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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 19:35

T'was damp first thing in Manchester. Then it brightened up & kept dry until a  short shower late afternoon. Plan to do a lawn cut tomorrow if it stays dry overnight.

Daughter drove back from East Manchester earlier where there was heavy rain!

A good evening now too. J.

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Posted: 02/08/2012 at 19:24

Phew you lot. I need a snooze after reading all todays' posts.

Didnt actually manage any breakfast, nor coffee, until about 10.30am today! Decided to quickly trot to post box, first thing, with SILs' birthday card. Every few yds someone stopped me to chat! Was quite surprised that I didnt feel ill, eating that late.

Anyway, have really done a good weeding session of my main flower bed. Removed all the unwanted self-seeders, moss, weeds etc. Then titivated (!) the cleared soil with a small fork. Does look a lot better. Bound to have missed some things, particularly in the middle of the bed where a couple of huge plants are in full flower, but should be a lot easier later on in year- that's the plan.

Went in to get a coffee only to discover t'was raining again when I went back outside. Didnt come down too hard, so lawn will get done first thing tomorrow. Daughter said heavy rain as she was driving back from the other side of M/C centre, not that far away!

Had stuffed, baked mushrooms plus braised lettuce & baked pots for tea. Both of us too full for a pud. J.

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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.

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