Monday, 24 April 2017

On holiday

Lousy internet connection, we have decided to leave Thursday a day early.

Confirmation, this is no longer the right type of holiday for us.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Rhubarb



Any one for Rhubarb???


DJ 6 weeks old today.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

A Break

from blogging for a while, I need to regroup after the last few days.

I may well be back at some point so keep checking.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Montana Rubens Queen Elizabeth on the front fence.




Two plants put in when we moved almost 2 years ago. There are dozens of buds still to come out.




I would like to get 2 montana alba for the other end of the fence, see if I can get them to join up.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geranium cuttings

I have taken the geranium cuttings, this is how I do it.

Cut off fairly long bits of the plant and strip back all of the large leaves, just leave small ones at the top. The plants grow the large leaves which, at this stage you do not want, you want the energy to go into producing roots.


Stems stripped of all but their top leaves.



Look at the cutting and reduce the stems by cutting just below where you have stripped a leaf from, the roots will come from the leaf axils.


I used a deep trough as I had a large number of cuttings. push the cuttings into the compost until they are just above the compost, water. If you use plant pots at this point, plant 2 to a pot and use a plastic bottle cut in half to cover the cuttings, 


Cuttings covered with the bottles, keep the cuttings away from the sides of the bottles, so moisture which forms inside does not wet the leaves and cause the cutting to rot, the bottles are a miniature greenhouse and prevent the cuttings from drying out. put them in a warm sheltered spot, do not let the compost dry out and keep looking for signs of rotting. watch for signs of the plants putting on new growth. I take the bottles off after about two weeks and gently pull the cutting, if it moves it has not rooted; put the bottle back on and try again in a couple of weeks, the plants need to be kept in their little greenhouses until they are big enough to pot on. Do not be tempted to plant them out, they need a short time longer in the warm, once the danger of frost is past they can be planted out.


There were signs of the plants putting up new growth from the bottom, so I potted up the roots in plant pots, they should grow on.

The cuttings are now on the front window cill where they will get some sun, although if it gets too hot I will move them into the shade, they have 2 chances, either they root or they don't......watch this space.

The trays will go on the kitchen table whilst we are away, well watered before we go they should be ok for the week.







Wednesday, 12 April 2017


This is the comment that made me decide that I have had enough, they have not even got the guts to post their name. Shame on you. Why carry on reading if you are so disgusted? 

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

Thank goodness for your sane reply and heres hoping it is read and this blogger changes her attitude. Good grief, the man had an accident and, as you say, thank heavens he didn't hurt himself. The poor man is treated like dirt and she needs to re read her own blog. I've been reading with my mouth hanging open since the poor man was last in hospital. Cannot comprehend her attitude. Haven't bothered to comment but thank goodness you have and as you are friends maybe she will see Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

I also had a very sarcastic comment about the post I did about my wrinkles, I refuse to rise to personal comments. If you do not like what you see do not read my blog, clear off and bother someone else.



Posted by Anonymous to  My Life in the country. at 12 April 2017 at 09:

Blog being closed

I am sick and tired of being vilified on what is my blog, so it will be taken down tomorrow and I will no longer be blogging.