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Posted: Today at 18:43

Verdun, you are much further south than me.  We've already had frosts.


Posted: Today at 15:42

Thanks everyone,   They'll get the chop tomorrow

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 15:14

Hi everyone,

Hosta, if that had been me there would have been a few choice words said.  I'm not good when my sleep is curtailed for no good reason.

Pat, I'm glad we don't get many visitors, sounds too much like hard work.

Had a busy morning, all bulbs are now planted.  Most of the tender salvias and agapanthus are now tucked up in the greenhouse.  Still a fair bit to do but a good start.  Had to fetch a bag of grit for top dressing the pots and it was heavier than I thought so aching a bit now.

Don't think I'll be doing much for the rest of today, need to save myself for tomorrow when I have Jonah to look after.  Secondborn is going to be pampered as she is off to Rome for a few days next week (a birthday treat from her partner).  Don't tell anyone, but he's going to ask her to marry him while they are away.  He popped over to ask our permission last week (he's a bit of a traditionalist at heart).  I've now got to keep my mouth shut for a few more days, it's killing me.

'See' you all later.


Posted: Yesterday at 16:58

I have just taken my cannas into a frost free greenhouse for the winter.  They are in containers.  The greenhouse is very small and I would like to cut them back to make more room but I am receiving conflicting advice.  Some say leave them to die down so the goodness goes back into the plant (like bulbs).  Others say this doesn't matter as the frost would blacken the leaves anyway (like Dahlias).  What do you do?

Watering also seems contentious.  Some say they should be kept dry during the winter.  However, Hart Canna who grow them commercially, say never let them dry out and water lightly throughout the winter.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 11:38

Here are a few photos taken yesterday.  Still plenty of colour in the garden.  I'm still having to water the plants regularly as rain has been in short supply this month.

Still have a plenty of roses in flower

Can't bring myself to dismantle the pots yet.

Even the snapdragons are flowering

Lots of Autumn colour

The crysanths and dahlias and blooming well.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 11:23

Morning all,

Welcome back Edd, nice to 'see' you.

Pat I really don't know how you live there.  I'd be too terrified to leave the house. I have a real phobia and can't even look at pictures, even find the word  difficult to say without feeling sick.  I did have a quick glance back but didn't read properly. 

Secondborn has just been on a peadiatric first aid course and found it useful.  I am a lapsed first aider having done the 5 day course quite a few years ago now.

Have been finishing Jonah's birth sampler over the last few days and doing far too many jigsaw puzzles (that's your fault Pat) .

Have to run some errands for mum and want to go to the framers to sort out getting the sampler framed.  Also want to pop and pick up some gravel for the bulb pots.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Magnolia Susan

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:23

I've been looking at 'Susan' for a while.  I'd love a magnolia but only have a small garden.  Sounds like she might be the one.  Don't mind that the flowers don't last long.  The same can be said of lots of plants that I grow.   I have a background of lower key plants but try to have at least one 'showstopper' in flower at any given time.

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:04

I moved for a bigger garden, for a town garden it was huge. The problem was I couldn't enjoy it.  Everytime I went into the garden I found areas that needed work.  I lived in that house for 15 years and hardly remember sitting and enjoying the gardens except when we had visitors.  I eventually moved to get a smaller garden and don't regret it.

I do miss the pond though.

Hardy geraniums

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:59

Never noticed a smell from hardy geraniums.  I don't like the smell of pelargoniums though, some people over winter them in the house.  Couldn't do that the smell is horrible.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:07

Hi folks,

Having a lazy day today.  Would just like to say how proud I am to 'know' you P'doc.  When I'm watching the news I often wonder what type of person puts themselves at risk to help others, now I know.

Welcome back Bushman, glad you are enjoying Scotland, keep the piccies coming.

Hope you have an exciting and relaxing time in Paris DD, don't worry I'm sure you and Charlie will have a great trip.

Hosta and Steve, well done, makes my 10lbs look pretty feeble

Can't remember anything else, 'see' you all later.

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