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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.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 19:27

The low-growing conifer looks like a Juniper to me. They grow more horizontally than upright. You can keep it trimmed back if you want to keep it. Ends up looking like a green carpet. IME it doesnt respond well to hard pruning, as it doesnt regrow from old wood, but it does provide ground cover. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 18:30

Brass monkeys outside in that wind today. Back garden exposed to the East wind, so no escape.

Was below freezing first thing today, although actually warmer (less cold) than at bedtime last night. Think it reached about 1-2C, but it certainly didnt feel even like that!

All our snow has gone, but daughter's garden still covered, about 12miles further North.  OH stayed over in NEast Derbyshire where it snowed non stop all day yesterday. J.





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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 18:19

I put the heating on for about an hr after lunch, then managed without until about 4.30 when despite wearing xtra layers it got sooo cold in this East facing lounge- just in the wrong direction today/this week for the wind!

At least the jeans were dry enough to iron straight away & pop onto airer.

Just had my filled pancakes with stirfried kale. Let's hope that my kale survives the pigeons, caterpillars etc this yr. Last yr was a complete disaster, but even by now I'd have eaten all the home grown with needing the ground clear again. J.

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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:29
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Thankyou Derek

I also clean the toilet and bathroom and hoover and put washing in the machine-do not announce it to the world-but then I want a quiet life

No chance if we gang up on you! J.

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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:25
Caz W wrote (see)

... and then they say "I've cleaned the oven for you" or "I've cleaned the sink for you"

Yes OH does some sort of cleaning when at little house. But I've noticed that his previous initial houseproud behaviour has deserted him. So I always sort things out on the Monday morning before I drive back home & he's at work. I refuse to mop the kitchen floor though, just sweep it.

Sorry folks, afternoon.

Daughter been for lunch- soup followed by pancakes, for her-& has filled her car with more 'stuff'. We'll go up sometime on GFriday with more things & she'll be here to eat on Easter Sunday.

It's brass monkeys outside! We've no snow left, daughter says garden covered but roads/pavements clear. OH says still snow everywhere, but as can hear traffic going into town the main road must be clear.

I've been copying recipes from one of daughter's cookbooks. She now wants it. The printer/copier running out of ink I think, sorry OH. Need to sort through them next & put into my file of recipes in the kitchen. J.

TIPS ........

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 15:44

I'm another that uses pieces of pegged down pea netting across prepared soil, just as TJ suggests.

I also do the same with pots of bulbs in the Autumn, thus foiling the blackbirds, who root about in the compost thus displacing small bulbs & squirrels who dig about in any uncovered pot!

My tip- when pricking out seedlings into bigger modules/pots, add a small cut off piece of coloured drinking straw as a 'label' for each seedling. Then add the same colour straw to a pot that actually has a label. That way you only use one label, but you can tell which tray of seedlings are which, simply by looking at the colour of the straw! So no surprises at flowering time. It is also saving money, ie fewer labels needed & the effort of recleaning them at the end of a season.  J.

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Posted: 23/03/2013 at 19:07

Ooh Becks, still got some batter in fridge...... Was planning to do my rolled up ones, filled with garlic cheese & grilled for tomorrow, but maple syrup would be yummy. J.

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