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Viola seeds

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:03

Easy to grow from seed especially if you want a specific colour/variety. They are slug food IME so do protect. It is probably too late to get a reliable germination this late in the season, but you could try sowing some now, under cover/in a coldframe.

I'd also buy some plants as well, as the seeds, if they do germinate they wont flower well until quite a lot bigger & the colder weather/less light will prevent that happening. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:55

He he, ours have emigrated then! We used to have 2 HUGE ones on the landing/hall ceiling. Totally out of reach, but you could hear them pattering around sometimes!! Only a 'baby' one around at the mo.

Becks- Alpine strawberries from seed is the best way & they'll also grow in poorer soils & part shade. I ate a couple of beauties this afternoon- think the birds must've dropped some sneaked seed coz i didnt plant any at the edge of a flower bed! Yum.

Have dug up my strawberry plants, kept a couple of small ones & shall do in pots next yr. I needed the space on the veg bed & they never did brilliantly. Plus we do have a good fruit farm not too far way.

Well done on the sunflowers too. Am sooo jealous- ALL of 12-13 plants got totally eaten this yr. Some neighbours have HUGE ones. 3 houses down the road must have a chaqllenge to see who gets the biggest!

I've done the ironing, but not made the birthday cake. Decided to do that first thing tomorrow, before I get outside. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:49

Leaves done, for now- more coming down as the breeze has got up.

Next time must change into scruffy jeans..... J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 16:46

Homemade red pepper pasta sauce over whatever dried pasta comes to hand first, with a cheese & tomato flatbread.

Daughter going to investigate the persimmon that she bought for her pudding. I might have yoghurt with something, no ideas yet.

Need to make a birthday cake too, but the large fruit cake for December is cooling down! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:43

Not more Speedos?   J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:27

It's not bad here today. Quite bright & slight breeze.

Have walked up to local shops to buy what I forgot yesterday & am now going out to sweep up some leaves. Know where the fleece is for tomorrow onwards.

The Christmas cake is cooling in the tin on a rack- whooppee- now only daughter's birthday cake to do later- whoops she's awake! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 14:14

Quick nip in! This little notebook was playing 'dead' earlier so as not yet 12mths old was not a happy bunny.

But as you can tell, obviously having an 'off' day & probably objecting to an update that I DIDNT want doing!

A certain large cake now cooling in its' tin on rack- phew, I do hate the new ovens' temperature unreliabilities, but had last yrs' notes from the successful attempt to refer back to.

Only a birthday cake to do next, but outside calling- have done the birds & may now sweep some leaves.

Back later, J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:13

Tomato rissotto - homegrown cherry toms of various colours- with cheese grated in & wilted baby spinach- not home grown as the slugs got the lot!   No idea about pudding..... J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:09

OH organised a free, via council, compost bin for me yrs ago. It's unfortunately one in 2 sections which after many yrs of use now just doesnt fit back together again. I still use it though as huge & easy to empty out.

I gained a 2cnd 'free to me' darlek one that got delivered by mistake- I'd not requested it, nor Val at the same number 4 doors away. Council said I could keep it as would be too costly to recollect! I think someone had paid a nominal amount to have, but if they cant get their address correct.....

This post will be totally out of context as have finished cooking & eating tomato rissotto. Daughter woke early & was hungry.... J.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 15:06

I must admit to thinking that the spring was the best time for Escallonia pruning, but last Autumn my tree surgeon took an electric cutter to mine- I actually hant wanted those doing, just the huge E.Iveyi next to them.

Anyway this year they have all really thickened out & flowered well too. So early autumn pruning for me from now on. Am in NWest, so not as far up as you Jeannie. J.

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Care & maintenance of elderly Bramley apple trees.

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Suggestions for planting in a sunny, boggy site.

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