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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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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:45

Kate- you could always start off some sweetpeas? I leave until early Feb up here, but why not if you can look after them? Winter salads too?

Am about to re look at my bulb catalogue. The dahlia order next.... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:39

Just above freezing first thing & still out there. Quite windy & lots of bird activity on feeders. Lots of cloud, a dull January day.

I did notice the first light around the curtains this morning is getting earlier.

Seed order done, next job sometime soon is to find the propagator which is is the shed! J.

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Posted: 20/01/2013 at 09:29

I'm up, but still to get into bathroom.

Daughter up & already working! She went out to feed the birds earlier & I'll do the afternoon top up.

Was only thinking that need to get into shed soon to find my propagator. I roughly know whereabouts it is, but reaching it.... In between various appointments/trips out etc will have to get shed sorted pretty soon. Shall try for sometime next week I think as energy levels will be improving again by then, I hope!

Have already a list in purse, along with gift voucher, for 'needs' so do need to check exactly what's in there before I go to GC.

Seed order done, only a couple of non T&M ones to get when next at Wilcos or GC. I did have to explain about which seeds were biennials & no point this time until we find out what is already in the garden of her house. Also she wanted some plants that I have so no problem there as can propagate/split etc for her. What I didnt say to her was already have an on-going list for her should she require things!

She knows she's got a sunny patio, so plans to do some big pots on that. She wasnt impressed when I was jubilantly exclaiming about having her current bedroom windowsill all for plants! Propagator goes on ours though as I set it on a timer to save on/off.

Have found Mum's applecake recipe- as usual she's totally vague about ingredients, she was just a natural baker & as for her pastry... That'll get done this afternoon. J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 20:05

BTW we've already had one power cut this evening, & the lights keep flickering so will sign off now.

We had no central heating 'til '68. shiveringsmiley J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 20:02

Right, whilst I still remember:

Becks- you still need baking powder coz the 'rise' in SR flour deteriorates the longer the bag has been open.

Geoff- I caught the '4 candles' too- much sniggering to daughter's annoyance.

OH just said that he didnt realise that the presenter was that old. I said but they're all dead. OH referring to Chris Packham.

I can remember walking on the tops of frozen hedges. Somewhere there's photos/slides of Dad, who was a shade off 6', standing in a path through a snow drift well above his head.

Anybody remember liberty bodices? 'B' fiddly rubber buttons. Can remember Mum getting me up the road, steep hill, in a blizzard one winter & was wearing one- no idea how I know that but I just do. I dont think 62/3, as was old enough by then to go to school on my own. Our school didnt close- typical- OH said his in Shropshire/Welsh border did for 2 weeks.

Right, enough rambling from me. Daughters' order for seeds need moderating. J.

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Posted: 19/01/2013 at 16:47

I'm going to do an applecake tomorrow as well Pam. My Mum's recipe & always is definitely flat, but then it uses plain fklour if my memory correct. Oven will be on for a veggie cottage pie, so makes sense to do cake as well which doubles as pud with custard/cream/icecream.

There you are Becks, nowt wrong with that sponge- you did use SR flour & baking powder didnt you?

Am about to get very cross with someone around here. I've been busy upstairs & ended up listening to the very good afternoon play on radio. Came down & said could I have tv on? Someone sprawled across sofa 'working'. She's just had a right go at me coz am on here & not watching the TV! Next thing she'll be asking about tea......fume, fume.... J.

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