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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.

japanese anemones

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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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 15:29

Yay! hellebore seedlings often quite a surprise when they flower. I've got several in pots that are way too small yet, so at least a couple more yrs to wait & continue potting on....

Caz- depends on whereabouts they are in relation to their parent. I'd be inclined to pot them up/mopve them elsewhere if you've got space- oh & once the snow/freezing solid soil gone.

Heard on car radio that a couple of the roads that I use to go over to 'little house' are only passable with care, yikesmiley, & HGVs not avised to use. Hope they clear up a bit to allow OH to get back this w/end ok. J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 13:02

I'm hoping to eventually walk off my excees weight Bjay, plus eating more sensibly too. This cold weather doesnt lend to cottage cheese, which I love, & as having another lunch out tomorrow, not much chance then either. Will try to pick the sensible options, but ....

Have made my 'lightbox' as recommended by Obs on another thread. I used to use one yonks ago, but this yr with having to keep the seedlings inside on sills for longer I realised needed one again. So another use for the old shoebox.

Right off to get sorted for the shops. Yes I could walk, but not manage to carry all of it back- have long list. J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 12:39

Yep I've just eaten again... Def the cold weather, so just for comfort.

GP just phoned with blood test result. Not all doom & gloom, just try a wee bit less of the full fat cheese perhaps?? I did actually have some rather yummy brie the night before..... so probably a true picture of my eating habits!

Do peanut butter & jam sandwiches count?? well I need food to take the next lot of painkillers......

Car already out, but will delay shopping till all the lunchtime workers back at work.

Have continued on the file sort out whilst waiting- now have a HRW recipe file before daughter takes her book back. Will do the rest of our stuff later on, then OH can stop moaning about the state of spare room. I did point out about his workshop/study....  J.

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 11:09

Off to line that spare shoebox with foil Obs. J.

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 11:05

I've not sown any more seeds yet. Those that have germinated will need pricking out this next week, & noway this yr can I risk them in an unheated, cold greenhouse even with fleece layes/cloches. So am resorting to trying to move stuff around on various sills desparately trying to create some more space.

It's all going to come at once isnt it.... bigsighsmiley. J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:57

Well have put the washing out- just my garden fleece & scruffy gillette x2 as they were filthy & at least the wind will dry them reasonably for when I can actually use them again! Instead of the big coat am still using whenever this yr.

Hard luck to the lurgy sufferers, hope evryone improves soon. Am snotty & aching, but mine not the lurgy, just drug induced.

Am also running out of sill space. Will need to prickout cosmos soon & then real trouble as have far too many..... Think will take daughter some of the houseplants she owns, that'll help a bit.....

Bjay, we have a Siskin visiting sometimes. Havent seen it recently though. J.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:09

Morning all.

Just keeps trying to snow here too, but now brilliant sunshine again. Do I put some washing out.....

Spent yesterday attacking the files/boxes of paperwork sort out. Phew, shredder is tough, might be smaller than previous, but no, took a right hammering yesterday & still smiling.

Wheely bin half full again, only another month to go 'til collection... & the filing system for househould is starting to look a lot more sensible. Why oh why had I duplicated files?? Anyway, only the remaining half of filing cabinet to do so that's today's task, after GP phonecall & an Aldi shop.

OH's car passed it's MOT no problem, & service being done today. The 3 of them in the office all have the same time for MOTs, ie now, so that should help OH's memory ????

Daughter got the sneezes/snuffles too, but luckily has this morning off work so that's helping her. My back muscle 'went' again early yesterday morning- ouch- so am being very careful again & yes, taking more painkillers....bigsighsmiley. The propagator is now plugged into a timer- yay- so no need to bend down to unplug it first thing. It's on a sunny sill & above the radiator so dont have it on during the day.

Now I'll catch up. J.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 19:42

The yellowing 2cnd shrub does look like a Skimmia. The yellowing leaves could mean that it's in too much sun. Normally evergreen, they are woodland understorey plants so shade/part shade positions are best. Also if your soil isnt acidic/neutral then it will struggle.

The flower buds on it though almost look like a Viburnum, they also cope well in part-shade/shade. Some of those are deciduous, others deciduous, but those remaining leaves do look more like an evergreen. J.

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