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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 12:55

House situation 'on hold' till further report been received, nights all done, exam all done......

Seriously once she vacates her room- biggest- with a dry, ie not on outside wall, huge, built-in wardrobe- I shall have space to do the sorting of my/Dad's/Mum's stuff. I cant even get at the part of that wardrobe which I know has our stuff in it- all rubbish by now so that can all go!

When I cleared parents' house, lots of things came back here. Time moves on & am quite ready to get rid of loads.

We know that in the not too distant future we shall move, so any sorting now will help. The loft got done a couple of yrs back so actually not so bad. Lots of things up there are daughter's anyway! J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 12:18

Alfie is Lottie & co's dog.

Lots of activcity on bird feeders today, so have been identifying new/irregular visitors. Still no sign of any goldfinches though....

It actually appears to be getting a wee bit brighter out there, walk in a bit perhaps?

Geoff- I know about stuff! Have couple of large boxes for the charity- need to phone them this week for a collection. Spare room still to be done, but when daughter goes- wow, shall have space! But also the gardening will have started....... cant go up now as she's asleep. Only a few more nightshifts to go, ever! J.

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Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:28

Morning all. Bad nights' sleep for me, so probably will need to crash later on.

Hi to KG, do spot you e/w!

Very misty here, even foggy at one point. Seems to be a bit better now. All plans of a visit to Dunham abandoned. We've done it before in the fog & even getting there wouldnt be much fun with the loonies on M/W. May walk up to local park later, just to get outside.

Have just read a Good Housekeeeping where they say anything that you've not used in 2yrs should be chucked out. Hmm, try telling OH that. Oh & I suppose me too... I do tend to adopt that to clothes though. J.

Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 20:11

It sounds as if your soil has some clay in/under it with it staying wet & then drying out hard. If Rhodos cope then it's on the acidic side.

If that side is completely in shade all day, then colour will be in short supply. However most 'shade' areas do get some sort of light sometimes, unless North facing & surrounded by high walls/fences. A lot of shade tolerant plants are spring flowering, but not all. Think about what grows under trees in a dense wood.

You could try painting the fence a pale colour to lighten up the background behind your plants.

Further away from the fence there will be more light, so by widening the border you could have more plants there that will cope better.

Shrubs- Azaleas, rhododendrons, ribes, pieris, sarcococcca, skimmias, some viburnums- deciduous/evergreen, chanomeles, cornus- they will love the moisture, hydrangeas, including the climbing one which could eventually cover the fence, ivies too- lots of small leaved varigated types, euonymous- the varigated emerald & gold will climb, no flowers though, fuschias- lots of hardy ones, usually the less showy flower types.

Plants- heucheras, bergenias, small spring flowering bulbs- before any overhead tree canopy closes in, vincas- minor less invasive, solomons' seals, hardy geraniums, some campanulas, foxgloves, hellebores, japanese anemones, winter flowering jasmine- yellow flowers, some honeysuckles,campanulas, lysimachia, aquilegias, forget-me-nots, cyclamen, dicentras,

I could carry on walking around my garden, but think you've now got the idea. Shade gardens are challenging, but can be just as good, but in a different way to those in full sun. BTW there are lots of shades of green too! J.




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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:35

Geoffrey!! Gardening talk!

Am off to reload the dishwasher. J.

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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 18:32

Yes mine are those deep rubber ones. Well 1 is a small one... 

I'm off for a bit before this gets too difficult. J.

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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:56

I use purple trugs! 4 at the last count

Wheelbarrow is knackered- lost the valve out of the pneumatic tyre so it stands upside down with a large box across the metal work & acts as a shelf in the shed!

Daughter has 2 large blue brand new trugs, in my shed, waiting for her shed! Oh & the old blue WUbowls are used for potting compost, the old red WUbowls for weeds, rubbish for bins etc. Also have a large bright yellow WUbowl from Dad's that gets used for all sorts! Gosh writing that down makes me realise just how much stuff must have..... How much can I donate to daughter......? J.

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Posted: 05/01/2013 at 16:26

No Geoff, not bothered doing the socks! Dont think have actually got the other one of the pairs anyway! Will check if I ever get round to them. Will have to be awful weather etc etc for me to even think about it.

Needed to do 2 work jumpers for OH, otherwise none for next week! Both done, & put away ready. Plus my gardening shorts,   an umbrella for my shopping rucksac & a shirt button. Shortening the 2 prs of new jeans may get done tomorrow as OH says wont go down to Dunham unless sunny!

Ironing board is out, not up, but that awaits. OH started to bake, so shall assemble veg sausage casserole to go into oven aftwerwards.

Havent actually got a cold, just keep having a runny nose which is annoying!

Also watching Dam Busters. Oh no they didnt cut it..... J.

Seeds are up

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 13:59

Geoff's correct Sam.

Unless you have/are prepared to heat a greenhouse to keep things going, it's way too early yet for most things. The seedlings are going to get very etiolated with the still lack of light, even if they have warmth.

IME far better to wait until at least mid- Feb at the earliest for most things. Unless it does say on the packet January fine for that particular plant.

Yes, we're all itching to get going, but time spent now checking that you've got all the bits that you need, tidying out shed etc is not wasted & Feb will soon arrive. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 13:50

It is warm in the sun Frank. I have washed out, dried & refilled the birdfeeders.

There was a lovely red sky first light this morning, which didnt bode well, but so far so good.

Had to do the shopping & then went to local GC to buy a reduced price Christmas tree! OH's choice, smaller than our existing, so I hope it's not too wide  for when we've got the new china cabinet in place. Who forgot to take measurements with her?  Daughter will have our old one for the bay window in her house. It means that she'll have to decorate all round it though. We have plenty of decorations to share between the 2 of us.

Whilst the light is good, am going to do some mending. Did loads outside yesterday so dont mind really. J.


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