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Posted: 09/12/2012 at 19:24

Hi Dean, another busy day again I see- do you ever stop? Hi Caz.

Just reminded OH to get our tree down from the loft. Daughter will do for us next w/end whilst me & OH away galavanting! Not quite sure where it'll live for this week. Cant move in the spare room for boxes from Dad's, the furniture, etc etc. As a 3rd bedroom it'll take a king size bed, (our sofa bed became one) so a good size but a dumping ground for everything on & around the single in there now. Another job for the colder non gardening months.....

The boiler has just made a new noise !! OH hopes to get chance tomorrow to contact the manufacturer......It's actually not fired up at the mo as temp reached the set level. OH just going to bleed all the radiators again. Am almost wondering if we shouldnt have stuck with the elderly one...... Just think of reduced gas bills Jo & I think we're warmer?

Right, am signing off early to try & do those 'b' cards!! I hope box is taping that Hidcote prog....Dont watch Xfactor either Bjay, nor decorate the house now daughter all grown up, very boring here.J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 17:49

We're having sausage casserole, using veggie lincolnshire sausages. An old student days recipe. No pudding planned as we've all been snacking on the previous baking!

OH & daughter had made frangipani mince pies this afternoon! They're very nice, but I shall be doing my usual ones, with homemade mincemeat later this week. Pastry is a labour of love for me. My Mum's was wonderful, even my MIL said so! J.

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Posted: 09/12/2012 at 17:41

I have another few minutes before need to add peas to the casserole in the oven. Keep snacking on OH's frangipani mincepies!! They are nice, but what's wrong with bog standard ones?

Ok peas in. Another old student days recipe, adapted using vegetarian sausages- not the quorn ones-ugh. I like the quorn mince for shepherds' pie but not the sausages....

I had been just about to clean our bedroom when friend arrived. Luckily daughter is going out tomorrow before starting nights, so I shall be able to hoover then as rest of week no chance...

Wandering outside earlier with some washing noticed lots of things now 'gone' over. Oh well any chance this week I'll get out there to finish off cutting back. My borders never look tidy though....... J.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 17:25

All of my hardy fuschias have been frosted now. They're at the stage of having dying leaves still hanging on. I know it infuriates me them looking like that, but after the next frost a stiff wind will blow them all off.

In the spring you'll notice regrowth lower down on the stems. That's where you cut back. If you've do it too early the new growth can also get frosted. Yes mulch around the plant now whilst the soil is still moist to protect the roots. J.

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Posted: 09/12/2012 at 16:30

I've quickly nipped back- Great cake tins Geoff!! I have just refused OH taking some pastry cutters back with him for his mincepies! I need them here!

Off to start meal now. Had a surprise visit form an old friend this afternoon. OH was at college with him. T'was great to catch up, as we think it's about 10yrs since we all met up.

Pile of ironing to do later & those 'b' cards!! J.

Battening down the hatches

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 16:23

I learnt my lesson a few yrs back when I lost a lot of things-

Am in Nwest & aim to have all my outside patio pots wrapped securely with bubble wrap by the end of October.

The Agapanthus & Nerine pots are all also wrapped & covered with 2 layers of fleece in a solid coldframe. The HA seedlings, those that have survived the latest slug attack are fleece covered in a 2cnd coldframe. This one is also insulated around its' sides with polystyrene sheets.

The 2 surviving dahlias & Chocolate cosmos, also in glazed pots, have been dried off still in their pots, the pot wrapped & a fleece cap tied over each They are now under a plant table in a part-glazed porch.

Had I been using the very cold greenhouse to store things this winter I would have insulated with bubble wrap the North side & bottom half of the remainder. Then any stored pots in there would have been under a couple of fleece layers & an expanding cloche. I also use that reflecting material, that you fit behind radiators on outside walls, under the bubble wrap on the N & E sides. That then is good at reflecting any light back into the greenhouse in the spring for seed sowing.

As I've cleared away any dead, dying foliage I've forked over any soil compaction & mulched with my compost as I've gone alone. No problem this yr worrying if the soil was moist! I tend to do the mulching sooner rather than later as have a lot of spring bulbs in the borders, so spring isnt the best time for me.

Any spare glazed/unglazed pots/planters have either been brushed out & stood under the greenhouse staging or put into a 3rd coldframe!

All my HH cuttings are on sills either in the porch or in a spare bedroom- but if really cold nights are expected they get moved away from the windows! Losing all my HH fuschia cuttings one yr did not go down well!

The tap to the water butt is now slightly open & the butt drained. I'll reclose it usually about the end of Feb. 1 yr I ended up with a cracked butt re the water inside freezing. Havent an outside tap to worry about.

In the 2 coldframes containing plants there are water filled plastic bottles around the inside edge acting as 'heat sumps' to keep a more even temperature in there.

Once the last border is cleared, hopefully this next week? I can curl up with seed catalogues & my new gardening books, plus a pad & pen & make plans for next season!

Oh & this yr sometime I need to clean out the greenhouse properly & same for the shed, listing what I need to buy & taking all the stuff have acculmulated that is really rubbish to the tip! May even try painting some new fence panels whilst am less likely to demolish the plants in front of them.

Who says there's nothing to do in the winter?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 12:42

I have actually put some washing out to flap- but am keeping 1 eye on the windows for rain.... J.

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Posted: 09/12/2012 at 12:39

There you are 2 of us now! & I hadnt seen bjay's post either.

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Posted: 09/12/2012 at 12:37

OK OK- complete change of answer- ROBIN!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 09:18

It threw it down again last night & the wind......

This morning, still windy, but much less. Dry but for how long? About 7-8C out there now cf below feezing yesterday! J.

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