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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.

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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:36

Wet first thing again here. Dry when had finished shopping & tip visit. Put some washing out just now to notice within 5mins that t'was raining a bit again. As usual, not at the front, but washing in back! About 16C only out there. J.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:31

 I was surprised at the airbag thingy- come on, that's being too careful. Falling off horses is all part of the fun! Ok still no idea how I ended up with a neat hoof print across my 5yr old chest. Mum not impressed & friends' Mum equally cross, but dont think anyone owned up......

Enjoying flicking chanels & watching all sorts.

Retail therapy, plus a coffee, of course, this morning. Did some food shopping & a tip visit. Have done a bit of cutting back of an Escallonia so that when OH parks where he did this last w/end, nobody gets soaked sqeezing past his car! Cannot get any more into the wheely bin. J.

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Posted: 30/07/2012 at 19:57

Evening all.

Nice pics Geoff, shows that you've had better weatherr down your way.

Was supposed to be a super efficient Mrs Mop today & get everything done for when the rain stopped. It did, & by mid afternoon a nice day. Trouble was/is my skill, or not, at getting side-tracked. Newspapers, radio prog, then the Olympics. Oh well tomorrow is another day.

Need to shop first thing, before the little horrors get taken shopping. If mine, or any of her friends had behaved the way they do nowadays, then they wouldnt be here! I shall then shall finish off the cleaning- unless the TV etc distracts me again.

What I did find out today, is that phoning our GPs just after lunch gets you pretty quickly through to a receptionist & easy to get an appointment in advance. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 19:43

You may get some of our West weather this week Frank.

Today t'was wet early on, no surprise there then. 2 lots of washing tumbled, then it began to brighten up. By mid afternoon it was dry & bright here in Manchester & so it remains. Anyone watching NWest tonight will have seen the weather from Salford - bright blue, cloudless, sky & sun!

Need to get the washing back inside soon though. J.

Bye bye Clematis Cassis

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 15:50

My Cassis is well in flower, sorry, but another type has sucumbed to wilt, I suspect, this year, so have just cut it well back.

IME Chirrosa is pretty tough & hard to kill- even mine was really cut back/down in a fit of temper, as it persisited in flowering over the other side of an 8ft fence. This year it has regrown & am back to tying the blighter back in to the trellis it shares with the Cassis. J.

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