Latest posts by LorraineP


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 09:21

It would seem, from these comments, that charity shops and discount shops prevail in many towns across the country.  No exception where I live either.  Just this week our local paper reported that we were getting another '£1 shop' on our high street. It's no wonder town centres are suffering, there's nothing there to attract custom.

You are quite right, Oneofseven, new deals aren't usually a better deal for the customer.  You really do need to have your wits about you to get the best prices.

Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:41

So pleased to hear you got 'the all clear' Mike - I'll raise my glass to good health & happiness!! 

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:02

I have heard it said that 'us Brits' are obsessed with the weather, its hardly surprising as the season is no indication of what to expect.  Personally, I find our weather fascinating as well as infuriating.  Probably the same for most places in this country but here in Cumbria we can experience 4 seasons in a day and rarely get 2 days the same.  

Clarrington - with you on the washing/drying issue.  I also hate it drying around the house on airers - its depressing enough that its raining without dealing with wet washing as well.


Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:45

Or could be that we had a good spring resulting in an abundance of fruit and berries.  But not in my garden - my raspberries died off, probs cos they were in a part of the garden that gets water-logged in winter and for some reason my apple tree doesn't have a single apple this year.     But everything else has done really well  

Onion sets

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:11

Thery're beauties David, I'm sure you're very pleased with them.  I pulled all mine out a few weeks ago because the weren't doing anything and when I did a lot had mould.  Will give them a go again next year. 

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:02

Thanks David,  What would cause the leaves to roll up into a cigar shape?


arum lilly

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 23:51

This is one of my arum lily's.  Mine are all white because when they get too big for the space I dig them up, usually in spring or autumn, and divide them.  Don't know if coloured varieties need different treatment or if indeed this is the correct way to deal with it, but it has worked well for my Arum's.  I find it sprouts up quite easily from bits of stray root when I divide one.

Just had a look at RHS website and they say divide in spring.  Would have added a link but I'm a techno-dunce, sorry.  Good luck.   

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:49

Thanks Bobthegardener. 

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:18

At the beginning of July my neighbours kindly gave me 5 tomato plants 'Golden Sunrise'.  I potted them up in 9" pots with compost from a grow bag and put them in the greenhouse.  The new leaf growth is tightly curled.  I have done some research and think I may have caused this to happen, as I fed the plants with tomorite before they needed it.  I also think I have also over watered them, indicated by the lower leaves curling inwards slightly.  Please could I ask for some guidance on growing tomatoes in a greenhouse before I kill them by ignorance and kindness.  When do I feed them & how often?  Thanks in advance.



Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 08:24

I removed all the damaged buds off my plant yesterday.  On opening up some of these buds I found the tiny grubs/larve, presumably of gall midge.  Thanks for this thread, I am now enlightened and will recognised the problem if (more likely, when) it it occurs again.   I'll also be disposing of the affected buds by burning them, when I decide a suitable location for a mini bonfire.  I will also have to stop my practice of throwing dead-heads under the hedge!    

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