Sunday, 8 May 2016

Welcome to my new follower Karen .


Well it's been another scorcher here today, it was time to ditch the trousers and get the sundress out.

As usual we go to the carboot's at the weekend, it gets us out and is good exercise as the boot sales here are huge.

Todays purchases.




This lovely Orchid for only £1.00

If anybody can give me any tips on growing them I would be very grateful, I have had two in the past and when the flowers die off I just end up with a stem, and no new growth?

Other purchases.

I just love this plaque for only 50p really good  quality, ideal for the bathroom, I love classical figures, there was a horrible screw sticking out from the tiles and I have been looking for something to cover it, much nicer now.

A huge First Aid Kit for £4.00

10 x Hotel Quality Flannels £2.00 




I  don't read enough, I am collecting these Cotswolds mystery books.


£1.00

I have always wanted some Lily of the Valley, I planted some but unfortunately they did not grow so I found some today for £1.50, hopefully they will spread and then I can plant them around the garden.


29 comments:

  1. The sun brought even more people out locally so they were even bigger. Great finds, particularly the orchid. I am afraid I have no advice I am not very good with them either.

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    1. Yes they seem to get bigger as the weather gets better x

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  2. Try the Gardeners World website, they have stacks of good info on plant care. I have not been to a boot sale for well over a year, they are few and far between around here. Not a bad thing really as I am a bit of a magpie.

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    1. Thankyou, I would be lost without the car boot, you never know what you might find.

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  3. Lets hope you never need all the stuff in that industrial sized first aid kit!

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  4. I just hope you won't need to use that huge first aid kit! Oh, I've just seen that Sue has said much the same thing. And make sure that the items are within use by date, too. (Oh dear, I'm telling granny to suck eggs, again. I reckon I'm a teacher manqué!)
    Margaret P

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    1. Me too, yes I did check the date, doesn't expire for several years.

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  5. Super boot sale bargains again! I'm trying to catch up with reading your blog. I haven't deserted you, Marlene, my father in law died last Monday and it has been a very stressful 6 weeks with no time for doing much else :( Your orchid is stunning but I have no advice to offer, I'm afraid, as my last one ended as a stalk too. Pam's advice seems to be the sensible thing to do x

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    1. Hi Angie I was wondering what had happened to you, sorry to hear you sad news x

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  6. When I have had orchids I tend to lightly water them once a week or so and then I spray them with water every day. Works for me.x

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  7. Neglect that orchid! I put mine in the bathroom on a shelf above the tub and the daily moisture rising from the bath with an occasional mist of water is enough. Do not feed regularly, but give a very dilute feed maybe every four to six months. Just take a teaspoon of your made up feed and then dilute that even further. If you think of where they thrive in nature, you just have to try to recreate that in your home. I had one that lasted six years and I managed to get it to bloom again three times before it finally died, but they were never quite as big as when I bought it.
    Hope this helps and I shall watch your progress. Deb xo

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    1. p.s. forgot to say that about once a week I dunked it in water for no more than 30 seconds and removed to drain.

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    2. Thankyou Deborah, I will follow your advice.x

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  8. Love the orchid what a bargain! X

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    1. I will see how I get on with it, if I don't kill it off I would love to have some more x

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  9. What great bargains Marlene. I think I've seen some car boot sales advertised not too far from here so I will try and get to some myself. I hope you get on ok with your orchid - I've had the same problem myself. X

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    1. Some great bargains to be had at the car boots, xx

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  10. When it finishes flowering put it somewhere light and warmish for the winter. I put mine on my south facing bedroom window sill. I water slightly one s month. The stem which resembles a twig will sprout into life again in February, eventually flowering 8 weeks or o later. I've had mine 3 years now and its just flowering again.

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    1. Thankyou I think I will put it in the spare room when it is finished flowering, and just wait and see what happens.

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  11. When it has finished flowering do not cut off the stem as it may put on more flowers. When the orchid compost is dry soak the whole pot in water for at least an hour and then let it drain. It may not flower for a long time but eventually it will. Just leave it and keep up the soaking. You can tell it needs watering by the weight of the pot and plant. Don't throw it away. Put it in the bathroom if you don't like a pot just full of leaves and a spike.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Mum, I will do that, before I left the stem and another time I chopped it off, I will just have to be more patient xx

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  12. I've got 6 orchids. I don't do much to them, perhaps a drop of water once a fortnight. I leave them all together in the same window. Each year they go from a twig to flowering magnificently!

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    1. Wow 6 lucky you, I will persevere, x

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  13. I treat mine mean, when the flowers drop I place them in a sunny spot, they don't need heat just light. I cut back on the watering allowing the plant to regroup and just as the leaves are going a bit soft I start watering them, place them in our main room and wait for the new stem. I have Orchids which are six years old. This year I am going to repot mine.

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    1. Thanks for the advice, I have seen your orchids on your blog they are beautiful, x

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  14. wow, an orchid for a pound! that's so lucky. I had a spate of buying orchids, they actually last quite a long time before the flowers drop. I can't offer any advice though, as most of mine shrivelled and died, and I made sure I didn't over water or anything. But one stayed nice, and flowered again. I was so proud. But even that gave up after those flowers dropped! Either way, enjoy it, it's so pretty.

    thank you for your comment today, made me smile. Violet is a Gemini, she was born on the 5th June. I am trying to get a head start on party plans, so it all comes together easily. If not I'd be in a total panic! xx

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    1. Thankyou Sadie I will try not to kill it off, I am sure sweet Violet's party will be great, as you are so well organised, xx

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