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Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 22:26

It has turned white outside!  And we have to take Possum and a friend to Antwerp to support their teacher in a Hip Hop competition.   We'll be rugging up warms and taking blankets and chocolate just in case.

Maybe while we're out the rest of the chillies will pop while I'm not watching.

Geoff - get that ceiling painted so you're free to garden when it's better weather.

Talkback: Growing hellebores from seed

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 17:39

Hellebores don't like root disturbance so if you do split it it will at best sulk and at worst die.    I'd plant it as it is and hope it makes babies and then maybe split it in a couple of years when you have reserves.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 16:54

Well done you.  Too bitterly cold here for even going out to cut back dead stems on perennials and the ground is hard.

However we are apparently expecting sunshine on Monday and Tuesday and temps just above zero so I'm hopeful of getting out there for a while on Monday, after the scientists have been for their English class, and most of Tuesday.    Hope to get lots of the spring clear up done.

Weeping willow..well something similar.

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 14:47

I can't think pf any weeping evregreen that will stay small so checked on teh RHS plant selector and got 0 results.   You may have to settle for something that has winter or early spring blossom or catkins but I would go for an acer Sango Kaku which doesn't weep but grows slowly, has bright coral coloured stems all year and very good foliage colour from the new shoots in spring to the autumn leaf colour.

You could also consider a smaller, hummocky formed acer but it too will be deciduous.

I have grown a Kilmarnock willow.  It did well for 2 years, grew far too thickly and vigorously for the next 3 and needed constant hair cuts and then it died.  A friend grew one and hers died suddenly as well.

The only weeping evregreen I can find is Cupressus cashmeriana which will get to 8 metres.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 14:39

Have you tried putting sand paper under the offending bit of your door and just swinging it back and forth?  Worked for me on a door last year.  Need to do it with the back door now except I think that's swollen with the damp and will fix itself naturally if we ever get any warm dry weather.

OH and I love lentil and bacon soup, pea and ham and any variation on that theme.  I shall make some next weekend as Possum, who doesn't like any of the above, will be away on a scool trip for 10 days.

I have Christmas basil doing well and summerr savoury getting leggy and have pinched out my sweet peas.   Waiting for OH to get back now so i can take the car out.  It's automatic so easy.  T'other is manual and I can't do that with a dodgy foot.


Posted: 23/03/2013 at 13:35

You don't need to use garlic spray.  Thinly scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets around your hostas and any other susceptible plants every 2 weeks till June starting on Valentine's day cos it's easy to remember.   This way you'll get the ones coming out of winter hibernation and the ones just hatching from eggs and all before they have time to scoff your treasures or breed.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 13:30

Stephen - I have chillies which are taking their own sweet time at germinating considering the first babies popped up 2 weeks ago and some are only just poking up.  This morning 3 more had appeared and I check them every half hour as I pass.

Didn't take me long to pot up the 18 Tumbler red toms and 12 Black Russians taht were ready.  The last 6 BR's and the chillies still only have their seed leaves.   Kitchen all clean again and I'm making marmalade.  That won't take long either so I'll have to think of something else such as popping out for more small pots and some trays ready for the next lot of babies.

Coffee and cake first.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:43

Or drink decaf.  I pondered putting polytunnels over my PSB and cavolo nero for this winter but the decided against it because of the winds we get.  Wish I had now as they both got frozen to mush.

As a result, I've sown PSB early this year aiming to get a crop in autumn and will protect what's left for the winter and hang what it looks like.   They're doing well and are ready to pot on.

Off to wake up the teenager now.   She has to do some studying before she goes off to do her theatre piece this evening.   We're going tomorrow night - Joy - French comedy drama done by teenage amateurs.  I shall need a lot of chocolate!


Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:06

Hi Bunny.    It's trying to snow here now but is a bit faint hearted.    Bread and scones and home made pizza dough sound lovely but after 7 weeks of blobbing in the sofa while my foot heals I can't afford such goodies for a while.

I have cleared the decks in the kitchen apart from the teenager who has not yet surfaced to have her breakfast.   She might have to eat it on the hoof as I'm about to cover the table in a plastic cloth and get down and dirty with my tomato and chilli babies and their new pots.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 08:15

All sorts of critters here but then I'm surrounded by arable fields and pasture so moles, ordinary rats, musk rats, assorted mice and voles.    Haven't had to concrete them out though.

Figrat - how very rare you are.  I've only met one other person who disliked chocolate, a couple who can resist and one who is allergic to it.  

Cold and grey here today and OH has indeed gone out to play golf so i'm definitely going to potter and pot in the kitchen. 

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