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Latest posts by jo4eyes

Geranium maderense

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 17:45

Yes I'd love to grow it too, but no chance up here in NWest.

I'd treat it as a HHA & keep it under cover, minimal watering, if any, over the next few months/weeks. Any obviously dead leaves I'd very, very carefully remove in case they start to go mouldy & that wouldnt be good.

Harden it off gradually as the spring progresses & it will need the hottest, driest spot you've got. J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 17:37

If it's stretched could you try sewing a bit of elastic across it to 'pull it tighter' or better still thread very thin elastic around the inside of the rim. If you know someone who's into sewing they should have both, or know where you could get.

Applecake out & cooling on rack still in tin. I now know why it tends to be flat- no Mum I didnt add 4 tablespoonsful of milk this time, more like 3 coz that old spoon not quite a full tablespoon size.

Quorn cottage pie now in oven. Will reheat the last of the redcabbage thing to go with it, plus daughter has already poured 2 glasses of wine from the box!

Bjay- have sort of made note re seeds, but will also keep a look out for some in meantime. Thx.

BTW that snowman funeral... J.

Winter feeding of cuttings

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 15:24

I tend to pot on/repot any cuttings I've done last season/yr in February. That way they have new compost for a few weeks before they need to go out in May. They will start to grow as the light levels increase. IMO that makes for sturdier plants. J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 15:04

Well I may/may not have requested a catalogue from SR. 90% sure hit the coirrect button, but you know me.....

Anyway have decided to order 2, or 3 from Avon bulbs whom I do use regularly. Just had a thought though, am driving past Parkers GC later in no P&P to pay. Think shall just check out their website first...... J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 14:40

Bjay yes, my previous health history wasnt such a problem, ok it bumped up things a but not that bad. C another ball game totally. Oh well whilst OH still working it's not a major problem, but he thinks may retire next decision time.

Doesnt do office/workplace politics & had a bad day last week. It's almost 'water off a ducks' back' to me, as have had to cope with all his ups & downs over the yrs. Being self-employed myself too, you just get on with things. I suspect he may choose to work part-time from home next time. Otherwise he'll be soo bored & fed up of decorating at daughters'! And he'll get cross every time I want to go & garden! J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 14:22

No decisions here, just exactly when we'll go back to the Austrian village we love. May have to 'do it ourselves' this yr as previous tour operator & hotel owner fallen out big time.

My problem is to get reasonable health cover for me. As soon as you mention the C word, wow, the brakes go on & quotes go almost to the moon! Luckily I now have a list of possible companies which the cancer charity provided.

We also want to spend more time in various bits of UK, using our NT membership & inexpensive hotels. NE England for one & also S of where we both grew up in Midlands. So hopefully lots of little breaks. J.


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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 13:18

Bjay, found 1 dahlia that may be short enough-

Karma Choc, 65cms & a dark red.

Suggest you drool over Sarah Ravens choices too...... J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 13:15

Yes me too with all of that list.

Have just had an enjoyable time watching the A-Z of gardening from this morning. Those clematis..... Did check the seed catalogue & was very pleased to find thay dont do the one she said easy to grow from seed. I would have been fuming if they had.

Right, washing up, then dahlias & then baking later. Did a huge batch of mixed veg soup which we've had with crusty bread & cheese.

Think am going to do the freezer defrost tomorrow. Not as empty as I'd like, but bound to be some rubbish in there that can go. The garage is sooo cold that the cool box/bags will be fine out there whilst I get stuck into the job. J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 11:11

Oh keep safe & warm Darren.

Bjay, hope that airport run goes ok? By late on the roads should have been well gritted. Will investigate in a bit about smaller red dahlias as the B of L can be rather tall.

back later. J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 11:07

Sweetpeas are easy too Kate as you can put them into your coldframe as soon as they are up & going.

I want some named varieties for the dahlias. All for pots after last yrs demolision job by the slug population.

I did however notice one dahlia had started to reshoot whilst in the coldframe under fleece & in a wrapped pot. I have no idea of which, as when they all got eaten they didnt die back properly- couldnt no foliage!- so I just dumped them somewhere for the time being.

When I came to empty the pots a found a couple, no labels of course coz had stupidly removed those thinking tubers would have 'had it' as no chance to build up energy as no foliage, had started again. So have 2 pots of unknown dahlias in the one coldframe & they were still ok before this latest weather. By the time I recognise which they are will be too late to get any more, so am going to get some anyway & daughter can always take spares to her place! J.

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