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Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:39

I've just walked to/from the local shops plus rucsack- 2 mile round trip & I managed it! I will get fitter! Met a Mum whom have known since our 2 girls started nursery, hadnt seen her for ages so lots of catching up.

Have just got soaked though getting the washing back in! Why did I bother hanging the 2cnd load out & not get the almost dry sheets back in when I saw the dark clouds? Sun now back out- hmm shall wait a bit before I rehang it or tumble.

Enjoyed last nights' tennis. Daughter went up to bed early & banned me from shouting at the tv! Boy, was that hard! You watch OH get back tis afternoon just as another decent match going on! It'll either be that or the start of GQT! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:30

Am very glad that I'd got back from walking to/from shops- first time since before Christmas I think (I will get fitter!)- when after, of course, putting a 2cnd wash load out, it's just thrown it down!! Sun now back out & lots of blue sky!

At least it's pleasant temperature wise, humidity gone. Hmm, do I risk the washing again?

Frank- my car got hammered by the hailstones in 80s. If you looked at it under certain lighting the dints were quite visible! J.

Whats eating my Comos?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:16

Snap! A very similar appearance to some of my dahlia buds, so earwigs get my vote as well. BTW Snails & slugs do love cosmos too, sorry. J.

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:14

There's an article in July's RHS mag saying that coffee solution is more effective than the grounds- may try.

It's been sooo wet up here this year (NWest) that I've been very cross, miserable, almost thinking about not bothering with certain things, that have just been devastated.

BTW have found that crusts of wholemeal bread- seeded types & especially Burgen Soya - are slug magnets!! Put the bread out for the birds & ended up doing a lot of very satisfactory stamping! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:06

They are a nice colour Geoff- note made of name. Mine are showing in most of the places where planted- think I just did Alaska this year. My first Cosmos, in Pop's pot, are in flower- cant remember the name, but white with a pink stripe. Spotted them growing in a large pot at Shugburgh last year & was impressed. Allowing for the removal of some slug damaged plants my display should look good. BTW Pop was my GFather & a keen veg grower! Not inherited that then!

My Sweet Williams are brill again this year. Thought that they wouldnt do a 3rd year, but no, full of flower. Grew them from seed too- swank!

Phonecall made & conveniently daughter got back early, starving, so was able to cut conversation short before daughter demolished everything & anything in kitchen that she could get at. Noway, otherwise she wouldnt eat all her tea! Gosh, just as when she was little!

Rough about the flooding in Midlands. J.

colour in a shady garden??

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 15:20

Now you see I lost all mine! There were loads along the verges as I drove to NWales t'other day- kept saying I must try again now have more light in the garden. J.

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Posted: 28/06/2012 at 15:17

Still havent phoned the Aunt- oops!

Think shall go & clean the bathroom first & quickly hoover where I need to, then shant be sooo ratty when do phone her back as promised. Tennis not grabbing me either match at the mo.

Have just wondered if BG were phoning to tell OH about the replacement gas meter we are overdue after the spectacular failure of the prototype smart meter that was replaced just before Christmas. Too late now, sorry..........J.

Talkback: Insulating a cold frame

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 15:12

Tracie, Kate lives a lot further south than you or me- am in Manchester. So we have colder & longer winters than she does.

Ordinary, low rise coldframes- wooden, plastic, aluminium framed- can be successfully insulated with sheets of polystyrene, such as comes with packaging, around the sides, with extra fleece sheets on top of any plants inside.

I would only tend to use a plastic greenhouse for over-wintering small hardy plants, usually grown from cuttings taken earlier in the year. By well wrapping the actual pots of bigger plants, plus using a couple of fleece sheets over them you should be able to keep some things. Dahlias, pelargoniums & other non-hardy plants I wouldnt personally risk.

I'd certainly search out the actual correct sized fleece cover for your greenhouse & get one, plus extra fleece & be prepared to really secure the whole to a wall/fence as securely as possible. J.

colour in a shady garden??

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 14:41

I agree with everyone else, except I just cant grow corydalis!

Accept that your garden will probably be best in the Spring, before the overhanging leaf canopy increases. It could also be quite dry beneath that canopy, plus from the tree roots, so for any planting you do do, make 'soil pockets' & add as much compost/leaf mould at planting time as you can. The plants will thank you for it.

A book I had on permanent loan from the libary, until I got my own copy is Green Tapestry by Beth Chatto. Also The Woodland Garden by her- but on a much bigger scale than most 'normal' size gardens. Lots of ideas though.

Absolutely inspirational to me when I was despairing of my part shade plot. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 14:32

And I was grumbling about the April shower type senario up here!

Friend in NWorcs has had an overflowing pond this morning- luckily they do live on a hill, so all the excess draining away from the house.

Muggy, breezy, some sun trying & about 24C in my bit Manchester at the mo. J.

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