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Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:52

Hello folks - no baking this afternoon  been at the hairdresser's - but here's one I made earlier

 Nectarine and raspberry cake - good on its own or with cream - anyone got any cream?

Hair all stylish again - think Dame Judy but spikier

I tried to avoid the problem I had last time I was waiting for a bus by going into Debenhams instead of M&S  - didn't work - they had a big sale on   three Mantaray tops in my size and colour - oh well, a person can't go about in her gardening clothes every day

Now I'd better read back and find out what everyone else has been doing today

Weed problem

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 12:49

Weekly attention with a Dutch hoe. Get it before it seeds.

Still waiting for updates everyone?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 11:31

No, not you; it's the gremlins

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 10:19

They're the same plant - it just depends on how you prune it.  There are also different varieties of elder, some with lacy golden leaves, some with black ones.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:46

Sad a cock blackbird just smashed into the studio window - looks like its neck's broken.  It's the problem with the window facing east-southeast and having just been cleaned - there's a lovely reflection of blue skies - we've just stuck some wide masking tape on the window which hopefully will cure the problem.   We had lots of cock blackbirds in the garden this summer and at least one nest brought off three successful broods, so we won't be without blackbirds - but it's a shame nevertheless.

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:42

Oh well, that's one decision that's been made for you  .  However, elder grows so quickly if you want another one you won't have too long to wait before you have a substantial tree.  But if you want to attract the birds there are lots choices, elder, holly, crab apple to name just a few.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:18

Getting my hair cut later too KEF, now who's setting the trend?  When I get asked that question I usually say 'just shopping' and the shampoo girl says, 'oooh lovely' and I just pull a face

Tree growing on wall of house

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:16

I would make a very good friend of your neighbour - nothing to beat a ripe fig picked with the sun on it for breakfast on a summer morning

Stepover apple advice

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:14

Tree growing on wall of house

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 07:55

You won't see the views - but hopefully you'll see this reply and any that follow.

I wouldn't worry too much about the roots of a fig tree damaging the building, as long as the building was in a good state of repair to start with.  I've seen lots growing against houses and brick walls etc, with no apparent damage.   You may find that your neighbour's fig has been planted in some sort of container buried into the ground - it is usual practice to restrict the roots of a fig in order to improve it's fruiting.

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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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