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Highland Jeannie

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What's for tea?

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 23:06
Bjay wrote (see)

  Blueberry compost I hope

I hope not!!

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 20:16
Verdun wrote (see)
 I would like a gardening programme for those of us with a bit more than basic knowledge, plant associations, info about new plants, etc. Garden newbies will still find such a programme interesting I think

That's an interesting idea Verdun, during the winter they could do some "teaching" to cover various levels of knowledge/experience. Perhaps how to plan projects & show how to make things, the way that Geoff did.

Plants for scent.

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 21:20
Wonder Witch wrote (see)

Rosa rugosa good for scent.

I think there must be different types of this; in our last garden a bush of this smelled absolutely divine so got a couple of bareroots for this garden- what a disappointment!  No scent at all .  I think they'll be freecycled for anyone who's making a hedge.  They've grown brilliantly though, with lovely hips!!

What's for tea?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 20:09

As we both spent all day in the garden, it was off to the chippy for a fish supper. Very good it was too!

Chippies up here usually sell only "fish" which is haddock; none that we've ever been to has offered a choice of fish - good job then that I now prefer haddock.  As a child I always liked "rock salmon" whatever that is called now .  They seem to make up for the lack of fish choice with a big choice of "puddings" (savoury things in skins - not sweet). There's red, white, black & haggis, maybe more in some places.

Tomorrow it'll be cajun turkey steaks, from our local butcher.  (Provided they haven't gone off in the cool box overnight - fridge has packed up! ).

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 23:49
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I have a Genii that survived -17° last winter! So did the ricartonii.

Great news!  The leaves on my Genii went brown in a sharp frost a week or so ago & today I stripped them & put the plant into the garage, it's in a pot. That gives me hope that I could plant him up in the border next year.  The Ricartonii in a pot will be fleeced, but his mate in the raised bed will have to take his chances!

What's for tea?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 22:51

I knew somebody who thought that if their visitors knew exactly what was in haggis ("awful offal") they wouldn't have eaten it - however they did enjoy their "special spicy mince"

My mashed swede never tastes as good as if I have it out - they probably add butter/cream, etc which I don't.

What's for tea?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 19:41

I'm curious Penninepetal, what does your OH have to do to get the spag bol mad?

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 19:37

Thanks Jo, that's reassuring.

I've severely pruned the one by the neighbour who'se not bothered & just trimmed & reduced a bit on the other side.


Storing Fucshias

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 13:06

My fuchsias were late this year, some had barely flowered; 1 had dozens of big fat buds. Then last week the frost came .

Judging by the weather forecast for later this week I'd better start moving & fleecing the survivors. We have a Riccartonii in a large tub at the front (south facing) which OH calls "Big Dangles."  As last winter was comparatively mild the top growth did not die off so he's rather a fine specimen this year.  Big Dangles must live! .

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 23:35

Thanks very much Dovefromabove.

I have tended to be a bit wary of chopping down anything just before the bad weather starts.  

I had some lovely fat buds on several fuchsias until we got -5 a few nights ago; now there are just fat brown buds .

As we'd prefer flowers, I'll wield the secatuers asap.


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