioned western on the telly? 

I pounced on a small piece of rolled rib of beef at the farm shop yesterday morning, so we'll have that nice and pink this evening with lots of horseradish, Yorkshire puds, roast tatties and parsnips and spicy braised red cabbage.  I'll prep it all this morning so there's hardly anything to do to it this afternoon

wooded handle grass shears

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:45

Do you mean edging shears?  In 2012 Garden News decreed that Burgon & Ball's wooden handled edging shears were the Best Buy , but I can't find any in their catalogue .  Perhaps you could contact them and see if they still have any in stock?

Otherwise I suggest that attending a rural auctioneer's regular deadstock auction, where they often sell gardening equipment from house clearances etc, may turn up what you're looking for


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:39

Good morning KEF  

We'd been watching the earlier stages of The Voice, but we've lost interest now - the public voting is so random

We've got rain forecast all day so it looks like an indoor day - I may just noodle on here with you lot and finish sewing up my knitting, then I can get on with my new knitting project - oh and I'd better pull the sofa out and pick up all the kinitting and sewing bits and pieces that fell out of the box I tipped over last night just as I was going to bed

Thickening a Sparse Beech Hedge

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:14
Bilje wrote (see)
....  Perhaps growing annual climbers up it would be OK, nasturtiums say, I can't imagine they'd take up much food and you could make a hole with a spike to plant the seeds.

No, please don't do that - they'll prevent sunlight and air getting to the hedge which will mean fewer leaves and the possibility of fungal diseases.


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:08

Good morning Dd and anyone else who's about   

Hostafan we found that a re-run of Twin Peaks was being shown on some channel or other (I'll have to ask OH which one and he's asleep at the moment) so we started to watch that but we were too tired to watch more than half an hour so we set the series record button and went to bed.

Pdoc - glad you found the White Horse - it's lovely; and No 1 at Cromer, right above the pier is very good too, since the refurb - it used to be a bit of a dive but with a fabulous view!  Love Cromer pier  

Pot to flower bed

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:14

Yes, I would deadhead it. 

It needs a sunny spot in the garden - or you could put it in a larger pot.

Thickening a Sparse Beech Hedge

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:07

Hi Northern Clay  

Cutting the hedge back as your neighbours have done will thicken it beautifully on their side.  There's a gardening saying, Growth follows the knife'.

What you should really do is trim your side back properly too.

Growing other plants against or through it will weaken the beech's growth and there will be fewer leaves and even more reduction in privacy.  If a beech hedge is kept trimmed back it will retain its leaves, even in the winter, so you will have privacy then too.

Make sure that grass etc doesn't grow right up to the base of the hedge, and sprinkle the area around with some Fish, Blood and Bone (as directed on the pack) - this is a slow-acting fertiliser which will encourage good bushy growth throughout the spring and summer.

This site will give you more information.

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