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Posted: 06/11/2014 at 18:07

Have tackled the end of the middle bed today, phlomis was taking over so dug a lot out. Potted some up for plant sale next year. The soil underneath was horrid - orangey clay. Dug in a barrow load of manure and a barrow load of home made compost. Planted the lovely Geum Totally Tangerine that Matty gave me, 3 Erysimum "Jenny Brook", some alliums "Purple Sensation", some orange tulips and, along the front, some "Penny Marlies" violas.

Getting chilly now, shall sit in front of the woodburner this evening.


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:58

I cover the veggie garden with manure in the winter and rotovate it in in the spring. They say carrots will fork, but mine didn't mind, their bit was manured with the rest of it.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:57

I don't grow skimmias either because I have alkali soil but here is a site that gives advice.

I have a winter honeysuckle, lovely smell, but it's true that is just a rather messy green bush in summer.

Plant ID

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:52

I think it's an osteospermum. They can be tender in the winter, so I would keep cuttings frost free for the winter and plant out in the spring. From South Africa.


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:50

Yet they want to pull down a rather lovely family home that a farmer built on his own land to house his family near his cows which is green belt. It doesn't overlook anyone. I admit he should have asked first, but being a farmer, not a developer he probably wouldn't have got permission. So why do they allow lots of homes on green belt that will spoil other people's lives?

Sorry, morning all. Only 2° and foggy.

moving snapdragons

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 22:48

I find they don't live very long anyway. I buy cheap mail order plug plants to save time.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 22:46

Doesn't sound a very good home, I hope they improve and make the changes. Didn't you say you were looking for a new home? How worrying for you.

Do you know where your pets are tonight?

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:30

My Border Collie is in bed indoors. He hates bangs, especially thunder, but, living in France, no fireworks tonight. Fireworks are in the summer, especially 14th July, Bastille Day.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:28

Runnybeak, how awful for you. I hope something happens to stop it, but if it goes ahead I hope it is tasteful with nice gardens.

The farmers protest was a bit of a damp squib. Traffic flowed OK, but I took the country route in to town anyway. Babysat for son's baby, came home, cooked very late lunch, cleared away summer planting from sundial bed, dug in compost and slow release fertiliser, planted blue and yellow pansies, had long chat with daughter on telephone and now I'm here. But must go and wash kitchen floor while OH is out of the way at choir practice.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:35

So do I.

3° this morning.

Will be on Granny duty at lunchtime. But the farmers are driving into town with their tractors to protest about something, so the roads will be merry hell! Will have to find a country way. Son has Wednesdays off as it's his wife's busiest day (orthodontist), so he looks after their baby. But he has an appointment today. In France a lot of Primary schools have Wednesday off and Secondary schools have a half day. Most of DIL's patients are children.

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