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Posted: Yesterday at 10:01


Busy-Lizzie - only in France could you have "motley patisserie trays" for your plants....



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 22:13
SGL - I think Ashdale was going to see Monty today as well - hope (s)he enjoyed it as much as me.
Panda - I have tried your cheese scones in the past - they were yummy! Mine are sometimes more like cheese biscuits!
Matty - best wishes - you are doing really well.
Dove - solved the Connect Wall number 2 - Bohemian Rhapsody a bit of a give away for anyone of my age


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 19:17

Certainly is a good night Dove. We have to watch Only Connect on pause TV so we can pause it to do the wall. Have definitely got better at it over the last couple of series - must have started to understand how the brains that set them work.

I think OH's favourite bit is the opening sequence when he gets to see whether or not Vicky is showing cleavage - men don't seem to develop much beyond the age of about 16 do they??


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 19:00

Evening all - has been bitterly cold here in Suffolk with a couple of snow showers. Spent an enjoyable morning in the 16th century (transcribing wills at our local records office) and then had a really lovely afternoon with Monty Don (& a couple of hundred other people!). He was really entertaining talking about the development of his own garden and career and then about some of the gardens he has visited world wide.

He came across as a really nice person - very self deprecating - and everybody seemed to thoroughly enjoy the afternoon. Can thoroughly recommend if anybody has the opportunity to go at another venue. Nigel got more than one mention!

Raspberry canes and hydrangea were delivered while I was out - so a little job for tomorrow I think.

My lovely OH is cooking dinner so time for a G&T in front of the fire  then University Challenge, Only Connect and Rick Stein in Australia - great day all round 

Creeping Dogwood

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:55

I would think they would be ok Tanty although I haven't grown them myself. If nobody else can give you more definite information, why not try digging up one plant and seeing how much root etc comes up with it. If it looks like a nice root ball I would think you would be ok to transplant them.

The plant is increased by division so is (presumably) suitable for digging up and hacking about. If you find that you get lots of bits coming away rather than a nice bunch of roots you could try potting the 'bits' up to grow them on that way before reusing them.

Good luck 

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:46

Dear old Des - him of the original fake tan & white teeth - used to quite fancy him when I was about 13 

john innes seed compost

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:41

I thought compost for sowing seed was intentionally low in nutrients anyway - so I wouldn't be too worried about that aspect of storing it. You should be ok as long as the bag is intact - it is a bit of a nightmare rehydrating compost which has completely dried out - only suitable for use as a soil improver really.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:34

Yvie - it sounds as though your hubby has a real issue around bees (presumably wasps too?)

We have a friend who was badly stung by a wasp as a very young child & is now quite phobic about them. He is a commercial pilot & one got into the flight deck ....

Fortunately he had a co-pilot to look after the plane while one of the cabin crew dealt with the wasp. Obviously could have been very serious if it had happened during landing or take off - but it was just instinct for him to wildly flail about and then run out of his seat. 

Don't know what the passengers thought - but he had to go for a tea & biscuits chat with his senior pilot... 

PS: Really, really hope it is not a rat in the car - I would die if I found one in mine (probably quite literally, if it happened while I was driving).

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:20
pansyface wrote (see)

I think they taste like cat pee when they are raw. Not that I would know......

Can't take you anywhere Pansy.... 

Perki - Blackcurrants are a bit like gooseberries - you might find a nice sweet one off the bush - but they usually need to be cooked with some sweetener to be enjoyable.

I believe some raw white currants taste a bit like grapes.

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:57

Thank you for your help Perki - I'll look at the varieties you suggest. Fortunately I have a reasonable sized space for growing the bushes and we love to eat the produce 

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