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Posted: 17/09/2012 at 19:30

Ok I think I get the gist...... noway re parachute jump for me! Balance suspect at the best of times & heights...... just dont go there. Thank goodness daughters' appointment was on the ground floor this morning. The lifts were on the outside of the building & am not a happy bunny in any lift these days. Was quite prepared to settle down on one of the comfy sofas I'd spotted, but no need, phew.

Have given in & put the heating on for the first time this Autumn. Both of us were cold, so no argument.

Had mascapone stirfry for meal- do a veg stirfry then pop in a casserole dish with melted mascapone, any cooked pasta & slosh of white wine, if available. Top with grated cheese & grill until brown. Yummy.

Becks- glad you had a good hol. J.

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Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:41

Noooo cake! Too much strudle when on hols, so am trying (!) to be good.

You've lost me Geoff! J.

Help with overwintering Strawberries, Please

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:38

Mine are totally out of step too- tyring to fruit now with no real hope at this time of year.

With yours, depending whereabouts in UK you are, I'd be inclined to put the pots into the coldframe for the time being- you may get some acceptable fruit, but time is running out this season.You could also plant out into soil now & they would cope over winter with no or minimal protection.

Anything in pots, even in a coldframe, would be better in the cold weather if the pots are insulated- bubblewrap fine. This will protect the roots from freezing.

Yes they will need some watering over the winter, not too much, nor too often & removal of any obviously dead/dying foliage to prevent the spread of mould to healthy foliage.

Next Spring you can gradually get the plants used to being out of the coldframe before either planting them out in the ground or repotting in fresh compost ready for the season next year. J.

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Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:22

Sorry folks- nobody is having my new silk scarf - bought this morning in Manchester! I also got a cheapy one from H&M, not silk.

Think have more energy today- not too sure though as was pretty wobbly going up to bustop this morning. 'B' freezing it was too & because we, daughter & me, were early we couldnt get a family ticket! Only saves about 30p but it's the principle! She, not me, had an appointment in town & I was muttering about 'why didnt I stay in bed?' for quite a while. Mondays' bad as OH leaves at about 5.30am so totally disrupted day. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 16:09

Well the promised rain today hasnt arrived - yet!! Washing drying nicely. Windy now & pretty bright.

T'was rather nippy though first thing this morning with a keen wind. Had to go into central Manchester by bus & was glad had left a pair of wooly gloves in coat pocket after our Austrian holiday! J.

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Posted: 15/09/2012 at 21:27

Gosh you lot can chat!

After another 'session' yesterday & am not brill at the mo- even this drug has side-effects & they are increasing every time I get a dose. Oh well, over half way I think.

Did a bit of deadheading & not much else outside today. Those poor seedlings still to be pricked out. Daughter on nights part of next week so a good job to do in greenhouse come rain or shine, when being quiet inside is required.

Off to tackle the crossword now, night. J.

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Posted: 15/09/2012 at 21:16

Not been too bad here in Manchester today. Bright & just a slight breeze- much better than yesterdays' wind & rain. Did a bit of deadheading, but not much else garden related.

Our tomatoes are ripening quite well, thank goodness. We got back to loads after our holiday & I have no intention of doing green tomato chutney this year! Any that dont ripen on the plants will get put onto a sunny sill & eventually they do ok, providing we get some sun.....

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Posted: 13/09/2012 at 19:22

Poor Kate- earplugs?

Least said about food the better..... & as for the 'cereal killer' !

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 19:18

I assume that it's still in/been in flower recently, in which case a gentle support would help with appearance until flowering is over & it can be cut back for over the winter. This 'flopping open' is common with sedums especially if they've been 'well fed' or are a large mature plant.

The dead stems from the previous years growth need carefully cutting out once flowering is over. If this is done late winter/early next spring you can often see the emerging signs of the new growth for next season, so take care not to damage those.

I've discovered that doing the 'Chelsea Chop', ie reducing the height of all shoots by about half during late May (Chelsea show week a good reminder) helps eliminate the need for any staking & no flopping. It means that the plant produces shorter, sturdier flowering shoots that possibly flower a wee bit later, but not a problem to me. J.

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Posted: 13/09/2012 at 18:52

  Speaking (!) as someone who's had her L ear 'done' today & I still feel as if it's full of wishy washy stuff, I like the idea of sugar puffs.

Kate- nothing special re the tulips, just Purissima & Princess Irene (I think off the top of my head) plus other things which at this point in time I cant remember........

My Schizostylis, both lots, are well in flower. The back garden one is flopping over everything around it, whilst the front garden one is much better behaved. This latter one was a 'swop' from another 'message boarder' in 010 & this is its first year of flowering.                                                                                                                   Seem to remember just potting it up for the start, as was given it the day Dad had his 'crisis' & I had to do a mad dash down the M6 after a long day driving round Yorks! Anyway it's a lovely colour, more salmony than pink, with a very definite stripe.

I need to start dieting. This eating sensibly isnt working- oops. 1 bar of Milka down. Well once it's gone then I shant bother. Do know where daughter has her stache, but more than my life's worth to raid that!

All being well I hope to get outside tomorrow sometime to start pricking out seedlings. So far so good & the slugs have left them alone! J.

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