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March in your Garden

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 19:14

Tree surgeon Rain.

BTW why Hellebores inside? They are totally hardy. I'd just tuck the pots next to a wall outside & leave them be. They do take for ever to germinate, but best from fresh seed. So if your dont want to show this time perhaps try again with some seed from this yrs flowers? I've got a few pots of 'babies' from my Ashwood plants. Wonder what they'll be like? J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 18:58

It's ginnel around here too, but alleyway as well. Think it depends on where the resident grew up. From WMidlands so alleyway to me & neighbour Southerner so she's the same, but PCSO uses ginnel. They arent allowed to work near to where they live, but she's still a northern lass.

OH's little house has one next to it, but for the life of me cant remember what they call it, def not ginnel nor alley/way.

Bjay, sympathies re drug situation for your daughter. We have had some past probs at the side/behind us, but touch wood, not for a few yrs now. Drinking teens, now that is the latest problem. J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 17:23

In the kitchen!! Noway around here either. Hope you do a good clean up before your OH returns Dean.

Have just swept up mess in greenhouse despite the potting sheet I use- no idea where it came from, but very useful as has corners to trap all the bits & then gets folded up & shoved back into shed. Have slung the fleece sheet over the geriatric spider plants which are now residing down there. If they cope shall use them as gap fillers in the border somewhere. Got babies all over & next generation now in lounge.

Off to reheat my meal now otherwise will open the biscuits...... J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 16:45

Geoff you're never going to win on 'tother thread. bigsighsmiley.

Am cracking on with the house plants. It started to rain abit earlier so washing back inside, but didnt last-typical. A fleece sheet handy to cover plants & am trotting back & forth muttering about pot sizes & covers & gettting on with most of them. Will leave the jasmine as in full flower still/again & daughter's orchid, though will do that soon then she can it have to look after. Ditto the 'triffid' which is an Hoya rescued from MIL greenhouse, pruned to bring back in hand luggage on the plane & is sooo healthy that it needs to feel stressed before it'll produce flower spikes. At least daughter has windowsills suitable for them all.

Only 2 diffenbachias to go! J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 15:10

I approve Figrat, of your back passage, I grew up with an 'entry', door both ends. Also impressed by 'bloke', any chance send him over this way?? As for the raised bed find, you lucky s*d!

Jean on-line grocery shopping is good. I've used Tesco monthly since Jan 08 when not allowed to drive. In all that time only had 1 bad experience- glass bottle of oil broken over all my & others shopping. Customer service brill on that occasion & also the time had duff (very offhand, rude) delivery driver!

Seriously I do a monthly 'stock shop'. All the heavy items- tins, bulk buys etc & sometimes fresh veggies, but take care you dont get just 1 carrot instead of 1 pack! No petrol cost, wonky trolley, bad back from loading/unloading trolley/car etc or hassle over parking spaces. Today he bought the crates into my kitchen when I explained that my back was playing up again. (memo to self -dont try to lift large pot of Choc cosmos without bending ze knees!)

You're less inclined to 'impulse buy', still get good deals. Your favorites are stored & you can even do a list for future orders if you want. You choose a 1hr slot, some pretty cheap, to suit you. Wouldnt use it for every shop, but a lot less hassle for the 'big' ones. Just takes a little forethought, a decent running list of 'stock' items & a well-trained family (Ha) who leave empty packets or note when last of the item been/being used!

I've even been in the greenhouse, left a note stuck to front door & they come to call you if not heard the van pull up.

Right, rest of spiders await, just had an apple break. J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 13:15

Have to admit Gary that am careful which time slot I pick. We're the Manchester side of delivery store, which is only 4 miles away, but asking for an early delivery or one around evening rush hour/school times is asking for trouble. Used to be a 2hr slot, but this 1hr is better.

Still surprised at how much only 2 crates cost though.

Have finally downloaded various updates to this pc & deleted the old/installed extra bumph you get. Waiting on weather forecast, dont know why just habit I guess. Then shall get changed & trot down to greenhouse clutching various spider plants. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 12:46

WManchester- another def frost first thing, with sun.

Clouded over now, some breeze, about 8-9C at the mo.

Going to hibernate in greenhouse sorting out some houseplants- not the really tender ones. J.

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Posted: 19/03/2013 at 12:40

Wish ours wasnt set to wake me rather early each morning. Still it's being sorted soon Geoff, well it 'b' well better be!

Tesco arrived 5mins early & driver apologised! Been up to beigeland, got houseplant suitable compost, & Aldi for some bits.

Rearranged visit to WMidlands- long way to go for lunch at a GC, but tis nearly friend's birthday. J.

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Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:17

Night Dean.

I wish I could lift 70l bags! Always need OH to unload carboot in that situation. Always lots of help around at shop end. J.

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Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:15

Oh hard luck Dean, but as you say you have time to redo things. Still a b****r though. I use B&Q for some composts too.

I've had some good stuff from Aldi & Morrisons.

Miss Homebase though, ours closed down a couple of yrs ago & nearest now miles away. They had an excellent plant section in that stuff was often wrongly labelled & so cheap for what it actually was! I used to get some belting plants for half the price I'd pay elsewhere. Nice selection of glazed pots too, again not expensive cf local GCs. J.

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