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What's the weather like in your area?

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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Posted: 13/09/2012 at 09:20

Mine are on order Kate. They wont arrive until mid/late Oct, just as I am, getting busy with other things!! Like you, the pots I want to use are still well in use at the mo.

Blimey, just looked at clock. No sound from above yet- not sure what time she got back home, I just rolled over when I heard her set the alarm. Good, she needs more sleep then perhaps less grumpy? J.

pruning a young laurel hedge

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 09:14

Ray- I'd be inclined to leave it alone for its' first Winter & then you can do another tidy up/reshape in late Spring. I know laurels are hardy, but any new growth now wouldn't have much chance to 'harden' before the really cold weather arrives. J.

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Posted: 13/09/2012 at 09:06

Morning early birds!

Have taken my 'nasty' tablet & can now eat breakfast- only after 1hr!!

Bit nippy out there this morning. Will wait a bit before putting washing out.

Harrogate Show- hmm, wonder if OH can be persuaded? His new camera would get a really good 'do'. Problem is daughter cant come re her work so grumpy ++ will result.

Glyn- Malvern Autum show is lovely. Not sure if am able to nip down this year. OH & me both grew up not far away. Am planning to go down that way anyway at the  beginning of Oct to meet up with friend & visit the churchyard where my parents are. I shall swop the plants around- pansies or violas for the winter & a pelargonium for the summer. Dad started doing that after Mum died so shall continue........... J.

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 08:53

I love mine. Got it at Tatton show last year. Mine seems to flower earlier than other JAs & so far is well behaved ie no thug tendency, but wouldnt mind if it did! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 08:50

Definitely Autumnal now. Just been outside & only4-5C at present.

Zoomer- never yet been to L/pool1. Living too close to Trafford Centre & M/C just no need. Enjoy your trip. J.

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Posted: 12/09/2012 at 19:25

Yes, next year will be better for those of us whose plants havent survived attack by predators & unwelcome visitors, too much rain & too little. We're never satisfied are we? Inka -we have to be positive!

Was up early this morning, being as quiet as poss as daughter only got back from work in the early hours. Anyway my car passed its' MOT no problem, as did daughters' yesterday & neighbours! My mechanic will do a service on mine in the next week or two. Who forgot about the MOT then with all the holiday stuff?! So that was priority, phew.

Have been Mrs Mop upstairs today. No idea when it last got 'done'. Memo to self- show daughter how to empty the hoover!! All well & good her doing some before she came on hol, but leaving it all clogged up not ideal. Plan to 'do' downstairs tomorrow.

We're due a colder night here, so have been & closed up the greenhouse & big coldframe. The porch plants are now drying out in the coldframe after their summer outside- getting soaked! The houseplants in the porch will come back inside in the next couple of days.

Finally gave in & tumbled some of the holiday washing. I just couldnt stand the piles/bags of things piled up. I did a load of ironing last night, now in airing cupboard & the next lot awaits. Now to find something good to watch whilst doing it.

Welcome back Geoff. J.

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