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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:54
michael7 wrote (see)

It's absolutely hammering down here in Birmingham. They said on the weather forecast yesterday 'rain followed by showers'. can someone tell me the difference?

yes we only get showers in April hence the song;-

When April showers should come my way
It brings the flowers that bloom in may
And when its raining have no regrets
Because it is'nt raining rain you know
Its raining Violets

We only get the rain the rest of the year;-

Raindrops are falling on my head
And today it felt like a Blacksmiths anvil.



Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:56

Deutzia does not need pruning although I do trim it very slightly into shape after flowering. Mine is Gracilis, most other Deutzia are based on that one, it has masses of white flowers in May June and into July a long last-er and the insects love it.
It likes slight shady area's but not full shade afternoon sun to evening is ideal and Northerly aspects it hates.
Leave until Spring and see what comes, you can prune out very old stems after flowering right down to the base leaving the newer growth.
Hope this helps.


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Posted: 29/08/2012 at 11:44
kate1123 wrote (see)

Frank the image of you and Carol behind the chrysanths is making me laugh.


Must admit, I did not know where to put my hands, I am slightly allergic to Chrysanthemums and with her being able to talk for England was not sure where to stick my lips.
Lovely woman, and knows her stuff.
Belting down here so hanging around instead of doing what I should be doing.


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Posted: 29/08/2012 at 10:31
jean riley wrote (see)

Haha Frank ! I have to say you look very fetching. 

That is me Jean, fetch this fetch that always fetching, I thought those days were over but my daughters believe in keeping me up to speed as Joan would have done. I am beginning to believe women rule this world.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 10:10

They have not looked out of the window again, the box says Stockton on Tees light rain? It is hissing down and has been since early morning.
Zoomer food is already going up, I cook most of my own but standing near two ladies discussing ready meals in Tospots yesterday they were not happy.
My Daughter in California said they are already feeling the hike in prices and Gas (petrol) will soon be $5 a gallon, less than half of what we pay, they do not know they are living.


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Posted: 29/08/2012 at 10:02

OK where did you get the photo of the lads and myself, they are not supposed to be published. We had just come back from sorting a mob of Chelsea pensioners who had seen Carol in the flower tent and all wanting a kiss. We chased them out and I kissed her behind the Chrysthanthemums.
Well there are perks for the job??


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Posted: 28/08/2012 at 15:04

Right then Kate CCTV is very easy to fool, put a screen up in front of his camera with a rolling video of an empty garden then go in disguised of course, how about the Grim Reaper with a chain saw instead of a scythe and hack it to bits. A loud recording of P Mc (ex Beatle) should make him put ear muffs on, it certainly makes me reach for mine. The scene of devastation should have him thinking the wrath of Odin has hit him.
On the other hand for a small fee I could arrive at midnight with my cross cut saw and fell the lot, I am a big lad, he would think twice, Frank Chaos Mayhem being my middle names.


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Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:03
kate1123 wrote (see)


Frank I appreciate what you are saying about pots, but some of my issues are his ignoring the boundary between his and my garden, he told me one day that he had planted the roses in my front garden, I was so flabergasted I could not reply.

I have custard creams but no cake

Kate I am speechless at the fact you were too flabbergasted to say anything, all I can think is you were in shock. Chop out the roses (after flowering of course) and sling them over his Russian Vines then plant Japanese Knot weed or Bamboo that will make him move on, mind it could take the rest of your life getting rid of it when he goes.
They do say we can do as we wish in our own garden so burying a bootle of killer with a drip feed top on his vine root should do something.


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Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:02

Russian vine roots do not usually go deep they travel, when mine came out I found tangles of root twenty feet away, I followed it from the plant out of curiosity.
It was on stony ground so if Kate has some nice soft earth it is probably winding round like a coil.
I have a huge bed of Japanese Anemone that started life next door on a north facing fence and crept through to my side south facing, they now have none at all. They are all in bloom at the moment and I love them but they are also invasive. As that side is stony ground it holds them in check although if they ever cross the drive they will take off so I watch them.


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Posted: 28/08/2012 at 10:18

Sorry I could not bore you all to tears yesterday with ancient history it was the usual three falls day with this site on holiday weekends, to day it was back to normal.
Russian Vine is a brute, I put one on the stony side of the drive to cover a wall and it did but only in summer then I discovered its rope like roots had wandered right along and into my Herb area so out it came along with yards of root which had wandered all over the place, it will certainly suck up any moisture around.
Kate you will never grow anything there so put your plants in pots after covering the strip of soil with gravel.
I see we are going to get Wartime Farm, some of us had a field day with Edwardian farm and this is more in our lifetime so we will see.


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