Latest posts by Topbird

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 16:13

Hot, hot, hot again - and now that darned wind has really picked up. Everything is getting very dried out again - will need to put the sprinklers on tomorrow (no point tonight when it's as windy as this). Forecast for up to 30C over the weekend - too hot for me

Sorry to hear about OH Joyce - especially after he seemed a bit perkier yesterday. Hope you're not getting too worn out with all the too-ing and fro-ing.

SGL and Hazel sound as though they've had a fun time and I'm sure Debs is enjoying the GW show. I went a few years ago and had a great time - although Hampton Court is still my favourite - might yet go this year if I can make it work with OH's work roster and looking after Harry.

It's our village Open Gardens on Saturday. I don't open mine but I do enjoy visiting other peoples. Two, in particular, are really quite special. I'm donating some plants to the plant stall so at the moment I'm labelling up and trying to cut out any slug / snail damage - there was none last week - now there is

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 18:20

Excellent news Joyce

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 15:38


Stonking hot day here - 27C and very humid. Had a couple of hours cutting back first thing this morning which got me very hot and bothered. Now trying to do a bit of 'strategic' housework (ie dusting surfaces which show the dust and ignoring the rest). Then it's time for a shower and then it's time for an ice lolly and a sit down (after I've done the litter tray and mowed up this morning's trimmings!)

Pleased to hear OH is doing OK Joyce - hopefully you'll be able to have him home soon.

M-U I hope your eyes feel a bit better today. Are they also affected by pollen / hayfever? We have a very high pollen count again today in East Anglia. I'm not really a hayfever sufferer but I do get a bit sneezy / itchy eyes when the pollen is as high as this.

Hazel - I knew your daughter had been having some medical issues but didn't realise she could just black out like that. Must be very frightening for all concerned. Hope they can soon get to the bottom of it and suggest some treatment.

Glad the foot's getting better Dove - we'll have to have a wee trip out when you're recovered (somewhere we don't have to walk too far!).

Best wishes to everyone else struggling with health issues / domestic worries etc.

Off to catch up with the latest news from London. As somebody else has already said there are some big questions to be asked and answered. A fire should never have been able to spread as quickly as that through a (relatively) modern tower block in a first world country (no country really, of course  - but you know what I mean). It will be a miracle if the death toll doesn't rise substantially when the situation becomes clearer.

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 21:29

PS - about 5 posts just popped up when I refreshed the screen after my last posting. They weren't there before!

Debs - hope you can find the right work / life balance to make things work for you and OH - not easy and a little scary to take the plunge - but I'm sure you'll get there

Joyce - glad to hear OH seems to be responding to the transfusions. Hope you can bring him home soon

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 21:14

Still warm here (21C) so I'm wafting around in a kaftan / beach cover up type thingy. Had to have an ice lolly in the shade this afternoon because I got very hot and bothered doing the box hedge - but it looks much better now.

Was a very good girl and sharpened and oiled all the tools before putting them back in the shed. Think I deserve something nice as a reward. Oh! - is that a cream slice in the fridge? - I think that has 'reward' written all over it

I'm forever retrieving stuff from the floor and serving it up. OH doesn't know so he tucks in with relish

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 09:38

Morning ladies

Nice day out there - might get a bit hot & sticky later on.

Think I'll attack the rest of the box hedge today. Really should start cutting back the spring stuff and tidying up after last week's stormy weather. Only trouble is - I suspect all those spent geraniums and aquelegias are holding up a lot of the other stuff at themoment. Could all be a messy collapse-fest.

Hope all goes well with OH's transfusion Joyce 

Hot milk Ovaltine

Have a good day everyone

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 09:18

Morning - quick pop in - off to office this morning - chimney sweep coming this afternoon (so it must be summer - no more fires till autumn now).

Safe journey LB!

Glad The Rossettes enjoyed themselves last night.

We watched The Loch and enjoyed it - but we did end up with the subbies on for one bit. We watch so many Scandi-noir and other foreign stuff with subtitles that having them on is not really a big deal for us - shouldn't need to do it though.

Breezy again....

Last edited: 12 June 2017 09:19:40

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:07

Sounds like a plan 

Agree your priorities should be cleaning up plants which are just budding followed by anything expensive or particularly precious.

I would also check to make sure no plants (especially shrubs) have had their roots exposed by running water. Any that have - make sure they are secure in the soil so they don't get rocked around by the wind (re heel them in if necessary) and re-cover the roots with soil, compost - whatever is to hand.

Once you're a bit more sorted you can slowly make your way around the rest of the garden cleaning up as you go.

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:16

Geranium phaeum and some of the other early geraniums are the best repeat flowerers. 

I'm not sure which varieties you're trying to describe B3 - the 'rooty' ones? - maybe macrorrhizum or cantabrigiense? I don't get repeat flowering with those.

If you're not sure what you've got I'd cut any soft stem ones back after flowering - at the least you'll get some nice fresh growth. The others often look better for just a little tidy up after flowering.

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:37

Morning ladies - some of yesterday's posts moved me deeply.

Karen & Paul - keep on keeping on and walking in your garden

M-U, so pleased to hear scabby-eared Boo is back safe and sound.

The tales of you sleeping with your furry friends both alive and not - been there, done that - can't bear to think of them being alone and frightened.

As for listening to pets breathing.. Harry has always been a bit of a heavy breather (he's a bit asthmatic) and he snores good and loud. For the last few weeks he's been allowed to sleep on the bed competing for decibel ratings with OH. Snore, snore, snore, snore, SNORE - SILENCE. Both the same. Cue me - instantly awake - bolt upright - checking for chests rising and falling. Is it any wonder I'm kn**kered at the moment?

(H is still doing ok BTW)

On a happier note.. I've just had to reset the SKY box thingy. Three things I want to record / watch at 9pm tonight - BBC 1 - Poldark (not a Rossette - but I enjoy it), C4 -The Handmaiden's Tale (not started watching it yet  but I've been told it's a 'must see') , ITV - The Loch - murder, police, Scottish scenery - what's not to like? 

Great TV - might have to crack open a box of Maltesers..

I didn't join the gin fest yesterday because I was swigging real ale at a local Blues Festival. Sunny day, great beer, excellent food, 8 hours of good music - superb day.

I'm on the fence regarding Fever Tree. I really like it as a tonic water and it's my favourite 'adult' soft drink. But I find the flavour too strong in a G&T - like to taste the gin - tonic is only there to make it last longer really Slimline Sscch... for me.

As Trevor is on his best behaviour I too will be cutting the grass.

Last edited: 11 June 2017 10:39:39

Discussions started by Topbird

Plant ID please

Replies: 3    Views: 264
Last Post: 18/05/2017 at 12:31

Views on Plant Combination - Black Elder & Clematis

Replies: 17    Views: 708
Last Post: 01/03/2017 at 14:12

Ideas of Nurseries and Garden Centres to Visit on my hols in the South East

Replies: 8    Views: 1040
Last Post: 06/03/2015 at 13:52

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Replies: 10    Views: 1088
Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 13:20

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 0    Views: 754
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 5    Views: 1896
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 22:28

Will Jeyes Fluid harm my Box hedge?

Replies: 4    Views: 3617
Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 21:15

Growing strawberries

Replies: 4    Views: 1543
Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 23:02

Harvesting spuds, onions & garlic

Replies: 3    Views: 1848
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:19

Dividing Perennials

Replies: 5    Views: 1467
Last Post: 12/06/2013 at 10:34

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Replies: 9    Views: 6621
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 16:08

Is this Pea Weevil?

Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
Replies: 1    Views: 1315
Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 10:49

Getting rid of daffodils

Rogue daffodils in raised veggie beds 
Replies: 6    Views: 5016
Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 22:12
13 threads returned