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Boston ivy

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:38

Climbing hydrangeas are self-clinging   They may need a little encouragement in the first couple of years but once they've got the hang of things they'll cling to your wall with no problem.  Lovely plants and loved by little birds like wrens and robins who hop about the branches looking for insects - also provides good nest sites for them.

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:33

I've not tried them myself  however the reports I've heard of them were not encouraging. 

I think that in order for the spikes to be long enough to be effective they'd make it too hard for you to lift you feet up again.

If you have a bad back I'd be very wary of trying them! 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:26

Fidget ((hugs)) no words!!!

Fishy - thinking of your and yours ((hugs))


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:03

Good morning all

Dark and cold here at the moment - only just above freezing outside.  Today has been designated Wrapping Day!

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 06:53

Hi Odis - I've not grown Black from Tula, but I have grown other heirloom beefsteak varieties and many or even most of them are dense and fleshy inside just as your picture.  The size you show looks fine to me - Tula is described as having smallish 3" - 4" fruits. 

I don't know whether Tula is usually a large plant or whether there was a problem with the growth.  When you say the plants were sickly - can you tell us more?  Have you any photos of the leaves and stems?

I wonder if the plant in the pot was too dry - at the roots or even if the atmosphere was too dry and hot for the flowers to set fruit?

Italophile is a regular contnributor here and is very knowledgeable about tomatoes - hopefully he will be along and can shed more light on this for you.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 20:07

Verdun ((hugs)) glad you and mum had a lovely time - a tot of sherry and some music - makes us all feel a bit more human again, even when times are rough.  Thinking of you both.

I visited my two today.  They'd had a visit from carol singers and handbellringers last night and apparently Ma sang along for over an hour and was on fine form.  She didn't remember a thing about it today, but the good mood had carried over and she was happy today.  Pa had remembered all about it.  Today was a very different visit to the last one thank goodness

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 19:52

Blssom   I remember hot water bottles freezing in my bed - and beautiful ferny frozen patterns on the inside of our bedroom windows - they don't know what they're missing nowadays


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 19:44

Phew!  Well that's all right then

Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:50

I think the Natural England advice refers to native mixed hedgerows

Good luck with yours


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:48

  Lyn - that's awful - you need water!  Can we do anything to help?  Make a phone call for you maybe? 

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