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viburnum bodnantense

Posted: Yesterday at 18:11


viburnum bodnantense

Posted: Yesterday at 17:37

I find these to be very well behaved plants. They can grow nice and tall if you want them to (I inherited one at 3m plus - I just cut it hard back & it's fine now) or you can keep them at about 1.5m if you prune them each year. They are easily kept in a tidy shape by removing any suckers or wayward branches.

I planted some in my woodland border about 2 years ago. This is the first year they have been smothered in flowers and (with the winter honeysuckle) the scent by the front gate is absolutely wonderful. Isn't it nice when a plan comes together?   

Hey! It's christmas soon...wot are you getting me?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:27

A new scythe because, apparently, you blunted the old one with the wrong technique. Look forward to seeing it in action before too long I hope 


Posted: Yesterday at 17:19

Evening everyone.

No haggis for me thanks - had scampi and chips in the pub at lunchtime - how retro is that? At least they weren't in a basket lined with a red napkin .... 

Will anybody be able to stay awake for Uni challenge & Only Connect if you've been on the whisky since before 11am? - you are a very naughty influence Dove - but I guess it is a special St Andrew's Day this time 

Not much else to report other than it's dark, wet, windy and feels more like 7pm than 5pm. Think I should do something productive for a couple of hours but am thinking about having a cup of tea instead ...

PS - Clari - your boss sounds like a real idiot. I thought you were looking at moving on - did anything come of that?


Posted: Yesterday at 09:05

Morning all. Quick pop in before I disappear to the office.

Best wishes to Lily P - I know how bad back pain can be - affects your whole being - but I've never had anything as severe as you are suffering - hope you find relief soon.

Thinking of you today Panda - safe journey - and also Clari - it's hard when you get a series of bad news one after the other.

Welcome to the forum Laura - everyone's mad here except me  - pretty garden.

Meeting a friend for late lunch then home to wrap more presents / start writing cards. I will meet my deadline - I will, I will, I will ......



Posted: 29/11/2015 at 18:26

DD - you make me feel tired even on your 'relaxing' days. Whatever it is you are on I want some please 

Glad your day was a success Panda - makes the effort worthwhile.

Really enjoyed the tennis - lots of good play but not too much nail biting. Managed to clean the copper ware, clean the log burner (empty ashes and clean glass), wrap OH's birthday presents, have lunch and make some shopping lists while it was on - so I didn't feel too guilty about watching it. 

Fairy - as you know I am huge fan of scandi dramas and The Bridge in particular. I am recording the whole thing so we can watch it as a box set when we go away in a couple of weeks time. That way I can keep track of the plot.... 

Have just found the whole series of Spiral on the Sky Box - recorded several months ago from the same BBC4 time slot. I think that one's french - so might have to give it  a go soon.

We watched the Tunnel when it was on. Didn't enjoy it as much as The Bridge - probably because it was such a direct copy - just different languages. But if I hadn't seen the original programme I probably would have thought it was OK.

Time to think about something for dinner now - I am very lazy about catering when I'm on my own - no inspiration at all tonight. Then I shall be settling down with MD. 


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 18:18

Tennis was - errmmm - exciting - wasn't it?  Was drinking tea while ironing while watching - fortunate not to end up with iron tea over washing. Engrossing but nerve wracking - great stuff . Let's do it all again tomorrow?

Glad to hear things feel a little brighter in the Doc's house.

Hope you raise lots of money this weekend Panda.

BL - you will find both Norfolk & Suffolk calm and pleasant places to live in - unless Norwich are playing Ipswich of course 

Come on Winter - let's get our noses back on that old grindstone 

(Actually I'm going to write some b'day cards then pour a large G&T & sit in front of the fire & think about what order to do things in tomorrow - that counts as productive work doesn't it?)


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 14:38

Mmmm! - if you insist Fairy 


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 13:40

Want to do a "bah humbug" joke Fairy - but can't think of one

Have just gathered a large(isn) handful of autumn raspberries before cutting the canes  down. Will have those for my tea instead of the crumble - wouldn't want to spoil Wonkie's dinner tomorrow . Fruit bed (roughly) weeded and the lawn edged. The lawns probably haven't been edged for about 5 or 6 weeks - the whole garden looks much neater for it.

It is blooming' cold out there with a lazy wind starting up. Decided enough was enough when it started drizzling as well. I like gardening but not that much...

Quick whizz round the kitchen then time to do some ironing while watching the tennis.


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 12:11

Oooh - I missed Dove's posting about the crumble - that sounds really scrummy (going into Famous Five speak now ).

If there's a bowl going spare please send it 50 miles south Dove - I've some ice cream needs eating up to make space in the freezer .

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