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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:31

It's brightening up out there now, but was very drab this morning & cold.

Wind is increasing, so some washing out there may dry a wee bit after all. About 5-6C at the mo. J.

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Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:26

No idea Bunny- bet Geoff will though.

Had some retail 'sort of therapy' this morning in that it was a stock shop of Boots toiletries, Holland & barrett & M&S food. Ok I had my coffee as usual, mooched around the home section in M&S & got a cheap quilt for our spare bed.

Boiler totally quiet this morning, but not when I got back & put heating on! Engineer out, so he may call me back (?!) or I shall send him an e-mail later on. Am around all day tomorrow so......

Hard luck with Asda Lottie. Never used them myself, but have used Tesco monthly since Jan 08 with only one problem delivery, which was promptly sorted out. Yes, IME they will carry boxes to wherever you want things. That was very good when was ill.

Jean I never associated you with Dallas & I can remember JR & all the goings on. Havent tried to watch the latest series as wouldnt be the same.

Right, off to do some mid-week chores. Painkillers & smelly muscle rub this morning & leg a lot more comfy. J.

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Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:02

I'm around now.

Just run that cleaner Geoff suggested & so far so good. Very quick to do as well. This site was soooo slow yesterday but much better today- ? site or my pc I wondered, hence the 'clean up'.

Still to catch up though. Back later. J.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:05

Karen you can get specific nematodes for VW control. Try local GC or on-line suppliers. That may be easier for you in that it saves having to remember to regularly spray.

This yr, after 2 yrs without, am resuming using Nemaslug nematodes again for my slug infested garden. J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:59

Eek local forecast on. It's going to get rather cold...... Oh well nothing pressing to do outside yet.

I havent heard our owls recently. They can drive me mad when I cant sleep & they're in the tree not far from our bedroom- even through double glazing. Nor the foxes.... you watch it tonight they'll all be there.

Am going to do some ironing now. Wrong night, but cant sit for too long or leg hurts again. May end up taking more painkillers yet. J.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:52

It should be fine there BJay, providing you give it a good start when you plant it out & allow space for it to mature. They can be quite big shrubs ultimately so you dont want to be moving it. I assume that your soil is on the acidic side?

The main problem with them I understand is - if they are planted in an East facing border thus catching the sun first thing after a frosty night which then browns the flowers. 

Neighbour has had one in a very large tub for some years. It is actually partly East facing, more South though & next to the house/conservatory wall. J.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:00

I've got some in large pots, under planted with small bulbs. The rest are in the ground.

IME they do better in slightly richer soil conditions- not too dry, nor too shaded. Although I have VW in the garden, they seem to leave them alone in most circumstances.

Every Feb I remove all the old, tatty leaves. Later on in the Spring, if they've become 'woody' & lifted out of the soil/compost, I replant the youngest 'stems' deeper. Advice from an exhibitor at a RHS show. You can do it in the Autumn, but the risk I find then, is them starting to rot off over the winter. I keep the older stems for cuttings-

If you look closely at the stem you can see the 'nodes' from where new growth will start. so you can chop an old stem into sections, making sure there are 'nodes' on each section. Keep it the correct way up, & replant them level with the compost in pots & a top dressing of grit. Keep out of direct sun- coldframe, side of wall etc- & you'll soon have new plants to use. J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 17:16

Have just got thw washing back in. Cold out there, but the birds are singing like mad- just like the boiler!

Spotted that an old clump of Pop's, my Grandad, rhubarb is trying again next to the fruit bushes. Last yrs rain must've helped, as it's a dry spot. I've neglected it since I split it & replanted in on my veg bed some yrs back, leaving some still on the original veg bed, which is now the fruit plot. So now I shall pot it up for daughter to have. I've had some ever since I had a garden & in this one it's been moved around quite a bit until it landed in the veg plot, where it's happy.

Bjay, sounds as if you've still got to take it carefully for a bit. Must've been a rotten bug. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 15:23

Another gloriously sunny day. No wind, but was well below freezing this morning & not too warm even now.

I have put some washing out, but it wont dry much. There were 4 thrushes having a right old 'barny' in the surrounding trees when I was outside. I assume 3 males & 1 female from their antics. J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 14:51

Poor you Figrat. Am sure BJay said her head ended up really grotty too.

Geoff- thxs for the spelling I knew it was wrong but just couldnt get my brain around it......

Chris- I hope your OH is wearing/didwear some protective eyewear ie goggles? She says not doing so herself when crawling around/under shrubs at the w/end- but I do already wear spex.

Finally taken paracetamol. Interupted by Tesco arrivivng & trying to give me someone else's shop. Noooo, dont eat bacon......Still love the smell of it cooking though.

Back to unpacking etc. Oh & I havent yet sown a single seed this year! J.

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