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Posted: 01/01/2016 at 13:21

Night Pat - sweet dreams.

Doc - that sounds like good news for your SIL - I'm sure it will have been a good support for her knowing there was a friendly doc on hand if there was anything she didn't understand about her diagnosis or treatment.

Are you off bird watching before your hols? Not many sleeps now 


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:52

I have a friend who likes to celebrate the old style of Christmas - so tree and decorations go up on Christmas Eve and they exchange (very) small gifts for 12 days starting on Christmas Day. They eat Christmas cake on 12th night. Their decorations stay up until 2nd February (see Dove's post above). 

It's quite good fun going to their house in January 

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:03

From a cold but sunny Suffolk:


Hazel catkins

Hellebores - many & various but mainly oriental hybrids

Iris (sibirica?)

WF pansies

Primulas - various

Pulmonaria - various

Roses - Wollerton Old Hall

            - Wisley 2008


Scented stocks (not pulled out in the autumn clear out  )

Viburnum - Bodnantense

                 - Carlessii

                 - Tinus

WF Cherry

WF Honeysuckle

.... and that yellow spring bulb that grows like a weed - looks a bit like a dandelion flower - pretty in ones and twos but is very invasive - bulbils look like little potatoes - brain's gone - help me someone... 



Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:25
Morning and a very Happy New Year to you all.

Down to a chilly -1C in the shed last night and today it is sunny, crisp and frosty - lovely

No fireworks round here last night thank goodness - very quiet indeed.

Bit of hwk today, then a "luxury" fish pie to make ready for OH coming home. Best get on. SYL


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 22:50
That reminds me - must put sausages (chipolatas!) on the shopping list ..

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 22:47
Thanks Bob. The corms I bought were a special deal (guess I know why). You're certainly right that once established they self seed & become a nice self sufficient colony. I have a very large woodland area to colonise & was hoping to help things along a bit!
Live & learn


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 21:49
You guys are the best. Thanks so much for your kind words - they are much appreciated. Like Runny I do feel as though you are friends - some of whom I've met - most I haven't but would like to. We've seen some ups and downs together haven't we?

Very quiet night for me catching up on some rubbish I've recorded over the last couple of weeks - will be nice when OH gets home tomorrow.

For now I'd like to wish you all a very happy, healthy & peaceful New Year - hope all these coughs & colds clear up soon. x

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 16:24

Squirrels, voles and mice get all sorts in my garden Maureen - crocus corms seem to be a particular delicacy 

Slightly off the original topic I know - but I planted quite a lot of cyclamen corms last year but only about half have come up. They were mail order and some of them were a bit dry and withered when they arrived.

Do you think I should have hydrated those as you're talking about for the anenomes? There was no mention of doing that on the planting instructions and I haven't done it before for bulbs or corms. But, then again, I usually buy from a local nursery and pick big fat juicy looking specimens ...



Posted: 31/12/2015 at 13:00

Thanks for the hugs and best wishes guys - much appreciated.

Are you also sporting nice new highlights in your hair Pauline? 

Happy New Year Pat!!!  


Posted: 31/12/2015 at 11:58

Edit - Forgot you're 11 hours ahead Pat - not 12. So Happy New Year in an hour! 

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