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Posted: 05/02/2015 at 15:57

It's too cold to do much.  Perusing plant porn, I came across a pomegranate tree that apparently is hardy to -- 20 C.  Has anyone down south managed to ripen one in this country?.I doubt I would have much chance up here, some years we struggle to get the grapes ripe.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 15:47

I dont know if these would be any use to Clarington or anyone else. Amongst my Dads posessions,we have found two destination rolls that go in the front of old buses for  advising customers where its going.  These are at least 20 years old and have Trent bus co destinations.... Nottingham, Mansfield etc.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 09:55

The annoying thing was, most of the stuff would have gone into a dustbin. As she has had access to two sets of bins, 10minutes once a week would have cleared almost everything. But she sticks her head in the sand, ignores it until the last minute, and then expects someone else to sort it. OH had to unplumb the washer, of course we hadn't taken any tools, so we had to go to b and q to buy some.

My brother is sorting my dads garage, one carboot full at a time. There is now room for a pallet of compost in there, and the workbench is being converted to a potting bench. My dad had a bit of a hoarding gene too.  When my brother takes the train set layout up to my sisters for her grandchildren, the half size snooker table is going to go, and mum is going to convert the front bedroom into a room where she can sit and read in the mornings. Does anyone want a set of blizzards books of woodworking projects? Also half a dozen ancient lawnmowers?

What flowers in February?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 09:15

Its my mums birthday then also. She got married two days after her birthday, and would have been married 60 years this month, if my dad had lasted another 3months.

She is going away that week with my sisters. I have planted the flower bed under the front bedroom window with spring bulbs, hellebores and alliums. They get the morning sun, and should be in flower when she gets back.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 09:05

Thinking of you this morning,Verdun.

OH has gone for another blood sugar test. Hes better than me at sticking to the diet. I had fish n chips in Nottingham yesterday. Only because that was what mum fancied.. We went to get her new swimming costumes, she is going to Tenerife for a week with my sisters at half term.

Mother in laws house was sold  last Monday. Of course on Saturday when we went to check, the garage was still full of sister in laws stuff. Brother in law was going to pay someone 350quid to clear it on Sunday. They have only had a years notice.

As its all their rubbish, OH made it clear that the cost of clearing it wasn't coming out of the estate. They have had free use of a lockup for the last seven years.  Three trips to the tip and a few adverts on gumtree and freecycle, and its all gone.

Poppy Identification

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 09:32

I have pink chiffon opium poppies, we always call then pink pom poms. They follow on after the allium purple pom poms.


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:45

I dont give up any plant for dead until May. That banana may shoot from the rootstock. Roscoeas are particularly late in starting to grow, and so is Lippia citriodora. 

Hard frost here. Birds are fed and fresh water  put out.

I'm going to crawl back under the duvet.


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:42

Its best to get virus free plants from a good supplier. Plant at 12to 18inch spacing in a bed on their own . Dont forget to net against the blackbirds.

Ken Muir at honeypot farm has a good reputation for strawberries.

Poppy Identification

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:36

I think we got there at the same time, lizzie.

Poppy Identification

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:35

They are annual opium poppies. They tend to seed around, but are not classed as perennial.

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