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Posted: 29/07/2012 at 10:47

Today it's raining again in Manchester. It keeps trying to brighten up, but not lasting. Due to improve later on? I do hope so as at the mo a partially assembled huge coldframe is sitting on our lounge floor! OH plans to exit it via the patio doors, with help I may add, & site it for me.

Luckily yesterday in Wigan then Cheshire for a wedding & reception it stayed dry, after several hefty showers early on. J.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 11:41

The trunk is very like a silver birch, several of which we have had felled over the yrs here. Ultimately a largish, for a suburban garden, tree, despite what everyone tells you. Not a dense canopied tree though with lovely autumn colour.

The sucker, sorry no idea. J.

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 11:35

Welcome Jean, the more the merrier I say. It gets a bit disjointed at times on here, but why not?

Am now all slobbed out in garden togs ready to do battle with emptying a large compost bin. Yes I know I muttered about nail varnish, but think some of the discolouration is dirt- oops, well not all of it. Shall wear 2 pairs of gloves anyway as not soo warm today that I'll melt.

Still cant get through to delivery co- no surprise there then!

Daughter back & crashed out, but I can make noise today, she says. I never realised just how noisy I must be as radio always on etc when in house. Washer also going & will 'sing' when ready. Phone ringer also back on, but will pull door closed when finally go outside.

Will have a look at the ? thread next. J.

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:15

What I did forget to say was that my coldframe has arrived! A huge box in the hall & another, smaller, one in the porch. So at least that should get assembled this w/end- she says hopefully as cant move the hall box as sooo heavy & it will get in the way.

Just enjoyed reading Trilliums' blog about her Tatton show exhibit this year- well done to all concerned. J.

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 09:55

It's a lot cooler out there today. Didnt actually fancy breakfast outside!

Waiting (ha, again) on daughter returning from work so can sling stuff into washer to make up a full load.

In the meantime have saved monies on car insurance, same co, but altering excess & removing car hire, Was trying to now get the 2cnd car discount. Only to discover that OH snaffled it last autumn- my car being the 'donor' car for both him & daughter last year! Knew she'd got it, but with her going E/W I thought it t'was my turn.......

Bad news is that our existing travel insurance people wont give me annual cover! Quote for the 2 weeks booked is pretty steep too, so shall investigate further. Have other suggestions & no rush yet.

Guess what- delivery co phone permanently engaged!! OH says he'll sort later..... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 09:43

Glad your dryer has arrived Maud, unlike my furniture .

Anyway, here in Manchester it's sun & cloud. Definitely cooler, but pleasant. Already have watered in greenhouse & may, may not, empty a compost bin later on...... J.

Is it ok to sow foxgloves now?

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 09:40

They are biennials, sown one year, flowering the next. Did some t'other day. BTW the seedlings are caviar for slugs!  All being well shall be planting out some small plants in the early autumn.J.

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:14

Funny you should say that Geoff, the first delvery day was to be friday but then they said 'today', monday if I wanted......& we all know what happened next! I may trot up to local shops anyway as need some nail varnish! Got a wedding on Saturday & my nails are discoloured after the chemo, so disguise is needed!

Just caught the last bit of 'Cool Runnnings' -the film about the Jamaican bob sleigh team at the Calgary winter olympics. Got the DVD but it still makes me smile, a real 'feel good' film. I first heard about it on world service one early morning when i couldnt sleep & mentioned it to daughter, who knew about the film. J.



Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:35

Worth a try maybe if you can really insulate things?

Have just sown 2 sorts of kale, 2 sorts of chard & they both should still be ok to pick next Feb. Corn salad too keeps well in the ground. More salad leaves also gone in.

Am also trying dwarf French beans in pots after my runners were well & truely attacked by the slimey bunch. J.

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:16

Hi all. Will catch up later with goings on.

No furniture, well what did i expect? Will be asking for full refund, OH agrees. Both annoyed as did really like the cabinet...... Daughter, of course, disagrees & says should give them another chance! Why? 3 is more than enough as far as am concerned.

Anyway had a good pottering day outside. Decided to remove the 'blind' unknown crocosmia from a side bed where it was smothering everything- even hardy geraniums & tellima were struggling. Know that there are still corms left, the soil was so dry, but should be much easier to pull any up that regrows & gradually weaken it, I hope.

The 'blind' hosta pot didnt have any VW signs, but it must have been last years' casualty as virtually no sign of hosta roots, just the aquilegia growing on top. Spread the compost out on slabs to check, but no signs of trouble so have bagged it up for mulch use. Pot scrubbed out & even stored away! J.


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