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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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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 19:37

Count me out as big wimp & wont fly for that distance. Unless a magic carpet anyone?

Miss Grumpy is watching whatever trash she's taped. Trying to get a sensible answer to a sensible, for once, question is totally impossible. I would like to know,in the fullness of time, when she plans to visit SIL & may require a taxi service, ie me, to/from airport. Didnt think it unreasonable...... give me strength! J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 19:01

Not familiar with pics 1 & 2. 

3 a Spirea. I cut mine down a bit after the flowers finish & then redo it in the spring when you can see the buds starting to break.

4. Chelone, or Turtlehead. You can do the Chelsea chop on a clump to keep it shorter if you want. I find mine is happy in both sun & part shade & on dry or slightly moister soil. Yes the pink is more vigorous, but the white one is nice too. J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 18:48

Figrat- like the sound of that border.                                                                     Yet another year when my poor old, literally, pulmonarias will be neglected again. That border is NOT on this autumns' list 'to sort'. At this rate of weather I shall have to don waterproofs & dive in!

2 other borders need attention first- I have lists & plans, but whether I have the energy, let alone the weather, is another thing.

Oh well I know that the garden will pootle along fine without me. Last year & also Autumn 010 have shown that. In 010 I barely had a couple of days out there between the end of September & January. Last year I did get quite a bit done, but once my diagnosis confirmed, time was limited by all the hospital visits etc. Not sure a 3rd autumn of neglect is a good thing though so will try my best. Trouble is I like to get out there & spend all day outside, but know just wont cope this year. Ok, list of small jobs to do then........

I too have bags of last yrs leafmould & the previous yrs ones all ready to use & an empty leafcage waiting. One less job that I did manage to do in August.

At least I dont have to worry about working now, so IF we ever get a decent day I can go out to enjoy things. W/ends nowadays always busy with other things. With OH being away during the week he isnt impressed if I announce I am gardening. J.



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