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pet companions

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 13:50

Gosh, Cosmos has grown, he's a proper cat now.

I don't have pet insurance either in France. Insurance is very expensive here and vets are reasonable.

Help needed

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 13:41

If you want something really rampant there is Mile a Minute vine http://www.sundaygardener.co.uk/fallopia_also_known_as_mile_a_minute_plant.html  but it is very fast growing and big.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:26

Good heavens! 3 years already since Dove retired. I remember that year, every other post Dove wrote had the word retirement in it!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:24

Morning all.
If there is a strike you can book the next available flight with Ryan Air free of charge. Last time it happened to us was last June and we had an extra 4 days in Norfolk. Luckily the house sitter could stay on, but it was just when my old horse died. House sitter coped, but I felt sorry for her. But this time we are only going for a week. In the summer we are taking a ferry. But it's a long drive from SW France.

Poured in the night, woke me up. Painful shoulder also woke me up but a couple of paracetamol helped. Must have been all that wheelbarrow pushing to the bonfire yesterday.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 21:59

I hope you have a good week Aunty Rach.

I was a good swimmer before I was 27, Fairygirl, but I'm not sure how to manage my bags and OH is coming too.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 17:37

Have been pruning and tidying this afternoon, also made a loaf of bread. It takes much longer clearing up than it does pruning. There is so much to do out there.

Just when we are going to Norfolk next week the wretched French air traffic controllers say they are probably going on strike for 5 days. They are paid well and they are constantly going on strike.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 17:29

Have pruned Madame Alfred Carrière, Meg and a big yellow buddleia, also cut down some old perennials. Took longer clearing away the mess than doing the pruning. At the onset of winter I thought I was more or less up to date, but there is so much to do.

If you go down to the shed today....

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 10:38

Good heavens! Wish I hadn't read that last bit, I'll be having nightmares! The thought of earwigs is bad enough.

Garden in Ireland

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 10:34

If you put beds around the sides don't make them too narrow, the odd curve is more graceful unless you're going for something starkly modern. The earth may need improving with compost and manure. Watch where the sun is and how much shade falls where. Different plants have different needs.

I would stick with easy perennials, like hardy geraniums, salvia nemerosa, campanulas etc.  Not orchids and meconopsis which can be tricky. Don't plant too close to the trees on the sides where the soil may be dry and poor from the trees taking up the moisture.

It depends how much work you want to do and how much money you have. Also future maintenance. There could be loads of options, like paths, pergolas, seating areas, flower beds not just around the edge, dividing the garden into different areas, trellis, fencing etc. Or just keep it simple with some flower borders.

Resurrected Seven

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 10:11

I didn't like clowns either, almost embarrassingly unfunny. I like humour like Victoria Wood, Pam Ayres and The Vicar of Dibley.

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