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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 23:45

So right Posh as an engineer I love all those big smoking lumps of metal the Victorians were good at, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a hero to me. I suppose we still have many things they made so a few of their ailments can be expected.
A wee tot before I limp off to bed will kill the pain.
As my mother would say, "stop yer whinging, go chop some sticks that will cure it" and that was for everything from double pneumonia to having a leg off.


DIY Cold frame

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:27

Having made several cold frames the rules are simple. Back higher than front, sides sloping to fit back and front together and top window on good hinges plus overlapping the side and front slightly.
Depending on what pots you are putting in or even if planting into the soil as with a nursery bed depends on the height 12 inches back to 9 inches front or 18 inches back to 12 inches front it all depends on what you need. Four 2x2 inch corner stiffeners to fasten the side to with screws and a device to hold the lid open at various heights. Once sitting in position its own weight will hold it, more so with double glazing.
It should get plenty of light although South facing may be too hot, it needs a sheltered spot. and the thing to remember is at ground level with cover the soil will be a lot warmer inside than out, remember to water and open on warm days closing each night.
Hope this helps


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 18:09

Italophile, meals ready to eat then, lovely place Italy from Easter on, much worse than the UK in winter though.
Still have sunshine here on Teesside as it has been all day, not done me much good though with a touch of gout, better stay off the Port Wine and Lobster then or was it the Devon-Somerset scones.


Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 13:53

OK Frank, in future check out your reference books when making a guess, Quince I should have know having eaten plenty of quince jam.
Hibiscus I am afraid I would never have guessed coming from the North East it would be either an indoor plant or grown in a sheltered very sunny spot, I saw plenty of it  and Neria (Oleander) abroad with the army with its wonderful scent.
As it is inhereted the person putting the plant in must have known what they were doing. No more guesses then.


Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:19

Flowers looks very like Magnolia although they would have flowered by now.
The fruit is Apple looking at the leaves and shape.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:12

Wecome Sunnydays, we are having one here on Teesside with blue sky and some cloud although cooler.
You will find a friendly lot, willing to help so join in what ever is going on at the time.


Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 15:59

OK Gracie, never heard of it, are you thinking of Eupatorium "Joe pye weed" it is a semi shrub and likes some shade and damp although they are more red-pinkish flowers.


Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 12:07

Actaea is Baneberry which should grow to two or three feet high, Alba or Red, fluffy flowers and poisonous berry's.
This plant is probably a hybrid and with this years weather could have sprouted beyond its potential. Likes shaded conditions and peaty soil, it has found its ideal position. I sugest you approach it whith a whip and a chair.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 09:04

Teesside has sunshine blue sky with some white cloud, so no lights needed this morning.
The windows are open and it is warm, I think some of the light must be from the huge golden glow of the Crocosmia Jackanapes which this year has gone wild, most of it will need to come out after it has flowered.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 23:05

"Err I pass" Posh, Scones Jam and Clotted cream with Lapsang Souchong on top no thanks. Sounds a bit like those Camel pies we once had to eat although they always tasted of Bully Beef..
We Northern woad warriors eat some wonderful concoctions often wrapped in pastry but I like my Scones with cream and jam nothing else. My daughter was here for lunch and she mentioned the scones we got at Windermere, they were indeed good but although they served a jug of clotted cream they spoilt it with one of those little pots of Hotel Jam, I was telling her the Devon-Somerset Jam always strawberry came warm and runny you spooned it on.
The weather here in Stocken did brighten to a grey sky and rain then when that passed over we got blue sky and sun, it all looks more promising for tomorrow we will see.


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