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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 11:30

Jo, the greenhouse will keep, I washed mine down in October but will wash it again in spring.
A white one again today in Stockton and not letting up at all, nothing to go out for as some are coming here.
Large Ham cooking and now for the rest.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 17:07

"Vino" Jo, you try the Grappa we ran tanks on it.
Stockton was looking quite bright until seeing a car trying to get up the bank out front, we had no white frost although a snap frost had caused black ice, it was still there when I ventured onto the lane for a paper. Now that is a big adventure what do they train drivers to do these days, it must all be in summer on dry roads.
The antics on the lane would have won the Strictly Waltz comp. they cannot drive with water down or ice, snow, black ice, fair weather drivers with phones permanently glued to their ears in charge of a tonne of lethal metal that can kill.
Rant over.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 14:03

Stockton sunny and clear, a heavy overnight frost still on the front and never moved.
Zoomer I went for a run on the A177 Durham road and had to turn back, water lay in every dip in the road, the sun was shining but nothing will shift that water until the fields dry a bit. Today the fields are ice rinks.
Shopping was a nightmare, I was in early but so was everyone else, the check out girl said she would take her time with me because I was smiling, most had the grumps.


vine eyes

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:57

Vine eye's are normally three inches long plus one and a half inches of thread and come in packs, the wire comes in rolls together can be expensive.
A pack of six inch nails or screws can come much cheaper, nails or screws into fence poles and screws into plugs in brick walls. Twine stretched over the nails/screws will support sweet-peas, the green wire from garden shops will support Clematis and Pyracantha as Crissie says will not need support.
I have used all the above and find they do the job, twine will last a year the green wire lasts two or three and the vine eye's supporting my Paul's scarlet rose on the wall have lasted 23 years. It is easy to cut the strings on sweetpeas roll it all up and bin it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:39

Stockton on the mad raging Tees is mild this morning as I put the bins out, partly cloudy so the box tells me and it is right. The Coastal weather front is clear out over the North Sea, slightly cloudy inland and no frost.
Jo, my way with self seeders is a walk around the garden every morning with my dads old long handled Dutch hoe, it reaches to the back of the border and loosens up the top soil.
Engineers do not feel the cold, we are used to working out in the open in all weathers, we think it normal, put your fur coat on Jo. "oops" I mean false fur not the real thing. (do not wish to upset anyone, "err" well not too many of them).


Cutting wet lawns?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:46

Just read this thread and comments.
Firstly you need it to be dry to cut grass with anything and that includes a ride on mower as I found out, Imagine the thing from the bog??
Secondly the explanation of why it cannot be exchanged at the moment sounds plausible to me.
If you write or have written to B&Q telling them all the circumstances they should let you take it in when you can or even better pick it up and exchange it.
All goods sold must do the job they were designed for.
Cutting long grass needs a bit of craft, blades right up then slowly lower them over the next few dry days, I walk the lawns to make sure there is nothing to damage the blades, kids throw stones sticks balls etc.
The poster asked for advice, let us give that.


greenhouse woes.

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:29

Geoff is correct, I lift them strip them dust them and cram them in pots in the garage, it has never been below zero in there and never lost more than the odd one out of boxes of them. Too late for cuttings now, as soon as you wake them up late February/march then take cuttings and keep on doing it.
Plants are much tougher than we think.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:20

"Rain" the gazette last night showed pictures of the flooding in Stockton, from here it is all downhill to the River which was raging over the Barrage so we were cut off again, I did not go out so it was a surprise, more so for those in the floods. Hartlepool had floods and the main roads including the A1 and A19 were closed in parts.
Today is cloudy, to the north clear sky south to the hills very dour, a bit wet out there though only a drizzle.
Looked out at the garden and smiled, the free standing bushes of Golden privet look like bottled sunshine, the dogwood stems a lovely red, Primroses along the border and the multi colours of the bushes, I know why we bother so much with the gardens, they lift the spirit.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 14:09

Pepperted, it is called micro climate, we are normally three to four weeks behind the South here but we were having days of warm dry weather when everyone else got cold rain. If you have south facing sheltered gardens you will get many plants early as with my primroses, south facing sheltered from east and north winds they are comfortable. My Son lives thirty minutes from me in the Vale of York, they get hit with rolling frost where we on the coast never see that.
Still sunshine here it is drying nicely out there.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 12:39

"Rain" I have sunshine lighting up the room, blue sky above (we do have a roof I looked out the window) and Primroses blooming in the garden. One day floods hours later all back to normal.
Not really keen on Tete a Tete, the scent puts me off, I did plant several hundred bulbs in October, I love Daf's and Tulips although those Primroses certaily put a smile on my face.


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