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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:08

bjay- the leaf blowers/hoover are fine if the leaves are dry. Otherwise unless a strong OH/man around a bag of damp leaves over your shoulder is HEAVY. IF the leaves are damp too it gets blocked with bits of soil etc, so needs constant unblocking. Cant remember the last time I used ours...... oh & it helps to have raked them up into piles before anyway so easier to get sucked up. Oh & if not careful small seedlings/recently planted things can also end up being sucked up....

On a +ve side they do chop the ;leaves up well, so that they rot down more quickly, but then so does running a mower across them spread on the lawn..... So yes IME more -ve than +ve.

I have a shredder, 2cnd hand that was a 'gift' from someone. Have never used it & somehow dont think ever shall. Freecycle methinks. It does work & have a couple of spare cutter/blades, so that's good. J.

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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:00

Afternoon all. Nurse been, OH snoring in chair, daughter asleep & me on here!

Yes was watching QT last night..... anyway, bit nippy out there today & noticeable more windy. Washing flapping well.

We too have old video tapes, but recorder went to tip yonks ago. Yes some of tv progs, some bought & the odd bought one -not even watched in one case!

When we cleared Dad's house loads went to the local tip & his 'good' ones to the home he was living in. They still had a player & by all accounts they got used quite a bit- but the Dad's mind wasnt 100% so never sure. His old James Last lps & tapes went- they were the bugbear of my trying to revise upstairs days!

OH has arranged re the boiler- next week after all! So shall have to sort out the spare room first before I can empty the airing cupboard into spare room........Help!!

Bath & shower end of Nov. OH planning to try taking some tiles off this afternoon, when daughter awake- must remind him re dust sheets & fish out his OLD clothes- I know what he's like.

Just had to sample his latest version of Lemon Drizzle cake- hmm, cant tell if better than his usual one, 2 pieces next time maybe? J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:30

Geoff you & me both with my life at the mo!

Just try to go with the flow, but sometimes......

Have just finished off daughter's tortilla chips, well no dip left so.... when am stressed I eat!

Sort of watching choir prog, as well as pootling around on here. J.

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:25

I also clear dead & dying vegetation, trying to do it as it goesw over. Otherwise in my garden the overwintering slugs & snails will have a field day come any early new shoots next Spring.

I've also got quite a lot of early bulbs in places, so need to sort things out before they start to show. I also try to add mulch as I go, but again not on top of plant crowns, just around. Mulching in Spring with the bulbs just isnt an option for me.

However in Autumn 07,10 & last year things just didnt get done at all in some places & it didnt look too bad I suppose. I know that the birds loved a lot of the taller stems remaining in 07 until about Feb 08 when I was able to start a delayed tidy up.

Depends perhaps on how tidy you are, how much time you have now & in Spring & whereabouts in UK too. Moister areas in the North & West just end up very soggy - not for us the picture of dead waving grass stems that the drier Eastern counties can have. J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:50

Am in dog house again. OH said last night that he was probably coming back tonight instead of tomorrow morning as usual. I said t'was daft doing the journey- a good 2hrs- in dark & when tired after work when when he didnt have to. Completely missed the point that he might want to see daughter on her actual birthday......

Anyway no txts today to either of us, oh apart from Happy Birthday to daughter. So we just assumed he was coming home tonight. We hadnt planned for his meal as not sure what time it'd be. Daughter even debated moving her car off the drive so he could park in his normal spot. Just had a call- daughter got there first- 'where are you?' oops still in liitle house as sulking by the sound of it. Well he missed out on candles on cake- very yummy BTW.

As long as when he does get back tomorrow, he doesnt want to start removing tiles in the bathroom straight away. Messy worker & dust sheets still in loft! Daughter will be in bed after nights & will want some sleep. I'll be attached to a drip, not really portable, so out of action for a while. Somehow I can hear the grumps now..... J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 16:58

Am back in. Supposed to be getting changed out of gardening togs into better house stuff, but obviously not at the mo....

Have actually cut down both the chocolate cosmos & daughter's dahlia. Both grown in large pots so those now lagged, each have a fleece cap & are under the table in the porch! I just coudnt bring myself to wait until they both got zapped by the frost. Know am likely to feel rough for the next few days & probably longer if this time anything to go on, but then I did have that cold, so no guarentee that would be able to sort when nec.

The 2 still firm unknown tubers that had been decimated by slugs have decided to start reshooting in the big coldframe. They are in wrapped pots & covered so we shall see. Would be nice if one of them is one of the named varieties, but who removed the labels then?

I've got a voucher for a days' free bus travel! Nice. Never drive into Manchester nowadays, my fav carpark got built on, but certain foreign markets soon. So daughter & me shall trot along as last yr- ooh apple strudle. What diet/eating sensibly? J.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 15:04

Any window sill space, conservatory or porch? Unheated/cool sapre room?

Too late to try cuttings now- November next week! It'll probably drop most of its' leaves as the light levels fall. I'd keep it on the dry side too & then restart next spring & take cuttings then as PaulN says.

If being stored in a shed/outhouse is the only option, then I'd wrap the pot to protect the roots & strip off the leaves, to prevent botrytis setting in, & cover with some fleece & keep almost dry over the winter months. J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:50

So far my back is holding up today- famous last words? Been cutting back & replanting/moving stuff. Realised that the LOV- Lily of Valley has really spread at the front. No chance of sorting properly as ground so compacted & bulbs already showing!!

I have fleeced what I intended to do so that's ok. Coffee & Austrian chewy bar breaktime- the size of latter is definitely smaller than in past, but just as yummy.

Postie just been, a new one, read note & started to walk off clutching a smallish jiffy bag which wouldve gone through letterbox! Luckily me & daughter standing in kitchen & door open, on side of house, so I yelled & he came back with it! Daughter been buying clothes again.......

OK last bit of fleecing on top of couple of pots to do- needed decent scissors that's why was inside...... J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 12:17

bjay-I last went yrs ago- drooled over the place. Know it's been on GW in past, but have vague memories of it changing in some way. Memo to self- check it out before down to that area again!

Now parents both dead it does feel weird not hving to go down the M6/5 regularly to visit.

Some people cant read! Note stuck on door saying someone sleeping & dont disturb! (postie got note about trying garden! & he knows anyway). So what does some bloke do? Ring the bell not once but twice!! I was blazing & even more so when I relatively politely said not require his tree services as have reliable surgeon that I/we use! Would he accept- no!!

Ok we inherited a columnar GInko, which wont get any wider, nor really much taller, as over 40yrs old. Phone wires to next door are, now, well away from it. Adjacent holly & Escallonias all fine at the mo too. As usual I asked if he knew what the very tall thin tree was- of course not, so firmly shut the door........

Just got message re nurse visit tomorrow, someone I 'know 'from previous so that's good. Now just wonder if OH coming back tonight, in which case he's not got any tea as daughter & me have something he dislikes.....was expecting him tomorrow as usual, but with it being daughter's birthday...

Definitely off out now.J.

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Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:19

bjay- is Stonehouse cottage garden near Kidderminster still going? They did have a wonderful show of clematis. J.

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