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Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:00

Don't get me wrong BL, we watch Four in a Bed too, but some of the competitors are rather mean-spirited and while that's sort of ok in a commercial enterprise sort of competition, people's gardens are so personal that I think you'd have to be very thick-skinned not to feel upset at unkind remarks about your garden. 

So much tv is very formulaic nowadays


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:56

Yes BL - I have your email - shall reply after breakfast!  Bacon butties all round folks?  It's some rather nice black molasses Suffolk-cured bacon which we were given free, gratis and for nothing since it was 24 hours past it's Best Before Date and there's plenty to go around

Does anyone want grilled tomatoes in their sarnies?  We've got a load of free tomatoes too



Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:13

No, PJs, fluffy dressing gown and red heels   stylish eh?


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:56

No one else up yet?

Well, I had to walk on the grass 'cos the feeders needed topping up and I've put lots of ground feed out as well.  The kettle's on to thaw out the birdbath. 

And all done in my jimjams and dressing gown too - OH is still in the Land of Nod!

I'll put some bacon under the grill in a bit - that'll wake him up

Oh, good morning KEF!   You snuck in there while I wasn't looking ...

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:52

Nice to see some gardens, but I didn't like the programme - it seemed like a gardening version of Four in a Bed - with people making snide remarks - perhaps I was feeling a little over-sensitive - time will tell

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:49

Well, I hope they've improved their website then - it couldn't cope with the traffic last year - heaven knows what attention a tv advert will bring


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:26

It probably got eaten Richard,

Unidentified plant!!!

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:25

Aeonium - it needs a sunny spot garden in the summer but it needs frost-free conditions in the winter. 

Keep it fairly dry at the roots in the winter.  In the spring cut it back to about eight inches as suggested, and repot it in a mixture of John Innes No 2 loambased compost and about one third horticultural grit.  Put it outside in a sunny spot after the last frosts (usually end of May/beg of June) and bring it indoors again before the first autumn frost. 

Hopefully it will shoot again from the bottom and you'll get the lovely black leaves again - it needs good sunny light for these to develop.

Have a read here and you'll learn how to take cuttings and make more plants too

You could even use the top for a cutting when you cut it back.

Good luck

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 07:12

I think it's likely to be Allium triquetrum - the Three-cornered leek

It can be a nuisance, but my bet is that if you started cooking with it, began to like it and actually wanted it to grow, it would probably turn up it's toes and die.

Out-psyche it!


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 06:08

Good morning all  

Jolly hard frost out there this morning - sheets of ice, lots of sparkle and Minus 1C Brrrr

Glad everything's wrapped up.  At least the cold weather should make the birds start to appreciate who's feeding them regularly so that they appear for the Big Garden Bird Count day rather than run off and hide

And yes SL, some things haven't changed much on here   Anyone getting unpleasant PMs please forward them to DH.

What's planned for today ... well I shall have to keep off the grass 'cos it's all crunchy, so gardening is out.

I may make a cake or some scones or something and, roast a piece of shoulder of pork for supper and I may sit quietly and do some knitting.  Hopefully the builder is arriving tomorrow and it'll be the last day of peace and quiet for a while ...

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