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Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:31

26 C in the shade here. I have taken my top off, thus exposing  my underwear to the birds. No one else can see.

I am being hassled by scruff the robin for mealworms. All the live ones have gone, he should be finding his own dinner at the moment.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:51

Now I've got coffee I can compile a list of things to do.

Summer prune apples, there is a huge amount of upright growth on the dwarf apples to come off.

The prunings will need shredding. The shreddings need mixing with grass cuttings to make compost. The lawn needs cutting. The older compost needs turning to make space for new compost. The old compost need some rock dust adding for the worms to mix  it all up while it is maturing for the winter. The rock dust is coming tomorrow on a pallet.

 So I really have nothing to do today except sit in the shade, read a book, and give the garden a good looking at.

 Have a good day folks.

Plant propagation

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:37

I took  Amistad cuttings last October. They overwintered in small pots in the greenhouse, then into 15 cm (6 inch) pots to grow on. I planted out in May. They have been flowering all summer. Three plants  around 18 inches apart have knitted into a huge shrub like thing taller than I am. They certainly like that spot. They are about the only large thing that hasn't fallen over without staking. Most of my tall plants are at very strange angles.

If you get very skilled at cuttings and want to try grafting, you may be able to find a second hand copy of " The Grafters Handbook "by R J Garner.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:28

Blue skies here. It's going to be scorchio.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 07:26

DD, I hope you are now being paid for all the work at the B &B. You must be exhausted. It is so nice that Charlie is stepping up to be Man Of The House (MOTH). How old is he? My friends boys were so good when she separated from her husband. My sisters boys all went into Grunt mode when they reached puberty. I had an entire conversation with my nephew on the phone, consisting of me asking questions, and him grunting back. I still don't know whether my sister was in or not. We were travelling back from up North and intended dropping in for a coffee. We went to Wetherby services on the A1 instead.

 We had polka raspberries yesterday with our porridge. The second lot. The first didn't get as far as the kitchen.

There looks to be a good crop on. I put the soaker hose on around them yesterday, they are in the shade of the top oak most of the time. They don't mind the shade, but the oak makes it very dry there.

Regarding moving fridge freezers, when I got divorced and was on my own, the old one I was left with broke, and I struggled getting it out of the back door. It wasn't until I was stuck that I admitted defeat and asked a neighbour for help. I had got so used to doing everything on my own, that asking for help was really difficult, but people really do want to help, you only have to ask.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:05

Funny that. I just shouted "Organ Donor" at the idiot on a motorbike who has just wanged down at 60 in a 30 limit.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:59

If you want the same colour, you have to take cuttings. I  cut my plants down in March, and then take cuttings from the new growth when it is about six inches long in late April /May. I use the strongest shoots. The buddleja will throw out new shoots which will flower.  I put them, one to a  deep four inch pot of gritty compost. I then put in an unheated propagator with a lid on , but you could use individual pop bottles. remove any leaves that are too large and likely to go mouldy. They root in about three weeks, I leave them in those pots for the first year, then plant out or move into bigger pots the following spring.


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 09:47

Pat, I have some inktense pencils. They look really pale when you fiill in with them, but the colour comes up when you add water with a brush. There are quite a few videos on youtube on how to use them.

I was up early. I ran my friend back to Birmingham airport for check in at 7. As we crossed the Trent, the water meadows had a light mist covering them, with the sun low it was really pretty. A van on the North bound carriageway should have kept his eye on the road, instead he went straight into the back of a lorry, and the traffic wombles shut all three lanes Northbound while they sorted it out.

 All sorted by the time I came back though.

 Washer on here as well, it looks like it will be a good day.

Hubby is still in bed. He drove to Glasgow and back yesterday for a three hour job. Five hour drive there, six hours back.

I think I need some more coffee now.

Have a good day folks.

Ode to our Mole

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 09:38

I believe the soil from mole hills makes good potting compost.

 The runs make good drainage.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 23:40

I liked the rhinoceros beetle we saw in north Queensland. About 2inches long. Unfortunately I think some pesticide had got it, it wasn't very lively and out in full sunshine instead of at night. Sorry I don't have a pic but Google it. 

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