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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Can you help save my orange tree?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:28

I'd prune it in March. Any lanky bits can come off to give it a solid framework to sprout from.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:26

Tax return done. Now off to supermarket for bananas for OH.  He is back tomorrow morning at about 2.30 am. Must remember to NOT put the chain on the door.

I hope the ferry crossing to Holyhead is OK, and the winds have died down a bit. He's got his Stugeron just in case.

Then I suppose I really ought to do some H****w**k

Something different

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:18

Looks like an advert to me, but it still doesn't inspire me.

Can you help save my orange tree?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:08

The only time I bought a big lemon tree indoors by a radiator, it dropped all its leaves. I gave it a severe pruning and it resprouted new leaves in the spring. Its not dead yet, just unhappy. Keep it only just damp over winter, and don't feed until spring.

Can you help save my orange tree?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:57

Is it too warm?

. I find citrus trees dont like central heating. My lemon is kept just frost free over winter, although oranges will prefer a minimum of about 10C.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:46

I always mean to do the tax return early, but by April I am too busy either working or in the garden, and it gets pushed to the back of the priority list.

January is usually quiet on both fronts, unless there is a flu epidemic and I get lots of emergency callouts.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:19

I thought candy mountain did well last year.  I always leave self setters, or move strays from the veg patch to the flower beds. Amazing what can turn up years after initially sowing them. Suttons apricot turns up now and then. The bees seem happy with any of them.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:14

Blue sky and no wind here.

Ive got to finish my tax return, while there are no distractions. I'm not sure my adding up at 2am was correct. When I finally went to sleep , I had a nightmare that a great big horse was munching away in the middle of a flower bed. 

 I woke up late to find a queue of blackbirds in the magnolia, waiting for breakfast.


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 23:33

OH is in Ireland. He says it is very windy. It must have been the brussel sprouts.

Last night was not too good. He ordered dinner in the hotel bar at 8pm. At 9pm he reminded them and ordered another Guiness. At 10 he saw the chef going home, didn't get charged for the guiness, and went to find a Macdonalds in desperation.

All calm here. I think we must be in the lee, because of the hill, although we had a big frost last night.

I'm just watching Mr T and Britains back gardens.  The Japanese garden is near Newark, not too far for us midlanders for a forum visit. They are open from March. I'm making a list. I liked the grottoes in Wales from last week. I think we can get there and back in a day. Mum likes OH's new volvo tank.He got a free boot liner, so we can get a lot of plants in. I just have to be retrained to drive it because its an automatic.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:17

I dont recommend gas or paraffin, as they produce too much water, humidity and condensation. I use electric fan heater.

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