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Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 16:11

Loved it. Have regularly watched it on i-player, so now to have recorded it to watch as & when is bliss. J.



Posted: 07/04/2013 at 16:05
Verdun wrote (see)
Hey Fairygirl,
Joining the hellebore club.
Remember the better you prepare the hole the better your plant will be

Verdun, I never replied to your query about the colour of my new Ashwood Hellebore. Well it's a lovely double white one. Not a colour I've already got. Now am having to wait to see if anything else shows itself in the gap that I plan to use in my Ashwood bed. We need some serious rain up here. Everywhere is very dry & the soil too dry for me to safely try digging without doing more damage to my arm!. J.

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Posted: 07/04/2013 at 12:07

Morning, no afternoon, all.

My gardening activities are 'on hold' with continuing sciatica- drat- & having to take care of my arm. Oh well can see me having to delegate the pot moving & compost bin turning to OH, who as a non gardener may not be the best person..... Any hints Dove?

He was to be seen using a spade at daughter's yesterday- fine by me, it's covered in rubble in places & clay beneath!

Today we must do some paperwork, so tomorrow shall move dahlias around as struggling with space in the house. We did go down to a rather cold Dunham Massey on friday for a walk around the gardens there. Too windy for OH to do much photography though as branches/plants wouldnt stay still! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 11:58

Morning Frank.

Today bright rather than sunny. Frost again first thing & we do actually need sone rain!


Yesterday was sat out on daughter's patio, in Bolton, & now have an interesting stripe across my arm where had pushed my jumper sleeve up! was warmer out thetre than realised.

My gardening is really 'on hold' as have sciatica, still, & an 'unhappy' arm waiting on physio attention. Never mind, lots of seeds up on sills inside & dahlias shooting..... now just some rain pleeze so I can do the mulching, arm/leg permitting. J.

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Posted: 02/04/2013 at 20:21

Yep got a lot done. Am resisting more p/killers but know I shall have to give in later.

I found that the Polygonatum is retrying, despite being totally eaten by sawfly last yr. Rather messed up my plan to fill the gap with a moved Hellebore, oops, so moved that further to one side & replanted the Solomons seal. Rescued another struggling hellebore from beneath the Viburnum & put it into the hole left by the removal of the first- I wanted the one colour in another bed.

Still not sure what space I have in my back bed for my new Ashwood hellebore, so it's still in a pot. I just have a feeling that some herbaceous plant is already in the gap that's there. Shall wait a bit until it's rained & things really got going.

OH thinks his 'neighbours from hell' have left. Let's hope any replacements are better......

Off to flop soon, didnt sleep brilliantly last night. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:13

WManchester was below freezing again first thing today, but some brightness. Then it tried to snow again!!

By mid morning was brighter, but freezing in that wind. Got a lot of little jobs done out there & the washing was nearly dry.

Soil very dry though & am having to regularly water the big pots of permanent plants. J.

Two Hellebores

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:08

Personally I dont like the 'black' ones, but having seen some very dark ones at Ashwoods last week, then theirs are a very dark, matt black with an almost purple/burgundy 'tinge' to them in some cases. J.

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Posted: 02/04/2013 at 18:57

Evening all. Belated Happy Easter.

I had, note past tense, an egg so now no more chocolate of mine in the house. OH's pieces still in fridge, but I shall be good.....

Sciatica hit big time as I got out of bath/shower on Friday morning. I'm now on regular painkillers again & totally fed up with it. Have done a whole load of pricking out though- Saturday afternoon. Today have spent most of the day outside- moving things around, some intentional, some by accident. Also potted on/up all my nursery/baby plants some of which will be used eventually. I also did a good re-edge of the lawn, now just need some chipped bark. So any aches & pains are totally self-inflicted this time. The soil is soo dry that things are struggling. I need to mulch, but no chance until had several good downpours. It even tried to snow again this morning......

Ooh, what's this? It may warm up to more normal temperatures this next w/end......pleeeze & some rain as well, ta. J.


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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:51
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

Is boiler fixed Jo or just behaving itself?

Don't like creme eggs, not that keen on chocolate either


Caz W wrote (see)

Jo - it's just waiting for the clocks to change so it can whistle you awake an hour earlier

No, seriously it's fixed!! New valve fitted- bit suspiocious when man says got 1 on van, but who cares. So now have valves on radiators set how we/me want ie not full on in unused rooms.

Envious of that greenhouse. Mine practically empty at the mo, just too cold to use over winter. Coldframes however are all full to bursting, so are porch windowsills, spare room sill, daughter's sill (well it's still full of her stuff, but getting less) & our bedroom sill too. Oh & some sprouted small dahlias also on landing windowsill. Just taken care too not to tread on the 4 big pots in front of the patio windows, complete with 'back shield' of that reflecting stuff behind them. I did manage to close the blinds & curtains though without incident.

OH en route as I type. Had to do more rice to go with the curry I'd done for self. Luckily I'd done enough for 2 & was about to freeze 1 lot, but not the rice. J.

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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 14:40

I've just put the heating back on low. Nearly done my Mrs Mop, just having an apple break.

Have 2 eggs hidden, but daughter knows about 1 for OH. Wonder if I'll get 1?

We'll shop early on Saturday as usual. If OH fussy he can do battle on the BHMonday, but I shant. Will be glad when dont have to sort for 2 households. His Lidl is good for lots, but sometimes you just need a jar of capers dont you??

BTW we have a quiet boiler!! I keep oversleeping...... J.

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