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Crocosmia Lucifer deadheading

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 12:04

If the leaves etc have gone all brown & mushy, then just pulling at them easily causes them to 'break' at their base, ie the corm. Compost the dying foliage, leaving it in situe for too long causes hidey holes for slugs & snails IME. J.

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Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:08

Morning forkers.

Any maltesers left Geoff?

Have survived shopping with OH. He now has a new phone to 'play' with so that's it for today then? Noooo, he needs to quietly (ha) measure up in bathroom for the tiles & then we've got to go buy/order them!

At least it meant that I could actually do the shopping on my own without all sorts appearing in the trolley. I did suggest a Costa break before we left the store so he could check out the phone before we left, but no, drat!

I've done some paperwork & wobbled around to postbox with it. BTW cant find the garden mag anywhere around here....

Oh yes- OH has altered some pressure control on boiler. Engineer had said that it was likely to need a couple of adjustments initially- now he tells me. Not that I would have attempted that. Anyway, this morning all quiet- yay- but I have shifted the temp control so that it does actually come on! We're, ie me, getting the hang of it, I think.

Going to read paper 'on-line' as couldnt get our ususal one & certain sections eg gardening & finance (!) are my w/end reading. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 10:51

WManchester- It did rain all last evening & night. Brightenjng up a bit now, but noticably colder. J.

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Posted: 16/11/2012 at 19:28

I agree about the facial expressions too Caz. Cody is very photogenic!

Boiler whistling again! OH cant hear it.....  but looked very disapproving when I said had been twiddling dials! What he didnt pay attention to was that I'd checked with the manual & instructions on the inside of boiler 'door' to controls. Do-lally/confused I may be, but not that daft!

2cnd thoughts though, going shopping with OH on a Saturday, or anytime, that is daft!

This little pc started to have a wobbly again- reluctant to 'awake' but finally got its' act together.

Bjay- yes the Brum markets are the biggest in UK. Never managed to get to it though. Manchester fine for me. As long as daughter gets some mandels she's happy & strudle & mulled wine for us both, perfect! J.

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Posted: 16/11/2012 at 17:50

Manchester Christmas markets apparently start tomorrow, Sat 17th. Usually finish just before the Christmas w/end. If you can go in the week they're much quieter, but early in W/ends not tooo bad! Main bit Albert Square area, by town hall, but they seem to extend further each year.

BTW I think dates & times on net somewhere. Try 'googling' Manchester Christmas markets- dont ask me to post a link..... Not all continental stalls. Last yr seemed to be lots of almost 'junk' type ones as well- not quite what you'd expect.

Off to start cooking now, grumbles starting from my tum & daughter too! J.

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Posted: 16/11/2012 at 16:12

Our heating got put on early today- nurse got cold! I'm prepared with body warmer over jumper, over vest (!) as know will be attached to a drip, not really portable, for at least an hour or more & our longe faces East so is cold after midday-ish. Got daughter to press the button.

It normally comes on about 4.30 nowadays, but assumed OH would be back about 3pm as per norm, so thought warm house would be good. He's just got back & left door wide open whilst he unloads the car! J.

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Posted: 16/11/2012 at 15:15

Back again. Waiting on OH getting back. Answered the phone earlier- insurance co for OH car/contents so she snapped back 'not cold calling' after I said that we didnt want cold/courtesy calls. Grr!

Caz- loved the cartoon, so true. Still to do the rest, but need to know what everyone wants for meal tonight first as may need to get at freezer before I start cleaning.

Nurse been, had discussion on growing wisteria- after relevent book been consulted! She's relatively new to serious gardening & may have planted a few 'thugs' I think.......

Daughter has given me her rota till NY, so hopefully no more surprises of 'but I've got a day off/start late/ doing twilight shift/nights' I hope.

Right, shift yourself. J.




Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 12:14

I use pegged down pieces of bean mesh over any wanted bulbs. Stops the squirrels digging for them. Tulips though I always now grow in tubs, also mesh covered, as they are magnets for squirrels in the ground. Remember to remove the mesh when you start to see the bulbs emerging, but even then the squirrels can attack! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 12:10

WManchester is dry & bright at the mo. Lots of rain expected later though.

Was about 3C in my back garden this morning. J.

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Posted: 16/11/2012 at 12:08

Bjay I'd pot up the iris, if their eventual site not ready/decided & tuck the pot next to the house wall. That way they're sheltered, but still outside. With their being packaged & in transit they've been a bit 'tucked up' for a while, so some limited protection may be best. They are hardy so even the unheated greenhouse could be 'warm' for them. I've got a couple of old doubleglazing bits that I lean against the outside of my greenhouse & something such as that gives protection from the worst, but isnt too warm.

Well that was the quickest, skimpiest clean I've done in yrs! Ok still to do kitchen, downstairs loo & bathroom but that will be fine later on, before OH arrives back just as GQT starts!

Trip to Manchester Christmas markets now planned. Apple strudle here I come! Can use my 'free' bus ticket too. J.

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