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Posted: 25/01/2015 at 19:36

I was wondering if that would be enough!!. Mind you I suspect it will be same as blackcurrant jam... amazing how many friends i acquire at jamming time who declare that blackcurrant jam is their favourite, apart from the lodger next door who wanted to know if it had bits in.


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:35

I've just ordered 12 polka canes. I love raspberries, I want enough to make jam.


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:10

I've just got to the jam bit. One and a half hours to make two sorts!!!! how ridiculous.

When I make jam its a day job.  All morning to pick the blackcurrants, wash and cook, sterilise jars, fill then cool. Ready about 7pm. and whats wrong with chewy jam?. My mum made some marrow and ginger one year that was really popular. It was just like toffee.


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:43

I'm thinking of adding zinnias to the cutting patch for next year. Anyone recommend a good variety for cutting?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:39

Its a lot easier than the species name thats for sure


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:30

Watching allotment challenge. If they all live miles away and only go at weekends, who does the venting, watering,sideshooting that I do every day in season?

I picked the first open hellebore flower today. A double pink spotted one from Ashwoods. Its floating in a bowl in the living room. My snowdrops are showing white, but nothing open yet.

 The new bulbs in the pots for the patio are looking good.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:02

Molly in a bucket is a Paeonia mlokosewitchsii also know as molly the witch, a single yellow species peony that I grew from seeds off of mine. I had some that I potted up into the buckets that florists use, and some were given away at one or other of the forum visits to gardens that we had last year. It must have looked quite strange,women with car  boots full of plants swapping them around in the car park.

Various buddlejas,  aquilegia seedlings also found new homes. At the "oddsocks " walk, some snowdrops and hellebores and brugmansia plants found new homes as well.

Now OH has a volvo estate instead of a vectra hatchback, theres lots more room for plant moving.

Today I bought some deep roottrainers for the sweet peas, using some vouchers I got given at Christmas.

I used up £15 of tesco vouchers, turned them into £45 of T&M vouchers, and ordered some lilies. Also I found out that Tesco think I have more  vouchers than I think i have. I can print the missing ones off, once the new toner for the printer arrives.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 23:28

I like molly shoots. Nice dusky pink with a bit of  dusty bloom.

Shouldn't it be in the ground now?

 I had 10 hellebore plugs from T&M last year. 3 have flower buds, I have donated them to Mums revitalised flower bed. They should be doubles.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 19:44

Well, Pammy, you can't be far from me. I always find the parking is awkward there, but they have good plants.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:37

Brilliant  news,  matty.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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