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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:14

Morning all. Blue sky, but frosty.

Postman has just been, delivered 2 large self adhesive photo albums that I'd ordered, just what I wanted, lots of pages and room for 4 photos a page. Got up to July 2015 when we went to East Anglia on holiday and decided to buy a cottage there. OH had sold his French house a couple of years before and had been looking in the Cotswolds, but couldn't find a 2 bedroom cottage with 2 bedrooms and a courtyard garden for the price of a French 4 bedroom with an acre. Met Dove so the new album will have a photo of her in it, outside a gorgeous Suffolk pub.

Busy day planned. Have friends coming to lunch tomorrow so shall prepare it today. Smoked salmon roulade, ragout of beef in red wine with dumplings (French English fusion!), 3 veg, chocolate mousse. Also tidy and dust dining room.

Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 22:34

I bought cheap trestles and some planks at the DIY place. I don't use my greenhouse in winter, I live in SW France and the winters can be colder than in England. I use it from March to early May with a little electric heater, 3 electric propagators and a warming mat for my seeds and baby plants. Don't need a  heater at all after that until the tomatoes are over. Then the greenhouse is empty.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 22:24

I wish I could join you, but we won't be in Norfolk until the 9th March.

Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 22:09

My greenhouse is arranged like Perki's with a path in the middle, staging and potting bench on the left and an earth border on the right. I add extra shelving on trestles on the right over the border as I have a lot of seedlings in the spring. Then the staging comes down and I plant tomatoes in the border. I add manure and compost each year and sometimes change some of the earth with earth from the vegetable garden. Haven't had diseases yet.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:59

Pruned 4 shrub roses and a climbing grape vine. OH pruned the wisteria.

pet companions

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:57

I was so sorry to read of the passing of your lovely Bracken, Logan. Hugs. I remember how it feels because of my Tigger last year. I still look for him when I come back from shopping. I'm sure you made his life easier and he was grateful for your love in the last days. He'd been unwell for a bit.

Tree to plant near driveway

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:48

Silver birch Jacquemontii is nice. Crab apples aren't too big and have blossom in spring and fruit in autumn. Rowans have lovely berries. Amalanchier for spring flowers and autumn foliage.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:57

Have pruned 4 shrub roses and finished the grape. Lovely day, the washing actually dried on the line.

My meat, bacon, cheese and pie delivery came from Ireland, but the pies were from Yorkshire. 2 men have set up a delivery business. Look forward to trying the roast beef, they don't hang it much here, often a bit tough. Can't find back bacon here either and the sausages are different. They had lost 1 of my 2 pots of Jersey cream, another thing unheard of here.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:52

Is La Roche sur Yon anywhere near you? There is Lapeyre and Leroy Merlin.

Having a break from pruning the grapevine over the hall door. Have pruned 3 shrub roses.

Lumpy, uneven flowerbeds

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 12:02

I came on earlier to say dig in grit, manure and compost to improve the drainage and the soil, but laptop went on strike! Now Mark has said it. I don't think top soil is necessary unless your soil is very thin.

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