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Where for art thou sumac

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:33

I hate to be the spoil-sport, but do they, & you, know that after a couple of years it's inclined to throw up suckers everywhere?

Lovely shrub/small tree I agree, but can produce a 'forest' if it so wants. J.

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Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:29

Morning all.

Still not quite 100%, slightly off balance again, which I hate & the sciatica is niggling again.... Cough not really bad, yet, & so far back better!

Lottie- sympathies, socks & shoes a 'b****r here too.

Have date for bathroom 'job'! Yes the central heating boiler replacement & the rest!! Well, not all the bathroom but about half of it in my book.... Have already told daughter she can stay e/w if she cant cope, which she cant apparently. OH will be starting to remove tiles this w/end- yikes- & then we can work out how many/order/buy the replacements!

OH did ask if I wanted to sort things out- ha- he's hijacked the whole thing so 'over to you buddy'! I've got a course to attend one day whilst all this is going on, brilliant, so shall be well away from the mayhem. He can sort them out!

Now I know why the fat block birdfeeder is going down fast- a Jay was spotted enjoying it this morning. The squirrel keeps going for the niger seed one. We've still to see a single goldfinch this year.

Right, last night's ironing to do. Oh, have Miranda to watch, goodie, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:15

Was surprisingly warm first thing this morning- about 10C- & dry initially. Drizzle now & as still not feeling 100% being 'busy', well sort of, inside today.

Oh I did remove all the flowers off the streptocarpus plants in porch this morning & noticed white fly! So gave them a spray with organic insect stuff. May help..... J.

STREPTOCARPUS

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:17

I leave mine alone over the winter months, just removing any dying flowers, leaves or mouldy ones. I also water less often, barely 1x week from when they stop producing flowers. However mine are in a porch, so not in a heated house. If they were then they would need more watering.

It's probably a bit late in the yr to try & propagate from the big leaves. If the leaf is really big & getting in the way then you could just remove it, or cut off some of it, wouldnt harm things I'd have thought. J.

Iris rhizomes

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:10

Jean-they would prefer a JI3 type of compost, but some of your garden soil/own compost, if any, should be fine as a temporary measure. Seems daft buying a new bag at this time of year. (Says she who justs need a very small bag of MP to quickly repot a bargain houseplant. Have JI3 but that'll be too good for it, plus I need most of it for repotting a patio clematis into a bigger pot.) J.

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Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:00

Oh & not only do I have a birthday cake to do, am also doing the 'C' cake this week! Not quite happy about the latter, as, despite doing the same recipe for donkeys' yrs, last yr managed to burn the first attempt! The new cooker oven is hotter at certain temperatures so took a lot of care with the 2cnd & it was fine. Still doesnt stop me worrying though. J.

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Posted: 21/10/2012 at 16:56

We were at QB a couple of w/ends ago Glyn. Agree about the muddy walking & OH hadnt brought his boots home with him that w/end! We really wanted to see the Litchfield exhibition, which we did, but unfortunately coincided our visit with an apple day so place was heaving- ugh, dont like crowds these days.

Actually sat in the sun plus a book & cuppa earlier. Nice & a rare happening this year. OH has had fun apparently- taking photos of the town where he works, good.

Jean- big hugs & take it steady! I thought I'd be over this cold by now, not so. Rather wobbly today, coughing well, but at least back seems better- until the next time....

Have wrapped up some of daughter's birthday present, but spoke to OH when realised that we hadnt actually got her much. Shall sort that this week. Need to either be very quiet- ha- or go outside/go out as she's doing nights again.... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 16:43

Sunny day here in WManchester.

Did actually sit out with a cuppa & book earlier- rare this wet year. Still feeling out of sorts with the remains of this cold & hadnt planned a garden day. Found myself mentally making notes about what to do & when etc next Spring.

Lots of bees buzzing around the fuschias behind me, lovely. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 16:53

Chris- am I correct in thinking cuttings from a house plant will produce 'water shoots' in a vase? J.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 14:50

I've just used up the last of my seed compost for a batch of sweetpeas! Didnt realise how much my back does ache with standing over the greenhouse staging.

I'm leaving mine in the unheated, cold, greenhouse until some germination- they have an extra, transparent cover at the mo- then out into the coldframe, minus cover, for the rest of the time.

I debated starting mine off on an inside sill, but decided that the light was better in greenhouse although colder. Will do my new packets in the Spring. J.

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Care & maintenance of elderly Bramley apple trees.

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