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Posted: 30/08/2012 at 07:33

Good morning all, let's hope we have a better day weather wise.

Have you all got it out of your system, you naughty people?. Mind you she or he did ask for it. Life's too short to take too seriously. Pity Geoff is away he would certainly have had something to say. I had a good laugh anyway.

Did any of you manage to watch any of the Paralympics opening ceremony?. I kept dipping in and out, but enjoyed what I saw.

Must away, cats to feed, burglar alarms to battle with, life is just one big bundle of fun. 

Have nice day.

Chris x


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:09

Nr Lincoln.

Cool and wet at the moment, glad we got a lot done in the garden yesterday, not much happening today

We set crops for winter in the veg garden but poor germination and growing has left us with not a lot, just leeks, a few cabbages, and purple flowering broccoli. Will be freezing every available runner bean that we get. I usually give a lot away..

ID this plant for me please???

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 10:11

Gardenfanatic. ----They were sown in about March/April can't be too sure of month but it was springtime, from a free packet of seed we had had some time. We didn't know if they would germinate being fairly old seed, but they came up like grass, no problem at all. You can buy the seed from just about any seed company. I can't tell you the variety, sorry. You can also take cuttings but as I have never tried I can't help you there. No doubt some one on the forum will tell you when and how.

Best of luck.


 PS--most of the diascias are treated as half hardy annuals, but will overwinter if kept in a sheltered/frost free place. We have to take them into the greenhouse if we want to keep them, them it's touch and go. I have kept a white one for my hanging basket for several years, hope to do the same with these from this years sowing.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 21:56

We always grow gardeners delight. We have tried various ones but always return to them for salads. The year we have also grown Alicante, for chutney and soups and one yellow tomato, golden sunrise. We have had a good crop from all 3 varieties, but will not be growing the yellow tomato again, not very good flavour or texture. We usually try to ring the changes so I am following this thread with interest to see if anyone has a really good, flavoursome, good cropping tomato to recommend. We grow our toms in a greenhouse.


Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:37

I love Hollyhocks but every time I try them they get rust.

Are there some varieties that are rust resistant?

I haven't considered them for some years, but would like to give them another go.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 10:07

Good morning all.

Lovely day here in Lincolnshire, blue skies coolish breeze, but hope temperature will improve as day goes on. Must have had overnight rain as things are soggy.

Have a nice day.


ID this plant for me please???

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 07:53

Yes it's diascia. We grew some very successfully from seed this year.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 07:20

Good morning all. Yes I agree Glyn, not too sure about pop music at the Tattoo

David, What have you heard ref Geoff being able to swim?.

Dan. The Queen certainly didn't look happy that night, lets hope she enjoys the opening of the Paralympics more!

Have a nice day, apparently the weather is going to be better today.

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Posted: 27/08/2012 at 22:24

Yes Dan great photo. We have a pheasant in what was an old orchard behind our garden, now just grubbed up waste land. We can hear it calling and sometimes it sits on the gazebo roof. They are such beautiful birds, but not much good at long flights, it just swoops about.

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Posted: 27/08/2012 at 20:50

 Wow! Glyn, that's very kind of you, but I have just ordered some from J Parker, they are going to keep some for me when they get stock, £1.85 for 10, but I really appreciate your offer. Is the garden centre near Todmorden? We used to visit one there some years ago when we were in Yorkshire seeing friends, if it is the same one, I remember it as being excellent, but may be I haven't got the right  one.

We have just been watching the Edinburgh Tattoo, what a show! really enjoyed it,I am going to google the drummers Top Secret as I didn't get the info on them, they were amazing. then getting ready to watch New Tricks.

Our daughter and OH should have come for a meal tonight but I got a phone call to say she had a very bad cold and didn't want to give it to us, so they didn't come.  We will be eating cold roast pork all week. Luckily I hadn't done anything else other than defrost the meat.

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