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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:05

Not as hot nor sunny as yesterday here in Manchester. Still 25C nice enough. J.

Giant Hebe

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:03

You can drastically reduce their size, for a while, by firm pruning. I've done it & providing you dont do it much later than early August, to allow it to settle before the colder weather, it should cope quite well. I'd always take cuttings & check they've taken first before I got the pruning saw out though. So that would mean next year now to do a really hard prune.

Yours is such a feature & obviously very happy though I'd be inclined to let it be. BTW bees usually love them too. J.

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Posted: 25/07/2012 at 21:39

He He Geoff, photos needed!

Am hot, having a break from steam ironing- daft- but it wasnt as humid up here today, am making up for it now- phew!

Seeds sown, biennials & more salad type stuff plus 2 lots of kale.

This prog about gold not 'grabbing' me at all- need to find something i can iron to, then a shower to cool off!

Will stick a note on door tomorrow for delivery men as planning to get out early on to do some more pottering. Need to investigate a Hosta pot that has no hosta- hmm, was it the VW infested one? It's in quarantine already, so not too worried.

Right, back to the ironing. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 21:47

Another hot day here in Manchester. Reached about 24-5C in my normally coolish back garden.

Not wall to wall sun, but the humidity is high & the ants are flying- ugh. J.

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Posted: 24/07/2012 at 21:08

Hi all.

Well done on the open day Pam, good total. Lucky Lottie getting to see it in reality.

The Ikea saga - delivery is now scheduled for this thursday, apparently. That's what customer services at store found out. Have I been asked/told/consulted by delivery company? No. Should it not arrive then I shall ask for a full refund of all monies paid & start looking again for a cabinet e/w.

Took myself shopping early this morning after being unable to get to speak to anyone at either company. Needed to get out before I exploded!!

Yet again a member of staff at the foodhall remembered me & my headscarf. She came up to me to see how was going on- bless. They're all going to be sooo disapointed when I turn up as myself, minus the scarf.

The living in the 70s is on. High boots- I had a glorious bright blue leather pair- really comfy for disco dancing, honestly! This I must watch, byee. J.

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