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Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:07

Hello folks - I'm back   

Used to listen to Chris Evans on the way to work - I do listen to him in the morning at home, but it's not the quite same as frightening fellow commuters by singing along to How do you like your egg in the morning? with my top down while stuck in the traffic on the Riverside 

Spent a nice time with son - we did some shopping - he made lunch then he cut the hedge (neighbour's brambles invading ) and I sprayed some green alkanet .

Then I visited the Aged Ps - Pa was frail but fine - Ma was confused and cantankerous and no one could do anything right - it's at times like this I'm sort of relieved that she can't walk more than a few steps 'cos she'd be a nightmare 

I stayed for quite a while to try to help her relax but it didn't really do a lot of good - when I walked out I felt like screaming  - stopped off at a little shop and bought a Diet Coke to keep me going on the journey home ( it's just over an hour).  

I'd bought some meat from son's butcher for supper, but when I got home OH sat me in the sofa, gave me a very large Campari and soda and made a quick supper of bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes and fried new potatoes - served with Stokes Bloody Mary tomato sauce - fabulous comfort food and a fabulous OH - I am very lucky 

Bekkie - hope you're recovered very soon ((hugs))

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:51

We like to eat young beetroot roasted with a sour cream dressing, sometimes with the addition of some horseradish (brilliant accompanying roast beef).

And a few years ago I made a Beetroot chilli relish - it was fabulous - I made loads of it and included it in some Christmas hampers for friends and rellies.  Everyone loved it.

I bookmarked the link to the website, but it seems that the site is down   but if anyone is into pickles and chutney making it would be pretty easy to reproduce - it involved raw grated beetroot, a sprinkling of chilli flakes, a mix of cider and balsamic vinegar and dark muscavado sugar if I remember correctly 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:37

Squidge them!  They may look like eggs, but they're tiny baby greenfly, and they're already pregnant when they're born!!!   The ladybirds will find plenty of other aphids to eat 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 10:24

Right - I'm off - DS has just phoned and asked me to bring some garden shears with me!!! 

New lawn problems

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 10:15

Don't suppose anyone ever parks a car there do they?  I've seen fuel leaks etc do that sort of damage - but I can't see any tyre tracks. 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:37

Now that I've retired I've resolved to be more consistent re dead-heading in the summer, and it's certainly paying dividends; but what about achilleas?

I've read conflicting information.  Some say deadhead them, some don't.  Some say leave the seeds for the finches; some say cut and dry the flowers for winter decorations.

Do you deadhead your achilleas?


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:23

Like your Style Pdoc   I'll Council you to shop wisely at the GCs 

Grass ID

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 06:58

It looks like Carex Pendula - aka pendulous sedge - you may be interested in this recent thread - 

oxalis rust

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 06:52

Hi Melanie

I'm not an intentional grower of oxalis although there is a very insistent variety that keeps appearing in my veg patch!  I'm sure that some people will be heartened to know that there is a disease that affects them.

However, I don't mean to be unkind - I can see that Oxalis Red Wine is a choice plant. 

As I said I've not grown it, but my instinct would be to cut it hard back and water it and wait for it to re-shoot.  If it's in a container I'd also re-pot with fresh compost.

Don't know what others think ............................ anyone got another idea ??? 

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