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Posted: 29/12/2013 at 07:38

Good morning all   Our front garden is glistening white with frost - the back garden is protected by the terraced fencing up the hill and nothing is frosted out there.  We're near the bottom of the rise so as there's no fencing at the front the cold air tumbles down the slope and collects here in a frost pocket - it's fascinating to see the difference between the front and the back gardens. 

We have no plans for today as we will wait to see whether Pa is well enough to return to The Lovely Home or whether he will remain in hospital a bit longer, in which case we will visit him there - we won't know that until late morning so we'll have a lazy start to our day.  

I made a big pot of soup yesterday with the stock from the goose carcass - we had it for supper yesterday, and if we have to visit Pa today it will serve for supper this evening as well - if he doesn't need visitors I have two fat pork chops in the fridge and will make a Potato Dauphinoise  to go with them.  

Chicky, I'm not going to talk to Pa about the cricket - don't want to cause a relapse 

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 19:08

Sorry, can't help you there - I don't have many houseplants these days - it was 40 years ago when I had my marantas - I think I bought them from a chap who sold plants from a van door to door - perhaps someone else has an idea ............

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 18:49

Marantas and calatheas were the first houseplants I ever had in my first house so they didn't get expert care - I was 21 years old and hadn't had houseplants before!  I grouped them together on a tray of pebbles which I kept damp - that was all the humidity they needed - just keep them out of direct sunlight.  They're lovely plants. 

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:58

I'd have a look at the Marantas and Calatheas - they're happy in poor light conditions.

A Holly Orchard

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:46

She should've gone to Specsavers FB 

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:43

I'm thinking that it could be rust ? 

Honeysuckle 'Serotina'

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:17

I agree with Verdun   Serotina is a beautiful honeysuckle which like most of the loniceras needs damp woodland-type conditions.  A pot would be too restricting - if you can plant it in the soil with plenty of leaf mould an east facing wall would be fine, as long as the top of the plant got some sun for at least part of the day.

A Holly Orchard

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 12:46

The fact that the leaves above the reach of grazing animals aren't prickly is one of the first things I remember learning about plants, and running down into the field behind the wood where I knew there was a holly tree to check and being so pleased that it was true 

A Holly Orchard

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 12:12

I've just discovered this - it's only a few miles from here - I found it fascinating  so thought I'd share it with you 

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 12:07

But it'll be ages before the brambles and bindweed etc are in active growth and it's no use using weedkillers until then - I'd get started now - cut them down short, burn the topgrowth that you've cut off and then dig out the roots - you can spray anything that you've left behind and starts to grow in a few months time - but you'll have got the worst of it done! 

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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