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Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:51

Cytisus battandieri KEF?  One of my favourite shrubs to grow against a warm wall, but I've never had the right place so I've never had one   There was one in the garden at my friend's pub - lovely lazy lunchtimes in the beergarden with the wonderful perfume of the Pineapple Broom.


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:03

It's chilly here in Norfolk and I've just tweaked the radiator valve up a bit - and it's tipping it down outside. 

I'm feeling very virtuous going through a box of plant labels and writing up what I've planted and where.  When I've got that done I'll go back and add pruning groups and other relevant stuff.     And before you ask me Verdun, I don't have time to do it for anyone else

Advice on timber for garden fence

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 14:25

I am so lucky - my builder and his men are into gardening and wildlife (as well as fishing and football ) and have completely re-fenced my garden, built a terrace and then painted the fences, (and made me a wildlife pond) and done no damage to my plants    If you live in Norfolk or North Suffolk I can recommend them


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:31

I have a lot of time for Chris Beardshaw too - he grows in stature with every tv appearance. 

And as for Toby B's abysmal time at GW - we should thank our lucky stars that MD is a man of principle and didn't allow the producers to continue in their aim to turn GW into Top Gear Mk 2.   He told them that he would do it his way or not at all and has stuck to his guns for which I am very thankful. 

If anyone here watches the BBC programme Food & Drink they cannot fail to have noticed that the new series (fronted by Tom Kerridge - a chef I had a lot of respect for) has changed from a sensible, enjoyable and informative programme and is veering towards being a blokey laugh-a-minute 'life-style' programme just like Top Gear!  That's what they wanted to do to GW before MD dug his heels in


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 12:54

Stay indoors Bill!!! Brrrrrrrr!!!

wind proofing fences

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:54

I don't think that climbers on the fence panels will help matters - might even make things worse as the wind would catch the foliage etc and buffet it and that would weaken the fence panels.

But, you could put some posts and trellis or wire mesh about a foot in front of the fence and grow climbers up that - it would shield the fence by filtering the wind and reducing its power. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:38

I think Lyn should have a purple fairy outfit too  


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:35

Mrs G   Thanks for the info re the labels - they do take them out - it's just that in the past they've left them where Ma can get at them - however that was before her formal diagnosis of dementia - things are a bit different now

Morning Bekkie can you keep the snow over your way please


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:46

Morning KEF - I shall ask the dentist to save them - the amount he's charging he jolly well should - as Ma needed to use the local dentist who will visit the Lovely Home, she's going Private!!!

Her previous dentist's place is inaccessible for someone as immobile as Ma and the visiting NH dentist couldn't give an appointment for ages and I was worried about her not eating properly.

We've no idea what happened to her last set of dentures - staff think she wrapped them in tissue and put them in the bin which got emptied - they found she'd done that with other things later on.  Fortunately they found her engagement ring!!! 

I shall insist that they remove her teeth at bedtime and put them somewhere she can't get at them until morning (if she lets them that is!).

As Bill said earlier - "getting old sucks"  .... there's a joke there  

Verdun, I just told a joke!!!


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 08:31

Good morning Verdun - it's still quite mild here - nearly 10C !  But as you say there's snow in the forecast for later on, probably tonight and tomorrow morning here - that's because I have to visit the Aged Ps as the dentist is coming to fit Ma's new teeth!!!

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