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Posted: 13/06/2012 at 17:29

Gosh Lottie, you have been busy.

Only toms, runners & courgettes this year. Oh & some chard as well. This garden is 'slug heaven' despite the hog & thrushes, so salad stuff takes a real hammering.

The courgette in the compost bin is the happiest, but the 2 on this yrs veg plot, next to runners are fine too. The one in last yrs plot is already well munched! Beginning to think, after 2yrs without, that nemaslug is worth it after all.

Oh yes, I found a healthy alpine starwberry plant in the flower bed- must've thought it was a potentilla! Not quite ripe yet. J.

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Posted: 13/06/2012 at 17:21

We had showers this morning, but it's a lot brighter now- bit late as teatime!

Yesterday I did manage a lawn cut & got the last of the summer planting finally done- phew!

Things now less pressing, but tomorrow am due at the hospital again so no chance to get outside & as for the forecast for friday onwards.......... J.

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Posted: 13/06/2012 at 17:15

Geoff is happy!

BTW I had a crush on Russ Conway when I was about 4! J.

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Posted: 13/06/2012 at 17:14

Hi all.

Apart from a shower this morning today has brightened up quite well. Tomorrow due to be nice & am due at hospital-grr! Still at least shall get the washing put out before I go & trot down to greenhouse & water in there.

Went for some retail therapy this morning -to celebrate getting the planting done you understand -& as usual the Boots & M&S vouchers arrived in post just now, at least 4hrs after I returned! Note that M&S are now imposing minimum spends nowadays, which even I cant bring myself to do!

Have finished all the planting out- well whatever the slugs & co had left me! Have culled the excess aquilegias & found the missing sedum, it's very small for some reason, but at least still there.

Our 'hog' been around again. Not impressed when nearly trod in fresh offerings as got out of car after reversing out of garage this morning.

Still no sign of the missing GC voucher though........ J.




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Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:47

We stayed dry all day up here & all being well shall get the lawn done tomorrow once car out of garage.

Abandoned the patio crack clearing- my fingers just arent up to grasping fiddly things yet- was wearing very thin gloves, as per usual, but the chemo has 'b' up my finger tips as well as toes, so still couldnt cope. Oh well it'll improve sometime.

So managed to remove all the excess aquilegias- they had all but finished flowering today. Left all the ones with wool tied around them, will cut those back later on. Discovered that my rudbekia deamii is being well & truely eaten this year, doubt will get any. 

Think have 'found' the missing hardy geranium, but will know for certain when it flowers. Not quite where I thought it was though........

Eek, a spider has just walked across the carpet in front of the sofa, where am sat, & disappeared beneath! J.

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Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:30

Well the sun went in as soon as I got outside! None too warm either, but did get into a flower bed & removed a load of self-seeders. Memo to self- be more ruthless next autumn!! (if possible)

Sun came out just as I'd finished & packing things away!

All being well another dry day due tomorrow, so plan to cut the lawn. J.

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Posted: 11/06/2012 at 11:24

Hard luck for your OH Kate, I know that I was in some sort of shock after some male person did that to me some yrs ago.

Yesterday's weather was great up here- sorry- & today the sun has just come out. Just waiting on washing machine & then am off to do battle with excess self-seeders on the patio-we ie me- keep tripping over them! (since have 2 knackered big toes at the mo, from the chemo, tripping is not to be advised, nor stubbing on things, but try telling my brain that! ouch!!) J.

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Posted: 11/06/2012 at 11:15

Sorry Geoff & all down south, another decent day here in Manchester.

Got the front bed planted out yesterday & the last 2 toms set up in greenhouse.

Off to remove excess self-seeders from the patio cracks now. Was going to cull the unwanted aquilegias from lawn bed, but they are still buzzing with bees, so that can wait. J.

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Posted: 09/06/2012 at 16:48


Survived M6&5 yesterday, not much 'fun' driving though.

Car now has its' new windscreen, but there is some of their 'gunk' just in the middle! I shall try & remove, & if no joy will pay them another visit!

OH & me had a wander around a local retail park. Am sure staff in one electrical shop must've got suspicious with OH, he was in there ages & spent nowt! I came back 2X to find him!

Energy levels not so good today, so was glad of a coffee break in supermarket & have done very little since back home. Rain finally stopped & virtually no wind now either. Didnt even attempt to open garage door last night, just too bad.

All being well shall finally get outside tomorrow- that front bed must now be workable?

Peace reigns too. Daughter gone to stay with uni friends in NEast. J.

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Posted: 09/06/2012 at 16:37

After 2 days of heavy, persistant rain & strong winds- M6/M5 down to Nworcs not much fun yesterday- the rain has finally stopped here in Manchester as well.

Am fed up of being cold & damp & no plans to garden today!

Think tomorrow shall get outside, into greenhouse first & then, plus waterproof trousers, finally plant out the remaining fuschias etc, providing the slugs leave me some! J.

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