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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 13:45

It's actually sunny with a slight breeze today here in WManchester. Only about 8-9C at the mo.T'was cold first thing in my back garden though, only 1C at first light.

Not worth putting the washing out now, it'll still be wet/damp as the sun soon disappears from the back garden this time of year.

However, we are now warm again! Having to learn all about the new system- not as simple as it first appeared. J.


Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 18:51

I've been thinking about this.

My first reaction was Tellima grandiflora, which I accept is fine in certain shady spots but too much of a self-seeder even for me! I have reluctantly grown to appreciate it, & now cut off the flowers as soon as they start to go over & NEVER put them in my own compost bins, council recycling for them.

Large orange bedding begonias, so unnatural to me.

Paperwhite narcissus- ugh, the smell.

I do however wish that Anemone Honorine Jobert liked me/my garden.   I have tried several times with it, but no joy. Easy to grow other Japanese Anemones, but not that one. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 18:12

Phew, this new heating is good, well so far. We have been turning down thermostat valves & up in one case, but am impressed.

OH has just said he's cold. Am tempted to go & get the cardi......

Lottie- although we dont now have an emersion heater, the wiring has apparently been utilised for the new boiler. Am going to stick some tape across the switch in kitchen or shall freak that it's on & turn the switch off! We'll get used to things.

I managed to miss the last Beechgrove on i-player. The season up there even shorter. J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 16:12

Organised chaos here today, with the heating engineers finishing off. We are now warm again!

I normally cook from scratch, but tonights' meal is our good old standby of Cheddar curry. Store cupboard ingredients & we've done it from student days in the 70s. A M&S Bakewell tart from the freezer for those that want a pudding.

Need to plan menu next before going shopping tomorrow. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 16:07

WManchester- been a very windy sunny day here. I couldnt do any washing as the water kept being turned off by engineers.

Have quickly put a wee bit out just now, & it's trying to rain, but only at the front of the house & washing out the back.

At least it'll be warmer tomorrow morning. Today though upstairs was cold, downstairs not bad- who accidently left the lounge gas fire on low all night? J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 15:38

Am eating biscuits & sort of listening to GQT, good job repeated on Sunday though.

Have quickly put a wee bit of washinbg out to blow away probably, it's that bad out there! It is actually raining in the wind, but who cares?

OH just had coughing fit & has set me off!

Dyson awaits again, J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 14:39

Ok, engineers gone & am about to redo their cleaning up!

OH & me had a quick instruction on use & we are now both confused!

I may be gone some time........ J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 13:49

Bjay- try contacting the actual manufacturer of it, since the retailer no longer 'around'. Hope your warranty wasnt with Comet though..... J.


Posted: 02/11/2012 at 13:41

Yes, leave any pruning until next Spring.

You then will get this years' flower heads dried dying appearance to guide you-

Spring 013-You need to cut back those stems that have flowered THIS year, 012, back to a pair of buds lower down on the stem. Stems that didnt flower this year, should be left alone & they are the ones that will flower next year, 013.

As with all pruning you will also need to remove any obviously dead, dying, damaged, wood. The shrub will appreciate a feed & a mulch, if been wet, afterwards. J.

Overwintering perennials

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:55

Snapdragons dont need extra winter protection 99% of the time.

Am in NWest & agree with Alina. Keep their 'tops' on over the winter & then trim back to signs of new growth in Spring. The plants do get rather tatty by the end of the 2cnd year, so either collect their seed or be prepared to start again.

BTW if your greenhouse isnt frost free, then I'd get the dahlia tubers stored elsewhere asap. Box under spare bed if nec. J.

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