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Posted: 01/08/2012 at 19:47

Had homemade cheese rissoles plus salad, not homegrown, & baked potatoes followed by strawberries, not mine either- zilch crop this year apart from the alpines.

Am about to start the ironing- need to keep up my skills if your kit needs to look good. Havent got much to do, but will no doubt get distracted by the swimming finals. J.

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Posted: 01/08/2012 at 13:27

Started off damp here in Manchester today, but has sort of dried up. Quite breezy so have risked putting some washing out. About 16-17C at the mo & getting a wee bit brighter.

Lawn is squelchy, so no chance to cut today. Have done some deadheading & wandered around planning which plants need to use for cuttings. J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:54

Do I get the feeling that you think all I do with my time is wash & iron? Oh & shop & go & drink coffee..........with the odd bit of gardening thrown in.

Embroidery- nooooo, not done that for years! J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:50

Chocolate Cosmos is best treated as a dahlia. In my case grown in a large pot & then stored almost dry with pot wrapped & covered with fleece in a part-glazed porch. Never managed to keep one in the ground up here. Just thought could use my new wooden sided coldframe this winter- hmm, still think shall play safe & use the porch, have enough space under plant tables.

This year not sure that my 3 named dahlia varieties will even make it through the rest of the summer/ early autumn wiith all their slug damage. They have all got new growth low down on their stems & am hoping, with me being vigilant, that may yet get some more flowers from them this year.

We have a Cadbury outlet shop at the Lowry outlet mall...... am very good at walking past, most times. Noticed that Milka was 50p a bar again in petrol station this morning. Didnt get any, but could be tempted..... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:54

Now really wet again J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:50

Hic- vino in meal & afterwards too! Somebody muttered about lack of protein.... so handed her the cheese grater!

After many yrs of losing huge numbers of cosmos, lovingly grown from seed etc etc, when they've been planted out, this year have confined them to 2 huge pots on the patio. Each pot a different variety & despite the slug attack! it's been most effective. Shall do it next year, but must remember to pinch them out sooner to limit their size. J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:44

Urgh, dont even try treading on those. They get well & truely chucked over the fence onto non-maintained ground- in the hope that they find more rewarding things to munch over there rather than in my garden!

Daughter has just reminded me that the Midnight Star is hers! Hmm, since she doesnt yet have a house, let alone a garden, I think I can keep it a bit longer- phew. Anyway shall split it & down-size the pots when, & if, the time comes for her to demand it!

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 17:21

Help- didnt realise the time & daughter due back anytime between 5.30 & 6.30pm expecting a perfect meal every time! I pointed this out to her last night & grudgingly got an apology!

Off to do wonders- ha- with courgettes, some mine, swank, & mushrooms, cream fraiche & rice. J.

How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 17:15

Dovefromabove- my Midnight Star is a star this year! At the last count 10 flower heads all out.

All of mine are grown in pots & overwintered in either the cold, very, greenhouse or a coldframe. All the pots are well wrapped up, & covered with a couple of layers of fleece. The evergreen ones do lose the odd leaf, which get removed as & when, but this method works for me.

I only repot when absolutely nec & try to remember to feed a bit, but yes, no major problems. Am in NWest Sparkle, so if I can do it...... J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:41

Only memory I have is of lying on my back with friend & her 2 older brothers leaning over me, oh & the anger of the 2 Mums!! No lasting damage- well that's what I assume.

Always found a spare pony to ride when younger- no proper hats, back protectors nor any thing like that & spending all day out in the woods or riding across the hills locally. Now I know just how worried the Mums were, but they never said! J.

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