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madP, what a brilliant idea.
Today was cooler than it has been for a while; makes it far easier to work outside without collapsing
We do have fantastic plant auctions in Wisbech. A neighbour had a huge area a couple of years ago to turn into an herbacious border; she and I went to the auctions and had such fun
The problem with these auctions is you often have to buy a whole tray of plants. With the larger things you can buy singles. I have seen serious London garden designers gobble up a 'lot' of roses cheaply; wonder what the sell them on at
I know wood ash is fine in compost (coal ash: NO) I don't know really what lump wood charcoal is, sorry
Someone told me once that Hibiscus need water even more than heat. Mine is planted outside the front fence on very poor almost sandy soil, facing South West, it gets watered once a year if I remember. Perhaps they thrive on neglect?
The nearest Plant Fair is 137 miles away; they all seem to be around Birmingham and points West of there.
Followed, vaguely, a recipe on you tube; chopped onions, garlic, cook for a while in a little oil; add chopped calaloo and chard plus coconut milk, cook till reduced a bit. Et voila! Jolly nice too
BB, you could use the watering can or bucket in future for flowers; when I met Top Bird at The Old Vicarage Garden Outing, she said that she had been taught to tie the flowers with twine before placing them in the vase and that stopped them from flopping about.
That blue and white vase is great for them
Today I will be cooking Calaloo Red leaf for the first time, I first came across it in the U.S. Virgin Islands in a soup (the veg, not the Islands) Will report back on results.
BizzieB, love those rosehips
FG, that combination is stunning, it was a very bold move to paint the fence black, but it really works