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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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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 14:43

It's so nice out there today that have just sown 4 pots of sweetpeas! In the greenhouse to start with & then into coldframe when germinate. No more seed compost anyway.

Back now aching again didnt realise how I must stand over the workbench/staging. Fed up of sneezing & coughing too. So coffee, honey toast & Inspector Morse now... J.

Jelly like substance

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:56

If it's sort of joined up translucent globules, sorry terrible descrption, then it could be water retaining gel, especially if you've added to any pot compost that has ended up in the garden.

If it's dark brown slime then hedgehog poo an option!

Small opalescent pearls in clumps are slug eggs- birds love those.

I think there is also a slime mould that likes damp, compacted soil. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:52

I saw that Geoff, soo cute. Being an only child.......J.



Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:31

Glyn I was thinking the same thing. With us being further North & you a bit higher up than me I think, & decided that feeding now for mine, in pot, not worth it this season, but will start next Spring. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:25

Yes I quite like the look of step-over apple trees. Now that we have more light in this garden, they are a possiblity, but then I do prefer flowers.... Harlow Carr do have them.

Just eating homemade mushroom soup. Never tried before, but had forgotten that chestnut mushrooms are a no-no where daughter concerned- oops.

Have taken next painkiller for back, but lower dose. Can top up with others if not enough. As expected cold settling, but cough getting worse! OH checked up on me. He's been veg shopping at the brilliant market in town near him, sooo jealous & plans more photography tomorrow if still dry & sunny.

Just spotted little mouse again- at bird food. Scuttled off to under the adjacent Epimedium. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 10:49

I too find difficulty in staying awake with MD's voice! Used to be worse when he first presented GW, last night was coz feeling rough.... Family are used to me taping GW, going to sleep, playing it back & going to sleep again.......

Bjay-re the rhubarb, if crown not too big then a very large pot with good compost would suffice for now. Keep in sheltered place though, say next to a wall or wrap the pot in case a harsh frost. If I remember correctly you're in Worcs, so frost could be a problem soon, depends on your particular area. Any pot grown plant  is vunerable to frost damage of it's roots, in the ground always better.You can plant crowns out until Nov I understand, so time enough, weather permitting to get its proper home sorted? Even a 2' square would do for now.

NSlater is a keen gardener, so it could well be his plot/plants we see. Or TV trickery?

Have been out & fed the birds- groundfeeders keep getting their food snaffled by squirrels & pigeons. Whilst was doing that a litle coal tit was sooo close, totally not bothered by me, lovely. J.

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