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Posted: 06/06/2016 at 09:07

We had a spectacular storm last night.  It suddenly became very dark as we watched huge clouds sweeping towards us from the north east and then the lightening started, the thunder clapped and the heavens opened.    More expected this evening apparently and probably tomorrow..

Busy - hope today goes well for you and your friends and that the weather isn't too bad for the weekend for you and DD.

Linda - my BIL and SIL both have AF and it's kept under control with meds and changes to diet.  Their mother had it too so OH has been checked and is fine - but he's had a healthier diet and always been more active.  I hope all goes well for your OH.

I have a cake to bake this morning to take to English Conversation reunion with my scientists.  Rhubarb something since it's growing like triffids at the mo.

Minor disaster - I have mislaid the bag with all my patchwork homework - 4 table sets and 2 to finish, 11 completed blocks for a quilt and 2 pinned ready to sew, reverse applique project ready to stitch.   Chinese embroidered dragon with patchwork panel to make a wall hanging........  Off to turn the place inside out while the cake bakes.

Easter Cactus

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 20:20

Ours trails.  Bits fall off occasionally but it's never pruned.   I did pot it on a couple of years ago and I do feed it for a couple of months a year leading up to Xmas which is when ours flowers.

Sick Weeping Willow tree in pot

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 20:11

Do it a kindness and re-home it.

Ride on mower issues

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:23

We have ours serviced every winter - thorough clean, oil change, blades sharpened, battery checked and so on  - and yes, it does cost about €200 a time but that's mainly labour.   Worth it tho to have fuss free lawn mowing in the growing season.

what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:19

It may be leaf spot which is a symptom of poor air circulation around the plant.   If it is, you need to remove the affected foliage and then give this plant and its neighbour a good dollop of slow release clematis food to help them fight off disease and be careful not to splash the remaining foliage when watering.

When you attach trellis to a support to train clematis and other climbing plants it is always a good idea to put battens on the wall, fence or shed and attach the trellis to that.  It lets a bit more air circulate behind the plant stems and leaves as they grow.  It looks as tho you've done that but maybe you could use thicker battens?

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:09

No gardening all week as it's been just too wet for 8 days solid.  Been a bit busy with other stuff as there's lots going on here.  

The sun has finally peaked feebly thru the haze this pm and I have potted up 3 lots of lilies bought at Chelsea last week - Hot Spot, Nepalense and Salmon Star.  All perfumed and designed to contrast with my luscious Firebolt lilies.

Now to cook dinner - roast chuck - and think about which bit of jungle to tackle first tomorrow - assuming it isn't raining again.

Shrub ID please

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 16:53

Thanks Flowerlady.  I have that in my own garden and the stems are similar but the leaves a bit different.  I planted mine in a woodland corner and, as the taller trees and shrubs provide more shade, it has migrated forwards towards the light with great vigour...........  

Shrub ID please

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:16

A friend of mine has been growing this and has lost the label so can't look it up to see why it is just sitting there and not doing anything - same size for 2 years now.   Her soil is very free draining and contains lots of coal heap slag but she and her OH do work in loads of compost every year to improve it.

If you chaps can identify it she can maybe work out what else it needs to flourish.


Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:03

The sun has come out here.  First time in 8 days!  Bit hazy but very welcome.  More rain expected tho we should be dry by Wednesday.   Good.  So much to catch up on in the rain forest out there.

I do like all the pics on here today, photos and drawings.  Off to investigate re-sizing now as I have a plant that needs an ID.

I also really like the bold typeface some have been adopting lately.  So much less tiring to read.  Maybe we could all adopt it whilst waiting for a fix that will suit the visually challenged.

Using mirrors to to direct the sunlight

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:54

It does seem very lonely all by itself.  Why not move it closer to the others so it gets more sun naturally and plant some ground cover shade lovers to cover up all that bare soil.

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