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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 22:26

Our is in the middle if a mixed border, with conifers each side and doesn't get any direct sunlight on our side, and none after lunch time on the side bordering the neighbours. Will try to get a photo tomorrow. It faces due north on our side. It is quite shady but still thrives. Hope this helps.


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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 22:20

We have just watched that too. Oh opened a bottle of red wine so had a glass with him, now time for bed I think.

Good night all, sleep tight.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 22:16

We have a camellia in a border between us and our neighbour. Our side is in shade most of the day, the other side gets sun in the morning. We usually get a lovely show of flowers, but they do need a lot of water when the flower buds are forming and I feed ours once a year with an ericaceous plant food. Ours is now about 12ft tall and must be 20 yrs old. It was in a large pot but only really started to thrive when planted out in the garden, use plenty of ericaceous compost unless you have the correct soil conditions for them.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 21:01

I learnt to type to music too. I can still remember the teacher saying the letters out loud. I never got the hang of shorthand Oh the joy of correction fluid and carbon paper, holes in the paper when you hit the key too hard, no electric typewriters then, cleaning out the  keys when they got bunged up with ink and paper., some of my early efforts were awful to say the least.

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 14:22

We've got Christmas cake left. only OH eats it, I can't unfortunately.

Had to go to the drop in clinic at the Dr's with Oh this morning, he's got an eye infection, so has to have drop twice a day, but it hasn't stopped him from massacring the Pyracantha behind the pond and in front of the shed, there's nothing left on it only stems, just hope it survives, He never knows when to stop when he gets the electric saw in his hands, but I must say it needed doing.

Out this afternoon to see M, then on to SIL to deliver birthday present to her son.

We haven't sown anything yet, in the flower line, only broad beans.

Enjoy the rest of the sunshine, the temperature has dropped here, and it's going to be very cold over the next few days, but at least it's bright


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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 15:58

Jean -- That was one hot reply

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 15:13

Hi folks.

Just come in from tidying  a couple of borders, and pruning clematis. I have got a pile of dried stuff to burn, no good for compost and the green bin doesn't get emptied until the end of March. It's been lovely outside, quite warm and sunny, hope you have had some nice weather too.

We have got a few daffodils just showing colour alliums popping up, aconites and snowdrops out. I'm never quite sure about pruning hydrangea, but as ours are fairly young plants I go for the gently does it approach and just cut off the old flower heads, and a bit of stem just down to the bud beneath the old flower, it's worked so far but as I say they aren't massive plants. Never really liked them until a few years ago when I wanted something easy to fill a space in the border. We have got Annabelle too,I think its lovely, a bit different.

Check out RHS website, ref  Hydrangea pruning, you'll get all the info there.


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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 10:02

Morning All.

I have just posted on another browser and then the d***** thing froze, so have changed browser and started again, looks like it's going to be one of those days. My other posting might be somewhere in cyberspace or not

Sunny here this morning, but we had a hard frost, ice on the ponds, not white blouse weather.

Just going to make breakfast, egg, bacon and tomatoes, Sunday treat then out into the wilderness to try and do a bit of something. Noticed we have some sweet violets in flower.

Have a good day, don't do too much.


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Posted: 16/02/2013 at 08:46

Morning All.

Gary,-- Just goes to show how much peoples opinions differ. I thought last nights French Gardens was the worst one of all in the series. Didn't know whether we were watching a programme on French impressionist painters or gardens. The only garden I really liked was Monet's and then it had an English Head Gardener. We visited it a few years ago, and yes it is beautiful especially the water gardens, but give me an English garden any day of the week. But it is only my opinion, so pleased you enjoyed the programme. Vive le difference. Lovely picture of Harlow Car, now that is a garden 

Enjoy your day forkers, make the most of the mild weather, set to get cold again next week.


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Posted: 15/02/2013 at 11:43

Good morning everyone.

Back from the wilds of Warwickshire, beautiful county, but boy was it cold. Lots of snow over Stow on the Wold way, like being in fairy land. You will have to fill me in on anything of importance I have missed, far too many posts to catch up on.

Out into the garden today, far too nice to be indoors.

Love the pansies, Pam. my violas in pots look sick. will have to pick them over and see if I can rescue them, hopefully with a few days warmth they will revive.

We visited a GC in Burford, It was soo expensive didn't buy anything, only garden voucher for SIL birthday oh and a packet of dry cured bacon from farm shop, greatly reduced

Have a nice day folks, must away and do something OH just making coffee. no cake though have got to be good, ate too much on hols.


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