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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

clematis and black eyed susan

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:33

I presume you're referring to Thunbergia, the Black Eyed Susan vine - lovely plant - we had a big pot full growing up a wigwam on our front porch - looked fantastic.  Yes, it's a half hardy annual, so remove it now.

As for the clematis, not really anything that needs doing at this time of year - a mulch of organic matter around the base would be good.  Then in the spring check which pruning group your variety is in and prune accordingly.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:46

One of my favourite books and one I re-read frequently is an abridged version of The Diaries of Parson Woodforde - he gives several accounts of how he spent Christmas - for many people it was a working day with perhaps a slightly better meal - and a day when the more fortunate members of the community considered it their duty to give a small gift to their servants and the poor of the community. 

"...25 Dec. 1786 - It being Christmas Day, I had the following old men dine at my House on roast beef & plumb Pudding and after Dinner half a Pint of strong ale and a shilling to each to cary home to their Wives..."


Mole hills

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:39

Some people swear that putting one of those little 'musical' noisy things you get in some birthday cards into the tunnel will send them packing.  Not tried it myself - no moles here - yet


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:34
Edd wrote (see)

I know who did it FEF.

Its you!!! They have got you going as Harold Shipman!!!


Too soon?

I think that's taking eccentricity a mite too far


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:32

I've got a good image for you KEF!

 Ticks all the boxes!

west facing wall

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:52

Yes, plant clematis a good couple of inches below the level they were in the pot.  I find that adding a small amount of lime to the backfill soil is good for them too. 

Have a look here - I've bought several clematis from them, they always arrive in superb condition and you'll be spoiled for choice


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 08:47

KEF  - shock horror!  Who says that a 'slightly bonkers elderly family doctor' has to be a chap??? 

I certainly remember being 'attended to' by an elderly female doctor who was certainly 'on the bonkers spectrum'  - you need a double long bead necklace and hornrim glasses on a chain and a tweed skirt and jacket with a vyella blouse like Miss Marple wears (the proper Joan Hickson Miss Marple that is).  And some brown granny shoes with a sturdy heel.

Perhaps the dinner jacket might be easier?


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 07:07

Good morning all Chilly here this morning but the temp in the back garden only dropped to 2C so I think it's the cold wind that's making it feel so nippy.  They've promised us that it's going to get colder this evening - winter drawers on!

Cards will be posted today and the plan is that some spiced pickled pears will be made - however plans may change ....

By the way, I've heard from Daniel - he will remind the Tech Team that Christmas Smileys have been requested - however they are currently buried under a mountain of IT work so he can't promise that they'll flick the switch or do whatever it is to make them appear immediately - but here's hoping


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:12

You could get a price for each along with the bricklayer's opinion as to how long the existing brickwork will last after having been repaired, and then make your choice.  Replacing just a few spalled bricks shouldn't cost much, but if the brickwork is in generally bad condition it may be better to replace it.

just info

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:05

I was wrong - the General Sales are usually once a month - the Fine Art auctions that my son goes to are usually monthly

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