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Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:44

Rhubarb does well in part shde in my garden Becks.

bjay- Rhubarb- get it into well composted/manured soil in a spot that you know wont want for anything else for a couple of yrs. Dont bury it completely, just leave the crown a wee bit proud of soil level- stops rotting & lets you know where it is! Wont need slug nor frost protection, but will appreciate a good mulch around the crown this autumn. Dont force a new clump until it's a couple of yrs old- let it get well established first.

I've actually planted Cyclamen Coum next to my clumps. These flower & die back before the rhubarb leaves emerge & get big & then the cyclamen appreciates the shade from the rhubarb leaves later in the yr! J.

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Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:30

Hi all.

Not read the recent posts, may get round to it sometime...

Daughter's cold has really struck! Am now streaming & ache all over. Sneezed earlier & back muscle went- ouch. So am swallowing various painkillers & feeling a right grump. Have abandoned plans of w/end away, annoying as know by Sunday will feel a lot better, despite having a Rudolph nose! The thought of a 2hr+ drive tomorrow does not appeal at the mo.

May pop back later, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:24

Manchester dry, no breeze, some sun. Quite pleasant.

Now really have daughter's stinking cold & have pulled back muscle whilst sneezing! So am hibernating. J.


Posted: 18/10/2012 at 18:00

I use small pieces of pea netting tied over the pots to deter the squirrels from digging them up from the pots. Once the shoots are visible you can remove it.

Sometimes I group pots of the same size together & use a large piece of wire mesh across the lot- weighted down. J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:45

Daughter thinks her flight is delayed as previous M/C one took off an hour late! Great, hope she has sense to eat something.... J.

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:17

I do prune our 2 back a bit in the autumn to prevent wind rocking, but then do the proper pruning the following February. J.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:14

I've spotted some fresh 'hog poo' in the garden today.

I know that we have one that visits & daughter got a photo of it one night when returning from her work- did she have to wake her parents up at 2-3am to show us?!!

Unfortunately we still have loads of slugs, but am reluctant to even use the organic pellets with the hedgehog being around. It cant get under our fence, but it can the side gate & has been spotted by neighbours going down the adjacent alleyway to the open ground behind us.

I too have seen several dead badgers at the roadside this year. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:07

We've just had a really heavy rain shower!

Have managed to bubblewrap the pots that stay outside & some that have returned to the coldframe. It seems early to be doing it, but havent had any frost here yet & just didnt want to tempt fate.

Definitle a cold as keep eating none stop- starve a fever, no chance!

Frank I've found notes in the back of OH's jeans before now- all washed & usually being ironed too! J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:52

It's chucking it down out there!! Had got the washing in, as had felt the odd spot, but didnt expect this.

Feels daft having bubble wrapped the pots, but soo time consuming to do, didnt want to get caught out with a sharp frost. Noticed a couple of the glazed pots are slightly cracked anyway, so will be on the look out for new when the GCs start to sell them off.

THe HNiger clear of VW, good & actually has a couple of tiny shoots regrowing. It obviously wont flower this time, but at least havent lost the plant.

Lottie- well done!

Need to get out of wet & dirty clothes now, reheat my macaroni over cauli for meal & wait for text when daughter has landed. Then to get lost around M/C airport.... J.

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Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:13

Jean- I have worked in Chorley for many yrs, sadly no longer. I actually prefer Eccles cakes, sorry.....

Am really going back out now. J.

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