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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 6, 2012 10:08 AM CST

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With spring now truly upon us it is about time for a new thread!
Sarah's hanging baskets are doing well so here are some pictures of them and one of her containers today.
Regards.
Neil.
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bsavage
Mar 6, 2012 1:21 PM CST
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Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
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CherieCoogan
Mar 6, 2012 2:03 PM CST
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 6, 2012 10:29 PM CST
Interesting place to plant bulbs.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 7, 2012 9:46 AM CST

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Dear Lucy, I do not find it strange that Sarah who looks after the front garden, plants her spring stuff there. We did have two beautiful and old wire hanging baskets that Sarah filled with moss and then planted Iris, Crocus, dwarf Tulips, Pansies and Polyanthus, in them. However mothering Sunday is normally the 3rd Sunday in March. The display she had that year was magnificent until she came home from work on the Friday night and the baskets had been stolen! No doubt some mother thought that was a nice gift from her son/daughter.
So I raised the height of the brackets to hold them up and got these super tough self watering ones for her. Then using metal (industrial) cable ties I locked them on to the brackets. Now it would be difficult and time consuming to steal them. The containers are also concreted in to the ground for the same reason. The only problem we now get is squirrels, but Phoenix and I can sort them out!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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CherieCoogan
Mar 7, 2012 9:55 AM CST
Cloudy here today and calling for rain late this afternoon but will be up to 62º! We're in a wind advisary with winds possible to 50+ miles an hour. After yesterday there is no snow to be seen................. YES!

mid 40';s for Thursday and Friday and back up in the 50's by Saturday. Sunday is mid 50's with rain and Monday is to be mostly sunny with a high in the mid 60's. I'll have some blooms to share real soon. Well after I clean the gardens up enough to see them. Only I am not going to jump the gun. Taking winter covering off now is a bit too optimistic, We could get snow yet and freezing temperatures, Not out of the woods yet but looking up.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 7, 2012 10:52 AM CST
52 degrees right now & some crocus next to the house are in bloom & snowdrops scatted elsewhere.

Stealing plants from other people is disgusting. We have trees behind our wall which hides the garden. Most of the irises are in back because it is shady in front. Other people have had the tall bearded irises stolen.
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 7, 2012 12:04 PM CST

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Dear Lucy, stealing plants is a big trade here. There are so many people who have lost specimen plants from their gardens it is unreal. Big Japanese maples are stolen a lot and the rarer the plant the more likely it is to go missing
Unscrupulous Garden Centres will buy them for £800 and sell them for £2-3, 000 at least. There is big money to be made for those that do it. If you get caught stealing a plant from the wild it is an unlimited fine, including your vehicle and in some cases your house. But from someones garden it is a small fine so that is why it is easier. the theft of farm animals has gone through the roof and even the Queen lost 600 cattle from her estate.
The worst to us and the most despicable is the theft of world war one and two memorials. These were made from bronze and had thousands of names on them and around them made from bronze. They steal them at night and simply with a truck pull them out of the ground and melt them down. It is abig business to say the least. The trouble is they cannot be replaced as a lot of the files of the soldiers killed in the first world war were destroyed in a bombing raid in 1941!
A youth was caught recently and he was very flippant to the judge by saying " they came from 1914 who wants them now, they are forgotten." The judge who was annoyed gave him 25 years and told him "you will not forget that."
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Neil.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 7, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Good for the judge! copper is the thing to steal here, especially gutters & parts of roofs. We have a bronze garden ornament which I decided as a treat for myself, quite expensive. It comes inside during the winter, although the place in Phildelphia said that it is unnessesary. they didn't pay for it, I did so he comes in during Oct.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 8, 2012 6:34 AM CST

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Dear Lucy, Bronze is made from copper and tin that is why they steal war memorials and garden ornaments! You would not leave a Garden ornament on show in a front garden around here as it would be gone overnight.
Every morning on the radio you hear of signalling delays on the railways. This is because the Victorians put in thousands of miles of copper wire in the biggest rail network of the time. Now every night it is stolen and sold as it is worth a lot of money. The passengers complain they cannot get to work as there are no trains and then they are told why! It is impossible to guard every inch of rail track so they can steal what they want!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 8, 2012 3:11 PM CST
2 stems of Katharine Hodgkin are in bloom. Even though my bronze statue is in the back, Oct he comes inside.
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
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taters55
Mar 9, 2012 12:34 PM CST
Afternoon Neil! I finally found your thread again! Love the flowers! Hope you all are doing well? it is pretty cool here today, as a cold front came through and it is windy, and cloudy. It rained all last night, so it is about 40 degree's today!
Pretty sad to hear about all the thefts of flowers, and animals. But it is a shame to hear they are stealing the bronze memorials of the soldiers!
A Crafty Cubit
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Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 9, 2012 3:33 PM CST

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Dear Linda, what an absolute delight to hear from you. I really hope you are well despite the weather. I still have my "Have Your Say" thread on cubits as I try to keep by the rules on this site and keep it Gardening.
We have a laugh on cubits normally at Cherie's expense and this site is for pictures and things. It is cold here and no Daffodils as of yet although we have cherry blossom and Hyacinths out which does not make sense.
Very dry here almost everywhere. We desperately need some rain for I am watering the plants in March! Got my teeth today at last so it looks like the steak is on Cherie! Doris is OK after the Tornado's flattened the town near her.
Everyone else is safe and accounted for.
Please keep in touch as it is great to hear from you.
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Neil.
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Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
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taters55
Mar 9, 2012 3:52 PM CST
Glad to hear you finally got your choppers! Enjoy a pint with that steak!
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Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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CherieCoogan
Mar 9, 2012 7:08 PM CST
Yes Neil. Still take that steak slowly and in small bites. At least until you're used to them............... Okay I'll spring for the steak as long as there is a big baked potato with it. AND a scrumptious salad as wel.l
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 10, 2012 5:50 AM CST

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Dear Cherie, I like the Jacket potato idea but as for salad no thanks as I am not a Rabbit!
Computer problems at the moment due to the Sarah's cat moving wires!
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Neil.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 10, 2012 6:31 AM CST
About an inch of snow overnight. 28 degrees this morning & I hope that it melts later today.
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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CherieCoogan
Mar 10, 2012 8:31 AM CST
ohhhhhh hate to hear that Lucy. We're going up into the upper 50's today with 70's by Wednesday! Hip hip hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Mar 10, 2012 8:45 AM CST
Dear Neil, how are you? We have had a strange open winter here, only about 80 inches and never more than a foot at a time, then green and rain and lots of wind. Right now there is snow, and my little fairy crocus are out bravely blooming in it. Tomorrow the temps are supposed to reach the mid 50sF and then warm all next week. I've gotten 20 packets of seeds with more to come. My 'little' grandchildren will be here to help with the gardens as the family is moving up here in May - lots of flowers but no broccoli if Jake has his way. Tomatoes and pumpkins and purple bush beans and cosmos and sweet peas and larkspur just to name a few. Erin circled all she wanted in the seed catalogs and I edited a bit. Interesting note: she crossed out all the peppers and parsnips!

Sorry to hear Sarah's beautiful planters were stolen. Lazy people should be fined for both the larceny and being lazy! We have had houses being built stripped of the new wiring and stainless steel bulk tanks that are used for holding maple sap stolen and sold for scrap. The City of Jamestown is restoring their train station and had bought copper eaves troughs that were stolen. It was reported instantly and they apprehended the thief and returned the troughs to the restorers.

Off to get to work. Bread is set, the kitchen squared away, now onto the rest of the house.

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Mar 11, 2012 12:30 AM CST

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Dear Kathleen, great to hear from you and I hope you and the family are all well? I have not been doing that much since my head had an accident with a wall. The Doctor has stopped me from doing most things apart from cooking and cleaning. The garden suffered a bit over the winter but not too much to worry about. The plants are having a rough time with it being cold one day and warm the next plus drought is our biggest problem! February is the driest recorded ever and I was watering the spring bedding, which is unheard of.
Fancy Erin crossing out the peppers and parsnips, how strange.
Our National Trust and English Heritage were having a running battle with the thieves of garden ornaments and roof metal from ancient houses, but they have mostly given up now, Before if you had an oldish house with lead or a copper dome and it needed replacing you had to do it with the exact materials and crafts that were used when it was built. Now they have had to stop that for as fast as the workmen put it on someone steals it.You wouldn't leave anything out on a farm as that would be stolen and scrapped,
The price of lamb has gone through the roof here due to theft of the animals, and even the Queen has had a whole stock of cattle stolen!
How anyone can go into a Royal estate and get away with taking a herd of Hertfordshire cattle is beyond me.
Cold today and overcast as usual.
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Neil.

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