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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:38

Unless the wind dies down a bit I shant go down to greenhouse today! The polycarbonate roof panels can flip out & I dont want to be underneath that! Sowing sweetpeas can wait a couple of days!

Very wet & windy here in WManchester this morning. Daughter flying over to IOM about now- not my idea of fun in this wind. They are/were delayed a bit apprently.

This time last year the gales were sooo bad that my flight over was cancelled! That isnt what they said was the cause, but must've been. So the plane I did go on was bigger, full & so didnt bounce around as much- phew! J.

raised beds

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 18:57

It's probably a bit late in the year to treat sucessfully with glyphosate weedkiller. I'd dig it over a couple of times before even contemplating beds on an area infested with bindweed. That way you can try & remove as much as possible of the roots.

Then I'd cover the area with the weed membrane & leave it over the winter until spring next year. When you remove the membrane you'll soon see if/when the bindweed returns & can retreat asap & repeatedly until it, hopefully, gives up. Then go ahead with the beds. No easy way to ensure it's prevented from growing again.

Yes the membrane will stop weeds coming from beneath, but also prevent roots going deep for your plants. Also any tear of the membrane will allow the bindweed access to your bed again, so trying to eradicate it before you do the beds will pay dividends in the long run. Sorry to be so negative, but bindweed is very determined. J.

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Posted: 15/10/2012 at 18:16

Another macaroni cheese over cauliflower here. Daughter has had a piece of the walnut banana bread OH made last night. He DID wash up!!

Am glad hadnt logged on earlier as only watched Downton this afternoon. Went out for lunch with friend at another GC to usual. Was good & didnt have big portion but did have a piece of cheesecake- treat of the day.

Applecake looks yummy. Have my Mum's recipe which I do make when have spare cookers/universal type apples free. Wish I lived nearer Geoff. Am actually visiting a fruitfarm this wednesday & have a long list of wants already.

Need to add to Tesco order. We're probably getting an Asda too, virtually opposite the local Morrisons & Aldi. It's already a nightmare driving around there certain days/times. When the building work starts I shall only go up on foot &/or shop elsewhere! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 18:02

Sun & rain all day here in WManchester. Not particularly cold, but was out for lunch with friend so no gardening today.

Come rain or shine shall get outside, or in greenhouse probably, tomorrow after shopping delivery. J.

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Posted: 14/10/2012 at 19:03

Drat, OH now busy in kitchen!

I've got the remote though & watching SCD bit- not that have any chance previously, so not know whos who etc.

Ironing awaits. J.

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Posted: 14/10/2012 at 18:47

OMG OH wanted to bake something- not now pleeeze.

David/Becks thxs for reminder re SPs as want to do some now, as well as my ususal Spring lot. Did find the root-trainers last week. J.

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Posted: 14/10/2012 at 18:42

Hi all.

Went down to sunny NCheshire today, whilst daughter slept. We'd got lifting fog here as set off, & very busy on MWay re rugby match traffic, but sun in NCheshire. A large number of visitors- drat who'd not checked it was one of their apple days? Overflow carpark fine though. Had taken a picnic which was nice & did get to see the Litchfield proof/photos that were on display.

I was a bit wobbly, had been fine yesterday..., so we did a short walk around the garden, but too many screaming kids really. OH did get a pic of a gorgeous schisotylis- deep orangey/red- that was in full flower, but we didnt stay that long.

That sky diver well on his way up. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 18:24

It was actually foggy down here in Manchester first thing this morning Zoomer. Cold too, only about 2C on my shed in back garden. Daughter said all the cars around here were iced over, but she'd been fine further North.

Anyway me & OH went down to NCheshire- NTrust Styal- for a car picnic & to see the Litchfield photograph exibition. Sun down there, but I was wobbly today so we didnt do much walking as had planned. Walked a bit in the garden there- spotted a lovely red/orange coloured schizostylis, of which OH now has a photo.

Back home & although brighter than this morning, we'd definitely had the better weather in Cheshire. J.

Wallflowers

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:15

That's good news about pot growing them. Wonder how they'd look with tulips?

At the mo mine are growing at the edge of the veg plot as needed to get the plants in somewhere until I decided on their permanent home. Cheated & bought from market this time.

My perennial one is still flowering like mad. Shall hope to get some cuttings taken next year. J.

Container plant -acid and shady

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:01

Heucheras worth a try. Ajugas, small varigated leaved ivies- both will trail down the sides of the containers. Small skimmias eg Rubella would also cope. GCs sell small plants of those at this time of year.

You could also underplant with small bulbs if you wanted. J.

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