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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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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:41

BTW had to diswade (??) daughter from buying up Wilcos stock of fruit bushes earlier. No they wont like large tubs, which she would need & the compost etc. Can she wait until we've, me probably, sussed out a suitable site for them in the future? J.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:39

I'm back. Just had peanut butter & rosehip jam on crusty bread- yummy.

Shall I take a painkiller or not? Was fine until had to sit & wait for over an hr at the GPs... Aching muscles have settled into nigling sciatica again.

Tesco due soon. Some washing just hanging out there- sun, but no wind. Need to find my Vanish bar to try & get a stubborn stain off one of daughter's curtains.

Right, off to get changed into cleaning/old clothes now. J.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:38

Ooh, thxs folks. I'm drooling already. Have noted all your suggestions.

She may like a frittillary 'meadow' after seeing those in Oxford. The geums- yes Caz, they look so much better on a flood plain we know in Austria than in my patch.

It's early days yet. I doubt that the advice of leave a 'new' garden for 12mths will happen, but we'll try. J.



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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:17

Obviously destined not to read up on pruning!

I know Bjay. I spotted several slabs from where there was a greenhouse, some also leaning against the side fence down there too. Pallets, spare, next to the pallet-made compost bin. Bricks, bits of all sorts in the scrub. IME all gardeners keep all those odd bits for 'just in case' but since no shed at the mo, that could be a problem. The floor in the 'garage' is decidedly unsafe, so no chance of using that. J.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:11

Geoff, I do know that, honestly....mine come first! Energy levels not too bad this week, then another 'dose' & back to square one again. Still soon be over. J.


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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 22:07

Yes, congrats Sue!

Too right Becks. I was thinking double that! Petrol, food, painkillers..... 

I think OH will not be pleased when she says the paint colour they, mainly she, did yesterday hasnt dried to quite what she wants after all...

Off now, to read up on fruit tree pruning....... night all, J.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 21:59

Phew, just amended Tesco for tomorrow. Nearly forgot.

Sort of watching the cute penguins. Daughter back, more painting , already gone up to bed. She did point out how much dryer the 'lawn' was after the couple of dry, sunny days we'd had. Hmm, still totally soggy in my book. Shall 'spike it' & top dress with her old play sand! Knew I'd find a use for it after all these yrs. I seriously think shall 'find' a path to one side of it as you can see the change in grass (!) texture/colour when you look out of the bedroom window.

Have printed off RHS pruning advice for old trees- poster put links on for me, otherwise I'd be floundering around their site. Bjay- I've got a huge RHS bible too, must consult it more often, but not really portable.

Somehow the usual advice re leaving an established/neglected garden alone for the first yr is going to be very difficult. Still little at a time. Shall do the nearest bits to the house first & the bottom bit whenever- that's the worst bit for hidden objects I found.

The front garden isnt too big, a joint Leyland hedge between the 2 houses, beautifully trimmed to a sensible lowish height. A green patch, moss. A couple of sorry looking Hebes- not enough space nor sun so they wont do well. A mop-head  hydrangea, 2 nice-looking, thin conifers, still small, a skimmia, some bulbs- yay- & real primroses- not polyanthus! On the verge outside is a mature copper beech. All in all it's a good size plot, so how much should I charge?? J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 20:59

Like a lot of people I've had several good gardening days, with the resulting pulled muscles.

This morning was below freezing, just, but the sun arrived later on & after all my jobs out there were done, I sat out, well wrapped up & just enjoyed listening to the birds singing.

Temperature dropping to near freezing already tonight. J.

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