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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Lovely little lupins - is it best to just leave these pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:03

Especially slugs and snails! Mine were like that until a snail found them. Keep them in the GH until spring. If you plant them out now the slugs and snails will certainly get them.

Pruning climbing roses

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:01

I would cut off the skinny stems in February March. Keep the 2 strong ones and cut off side shoots to a bud about 2 - 3 buds from the main stem. It will grow more stems next year when it gets going, if fed and watered.

I accidentally grew tomatoes!!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:57

Dig it up, it won't survive the winter. Start again in the spring, if you want to grow them, with fresh seed or little bought plants. If it was an F1 hybrid originally it won't come true from seed anyway. Tomato seeds need warmth to germinate so seeds left outside will germinate too late to get the best crop off them. 

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:46

KEF, I feel the same about feet, was really going to make an effort to watch them but the cameraman thought otherwise!

Bluebells as a table centrepiece

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 21:28

I agree with lily, blue pansies, violas even better, are reliable, grow in pots and look good. I bought lots as plug plants and they are in my outside pots now. They will flower into June when I have to dig them up to make way for summer bedding.

Dartford Crossing new system

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 21:22

I find it a bit worrying. How do people arriving at Stansted Airport and renting a car get through? How do you pay in advance? Can you use a bank card when you arrive at the crossing? That works well in France. Also we will be driving from the Dover Ferry or the Tunnel next year to East Anglia in my car which has a French registration. How do I pay for the crossing then?

Already we are having trouble with English car parks that want you to type in the car number plate. A lot don't accept a French number plate so we can't buy the ticket. Then I read an article in an English paper that said the French don't pay in car parks because they think they can get away with it. Rubbish, the French can't pay in certain car parks.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 21:09

I preferred Frankie too. Then Pixie. Hope Judy goes, then Alison. Shame that Thom went when he was heaps better than either of them.

Top jobs for the weekend

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 20:59

You will be good enough DD. Lovely garden and you've worked hard.

I gardened this morning, weeding and planting, bulbs and spring bedding. Then visited a friend convalescing after a hip replacement. Tomorrow is Remembrance Service, out to lunch, Bring and Share after service. Don't know if will garden in the afternoon, rain forecast.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 20:54

We had vin blanc with our roast guinea fowl.

Fairygirl, thanks, but too early to say well done for the 220 tulips. Only planted 37 today. Had to weed the bed and add a barrow load of my home made compost. Also planted alliums, forget-me-nots and pansies. Wondering if all these tulips are a mistake as garden will look messy for my open day on 17th May, tulips will have finished.

Going to a Remembrance Service tomorrow, C of E, then Bring and Share lunch. Poppies will be on sale. The French have cornflowers, but it's not such a tradition as the English. I'm taking salmon salad, there are usually lots of puds.

Then on Tuesday, which is a Bank Holiday, we are going to a French Remembrance Ceremony by the war memorial in a nearby village. The Maire has invited all the English he knows to it and a Scottish bagpiper will be playing. Then we are invited to drinks and nibbles.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:54

Morning all.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by tulips. Still have 220 left to plant, beds need tidying to make room and rain is forecast. Poured yesterday. We are going to England next week, leaving Friday to stay with daughter in north of France on the way.

Also have 3 climbing roses from David Austin to plant, must clear spaces.

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