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Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:20

I always assumed that Rigartoni was hardy- mine certainly coped ok last yr in a border in NWest.

I often grow hardy varieties in large pots on the patio, taking cuttings as routine in late summer. Sometimes those pot plants survive without being wrapped- pots very large & by a sheltered wall. The ones actually in the borders tend to be later in restarting in the following spring, but they will often continue flowering after the pot grown ones have been caught by the first frosts. J.

Dark corners

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:13

If there's a fence or wall behind you can try painting it with white/pale colours.

Some evergreen shrubs have shiny leaves that will reflect some light as well. Others have pale or varigated leaves which also help 'lighten' up an area. J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 12:29

Completely forgot- meant to also say I do my 'C' puds alternate yrs in the microwave! It's quite a light recipe, for a 2lb one, so I do 2x1lb & we eat one & t'other freezes for the next yr. Honestly it does survive absolutely fine.Some yrs freezer too full so it gets stored in a tin until NYr when freezer space returns.

Cant remember when I made them last year, but I obviously did as 1 in freezer now. Also have spotted a 2lb jar of my mincemeat in jam cupboard, so one less job for this yr! J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 12:23

Bjay- my OH a good bread maker, but soo messy in kitchen. (rolls eyes smiley equiv to 'big sigh' for me)

Ooh good idea re using shower curtains, shall ponder about that sometime.

Just wandered into here & realised that my 'corner' also has a radiator behind a very large comfy chair, plus a table next to chair piled high with garden magazines, old papers, etc etc that I need for when contemplating life etc!! Blast, my turn later to sort/move things. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 12:11

Winds strong out there today- WManchester- dry at the mo, but heavy rain due here later.

Am keeping busy inside- Central heating boiler being replaced tomorrow/friday -so am  clearing the spare room of junk, so can refill it with the contents of airing cupboard where new boiler going! All being well will still have enough 'cupboard' space for storage once new boiler in. Chance for a sort out maybe? J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 12:04

Buttie time now- having one of those days when all I do is eat & eat... but by 2pmish am usually fine. Wonder if today it's due to the delayed breakfast this morning because of the tablet?

Anyway they'll be able to get at radiator valves in spare room now, & our bedroom. Must remind daughter to clear a path to hers & as for OH's study/workshop- his problem. He's supposed to be coming back first thing tomorrow morning after all.

Washing machine just had an unbalanced 'wobbly'- it alerts me by beaping like mad. So you set it going again, but have no way of actually knowing whereabouts in cycle it was when became unbalanced., unless you were watching it just at the right moment of course! I tend to just reset it to rinse & spin as assume it was unable to sort itself out to spin safely before it became unbalanced.

Lotties, that's a good pumpkin face. J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 11:02

Banana time. Bjay, do rest/sit quite often really, but probably am on the go most of the time.

Spare room getting sorted v e r y slowly. Actually rather upsetting at times as lots of stuff from parents' house around.

Also just found 2 new shower curtains- so what you say? Having shower screen fitted at end of month. One shall def keep- cant find receipt to return anyway, expect been shreaded (that spelling looks wrong somehow) & daughter may like later IF she ever buys a house. T'other shall ask friend if she'd like, no idea when I got it.

Right, back upstairs, only brought the boxes of 'C' biscuits down to pop into sideboard. Previously they'd been dumped onto spare bed which I need for airing cupboard contents.....J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 10:04

Just realised that wont be able to get easily to tumble drier under stairs tomorrow either, so washing on as well now.

Becks- radio 4 Midweek, repeated tonight or i-player, had someone on talking abour paranormal/ghosts.

Cadbury's must've researched whether anyone would eat green 'slime', but they are owned by USA company..... J.

shrub or small tree in wet ground

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 08:53

A Cornus- Dogwood- would like it too.

They are primarily grown for their stem colour in the autumn/winter, but some have nice foliage colour as the leaves die back. You prune them back quite hard each Spring, so it wont get too big & it's the new stems produced that year that colour up the best. Some varieyies are more prone to suckering than others, so check first if you dont want a grove of them.

I've got a rich purple Iris Reticulata 'Georg' under my C.Alba Elagentissima. J.

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Posted: 31/10/2012 at 08:46

I'm up, taken the 'nasty' medicine & so far so good.... had my breakfast, been neighbourly & am now off to shower & the rest before starting on the big clear out!

OH queried as to why under the stairs needed clearing out?  How are the engineers going to get at the gas supply & the pipework for the existing boiler otherwise?

Becks was it worth it? looks fun though.

Sorry to be a party pooper as have fished out my police notice for 'no trick or treaters here'. We had BIG problems in past with some youngsters around here & ever since that time all the neighbours agreed. Weather due to be c**p as well anyway. J.

 

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