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Witch Hazel

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:31

I'd agree about getting it planted out rather than in a pot.  It'll appreciate a bit more room to give it's best, and a little shade is better if possible.

Conditions this year have meant that lots of plants are behaving slightly differently as well, so don't worry too much. 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:24

Well - it's just started snowing/sleeting here, but  the architect's been and gone and  I've dealt with HMRC ,  so I can deal with anything now 

pd -  can you have gadgets and a shed combined...

Verdun - I don't trust these parking gizmos on cars - they're fine till they don't work. The one on my ex's car was always going wrong  

Does your new car have a holder for doughnuts?


Cost of bird food

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 08:21

I do the same LF, but usually just small amounts with the bacon fat left from the girls having bacon rolls! I just stir in a little bird food and put in a foil lined ramekin. Ideal for teh little birds in their 'cage' on the ground.

You're right Mark - the cheap food is padded out and isn't worth having. Better quality means no waste and mess - or very little.

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 08:17

And the acer LF 

Yes chick- there's room for several on the never ending new fence! 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 07:54

Morning all. Yes, you're right Verdi. Lots of snow forecast for north of England and Scotland although it now looks like we'll get it tomorrow rather than today here in the central belt. Take your brolly when you go car hunting 

Have  a good day everyone - stay warm and safe - whether you're out or at home 

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:41

Lovely pix as always LF. I'm very fond of the Montanas too - I had one beside the back door in a previous garden which I trained in one direction  along a boundary fence, and the other direction over the door to meet a Rouge Cardinal on the other side. When the Montana finished , the RC was flowering. They're very versatile, and romp away so well once they establish.  


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:14

Too late pd - we've snaffled it all!  

Might have to make myself some Yorkshires then...I love them but rarely make them. I use Brian Turner's 'volume' recipe - dead easy and brilliant every time. I make about 7 little ones in a muffin tray with a 1 egg mixture. Quick - and useful for kids dinners.

The blackbird was enjoying his apple today - I'm glad they're finding their way into the garden now and enjoying the berries and the bird food. Looks like snow here tomorrow after all, so at least they know where to come to get their breakfast 


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 17:41

I'd agree with fidget re the car Verdi. Did exactly the same a year ago! Had to change my car (reluctantly) as it was becoming unreliable and I knew there would have been a big outlay coming up. Nearly bit the guy's hand off at the offer- it was way more than it should have been. You deserve that lovely fire fidget. Nice when you've been out in cold  wet weather grafting.

Lovely pic Pam 

Thanks for the offer Kef,  but if he doesn't see the error of his ways, I have plenty of sharp implements I can use to 'persuade' him with.....

Braising beef in oven ready for making steak pie with mash. Happy days.


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 12:48

We've got sun here but the white stuff supposed to arrive tonight- perhaps positive thinking will keep it at bay.

Hope it snows on that architect tomorrow anyway....think we may fall out. He sent a rather curt reply to my email of this morning. I politely told him I wasn't enamoured with his 2nd plan and was dismissing it.  Among other things he decided I no longer needed a dining kitchen and would be happy with some dead/unusable space behind a wall and a door opening about a foot from the window - where the table should be.....

Is it just me?

I did laugh at your story Clari. Naughty Fairy 

Dove- only use skinny milk so it's white water really anyway! 

Back to work now. Stay cosy doc 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 12:41

doc's right charley- there's hundreds of different varieties with a range of sizes and your own conditions will also make a difference. 50/60 cm is an average. If you look up a specialist Hosta nursery online, or even just google that particular one, you may get a better idea. 

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