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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:10

Just had a great day at Tatton show & NO RAIN!! Even saw the sun & lots of blue sky with fluffy white clouds.

Forecast totally the opposite to what we actually had! J.

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Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:07

Hello. Back home, not too shattered.

Not seen myself on tele this time- found ourselves looking for my headscarf instead of paying attention to the prog! Only missed out seeing a couple of gardens by the look of it. I had a hard time with daughter wandering off & then having to wait for OH to finish taking his pics. He soon learnt to push to the front, just as everyone else was doing! Still there's friday as well, as some of the filming I saw them doing wasnt shown tonight, & will be in shot for that! Didnt actually 'see' anyone 'famous' this year, nor bump into anyone- long story..... Have an old video tape (daft as now no player) of one year at Tatton with daughter striding purposefully across shot behind MD looking for moi, who'd apparently wandered off somewhere.

OH was well behaved! We got through the entrance & daughter had words & all went well! Seriously the weather was totally the opposite of the forcast & although we'd all worn wellies we could have coped with walking shoes/boots as not wet underfoot at all.

Ok I did end up with a couple of extra plants, but was pretty restrained. However will soon take delivery of my birthday pressie- a very, very posh coldframe, at a whopping show discount. Then there was the fudge, all eaten, the oil, the sunhat (me), the bakeware (OH), cactus (daughter).

OH talked me out of buying my usual calendar- apparently they are going to do me a plant one of our own..... this I must see, am not holding my breath.

So am now busy deciding where the new plants are going to end up. Got sweetpea & viola seeds, the latter will need sowing now, so that's on the job list already.

I'll catch up with posts. Tomorrow daughter & me to collect our new spex & do some more retail therapy, non garden this time. Tatty bye for now, J.

Tatton park any good

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:22

Having seen the local NWest weather forecast for tomorrow, think you'll have better weather than us. You may still need good waterproof footwear though, as even the inside of the marquees can get muddy.Plus getting into the show ground from your carpark- which is on grass btw.

Picnic goodies purchased, but shall also be full of fudge, chocolate, olives etc etc!

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Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:13

He he, shall think of you 2 when hoovering my car out sometime soon after Tatton. Absolutely no point in doing regularly as OH & daughter no respect! Do have GC free plastic sheets over the mats, not drivers, to try & trap the majority.  Dont think OH has ever cleaned his car out.

Got lots of 'picnic' goodies for tomorrow & flask ready to fill etc.

Had poached salmon earlier. Steaks were HUGE & OH had bought 3. Didnt realise just how large they were until they had defrosted. Now have lots of cooked pieces in fridge for sandwiches too, or OH for work on Thursday. J.

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 12:29

Just noticed that there are new shoots lower down on my poor ravaged dahlias- let's hope that they get a chance. J.

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Posted: 17/07/2012 at 12:27

No didnt see about a ticket, but if only 1 then t'other 2 are going to get cross & OH wouldnt be interested anyway. He's only going to photograph the plants, oh & be a packhorse when we collect our goodies from the creche! Only he doesnt know that yet!

Washing out. Not cold at all & a good wind/breeze so IF it doesnt rain for a bit may get stuff dry after all.

Only came in to get the step ladders... J.

Tatton park any good

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:48

Am going tomorrow on RHS day & the forecast is AWFUL! 3 pairs of wellies at the ready & waterproof trousers a possibility.

Show gardens, small back to back gardens- lots of ideas there for your own average sized plot. Usually a couple of plant marquees with lots to buy, plus the plant plaza where there are smaller stands from lots of nurseries all with plants to buy. Their little displays are usually excellent too.

Bedding plant displays/gardens from local authorities.

Country Living pavillion too for those more interested in foods, pictures, jewelry etc etc. Am on the look out for a soil coloured sunhat!

Flower arranging displays also, again if people interested.

Have an increasing list of 'wants'. The plant creche is well used by most people & takes all sorts too not just plants.

Oh yes, often displays from greenhouse suppliers, tools etc with good show discounts, gloves & other garden sundries too.

Lost count of the times been, 8? Never been to GW live, so cant compare. Been to Malvern Autumn show in past, that felt smaller than Tatton IMO. J.

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Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:30

We're dry at the mo, but awoke to rain & have had showers on & off. Think will risk some washing out if only to save on the elec bill with all the tumbling later.

Tesco been- oops yoghurt forgotten by me, oh well will manage I suppose.

Am going to sow more chard & winter lettuce sometime soon. Then should have something, I hope. The chard usually lasts well into the winter months with the odd harvest of leaves being taken. Looks nice too.

3 pairs of wellies are ready for tomorrow. It'll be soooo crowded in the marquees & so hot that I'm not going to wear waterproof trousers as I can get hot enough very easily without added extras! OH is going to be so grumpy, it's his first time at the show & maybe he wont want to come again? Well that's what daughter said as she set off, in the rain, to meet up with a friend in town.

Off to refill the birdfeeder with chilli powder flavoured seed! The squirrel has obviously been sat inside the cage over the w/end eating it's way through the stuff. Need to get some steps out to un-fix the cage from its hanger- I wired it on to save it being nicked by a bigger squirrel! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:18

Ok was supposed to be dryer today for a wee while? So awoke to rain, then sun, then rain.... this gets boring. Hmm, shall I risk the washing or just tumble it? Not even thinking about the elec bill.....

Wellies at the ready for tomorrow. Have personally decided against waterproof trousers as you do get rather hot when wearing them, despite vents/breathable fabric, & since everyone will be inside the big marquees it'll be hot enough for me.

Zoomer- alpine strawberries are small & sweet, but yield not enough to provide a substantial meal. Mine rarely make it inside as I eat them whilst doing bits outside! J.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:04

I grow my 'best' dahlias in pots, after losing some in a 'normal' year, but even those are struggling this year with the slug/snail attack, despite copper rings around them.

Have pulled up the majority my 'bedding' ones- very inexpensive from Aldi- because they were just skeletons. I never planned to try & keep them over the winter, but it would have been nice to have had the choice.

Nematodes are on the list for next year. I've used them in the past with good results, but not cheap. J.

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