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Posted: 07/11/2012 at 13:20

Wind a bit nippy out the back now, but washing flapping well. Have also opened up the big coldframe for some ventilation & fished out a couple of small slugs from the other coldframe where the HA seedlings are.

The Weeping Fig in greenhouse is still going ok despite the couple of cold nights. The top of the back garden went down to -1C & by the greenhouse it's often colder, but have no max/min down there. I know the plant is inside the greenhouse, but the roof single polycarbonate panels do not give much protection IME. We shall see.

Debating going outside to potter, but with the wind today any leaf sweeping daft. Not really in the mood either. Tomorrow I shall go out- if wet I can do the bulb pots in the greenhouse & even start to clean it out, maybe..... no rush this year. J.

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Posted: 07/11/2012 at 12:05

Have collected photos. Was pleased that walking the 2mile round trip wasnt too bad. Slight leaning tendency & I havent taken that tablet yet this week! Did Post Office, opticians,cash machine & Aldi as well.

Was good & didnt buy too much, just some things that daughter would like for her lunches over the w/end. Hadnt taken rucksac either so just had an over the shoulder bag so couldnt go mad.

Just had my snack lunch & think will go & put the washing out to blow after all. J.

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Posted: 07/11/2012 at 12:00

Pottipam- had a go at identifying your buy- all hardy BTW

LHS yellow varigated one is an Euonymous. Hardy, low growing spreading shrub or the taller variety.

Yellow top RHS is Choisya Sundance- it will eventually make a LARGE ie 10ftx10ft shrub. Has white scented flowers in spring.

Middle back row with purlplish tinge- possibly Photinia Red Robbin. Can be grown as tree or hedge/shrub. It's the young foliage that is the coloured. Dont think it's a cotinus, leaves look too elongated.

Middle front- possibly a small leaved Hebe, not sure.

Top RHS is possibly a small leaved slow growing evrgreen Euonymous. makes only 3ft after yrs!

Bottom on RHS- that could be a Cotinus, not sure.

Because these are all small plants, they do make good tub specimens over the winter months. You may find after 1-2yrs that some/all need planting out or pruning &/or propagating. Good buy. J.



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Posted: 07/11/2012 at 09:31

Morning Forkers.

Woke up to a cool house- heating had been too hot yesterday so had turned things down, but I do want some heat in the mornings please.... At least the hot water temperature more to me & daughters' likeing.

So have 'read the flippin manual', to quote a certain motoring journalist, & twiddled dials, punched buttons etc & hopefully all will be ok........

It's not cold out there either, for November that is. Washing on, but not sure if going to be worth putting out except it's windy-ish. As usual we're under the faint blue splodge on weather map! Shall decide later.

Might walk up to local shops to collect the photos, but perhaps a good idea to ring shop first to see if they have come back. J.


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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 21:24

That's good, about the egg, Geoff.

BTW what are you lot going on about? Totally lost it here! 

Mind you this little pc decided to have a big wobbly this evening, literally 1yr old & out of warranty tomorrow!! Daughter sorted, I hope.

Am off now. Play nicely. J.

Protecting container plants in Winter

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 21:19

Agree that all your plants are hardy, if actually in the ground. Their roots are more vunerable to freezing when in pots.

I do wrap all of my smaller pots that contain hardy, but permanent, plantings. That way I hope to have fewer cracked ones next spring. So any expensive pots, glazed or not, I'd wrap!

You can buy fleece jackets for vunerable plants in pots if the pot is too big/heavy to move into shelter. That maybe an idea for the Camellia in case the pot is too heavy top easily move.

What I have got to do asap is to put all of my pots onto potfeet, to prevent the pot getting too wet with winter rain & then freezing & that makes it more likely to crack & also damage the root system of the plants in it by waterlogging.

BTW I grow all my Hostas in pots-16 at the last count- & dont wrap any of those. I just put the pots next to the house wall where they're more protected. I probably end up with 1 or 2 cracked ones most yrs, but they are never expensive ones. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 17:06

Have been slobbing it watching daytime tv after the tennis finished.

Off to assemble the cabbage stirfry with noodles next. I can just hear daughter's muttering now.... but shall point her in the direction of remaining egg custard & if that's not enough the iced bun &/or chocolate pot should please.

Lottie, your energy in digging that out- well done. At least you know that you've done a proper job, always pays off. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 15:55

Am surprised at what hasnt been zapped yet! Plan to get out there Thursday as looks the driest forecast. Old habits die hard, yrs of only having the odd free dry day to garden means that I prefer to get stuck in & spend as long as poss on one day out there rather than little & often. I get too messy!

Just had another thought...... I hope that they dont need to get at pipework in the 'airing' cupboard when they come again- that will not impress me.

Must try to keep OH from being noisy the next w/end he's back as daughter will be 'on nights' so sleeping. That means that the final tile removal will be the w/end before the next session from engineers.

Have just popped heating on as is going dark up here already, still wet, & was beginning to feel cold despite the extra layers. It is quite a learning curve with the settings, but think have got all the radiators ok for this time of year. Oh & the water temp was fine again this morning, so tough OH, out-voted! J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 15:39

I've just had an apple!

Have replaced the majority of 'stuff' back into the cupboard. Some towels are past their best & we dont need them, so tip box for those. I darent get rid of anything reasonably decent though, as last time I was at 'the little house' noticed that some there-ours- could do with replacing. Weather permitting am going over again soon, so shall take some with me- can always bring back if not needed after all. OH even less storage space than normal there.

The last time OH did anything in the garden here, was to make me a raised bed several yrs ago & previously do the last lawn cut in '98 when I'd broken my arm! It's my garden & refuge, like the workshop/study is his! BTW planting bulbs when an arm in sling is not sensible! Didnt topple over, but oh so nearly. J.

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Posted: 06/11/2012 at 14:15

Bjay- re your bulbs. How about just putting them into plastic pots for now. Daffs  need to be in asap, tulips can be left until Dec if nec. Having them in pots mean that they get started & then next spring when hopefully your feet are improving you can get them planted out properly, or supervise the planting?

Am lucky in that the feeling in toes didnt go, just lost nails & developed brick like nails- tell the other lady free chiropody is available!! I did lose some feeling in fingertips, but it has returned, apparently no guarentee either way . Still am having fingernail probs & splitting of skin at tips of fingers. Needed plaster earlier.....

4-5mths on & the chemo effects are beginning to go, but it's a long haul. Am not brave, far from it, but moan & winge regularly. Just have to go with the flow. The roller-coaster ride that is a cancer diagnosis has begun to slow down, phew, but it all takes time & am an impatient, intolerant s*d!! J.

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