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Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:28

Made a cake - now cooling - nothing special Vikki Sponge filled with Forage jam

Also sowed my sunflowers - 5 varieties - here's hoping

Catastrophe though - OH found my cool house on its side and badly damaged by wind, was already in a not very good state after last storm. Last years clematis cuttings seem Ok but my carefully nurtured Larkspur . Tiny seedlings, managed to retrieve some, some were on the stones and some were floating in a tray of water. The other tray just gone, so I have turned out the compost in the hope that something may appear. Seedlings are recovering, potted in compost in GH.

Right going to jam above cake

Badgers, there is one lane here we use regularly and there is often a dead badger or 2 by side of road

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:17

I have planted sunflowers, I had 5 varieties - only 2 were shop bought, rest were 'free with' packets.

I have put them in one of those module trays with 40 planting holes so 8 of each in the hope I get 6. I will pot them on into plastic drinking cups which are about the right size, then plant some into garden but some into containers

That is the plan - with my previous success with them it could be all 'pie in the sky'. I have already said that for wedding next year we may just buy some bunches from the local SM - didn't go down very well with daughter 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 13:48


Blowing an absolute gale here. Did have to bravely venture outside and across to GH as needed some pots, rushed back to safety though.

Cat has just streaked across garden, she doesn't like wind either!

I have pricked out a couple of lots of seedlings, next is to sow sunflowers but have to make a decision - sow sunflowers or make cake 

Love North Norflok, it was on our list as the place to retire to until my Mother refused to go so far away from family, so we ended up in Worcestershire - love it here, but no sea to walk by

Watched Montalbano last night, nothing else much on as you all said!!

Love the idea of rhubarb crumble and clotted cream - thanks Dove 

Use Crocus a lot as well, only one duff one which was replaced without argement


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 13:18

I held up the octopussy type roots, worked out y shape which way up and just put them in a large pot to suit the size and length.

That was a couple of years ago, Put them in garden when growing and last year was rewarded very nicely

I'm sure some will argue no but mine had no special treatment

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:33

As it is so horrible I may sow a sample of sunflowers to see how long they take to germinate. The propagator is fairly empty waiting for them. That may answer a couple of questions - or not!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:02

It's grim out there 

Do need to go to GH to find some small pots but walking the distance between kitchen door and GH door is not very enticing.

Yesterday I pricked out my zinnias. Did leave me wondering how many flowers you can get from a plant at anyone time. Fairly sure I will need to sow more.

Same with sunflowers, again not sown yet but how many of each variety should I sow, how many flowers AND where on earth will I plant them all

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 17:37

My lovely handsome Oscar was a rescue, we had him at 2 years old and was a loving, crazy, happy companion until he died last November age 141/2. He never left us out of his sight. Not sad just so may wonderful memories;cid=1411397887935-470

Hopefully another one once I am completely well


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 19:05

Never stop learning I find - keeps me going


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 17:06

Over winter them every year, have started them off late this year but should be OK


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 17:02

Vanilla Ice is one of the ones I have. I had thought of starting them off with heat - going to use plastic drinking cups, seem about the right size.

Wonder if it's right - heat that is?

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