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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 19:33

Hiya Runnybeak, I'm good thanks.  Loads of well wishers,,cards etc.  Tend to be on auto pilot I guess but it feels unreal a little.  However, so,many people seem to be ill or suffering at much younger ages.  Mum did well really.


'mind your own business'

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 18:20

No....never think of planting this. it really will take over everywhere.  

How to prune this hydrangea?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 18:02

If mine.....and its microphylla lace cap type....I would remove a smallish percentage of the oldest wood to,the base.  This for me is purely my own judgement, I.e. to thin out congested old wood that feels right to me.   Then every shoot cut back to a pair of healthy buds after the last frosts.

Left handed tools

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 17:49

I'm ambidextrous ......but I can use my left hand as well as my right hand for everything from hand writing to Picking my nose 


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:36

Lesley, why avoid the fruit lower down?  It has a good earthy tangy taste with a slight pungency I guess ???? 

Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:33

Regular summer pruning and correct rootstocks assists early fruiting.  However, resist the temptation to pick any fruit in first couple of years.  

Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:31

Just the one variety growing here...Egremont Russet.  Love the taste off the tree and later too when it sweetens.  Planted an orchard for a friend a few years back and she has at least 25 varieties I guess.  So I sample quite a range including some old Cornish ones.  

Granny Smiths though from the shops......sharper and greener the better.  Can eat cookers too as sharp as possible.  Eyes water but delicious.  Add a chunk of cheddar.....a large chunk of course.....and what better?  

Lemon Tree Issues

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:26

Had a few lemons on mine last year Tyson........not the famous "bite your ear" Mike?.........  Tasty too.  

only problems I had were when indoors for a short while 18 months ago.  It's  still outdoors now and looking ok.  on west Cornwall coast so tree should be fine over winter but as I understand it lemons are reasonably hardy and cool conditions suit them.

I don't even use citrus feed now.  Mine has a Epsom salt spray, a seaweed spray or two and a light scattering of fish blood n bone.  It's in a relatively large container.  


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:12

Wintry sunshine here.....cold wind but easing.

talking of dogs eating blackberries off bushes my Spike takes runner beans and gooseberries.  First noticed it when I was picking on the inside and the plants moving on the other.  Got to laugh ...he only takes those lower down so I usually leave some for him.

 Missed a couple of posts ....Punkdoc yes lysimachia beaujelais is biennial or short lived perennial as I understand it but worth it I think.

Busy, seed from Nickys Nursery I think but I could have purchased from a number of suppliers.  

I'm dribbling a ham and just checked on it and the smell is amazing. However, at least half an hour to go but what do I eat before then?    


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 08:47

Hello forkers

Sleet or rain showers...heavy at times...and strong winds.    No sunbathing today 


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