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chocolate plant

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 20:25

Am in Nwest & cant keep it in the ground. So I now grow it in a large patio pot each yr.

By the end of October for me, I cut it back, cant bear to risk losing it to frost, wrap the pot & put it, still in its' pot, first into either a coldframe or the unheated greenhouse- to allow it to almost dry off. Then I cover it with a fleece 'hat' & put it into a half-glazed porch. I have kept it in the greenhouse with extra fleece covers in the past.

Come spring I remove the tuber, check it's ok & start it off along with my dahlias on a window sill in the house.

This way I have kept this tuber going for several yrs. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 20:16

Me lose you Geoff! What about? J.


Cutting back to recovery

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 20:13

Agree abouit just planting the younger bits of Heucheras. These 2 today were only small, so splitting not an option. I tend to do jobs as they arise, especially this year as my health has not been good.

Love Tatton show, my nearest one to visit. You can buy plants too.

Chica- I too allow a lot of self-seeding, but just sometimes you do have to take charge! This yr daughter & me tied coloured wool around our best Aquilegias when in flower & then I weeded out the rest, inferior ones, later on.

I also nowadays avoid putting their seed pods into my compost bins & put them into the council wheely bin. Home compost bins rarely get hot enough to stop the seeds germinating in the resulting compost when used as a mulch. Ditto forget-me- nots, Tellima & Achemilla mollis. There is a limit to self seeding even in my garden! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 20:01

Night Dean. J.

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Posted: 28/11/2012 at 19:59

Nuts, whole hazel nuts..... sorry!

Oh drat, that picture is bugging me- it's one from MIL's house & OH wanted. Van load of stuff from SIL arrived- more boxes...... We've hung it on a bracket that's above the fire & am blowed if I can get it to hang straight.

BTW we have another bookshelf on the half-landing. J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 17:11

Compost Bjay!!! I hope not

We're having a pressure cooked vegetable curry tonight with, probably, Greek yoghurt plus honey for afters.

Was going to have oven on earlier, but OH busy & I needed to supervise the heating engineer/plumber, so hope to do that tomorrow. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 17:05

We have a large bookcase across one whole wall in the alcove bit of lounge- the previous owner built it for his electric organ, so you get the dimensions. Trouble is... some of the books are double stacked ie what you actually see is only half the story......... Then there's OH's shelving in his study/workshop & the kitchen bookshelf ........! That now musnt have any more put onto it as it could buckle!!

Love Oxfam books- other charity shops are cheaper, but not always the same selection/quality. Am still debating a Kindle though for holidays. J.

Cutting back to recovery

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 16:32

Another tip re Heucheras -from an exhibitor at the Tatton show. When they get woody stems & lift themselves up out of the ground, dig it up & replant deeper! Just done today on 2 small plants in a border the soil was very soft, moist even, so easy to do.

I think we all forget abouit different seasons when we first start a garden. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 16:27

'B' another post gone awol!

Have done in garden what set out to do. Was good & spent plenty of time sat on wall & didnt do too much in one go. Thermals brill!

Plumber gone for today. We now have a bath we can use, but musnt wet the lowest tiles around it. Daughter- no chance!

Will be doing a pressure cooked veg curry soon. Tomorrow will be fish & some baked pudding. OH & daughter are off to Trafford Centre I believe, so I shall be ironing & may even start the cards whilst I deal with constantly open doors- no, he didnt learn!

Friday I'm going out! Dont know where yet  & OH can supervise the last bit of work!

Now to see if OH can pull the wheely bin round......? J.

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Posted: 28/11/2012 at 14:10

My thermals have already been put to good use! By golly t'was nippy out there when putting washing ouit- it's flapping quite well now, good.

So thermal long johns under scruffy jeans, thermal vest under 3 other layers & a coat on top & 2 pairs of socks & 2 pairs of gloves & a hat! Looked like Michellin man & the young heating bloke still in a short sleeevd t-shirt!!

Anyway, set myself the task of clearing the moss off just 1 bed. Have done it properly, all disposed of in wheely bin. Lots of sitting on the wall inbetween. Forked it all over & then as much own compost mulch on top as I could manage. 2 woody heucheras have been re dug in- as per advice from Tatton show exhibitor.

Soil very wet, but at least wasnt frozen. Was itching to do more but knew that would be daft. Muddy clothes are now in the washing machine!

Note made about dealing with the moss that I couldnt remove from beneath a well growing Penstemon, still in flower. When I prune it back next Spring shall do the last bit of moss clearing- I just couldnt winkle it out without causing plant damage. I did though dig up the spindly white penstemon that has never really done werll. I noticed the only stem was split, I've got cuttings, so daft to leave it.

Becks- hope you & jess get better soon. J.

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