Latest posts by jo4eyes

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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 19:48

Been pretty good most of the day here in Manchester too. Lots of sun, plus cloud at times & about 24+C late afternoon. In fact it's still just below 23C out the back at the mo. Darent risk going out to continue doing things though as am caviar to local midges, even with repellant! J.

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Posted: 23/07/2012 at 19:40

Evening all.

We didnt have reliable net over w/end- like a lot of BT customers apparently.

Am waiting, for the 2cnd day for a delivery of Ikea furniture. Not impressed, by delivery company, but WAS by local Ikea stores' customer services person. He also tried various contact numbers for the delivery co. He got engaged tones, I got a recorded message! They could still deliver up to 8pm tonight according to him, but I doubt it. I was told 4pm......

Shall be on the phone again, to them early tomorrow morning, just as today. Not helped by daughter starting nights again, so the extra noise if tomorrow onwards wont be appreciated.

Trouble is we DO want the cabinet- first spotted over 12 mths ago. We have a lot of lovely glass from parents house that we want to display/use & both OH & me liked this cabinet.Once I'd sorted out how we got it delivered we were going to get it, but first Dad was ill, then MIL died suddenly, then I got my diagnosis & subsequent surgery & chemo so buying furniture wasnt exactly a priority.

This Saturday after a good time in NWales as planned, am driving back along M56 & with both OH & daughter asleep & me getting dozy too- not sensible- I woke them up & said t'was driving to Ikea for a break! After a coffee & cake we wandered around downstairs & spotted the cabinet, in the colour we wanted, at below half price & only 1 left!! Decision made- no brainer really. Climbing over loaded trolleys, should've rung warning bells, to organise the delivery when OH around to assemble etc etc. At least it's me doing the sorting/nagging as OH was very very angry yesterday & I wouldnt like to think what would have gone on if he'd tried to sort.

As long as it arrives before this friday, when OH comes back, I shall be happy. Ok, am climbing over our furniture here as we'd moved things to clear a big space for packaging & assembly, but I can cope with that.

Anyway, spent a happy day today doing all sorts in the garden. Note stuck on front door, in case delivery- ha- & plan to use same note if am outside again when due.

Sorry to go on at length, but know you'll understand.Dont need this stress......

Daughter has just saved herself a lot of £ swopping car insurance companies for the same amount of cover. She even tried asking her existing co to price match, but they wouldnt budge, so she did! Now shall I get the 2cnd car discount or shall I enquire about t'other co too? as recommended by a car journalist in paper.

Oh & BTW have had pappadrelle pasta with melted gruyere & cream- very yummy. J.

When to prune a mature Magnolia?

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 17:53

Magnolias also tend to regrow multiple new shoots from the cut IME, so the resulting shape can alter. So the less removed the better. As with any shrub/tree pruning, give it some feed post prune too. Always prune after flowering. J.

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