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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.

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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.


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.

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 21:56

I have to admit to not knowing abouit the soaking pre planting too.   Have added to mine this autumn, but after all the rain we've had the soil was very wet, not damp! Makes sense as they do like water meadows- think of the ones in Oxford, wonderful sight.

Am lucky though, as have mine in an area of my part shade garden where there is some clay soil. I noticed last spring that they have spread to an adjacent border, which is dryer- definitely didnt plant any there.

Lily beetles are a pest, I just try & catch & stamp on as many as poss. Some years worse than others. J.

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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 21:42

Evening all.

In answer to various ?s- yes cyclamen, leaves look like aquilegias to me. I also like the little Italian detective, but have to tape it as nobody else here does.

T'was a bit nippy out the back this morning, about 3C! Am watching the temp dropping tonight too, down to 4C at the mo. Have sensor in lounge from one attached to side of shed.

OH & me went shopping- different supermarket, bliss. Very quiet, wide, well stocked isles & an easy carpark. Wouldnt even consider it during the week as en-route to central M/C & traffic is murder, but we needed to source tiles for the 'b' bathroom & showrooms that way. Complete change of ideas on that- looks as if OH spending his 'C' holiday doing tiling- not sure can cope, he took 6mths to fully tile the big bathroom in our previous house......... Wonder if suggestion of 'getting man in' would be safe?

I fancied a getting outside this afternoon, a walk would've been fine, but OH busy on his PC. So I went & trimmed the leyland hedge! Job wellish done & most of the mess in wheely bin. Treeman had done it last year so actually not as difficult for me this, except just not tall enough really, nor happy on top of stepladders with loppers.

No chance to watch SCD here. J.

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