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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 18:50

Ouch Becks, hope that's settled down now.

Having just seen the forcast for a possibly chilly night have just popped back down to shut up greenhouse & coldframe.Will open them up again tomorrow- getting fed up with the weather now.

Stupid kids/young teens? are climbing a really BIG tree & I mean big, behind us. 1 was worried that they were too high! Have tilted our blinds, dont like the fact that they can see into 'us'. Having open ground behind the house you do get used to not being overlooked. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:00

I'm banned from doing any green tomato chutney this year. We're still working our way through 09,10 etc!

Somebody said about 'frying up' green tomatoes & since 1 of my plants- supposed to be a yellow cherry, but way too big for that now- has loads still definitely green, will be trying that.

The other 2 plants- Sungold & Gardeners Delight- are ripening well now in a part- shade greenhouse in Manchester, so no, well not much, sun this year!

I empty things out of greenhouse at the end of September & any unripe ones go onto trays on various window sills in the house. The majority do eventually ripen. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:02

Just had another thought after reading Gary's post- some of the crysanthemum family (spelling, sorry) can produce water roots when in a flower vase. Again, worth trying & seeing if yours does too. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:07

Crossed posts & my slow typing again!

Cyber party good idea anytime. I've still got to be 'good' though, just until been weighed at the hospital .

Ooh, missing GQT, back later. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:04

Yes Schzostylis was called KL, until it was considered none PC.

BTW assume 'man' was 'my Nan'- well that's how I read it! J.

Just broke my new plant

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:00

Nothing to lose- but not sure if it'll work. Never tried with Helianthus.

Trim the broken stem to just beneath a leaf node, remove most of the foliage above this cut- leave some- & also any flower buds that were forming. Should then have a piece say 6ins long. I'd dip the bottom, cut end, into some hormone rooting powder, if you have any, but no panic if none & then pop the cutting into some moistened, gritty compost near the edge of a pot. I'd probably fix a plastic bag over the pot too to save evaporation & then put the whole into a coldframe, or sheltered corner by a wall & wait & see. You can tell if it's worked by seeing some new growth through the bag, but watch for the whole rotting off.

Just checking in book & the normal way for propagating this plant is by division in Autumn/Spring, but I suppose you can treat it like a penstemon or Fuschia both of which I treat as I've described. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 13:25

Pam- no idea how you do that!

My Schizostylis are both in the borders. I do try & mulch in the late Autumn. Am in NWest & was concernd that it wouldnt cope, but on a walk around the local streets one day I spotted loads quite happily being rampant, in some cases, in various front gardens. My one variety is definitely more lax/floppy than the other, but that could be because it's an older plant?

BTW Pam have actually finished the chemo- YAY- but am still on a couple of drugs both of which have various sideffects of their own. The increasing tiredness is getting me down a bit at times, but I know to stop, there & then, if it starts. OH had a good example of that last month when he was dragging me around a town centre on the day after I'd received a dose of one of the drugs. I rebelled & nearly sat down in the middle of the road!! So by the Austrian holiday time he was much more understanding & we got to stop & sample the culinary delights of all sorts of cafes that previously we'd ignored! J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 12:22

Schizostylis- that's the flower! I only know coz have 2 varieties & they are both doing really well this year.

I've given in on the chocolate & eaten rather a lot this morning, Cooking chocolate has to be the very dark sort in this house as I dont like it so wont snack on it!

Daughter arrived back in much better mood this morning & is still sleeping, but think I have to wake her about 1ish........not sure will dare, she was always grumpy as a baby/toddler if you had to do that!

Mixed veg soup cooling down. Will liquidise in a bit for lunch. Think we've enough bread, cant be bothered to get more out of freezer.

OH sounded grotty last night, but must have gone into work as nil response to the txt asking him if felt ok this morning.

Hi Lowena, the more the merrier. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 12:10

No prizes for guessing the weather in Manchester this morning!

I too have nipped down to the greenhouse to pick some tomatoes & do some watering. The butt off the shed roof is overflowing! Oh well soon be time to empty it for the winter.

Refilled the bird feeder & checked, yes the lawn is 'squishy', so tha'll need a good couple of dry days before it gets its' final cut.

On a positive note- not too cold at night yet & my pricked out seedlings in the coldframe are looking very happy. J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 19:54

I shall watch the singing too, after the wartime farm prog.

Pam-have just quickly scanned your 'cuttings' thread. No wonder your garden is sooo wonderful- puts my few, in comparison, cuttings to shame. Plenty for my part-shade garden though.  It's addictive & very satisfying I find.

Kate- thx for the offer of help with 'grumpy'. I just shall ignore it & when she next asks for a favour.... but must make sure OH not in hearing- Dad & daughters stick together IME. BTW SIL on IOM. J.

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