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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. 

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:59

OH's mum had a 25yr old Kenwood that needed fixing so I wasn't allowed it when she died.   I live in hope of a proper jobby in the sales one day.

The recipe is here if anyone wants it - I fold in th epistachios rather than messing about with layering and i've done it with frozen (thawed) morello cherries when I couldn't get fresh cranberries.   There's a cracking recipe for chocolate raspberry brownies on that site too and not to heavy on the calories.

Is it worth having a garden professionally designed?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:48

I wanted a garden with plants and that eveolved to suit my available time, budget and changing family needs so no designer fo me.

I do love the look of some designed gardens but they mostly have too much hard landscaping and too few plants and are more oudoor rooms than places for plants and wildlife to thrive.   I love seeing the show gardens at Chelsea but I'm interested in the plants used rather than the hard stuff so am often disappointed by the big ones - except Chris Beardshaw who always has mostly plants, Cleve West who does sublime plants and Diarmuid Gavin does wonderful planting schemes too if you can see past the whacky, distraction of his design.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:34

I also have dyslexic fingers.  Sorry about all the typos.

While OH is out I shall pot on my tomato and chilli seedlings in the kitchen where it's warmer than the garage.    I can soak and clean pots while I'm at it.

I have a cranberry and pistachio chocolate brownie cake in the oven for tonight's dance club committee meeting.  I've told OH I need a Kenwood or a Kitchen Aid soonest.   At the mo I have to make do with a hand held mixer and a food processor, depending on what I'm making.

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