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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.

Mysterious unknown plants

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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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 15:41

Oh dear Geoff, the sniggering had to be subdued!

Anyway, I've finished ALL the ironing! ta da!

Now to sort through all the bags of hangers that I appear to have acquired.

Car back. All done & not too expensive either. Daughter has hers' in front of garage because she hates wheely bin day- I've yet to see them hit anything with the wagon! So swop around later on. 

It's got quite windy out there now. The rain did stop- hmm any chance for lawn tomorrow? not after checking local forecast- drat. J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 14:23

Noo, & I take it all back! Trashy doesnt do it justice.

Have had enough with the ironing. Ok I could plod on for another 30mins & clear the lot, but cant see daughter needing her shorts again this year, nor that cotton skirt. Will check with her about some walking trousers though. The rest is some of OH's thin shirts, which again he wont want. Pile of mending has increased too.

Right, now to find something to watch or do that's quiet. J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 13:39

Am nearly finshed with my ironing- no more airing space when daughter's smaller one is filled up- it's actually too low in places to hang anything sensible onto. Dont care, this lot will go into the airing cupboard tomorrow, once have emptied that out!

I too am feeling sorry for people who live on modern estates with smallish gardens etc when these planning regs change. Being lucky (?) to live in a 70s sensible sized, already extended, house with neighbours not too close, all also with extended houses, the change is unlikely to be a problem here. Can see difficulties not too far away though. There's always going to be someone who does just what they want/like regardless. Am glad not nearer to the 2 lots around here!

Right, last lot of ironing coming up. Trashy daytime TV quite entertaining really. J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 10:04

Ironically Kate I cant grow moisture loving plants due to the surrounding trees taking all the water from the soil. Have been thinking about doing a bog garden- using compost bags beneath the soil- sometime in the future. No enthusiasm nor energy for that at the mo.

Sympathies re the WP noise & vibration. When they were pile driving for the new houses well away from us we could certainly feel & hear it! Noticed that in Austria nobody started any building works until 7am. IME no British ones start before 9am, unless you are doing that house building near us that is! J.

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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 09:37

Another wet day up here! Will it never end? You southerners dont know how miserable it gets, but then drought & dying crops/plants doesnt appeal either.

Had a brilliant nights' sleep & wide awake straight away- most unusual for me!- so took my 'nasty' tablet. You cant eat nor drink for at least 30mins+ afterwards, which completely throws me out!

Anyway, all organised this morning. Mechanic picked up my car, washing machine & tumbler on. TV also on very quietly so I can finally tackle the last lot of holiday ironing. Daughter says not a problem- she actually slept through the window cleaner & next doors' workmen yesterday! J.

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