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Posted: 06/07/2016 at 11:00

Funnily enough Welsh is the only bit of UK blood I don't have.  The rest is English, Danish, Irish and Scots but I don't do football either way.   Hope they do well though.   Got to love their team spirit.

We've had a sunny start to the day but have been running important errands.   Now it's clouding over again but supposed to stay dry.  Academic as I have to stay indoors and clear up mess and wet bits after recent gales took off some roof tiles so wet insulation to dry out.  Old farmhouse roof so no waterproof layer under the tiles.   Lovely.

Pat - Possum gets very impatient with me when I can't follow "simple" instructions for fancy features on my mobile phone or even know I can do fancier things.  I use it as a phone and for texting which seems enough for a phone to me.    Bit like her not being able to drive a washing machine beyond a normal 40C wash.

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what dunnit?

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 10:46

NUt - having been problem free for years, I have recently developed an allergic reaction to goose grass and now have to wear gloves to deal with it and sleeves and long trousers and boots when wading in to fish it out of shrubs and tall perennials.   Otherwise my skin goes sore and red with a nasty rash.

Don't have any bamboo and a freak -32C killed off my eleagnus in 2009 so can't help with those.

Clematis doing well this year!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 10:34

Lovely clems MP and very well behaved growing through shrubs.  I have mine growing mostly up trellis and obelisks and recent unseasonal gales mean they have been blasted off their supports into untidy leeward heaps and tangles.  The ones growing through trees and shrubs have fared better.

What is encouraging is that Peverill Peach has re-appeared after going underground last year and another big blue clem has come back after a 3 year disappearing act.  Probably Mrs Cholmondley but who knows?  Label long gone.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 17:17

5 hours of weeding and potting up.  Barrow loads of weeds to the compost heaps.  Found geum Mrs Bradshaw being swamped so dug them up and potted them and replaced with deep red hemerocallis with a yellow throat which will be much tougher.

Then found my dwarf white Michaelmas daisies were being swamped and eaten so they've come up and been potted - about 15 babies for a new white bed I'm planning.   Now to find something to replace them with.

It is still cool and very bluster and very dark with low grey clouds.  Supposed to warm up a bit at the weekend.  I'll believe it when I see it.   Despite all the wet the place is heaving with ants and I lost count of the slugs.   They've even laid waste to the foliage on my purple phlomis this year.   Yuk!  

Off for a well eared shower now and maybe a glass of wine with dinner.   OH has picked a load of redcurrants to have with ice cream.


Posted: 05/07/2016 at 12:31

It is cool and grey and blowy but dry so far.  I'm waiting for an emergency roof man to come and replace some tiles blown off in recent gales - right down low so not spotted till we saw a damp patch in the blue bedroom I have just painted.  B****r!

Once he's here I can get out in the garden to play with Marie-Christine who comes to help for 5 hours every other week.  She's a treasure who has formal horticultural training and brings me spares of her plants in exchange for some of mine.   

I'd love to here Busy's talk too.    Shall we book a coach?  I can make some muffins for the journey.   Might have to be the Magic Bus to get us all in and there on time.

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Posted: 04/07/2016 at 23:33

HI Busy.  Glad you got home eventually and that you had a good time.

I don't get "Page can't be displayed" but it does sometimes hang on me mid post so I have to log out and start again or I click on the back arrow and nothing happens and it locks itself so I have to shutdown my internet connection.


Posted: 04/07/2016 at 22:30

It is consistently so cool and wet and grey and stormy here that I have been curled up with a rug on the sofa this evening starting Xmas red and green cross stitch on a border for a wee guest hand towel.   We have also started snacking on last year's Xmas cake which we forgot about with winter being so relatively warm.

Talk about Topsy Turvy!

If it ever gets warm enough to ripen our raspberries so they aren't just watery I may well make a lemon drizzle cake with raspberries.  Looks gorgeous.

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 22:20

Not steak but maybe literal and liberal bs1t.  Or equine.

Did you see the size of the one Carol was walking underneath in GW?

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Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 20:04

With wider leaves I hope.

Moving roses.

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 19:18

I've been doing this for a while now but mostly to rescue roses not doing too well in crowded borders.

Make sure their root ball is well watered about an hour before you want to move it and then, as ladybird says, dig up as much as you can.  I then re-plant in decent sized pots - just large plastic ones about 50 to 60cms wide and deep and fill with good quality John Innes 3 type compost and water well.   Then I remove broken, sickly or spindly branches and take off all buds and flowers.    

Keep in a shady spot for a week or two while they get over the shock and then they can cope with partial sun as long as you water regularly.   I'm leaving mine in their pots at least a whole season so they redevelop a strong root system before being planted out in a well prepared bed.

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