Latest posts by fidgetbones

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:16

Cane sugar is cheapest at farmfoods, 39p kilo. I use ordinary granulated for jam, I don't use castor sugar..


Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:10

Terrible thing to happen, busylizzie.

My housesitter did the opposite and left everything standing in 2inches of water for 3weeks., didnt put the bins out  at all, and used every pot in the cupboard, despite the dishwasher being next to the sink. It took three loadings to clear them all.

I wont be using him again!!'


Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 09:57

Well, illumination pink may have taken the gardening world by storm, but not in my garden. I like perennials that last more than a year.  Hardy gerberas died a rapid death too.

His introduction Cosmos cupcakes is currently doing quite well. I do like the unusual flowers. Only an annual but then I get lots of seeds in the packet.

I'm a sucker for plant porn. I'm currently drooling over bulb catalogues.


Posted: 20/07/2015 at 09:50

I think they pull the plug on certain things for the weekend if they think someone is going to kick off.  Thats this weeks conspiracy theory anyway.

EU have lent Greece 5 bn so they can pay back 2.5 bn this afternoon.

Isn't that a bit like a wonga loan?

I too have been busy with the compost heaps. Big black tardis with done compost has been emptied into old compost sacks so I can use it around the garden. Two daleks and a rotol have been emptied into the tardis for final maturation.

Two builders bags of old leaves, shredded shrubs and grass clippings have  been well and truly mixed up and the daleks and rotol filled up again. They are currently steaming hot.  Who needs a gym membership?, although I might need a good massage.

Plant identification

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 22:37

Sorry about the spelling. That should say Acanthus spinosus.

Plant identification

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 22:36

Near nottingham. If you live near inverness, that would explain why its still in bud.

Plant identification

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:54

The scsnthus looks like spinosus in early bud. Mine are currently in full f lower spike likee

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:23

I thought you'd had an invasion of grockles. Maybe they're still stuck on the  M5

red poppies

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 17:36

 The easiest way to propagate oriental poppies is by root cuttings, or split a plant in spring. You can grow from seed, but they dont self seed all over the place like the annual ones.


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 17:34

Picked blackcurrants, and put two and a half pounds in a litre of vodka to soak for a few months.

Next lot are going to be jammed. Sugar is 39p a kilo at farmfoods, 49p at lidl, 59p at Tesco. Every little helps, although I did get a funny look when I bought 10 bags.

Turned out sunny here now.

Well done Panda.


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