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Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:49

Us too tho I can do without some of the contrived set pieces they show before they dance.   Love the choreography and technique analysis in the week as that helps with our own classes.   OH has a droopy right shoulder following a couple of dislocations and I have back trouble but the tips help with the rest..


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 00:22

For once Peter André wasn't underwhelming but not sure he can keep it up.

I thought Kelly danced very well with some difficult steps but I do have to think the costume and hair departments aren't doing her or Kevin any favours.

Didn't cotton much to Helen's rumba - elegant but stiff and no hips.   Find her cold.

Jeremy was just embarrassing so he can go next please.

Jamelia did better but isn't going far either.

Jay did well with what he had but the choreography wasn't tops.  Nice boy.

Georgia and Anita both excellent.  Amazing footwork from Georgia in the samba and Anita just continues to improve and amaze.

Anton needs to calm down his choreography.  Lots of lovely intricate steps which are probably fine in practice but too much when she's nervous in front of the audience and judges.   Don't think she'll longer.

Thank heavens Carol has gone.   She never got it.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 17:38

That is very pretty Tootles.

I have the plain pink one growing in a very dry, sunny border at the front where I'm happy to let it spread and suppress weeds.   The white one is in a bed bordering my "woodland corner" so gleams at me at night from the gloaming.  It self seeded with gay abandon and invaded the chipped bark path.

I have now planted some of both in another sunny bed and await to see what they do.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:29

Lychnis coronaria.  It self seeds so freely here that it constantly renews itself so any that get tatty over a bad winter can be pulled out with no loss to the border.  I have a white form too and am told by a friend that if I plant them close by they will have pink and white stripey or splodgy babies.

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:30

It depends where you have it planted.  Too close to a wall and it'll be thirsty from the rain shadow.

However, it is normal for clematis to start dropping their leaves now - except the evergreen ones - so leave it be and treat as indicated above next spring so it flowers well and doesn't get bare legged..

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:32

It sounds hungry and thirsty.   Give it a good bucket of water and then mulch with well rotted manure or garden compost.

Next spring, feed it generously with proper clematis food which will release nutrients slowly.  Give it a weekly or fortnightly good drink of liquid tomato feed from the moment leaves first appear to mid summer.

When new leaves start to open, prune it back to the highest pair of new buds and remove all the dead growth above.  Train all new shoots as horizontally as possible when new shoots start to grow out.  


After flowering, dead head and feed and you will get another flush of flowers if it is a group 2.  If it's a group 1 it won't flower again till next spring but should put on fresh new growth that will flower the following year.   Either way, it just needs a light prune to keep tidy once the spring flush of flowers is over.  feed every year and don't let it get thirsty.

Prayer plant crispy leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:47

They like humidity so try it on the bathroom windowsill instead or stand it on a tray of wet pebbles.  To water, rather than give it an occasional dribble, plunge its pot in water till bubbles stop rising then drain till it stops dripping and return to its usual cache-pot.  Do this weekly and it should be fine.

Have you ever potted it in or refreshed the compost?  Try doing that too and maybe give it a couple of sticks of slow release fertiliser for leafy houseplants.

Cleaning decking next to plants.

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 20:27

I have a friend who has done it for a large deck at the back of her very modern villa/bungalow.  It keeps her safe and doesn't look rustic at all.

It's your neck.

Birch in hot climates

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 18:12

Birch trees grow very well in cool, damp climates and don't like being dry at their feet so I suspect you're on a hiding to nothing trying to grow one in Sicily, even if you plant it next to a stream that never dries out.

I assume you' like it for the bark which can be pale white or pink or brown depending on the variety.  I would suggest a eucalyptus which is far better suited to the heat of Sicily and won't need constant watering.  Some of them have very attractive bark in colours similar to birch.

Tracking Down Plants

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 17:52

It's been a very unusual, but lovely, late summer going into autumn with dry spells, warm days, clear skies and cool nights giving us late flowers and fabulous foliage colour.   Dahlias still blooming well and roses having yet another strong flush.  Rudbeckias, choreopsis, Michelmas daisies, chelone, hardy gernaiums, sedums, persicaria and Japanese anemones still going strong.

We've had some rain this afternoon but it's set to stay dry and warm for the next week again.   Good - I still have bulbs to plant and perennials to move around.

Normally by now we've already had heavy rains and deep frosts gales.  I can cope with this kind of autumn.

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