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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 14:08

Gardening??, no we hybenate until sometime after my birthday in February, it would take a jack hammer to lift a weed if there were any, gardening is to enjoy not head out into the storm saying I may be some time.


Snow frolics

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 11:49

Lily, NE England, one foot in the north sea, our weather is dictated by that the coastal weather front nearly always in sight if not directly above, we have our own microcosm as they say. On good days i can see over the Tees valley to the Cleveland hills, today the woods at the bottom of the bank are hidden in mist and the birds are coughing and hiding under the eves of the house. I keep the feeders full and water free from frost, we do what we can.


Snow frolics

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 10:22

Solid white frost, birds skating on water bath, cannot see the woods at the bottom of the hill and car all white. Oops it is white. Birds now swimming in defrosted baths and fresh food though it nearly froze my err arms off.



Posted: 17/01/2016 at 00:28

Hello Fanny fan, Hefie in Anhui appears to be a very large modern city in the Eastern provinces. Do you have a garden?


PS it is after midnight here.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 23:19

Thanks will pass on good wishes to Pamela who is out dancing tonight loose screw will be doing last waltz about now. Bitter cold though clear today, house full of family and dogs, no gardening nor tomorrow, will be cooking Sunday lunch and clearing up, cannot have my cleaning lady coming into a mess?


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 10:20

Obilixx, my daughter is having a couple of screws out, they came loose, benn there nearly fifteen years and she learned to dance in that time. An in and out operation next month.

We still have frozen snow, out up the road yesterday i blessed Ford for their heated windscreen and AC it was 2c outside the car. No gardening, do not want to break my spade, luckily the bulbs know the NE weather and stayed out of sight until things warm up. Expecting family and dogs later, better clean up for them to make a mess?


Can a shed with a window and bench be used for a potting shed ?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 12:01

Peanut, warmth for new cuttings is more important than light, if you cannot afford heating then get a deep tray and fill it with grit, bury the pot of cuttings in that it will keep residual heat around the roots. Never overwater that is a killer just damp, stick you finger in the soil if it comes out with a little soil stuck to it then it is ideal. Cover cuttings with a roomy plastic bag, four sticks in the corner of the pot and the bag over them will give a more constant temperature. And of course the other good advice on here turn the pots.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 10:07

Methinks Gardening will get a miss today as it is covered with SNOW and still coming down from overcast skies here in the NE. Oh well we can sit and sort out the plants needed for this year, quite a few of mine are past their sell by date.


Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 23:51

Tetley, must agree the Canal was quite something to see and I had two years to enjoy it or not as we crossed and recrossed it many times at Kantara swing bridge. We did learn it flows North in winter and south in summer and is tidal from the Great Bitter Lake to Port Tewfic near Suez in all it is 121 miles long and the three passing points Lakes Timsah and the two bitter lakes. In my time we controlled the road to Iraq and Iran across the Sinai still British, the red sea ports now tourist areas were dirty fishing villages. We had dust storms but never saw one drop of rain relying on water from the sweet water canal which ran parallel with the ship canal and anything but sweet. You can imagine the three weeks in that small garden of Eden was something I will never forget after months in dry arid desert with only camel thorn and the odd Oasis which were never anything like those portrayed in films, dirty smelly and foul water.

Maybe that small green place added to a film set Oasis with shady trees water you could swim in, good looking Camels with their soft eye's and long lashes  plus unending crates of Stella beer in a cooler could be my dream garden. Such things are dreams made off.


Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 13:50

Enjoy reading the posts although my fantasy garden happened a long time ago and I doubt I could better it so will not try.

Three weeks in hospital, dry and arid six weeks in convalescent camp alongside the Suez canal, dry and arid, the Suez was high brine content so nothing grew, then back to base on the Great bitter lake so salty you could almost lay on the water in a dry and arid area. The only green we saw was a Mirage of water and Date Palms from many miles away. Not quite fit they sent me to the Sergeants mess to look after some Arab workers but my remit was to look after the garden??? "What garden"? so they took me to see it. Imagine a green Eden coming into view and the shock to the system after seeing nothing but desert for months. An enclosed area hung with nets and sacking in bands with a green lawn in the centre sweet scented oleander and Frangipani vines growing over the netting Large stone pots full of flowers. Arab workers sprayed the cloth covers on the side the breeze came from thus providing cool; air over the Lawn, A canvas cover pulled across as the Sun came directly overhead casting shade where the Sergeants could sit and drink, it was heaven on earth and the scents wonderful although Oleander is deadly poison. The Arab gardener had been there almost from the start of the base telling me an old India hand had set the lawn and it had thrived he used grass from the banks of the Nile. My three weeks assisting the Arab gardeners who knew more than me by a long way certainly lifted me back to full health something always in my memory and makes me smile still as I try to guide people on how to keep lawns up to standard.


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