Highland Jeannie

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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.


When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 22:55

We live on a fairly new housing development & the builders planted escallonia hedging between all of the houses, 1-6 years ago & a lot of them now look quite scruffy (& similar in size). Don't know the type (cheapest??!!) they're very dark pinky/red. Ours were planted 2 years ago. 

Early this spring neighbour to the right mentioned how untidy it was (he didn't particularly want it anyway, but we prefer a boundary) so I pruned it quite hard.  It hasn't flowered this year. On the left side we left it, it flowered a bit & it still has a few flowers on it. 

I thought that it should be pruned in spring as it flowers late in the year; Mr Google has many opinions on the matter, so I thought I'd ask some much more knowledgeable people




What's for tea?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 18:33

Another one from the depths of the freezer - Tesco light chicken with tomato & basil sauce, with pasta. Soon I'm off to a Scottish country dance, it's a bit of an obsession of mine (is 3-4 nights a week an obsession? ......  Yes probably!)  At the interval we'll have a gorgeous tea - loads of home-made bits & pieces; all the naughty stuff that we're not allowed at home .  As people go to such trouble it would be rude to refuse .

Ah well, off to put on the glad-rags, tea beckons........

What's for tea?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 19:58

Recycled Chinese take-away!  We're eating our way through the freezer (needs defrosting) & using up the former left-overs which I froze.

Apple cake - aaahhh that would be yummy

Where is Nigel?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 23:39

"The Nigel Show" as my husband calls it, has not been the same lately; we'll both be glad to see him back!

3 in 1 Lawn Mower, Aerator & Scarifier

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 16:43

Thanks again Gary for all of your trouble.  I often read reviews of products before considering buying, but haven't of checking out Amazon .   Certainly the reviews that you've posted the link to wouldn't encourage me to buy!


Jean.  (Disappears off to Amazon to spend hours looking at reviews.......!)


3 in 1 Lawn Mower, Aerator & Scarifier

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 22:52

Hmm, thanks for your thoughts, Gary.  We do have a battery mower (Bosch), this gadget would really be for the scarifying & aerating element. I was wondering about whether the blades would be suitable, maybe a hollow tine corer would be best for aerating. We don't have heavy clay, but extremely stony soil that's rather compacted.

The advertised price is £80 & I do wonder now whether it might be better to buy individual tools instead.

Cheers, Jean.


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 23:58

My husband never refers to "Gardeners' World" now, it's always "The Nigel Show."

We do hope that he is alright, he's a real scene-stealer! 

Unusual name for a dog, though.......

3 in 1 Lawn Mower, Aerator & Scarifier

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 19:57

Made by Eckman.  Does anyone have any experience of this product please??

There are lots of adverts for it, apparently the appropriate cassette slots into place.  Looking at the pictures the aerator is a series of blades.

"Lawn Man" has a battery operated mower, & is considering something to scarify & aerate, & 2 gadgets for the space of 1 in the garage can only be good!  We don't have a large lawn, but part of it has already gone into shade for the winter & it's a bit damp too.

(Sorry i this has been brought up before but every time I try to search the site, it freezes .)




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