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Posted: 03/02/2015 at 12:20

Prob about 7 degrees...maybe more.  Lovely sunshine, no wind......the ice from last night has disappeared.  But could be -2 tonight 

sorting out Registration Office details later and then get the relevant paperwork to the undertaker to complete more (.clinical) procedures re my mum.  

On a lighter note, whilst talking to my local bank representative she told me when her father died two years ago she was told she had a sister.  A full sister too and a " wonderful" relationship has developed between them.  Although they were born in Kent and in London they both lived in St Ives in Cornwall for a while so possibly walked by each other.  

colour scheme

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:33

Respect for your enthusiasm Blue Onion.  

I've  been through phases, as everybody has I guess, from hot colours, to cool, to foliage, to grasses with lots of colour to grasses with few flowers.  Dahlias for me were a big no....too brash and in your face.  However I'm beginning to enjoy most types of plants now which means I'm fast occupying more and more lawn space to accommodate them all.  Right now grasses, foliage shape and colour (esp purple, yellow and silver) tender and herbaceous  perennials (growing more taller varieties now), and conifers are my "bag"

For hot colours heleniums and echinaceas, for me, provide this for a long period over summer 


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:20

Richard, dont think there is an optimum time for re potting.  It depends largely on conditions over winter rather than the calendar.

very mild....usually anyway......down here.  (Cold here right now) so I would not repot right now.  However, I would be thinking about 4 weeks or so from now.....obviously indoors.  

Big Onions

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:15

That's good enough for me Edd.    I think knowledge and experience of actually growing great with everything the difference.  Maybe obsession too?     Agree with you too on iodine .....and seaweed

I've often been asked to show veg....carrots, lettuce, onions etc.  but I've always felt such competition would spoil my enjoyment of simply growing stuff to eat. I always have to "win" and could see myself focussing too much on show veg. 


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:07

good morning everyone.  Stay safe out there on the ice

took ages to clear thick ice from car.  As thick as I've known it for few years.  Blue sky though but temps not likely to get much above 6.

apparently some stupid drivers out there driving too fast and overtaking.  Aren't they aware of black ice?


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 23:12

Looking forward to my lysimachia bougolais ...I'm sure I spell it differently every time;  is it cos I is drunk?........tomorrow.  Hope I can add it to the good guys thread 

more seriously, going to the register office to register my mum's death and get the appropriate paperwork. So much clinical stuff for a very emotional period.

Big Onions

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 23:08

Going back to my original posts.....mammoth are robinsons.  Grew them once and they were jolly big.  However, a good long summer is needed too to,fully ripen those bulbs.  Mind you, they looked good in late summer drying on their raised beds.  If you want to show off large onions is the way to do it.


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:52

Green manures are over rated I think and tend to introduce weeds ....


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:49

I would wait for drier conditions and then dig over the ground.  Buttercup will easily be seen and removed.  During the growing season the hoe is king.    Oops! Or queen 

colour scheme

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:46

And two more true blues...for free drainIng soil or pots....Linum perenne and felicia 

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