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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:43

Morning all.

Sun's out, washing 'doing', had my tablets- good girl for remembering- & have just finished 2cnd coffee. When I get down from ceiling, shall do a very quick clean up & then go out to shed to find some 'radiator backing foil stuff' that I usually use on the N side of my greenhouse to reflect the light back. Need some of it to put behind the big dahlia/cosmos pots that are in here. Normally by now they'd be in the greenhouse, but darent risk it yet as not insulated this time & never that warm anyway.

Used to hate it when pets became unwell. Daughter keeps muttering about a rescue guinea pig....... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:30

Sun here in WManchester, but nicely below freezing first thing again.

Shall keep busy inside until later when it'll be a wee bit warmer perhaps & need to deal with some purchases made yesterday. J.

Success and Failures ...

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:27

Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert dislikes me/my garden. Tried 3 times, different places, nope. Other JAs no problem.

Everytime I hear it recommended I scream! There's a small cottage near the entrance to St Catherine's college, in Oxford, that has a small, north facing garden full of it! Wonderful sight!

Success with all sorts of plants suitable for a dry part-shade garden, with acidic to neutral soil. Just a case of researching & trying what's suitable for your plot.

Hellebores do like 'me', another one came home with me from Ashwoods' nursery yesterday. J.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 20:22

Glyn-You can understand why there are 'bumps within bumps' if you know what I mean. Nobody drove stupidly, apart from the lorry IMO, this time. Other lorry drivers werent a problem.Once the speed increased the lorry overtook me & then later I went past him, but kept going until he was way back!

Anyway have tucked up the Hellebore in a coldframe as it had come from in a polytunnel & I shall find a sheltered spot near the wall tomorrow. Need to make sure that I have got a suitable space for it- I keep my Ashwoods in a separate border to the 'normal' ones. A job for a warmer day. The soil is frozen/dry at the mo, so wont even try to plant it yet & any signs of late starting herbaceous in there should be evident.

Off to flop now. Night all J.


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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:49
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Hi all, all shopped out and eaten my weight in lovely food, back home now.

Called at Webbs of Wychbold today, what a huge place, most of it not plants though. Bought 3 poppies though.

What have I missed?


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Jo, I think you must be quite awesome when confronting HGV drivers. Do you have a really good Paddington stare

Glyn, obviously down in the same part of world today. I grew up not too far from Webbs.

Bjay, yep he got the glare from me via my side mirror! My car not huge, & believe me he really was close! So manged not to panic & suddenly thought, why move? He's soo close he cant do a 'b' thing about it. Am very glad it worked.

Becks, well done, that was some bonnet. J.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:29

Evening all.

Joys of M6 today- bad coming back up with jams from couple of cleared accidents apparently. Why do lorry drivers get soooo close? Ended up refusing to move at one point & driver got the message & stayed back! Good.

Becks/Gary- you do have more snow down there, dont you? Quite surprised at the drifts at the side of road even just outside Wolverhampton. Met friend from my childhood village where still huge drifts, but totally normal for up there.

Lunch at Ashwoods & a reduced price Hellebore to add to my collection.....

Now to catch up J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:43

Forgot- off to flop now. Didnt sleep well last night- partly me, partly drug apparently & will try not to snooze on sofa otherwise same thing will happen tonight. J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:40

No rain in forcast Flo. Hope your back holds up.

Daughter has pulled a muscle with coughing- ouch. So far my back/sciatica are better today.... am driving down M6 tomorrow though so may end up with more aches & pains. Shall wave at Becks & Gary as I pass.

We've just clarified which day we'll go to the Tatton show this yr. There's no RHS only day this time, so shall avoid Ladies Day! Must check with OH if he wants to come again. He was very well behaved last year- all those plants to photograph- & he's got a newer camera now...... You watch postie try & deliver another camera related parcel tomorrow when I wont be around. J.


Posted: 26/03/2013 at 18:19

Tattiana, did you wrap the pots before the winter started? If not then check the stems to see if still any signs of life- using the thumbnail test. Any plant, even hardy ones, are suceptible to their roots freezing when pot grown.

My so called hardy fuschias survive in the ground, but not in very big planters that I dont wrap & they're next to a sheltered wall too. I always take cuttings anyway so have replacements ready.

BB good tip. I love JF, but not sure the neighbours do! J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 15:39

Japanese Anemones are quite 'late to show' in spring IME, but if their flowering has decreased cf previous yrs & the clump is big, then yes I'd split them as soon as your ground is workable.

I did that to my big clump of September Charm a couple of yrs back. You discard the older parts & replant the newer. It did flower sort of last yr, but should be better this yr.

I've just looked out of the window & mine is only just showing. Am in NWest. I now have the clump overplanted with small bulbs such as snowdrops & species crocus which will be dying back as the JA starts up. So double use of the space!

BTW I cant get JA Honorine Jobert to like my garden. Given up trying with it now, but others do well for me. J.

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