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Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:27


The agastaches have different foliage scents.....liquorice, citrus, mint etc.  ....depending on variety.  Perhaps your variety, one I don't grow, has no foliage scent. Many of the newer ones do.  

Yes, I cut off flowers, flower stems and dead foliage.  I will keep mine dryish but water a little if it looks too dry.

Been a gorgeous day here today but clear skies and no wind so I guess cold again tonight .

No sign of my "visitor" yet 




Posted: 23/11/2013 at 11:48

Yes Dove.  I think the girl who called may be one on hard times herself.  

Maybe she will return later.  

Thanks for website


Posted: 23/11/2013 at 11:35

Just got back.  Had to go to town and take my dog.  My visitor has gone.  Got crumpets too,  ah well!  I have a feeling he or she will be back tonight so will keep an eye out.  Will get fish n chips if so 

Last evening a girl of about 20 called...ostensibly  presenting the Children's Society.  She said she wasnt asking for money but then asked for support for a children's rescue home for abused children.  It  didn't sound quite right but she had ID.  Maybe the visitor was her.  

Had a "visitor" at the time of the eclipse down here and he had a story that was believable and one I was sympathetic about.  He stayed another night ...not sure if it was actually 2 more nights......    He had his radio, sleeping bag etc and he had brekkie and hot meal in the evening.  He was quite happy.  We talked a lot and I think he just needed space to get his head around things. Gave him couple of quid for a lunchtime meal or two so he did pretty well.  Told him he could come again but he eventually went on his way.  


Look, we never know.....each of us....what will happen.  Looking back, I'm sure we have all had rough spells when a helping hand, a kind word or gesture made all the difference.

Heck!  What am I to do with all these crumpets?     Will make a start on them now 


Posted: 23/11/2013 at 09:09

Hello forkers

Frost this morning.  Lovely n sunny now. 

Couldnt get into my garden shed this morning.  Think someone is in there. It's locked from the inside. Will keep an eye open.  Had this once before and ended up feeding the guy for a few days.  But last night was cold so he/she could get a hot drink etc if they but knew. 

Looks like a nice weekend to come 

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 22:49

Gilly, to think I put new grips on doves walking frame too.  I feel so used 

Non Flowering Eremerus

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 22:46

Well, that's the answer Andrew. I would not have planted them deeper either.  Not too deep I hope

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 22:43

Going for quality...I like that 

Non Flowering Eremerus

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:59

I think it could have been the cold late spring.  However, I have never had success with Eremerus.  They need heat amd good drainage so trying a few changes this time.

If yours is in a warm spot...and it flowered last year there....I would see what happens next year 

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:54

Simply because of the waterlogging issues I would repot now.  Make sure drainage is good though

I would cut those roots that have grown through the pot first ....enough to enable the rootball to be lifted from its pot.  Just a slightly bigger pot too....agree with Bob there....trying not to disturb the rootball too much.  

Being the crawler that I am, I'm also agreeing with my grannie Dove.  I would raise the pot and wrap it in bubble wrap or fleece.  And use ericaceous john innes rather than soil less.  I would water it in to settle it and then leave it until next spring when you can begin watering again.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:40

Marmalade bread  and butter pudding........yum yum 

I'm in st Ives bay area folks.  Just half a mile from the sea itself but few mins from the dunes.

Hiya mrs garden.  iPad came today.  Decided to give it to my niece for Xmas instead although she doesnt know yet  So the beach photo was taken on my phone.   She hasnt done badly today.....her new iPhone arrived just a few minutes before the iPad.  I would love to be a "kid" today with all these gadgets   No doubt there's a function on the iPhone that makes scrumping  apples easier 

It really was lovely today....hope most of you enjoyed decent weather too.......and because it's out of season it was nice n quiet.  

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