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- Gardening in suburban South East London.
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Today at 08:22
Sorry to hear you're suffering Clari . Do you still have a cold too?
Brrrr it's really cold here. According to the weather forecast it's the same as yesterday, but the frost is right the way to the top of the trees. Have only poked my nose out to see daughter off to school but it feels much colder.
Yesterday at 20:51
Glad you're back safe and looking forward to getting out in the garden, Hosta. I must admit that when you first mentioned that there were rumours of unrest I thought it would come to nothing. What do I know eh?
Yesterday at 08:24
Morning all. Just realised I've been reading without posting for a few days (not intentionally - y'know when you answer emails in your head and don't realise you haven't actually written anything down? Or is that just me?).
Frosty here again - seems we've swapped weather, Fairygirl. Though it is sunny and we're due to reach the dizzy heights of 4 or 5 degrees here today and tomorrow with a drop to below freezing overnight.
Hope Hosta's journey went / is going okay, and that Devon is pretty enough upon his return to mitigate against any loss of holiday... maybe not.
Sleepy today after watching 7.5k primary school children singing at the O2 last night. It was lovely, but tiring, and my 10 year old is stil asleep. I need to start work now - see you later.
16 Jan 2017 10:55
Sounds like a lovely holiday, Hosta. Very relaxing. Has punkdoc gone on his travels yet? And I wonder how LillyP is getting on in Moscow.
Rain shows no sign of stopping here so I think I'll stay indoors. My mood could probably do with some gardening, but it's just too soggy. I have some mending to do (and loads of other things that really need doing, tbh) - enjoy your sewing Liriodendron.
16 Jan 2017 09:38
Morning all. Ouch Fairygirl, do look after that finger.
Was hoping to finally plant my apple tree today. Waited out last week due to frosts, but now it's warmed up it's very soggy - been raining most of yesterday and still going today. The actual bed isn't waterlogged, so I suppose I could do it... but it's pretty yucky out there so I'm not entirely sure I want to!
Hope everyone has a good day.
16 Jan 2017 02:27
I've got two daughters, and my sister has one, so I guess our female line has a chance of continuing for a while yet. Who knows. My other grandmother had 3 boys, and her sister had no children, so that side's line is long gone. Have I understood?
Best of luck with the new psychologist.
Might as well say a VERY early 'Good morning' to everyone else. Am going back to bed now in the hope of getting to sleep this time.
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16 Jan 2017 02:26
Hello Pat. Just thought I'd check in, as I'm awake.
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14 Jan 2017 09:43
You can have my jays, aym - they, along with the magpies and crows, just threaten and hassle the little birds. Very beautiful but I wouldn't mind them keeping their distance a bit more.
13 Jan 2017 12:26
Morning all. Chilly here, but the sun is coming out. We had exactly what the forecasters predicted yesterday - heavy rain all day, sudden quite heavy snow from about 5ish, which settled but was very wet and slushy due to landing on all the rain. Cold overnight so what didn't thaw froze, then bitterly cold fine snow earlier and now it's all thawing in the sun. Only car and house roofs have any sign of it now.
Getting annoying tasks I've been putting off done today - making dentist appointments, getting an engineer to look at our home phone, filing in fiddly forms etc. Not exactly enjoyable but there is a certain satisfaction to getting them out of the way. Still got to do some calligraphy for the competition I mentioned, but I got a satisfactory photo out in last night's snow so that's one thing ticked off.
BL I'm really sorry to hear that your cough is still keeping you awake . Hope you have a good day anyway and a better night tonight. Glad you're on the mend, Dove, and Clari - it's nearly the weekend! Fidgetbones, what's the latest from your OH? Hope they made it to land...
And DD - WELL DONE. Thank goodness you don't have that hanging over your head any more. I know I keep saying it, but: onwards and upwards .
12 Jan 2017 22:08
Evening all. Have read back and now can't remember who said what, sorry. I hope LillyP's journey is going OK and the Heathrow flight isn't cancelled, glad Joyce's boiler is fixed and glad Clari survived her day... and now mind's gone blank. Hope the Lurgy Club has no new members.
A day of random tasks without much get up & go here. Returned lovely rake (Christmas gift from lovely but confused OH, who bought me something he thought I'd asked for instead of what I'd actually asked for) to GC, but weirdly didn't find anything else to buy in exchange. Got distressed trying to do some work for a role I was volunteered for and don't really 'get', and once the kids were home and fed went out in the dark and slushy snow to take some pictures for a local competition I've somehow got myself involved in (also wrote limerick for same). And that's the day gone.
I think I'll watch some recorded gardening programmes.
11 Jan 2017 21:48
We'll be doing it, as usual - it's good to stop and stare for a bit, apart from anything else!
11 Jan 2017 21:36
Spent a few hours in the garden today, which did me the world of good, I think. Mainly crawling around on my hands and knees picking leaves off the beds, something I meant to do some time ago. Lots of tete a tetes poking through, and some snowdrops, though I appear to have planted wallflowers right on top of them! My garden's north facing and gets only the tiniest sliver of sun at this time of year, and so I didn't really feel like going outside. The forecast is for rain all day tomorrow though, so I did - at least looking up there was blue sky, most of the day.
BL I hope you enjoyed your panto and felt a bit bettr again today. Dove, I hope you're on the mend too, and everyone else in the Lurgy Club. Clari, I don't *think* it was me that passed it on - I've been washing my hands before typing & everything - but if it was, I'm sorry.
Obelixx how was the kitchen search? And fidgetbones, I hope all goes well with your OH's journey.
Ooh, meant to say too - very excited - someone on a local group on facebook posted offering a still-boxed lean-to greenhouse for free and I was the first to say yes! I've been thinking about trying one for ages, but wasn't sure what to get / whether I wanted to spend the money etc, so was thinking of trying to cadge some windows out of a skip and make a coldframe for starters, just to see - but couldn't resist this. Collecting on Sunday .
11 Jan 2017 15:13
Yes! Ammi majus, thank you! I had some nearby last year and they went to seed. I *knew* I recognised it. It was driving me mad.
The first one is definitely a grass, and having looked at Nutcutlet's suggestion for no. 2, I think no. 1 might also be a woodrush, as it has similar flowers. Neither are crocuses as I have some of them and these are quite different. Rhodohypoxis would be nice for no. 2 but I don't think so. However, it has appeared from nowhere so we shall see.
11 Jan 2017 13:41
Can anyone help me with these, found today in my garden?
1. Small grass, it's been around a while, popping up here and there. Doesn't do much but it would be nice to know what it is.
2. Another grass, I think. Similar in proportions to no. 1 but I'm pretty sure it's not the same - this one has sort of hairy bits coming off the edges of the leaves. Never seen it in my garden before.
3. Self-seeded something or other. It looks really familiar but I can't for the life of me think what it is. Someone put me out of my misery!
11 Jan 2017 10:35
I had borage in my previous garden and did the ice cube thing witn the flowers, they are very pretty. But it was incredibly invasive for me, I wouldn't grow it again. I think wigwams of beans, peas etc look great in any ornamental garden, and herbs too. Sage and thyme especially, because they have so many different varieties with grey, green, purple, furry etc leaves.
11 Jan 2017 09:42
Morning all. Have to admit I'm still not 100% and increasingly down about it. I'm loads better than I was, which I should be grateful for, but am so fed up with feeling 'a bit rough' when I have so much I want to do this week (not least, catching up on all the things I couldn't do for the past fortnight!). Am going to try pushing myself a bit more today, rather than taking it easy, and will see what happens.
We went to Egypt in June 2002 and it was well into the 40s every day. Being on holiday and focusing only on trips, drinking enough water and enjoying ourselves made it much more bearable than if we were at home tryjng to get on with normal life. My older daughter was born in the heatwave of August 2003 - in the 30s the whole time, which made being a new parent full of all the warnings about not letting babies overheat quite interesting! We had a baby monitor with a temperature guage which beeped if the room went above the recommended level, so of course it would have beeped the whole time, including overnight. We had to switch it off and remind ourselves that babies are born in hot countries too.
Glad your forecast has improved, Pat. And hope that everyone with bad weather forecast (it doesn't seem too extreme here, we must be missing it) is okay and can batten down the hatches / get to work (and back) alright.
11 Jan 2017 08:52
Maybe. The flowers in that picture look rather looser than my neighbour's, which are really quite waxy and tight in comparison - could that be due to the pruning? However, googling viburnum farreri "candissimum" does give some pictures which are more like it, including the rather dark stems, so I think you may well be right. Interesting article too! Thanks.
10 Jan 2017 19:45
I lost half a molar on a brioche once. Not even the crust.
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10 Jan 2017 19:27
Took another photo of no. 3. Admittedly in the dark, and they keep it quite tightly trimmed, but you can get an idea of the proportions. But usually there are only about a third of this number of flowers (then others come out bit by bit as the leaves start).
10 Jan 2017 17:17
Well done on the meeting, DD - so pleased you're a step closer with your plans. Your ex sounds very difficult to deal with . Thinking of you and willing you on.
Liriodendron, glad things went well with your mum.
I got out in the garden for an hour this afternoon, just moving compost and topsoil into a raised bed but it felt good to finally have a little bit of energy. I've found a photo of my garden last summer that I really love - first summer it's been usable in years so a special thing for me - and made it my lock screen. It's giving me a little thrill every time I pick it up