Highland Jeannie

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Pots going green!

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 20:24

In a raffle I won a large unglazed clay pot of pelargoniums.  They are extremely thirsty & their pot has gone green in the lower half despite being indoors on a sunless windowsill.  I agree it's not a bad look for outside & having read your replies to Gareth, have decided that the "rustic" look inside isn't too bad either!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 20:17

Finally got rid of the cosmos plants, they were still flowering but very puny, also the sweet peas & pelargoniums.  Anthemis tinctoria is still going in the shady back but finished in the sunny front,verbena bonnies, phlox, heucheras, sedum spectabile, v. tall pink daisy-thingy, fuchsias genii & riccartonii, bacopa, large scabious, primroses, lychnis coronaria pink, osteospermum, alpine strawberries, a rose or 2 & a couple of summer bedding things I can't remember the names of are still flowering, but only just!  I hate pulling out things if there's any flowers left, so in some cases you have to look closely for the flowers!!

However the Mexican daisies, gaulthiera procumbens, heathers & rudbeckia marmalade are all flowering really well.

The sun's gone from the back garden now - will have to wait until about mid-Feb for a sighting.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 19:46

Had frosts several nights lately - my fuchsias don't look too happy now either!

Had to scrape the car at about 1 o'clock this am & it was +2c.  Lovely working outside today (if somewhat tired) but when I came in around 4.30 the thermometer was reading -2c & areas that were damp had a thin layer of ice on them, lovely clear moon too.

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 17:26

Both of my parents served in the last war & Remembrance Sunday was always a bit poignant when I was growing up, especially when it fell on the 10th. It was the day that my father died, & Mum was expecting me. As the years passed she couldn't really "forget" the day as there was always the reminder, it was also her birthday on the 12th.

Composting Leaves

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:07

I tried the black sack method last year; had a peep a few weeks ago - top half were dry & crispy, bottom half were sodden, so gave them a shake. Had lots of holes in the bag too.

This year I have an old plastic baker's crate, so it's open like a mesh cage would be. I'll see how that works. 

New garden

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:01
hollie hock wrote (see)

Already thinking about plants that might do well there

Wind-proof ones!!?? 

Have a great time planning & enjoy the peace & solitude.

Confession Times!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:37
Verdun wrote (see)

I confess to utter disappointment today.  No cream buns available at the foodbank

Its ok.  I'll be alright.  It will take a while but in the morning I will have forgotten it.........perhaps. 

I thought the foodbank was for tinned/packeted food for people down on their luck - not cream buns for the helpers to splurge on!! 

Think how slim & fit you'll be without that cream bun......

Saving cash while enjoyinggardening

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:31

Sometimes I put a layer of grit on the tops of pots, eg containing bulbs & when I remove whatever's in the pot I tip off the grit into a bucket. I then have bags of pristine grit for tops of things & a bucket with used grit including a bit soil; that's used for mixing with soil/compost, etc when potting up, for drainage.

Tights & rinse idea looks good.

Loving Lavatera

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:25

That's a thought dean, only problem is that garden we have now is somewhat windy & I'm not a good "staker." (Until too late )!!

silly quotes

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:40

To the boss (under your breath) "Stick a broom up my a**e & I can sweep the floor as well"

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