• Beanstew posted an update 3 days, 5 hours ago

    “What’s new, Beanstew?
    “Not a lot”, is my honest answer. It’s grey again, and pretty wet – and I’m having a hard job to hold the groans in. The trouble is that I associate indoors with boring jobs like cleaning out the frig and what I really need to do is find an absorbing project for indoors over the winter. Have been invited out for a meal…[Read more]

  • Afternoon clickers :-) been very cloudy today until now (3.30pm). Haven’t sown my chard but will do it in a minute. Been reading and faffing. Hope you’ve all had a good one. These poppies appeared in the lane from somewhere!
  • NorthernTeacher posted an update 3 months ago

    Morning clickers :-) a little work but a lot of gardening today, hopefully! Haven’t bothered putting the news on as I know what it will be all about and it will also be in the paper… Have a glorious day everyone, indoors or out :-)

    • Morning Jane. It is glorous here this morning, the garden looked beautiful when I went to fetch the cameras in. Have a lovely day after your work…….don’t forget the skips ;-)

      • Morning Cilla :-) I will skip just before my coffee break ;-) The garden is lovely here today, especially as I planted the purple flowering plant (name forgotten) that you gave me yesterday. What’s the shrub (I think) with the green and slightly red tinged leaves?

        • Erysimum Bowles’s mauve is the purple flower and Nandina domestica is the shrub. I sowed my radish and mauryana yesterday. I put the radish in a container this time :-)

          • Fingers crossed for these then :good: Thanks for the plant names – I’m rubbish and have made a note ;-)

          • I have become a big fan of erysimum – easy to propagate, and literally flower for months on end. You will enjoy that one, Jane – and there are lots of others…..

  • Morning all, another grey start, but the birds are chirping and singing :-) off to the nursery for a late morning afternoon shift, covering lunches, had a pay rise this week 38p per hour, I won’t plan to much :-) but it’s better than nothing :good: :good:
    The leeks I sowed are germinating :good: plus my own saved seed of hibiscus trillium (…[Read more]

    • Morning Lynn, good news on the seed germination, :good: your hibiscus sounds gorgeous, I do love purple. I’m pee’d off with this wet stuff too, think we’ve all had enough of it. Enjoy your day. :-)

    • Morning Lynn :-) how did you get your leeks to germinate? I’m impressed – mine have done nothing and as I’m impatient, I think I’ll have to start again. Excellent on the hibiscus trillium – I’ve just checked them out and they’re really pretty :good:

      • Good morning Lynn. You’ve definitely got green fingers, brill on the germination results. I hope all the wee ones are in good health for you ;-)

    • Morning ladies, I have double checked the hibiscus, it’s this one Hibiscus trionum sometimes called “a flower a hour” :good:

      • Bravo on the seedlings Lynn :good: Enjoy the little darlings this morning :lol: :rose:

      • Have looked this up Lynn – it’s really lovely – and it’s one I shall try next year. A rise of 38p an hour is not much considering the amount of infection you encounter every day at work – unless of course they also give you a bio-hazard suit to wear.

  • Noted, Jenn :good: Merci beaucoup :-)

  • gertie replied to the topic Sugar in the forum Group logo of We Dig BooksWe Dig Books 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you Jane :love:
    I am coming more and more to realise what the World is really like and my ignorance and the prospect of what I will more find out Fills me with sadness. I always thought love and humanity went hand in hand, but they don’t and that’s an awful realisation which I find hard to acknowledge. I was discovering, from a young…[Read more]

  • Morning clickers :-) very cold and wet start to day but brightening up now. A little work and a lot of play hopefully ;-) Have a good one everyone!

  • Jenn posted an update in the group Group logo of RecipesRecipes 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    We all love a bit of Nige.
    I made this by frying the courgette (quicker) and leaving out the dill because dill is yuck :lol: You could use chicken mince or Quorn but it needs to be seasoned well and the more herbs you chuck in the better – parsely, mint and chives are a nice combo. A sliced onion is a nice addition. Good serve with cous cous…[Read more]

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      Hollyhock leaves riddled with Rust … strangely, I found even this nasty disease attractive in its lacy effect :confused: :mad: :rose:

    • Interesting, Anne and something to look out for! Went to the gc for ericaceous compost for a blueberry I’m expecting in the post and they were giving away rose feed. I took it without looking but it’s also a fungicide – a bit bizarre :confused: I won’t be using it on anything in my garden!

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      Hmm, very odd :confused: I don’t know that I would either Jane … Certainly not before dark , and not before checking the safety and efficacy of the stuff! :rose:

    • Allan replied 1 year ago

      What I use for my blueberries Jane is used tea bags,I put them arround the bush keeping them a couple of inches from the stalk,Then only once in the spring I will give them a feed of Iron based fertiliser.

    • Allan replied 1 year ago

      I stopped growing them because of the rust Anne,I tried everything ,

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      I took up your tea bag trick Allan … been putting them round my Blueberries all season. :good:
      The rust, I take off leaf by leaf … will see how it goes; have only managed to grow a Hollyhock this year for the first time in ages! :rose:

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago

      Skeletal Anne!

    • Thanks for that tip, Al :good:

    • gertie replied 1 year ago

      Lacy Hayley :lol:xx

    • Hayley replied 1 year ago


  • cilla posted an update in the group Group logo of We Dig BooksWe Dig Books 1 year ago

    I have just finished a phsycological thriller called Because she loves me by Mark Edwards.
    A gripping tale of jealousy and obsession (it says on the back :lol: )…..and it is. Certainly keeps you in suspense.

  • gertie posted an update 1 year, 1 month ago

    @cilla Cilla, have just watched Monty Don and there was a flower, Thalictrum delavayi var.decorum, tall stems topped with little frothy pink flowers. I thought it was something that you mentioned recently but couldn’t remember the name of. Did you notice it ? [ ref Gardeners’ World tonight ] :rose:

  • cilla posted an update in the group Group logo of We Dig BooksWe Dig Books 1 year, 2 months ago

    The books I bought ,Jane @Northernteacher are The Birdwatcher by William Shaw, a detective story set in Kent , Ashford and Dungeness. I don’t know this author but it is very readable and I’m on page 97 already :-) The other two are Evil Games by Angela Marson…I think I said her Silent Scream was brill and Liar Liar by M.J.Arlidge, another…[Read more]

    • They all sound good, Cilla :good: I’m not reading much at the mo – it tends to be when I can’t get in the garden. I’m halfway through ‘Lab Girl – a story of trees, science and love’ by Hope Jahren – an autobiography of a geobiologist :cool:

  • cilla posted an update 1 year, 3 months ago

    Good morning all. It looks as if we had a lot of rain overnight, I must check the water butts. Sainsburys after breakfast and probably MandS for Dine in for Two….the wine is usually very good with that offer ;-)
    I didn’t walk yesterday so will probably go today. It was so cold and miserable yesterday that I only nipped to the greenhouse to…[Read more]

    • I felt much more acceptable when I read this Cilla – to learn that you can be full of human frailty just like me, and can choose to stay indoors in adverse weather, and WITHOUT doing the ironing. Enjoy your walk today – you’ve earned it.

    • Good morning Bean……it helped having collected my new, really good book from the library ;-) I hope you have an enjoyable day too :-)

  • Morning all, so glad I gardened yesterday, heavy rain overnight and dull &drizzly this morning, hoping it will brighten up, ‘rain before 7etc’
    Shopping and other stuff today in Ely as we are to Dorset tomorrow for the funeral of one of our oldest family friends, both son’s are also attending. Staying with my good friend and catching up with both…[Read more]

  • I’m reading Red Bones by Anne Cleeve, part of the Shetland series. I have actually read it but forgotten what happens. Since watching the series on t.v. and seeing Dougie Henshaw playing Perez, I can imagine it even more now. I seem to have a few books to read but I fall asleep after reading for so long so I am not getting through them very…[Read more]

  • Jenn posted an update in the group Group logo of We Dig BooksWe Dig Books 1 year, 10 months ago

    For anyone who finds themselves incapacitated like myself recently when I was laid low by a particularly virulent virus I can recommend ‘Black Eyed Susans’ by Julia Heaberlin. It is a psychological thriller and an easy read so not too taxing if you are feeling under the weather. A much stronger book, in my opinion, and one of my favourite…[Read more]

    • I’ve just read a Guardian review of Wolf Winter and must say thanks for the tip, Jenn :good:

      • honestly I don’t know where the days go because every day is always full day for me either the greenhouse or the workshop not forgetting other jobs that take up the day

        my daughters are the book worms they do quite a few books in a year I’m very limited to reading although given a good book a warm fire and an easy chair I have been known to…[Read more]

  • Jenn posted an update 1 year, 10 months ago

    Morning clickers – weather has deteriorated in the last 15 minutes and is now coming in wet and almost horizontal :pissing-down: Enough to keep me occupied indoors though – need to wash and sort some clothes for Ireland and then all the other boring day to day tasks that no-one notices :lol: Hope the weather is better where you are :blowkiss:

    • Morning Jenn :-) had a downpour and now stopped – just! Are you going to Ireland for half-term? What books are you taking? ;-) Have a good indoor day :-)

    • Morning Jane (waves). Yes, we are off to Ireland for some of the half term as their is a clan gathering for the MIL’s 80th birthday – even though she is emphatically stating that she doesn’t want a fuss. We are coming back on Tuesday as Finn has a birthday party to go to on Wednesday. Then it is ComicCon on Saturday and Halloween on Monday. I…[Read more]

      • Don’t know those authors but have just looked up Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire series – 1933-1962! Might have a go at a couple! I’m always amazed at what others read when the choices are so different from my own ;-)

        • I have been reading my way through the 30s, 40s and 50s lately although I am on a bit of a hiatus from them at the mo’.

  • VegVamp posted an update 1 year, 11 months ago

    Morning Clickers, phew, what a sticky night, very warm and muggy and getting bombarded with blight alerts, bit late for me as they are all up and stored. :good: Very warm already so work cleared and into the garden as soon as. Have a good day all. :-)

    • Hi again, Karen :-) good that you beat the blight :good: did the hedge down the lane yesterday and it looks very good. Hope to chip it today. Don’t expect work for a couple of weeks but you never know ;-) Hope you can do yours quickly and get outside. Have a good day :notacloudinsight:

    • Good morning Karen and Jane. Have you still got loads of veg in the garden Karen? My few leeks are looking pathetic and just swiss chard and pak choi coming up for winter, neither of which I shall probably use! Have a lovely garden day. :rose:

  • Morning clickers :-) ok, so I’m a little late and you’re all off out by now ;-) So many of my birch leaves are down and I really don’t want to think about autumn yet! Hope you all have a lovely day!

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