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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 21:21

Church charity BBQ here tomorrow so been busy preparing. Sun for next week.

Saw the lovely pics, KEF, and enlarged them. Brings back happy memories.

I have lots of bulbs to plant too and masses of dead heading. Don't think housesitters do dead heading. I always say I don't do much, but I must do because it sure shows when I've been away! I tend to nip them off when I do the watering.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 12:00

KEF, I hope you had as good a time as we had in Venice, any photos? Our bean and tomato diet has already started! When we looked in the spare fridge on Thursday to put stuff for the Church charity BBQ (Sat) we found it was full to the gunnels of tomatoes and beans picked by the house sitter! There are now bags of tomato sauce and frozen beans in the freezer.


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 10:02

Morning all. We got back from hols in Venice and England late on Tuesday night, wet and windy drive from Calais to Dordogne. We had a great time, posted a few pics on "Gardens we have Visited" and "Evening Forkers".

Friends coming to stay for a week, arriving this afternoon, Church BBQ to organise here, hope it doesn't rain, on Saturday, about 37 people coming. So, busy!

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:34

We've just come back from Venice and England. We went to Sussex Prairie Garden as well, thanks to Chicky. It was looking great although it was wet and windy. Then we had a mug of tea and warmed ourselves in front of their fire!

 We went to Penshurst Place as well, which was past it's best but there was still colour in the borders.

 And here is a garden in Venice from a boat on the Grand Canal.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:22

Hi Chicky. Sussex Prairies were lovely, despite the wind and rain. Here's a pic, will put some more on the Gardens We Have Visited thread - if I can find it!


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 22:09

Evening all. We got back from England last night after a long, wet and windy drive and Venice a few days before. We had a great time in Venice and a good few days in England. Cold, wet and windy back in Dordogne, garden looks a bit battered and almost over apart from some Michaelmas daisies.

Must go shopping tomorrow and friends are coming to stay tomorrow afternoon for a week so I won't have much time to chat here. Haven't read anything yet, had big problems with internet connection in Eastbourne so am behind with emails etc.


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 08:50

Morning all. We had a great time in Venice, went to "La Traviata" in an old palace and a concert, Vivaldi's "4 Seasons". Now in Eastbourne but internet connection is very poor, had to buy a BT one as DIL has gone on holiday and her Wifi must be turned off, or something.

Went to Penshurst Place yesterday and going to Sussex Prairie garden today.

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:00

If they are pot grown it doesn't matter when you plant them but if they are bare-rooted from a nursery then plant October to March. They will need watering in dry spells for at least the first year.

I would look up flowering shrubs on Google, see what conditions they need, note down suitable ones then go to your garden centre and see what they've got on your list that you like the look of.


Posted: 04/09/2013 at 12:47

Glad you had a good holiday GG. We are off tomorrow.

I agree, WW, September is a Summer month. Still on Summer time. Sun is out.

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:02

There is a lovely blue flowered shrub, called Caryopteris that likes sun and flowers at this time of year. There are different varieties, including a gold leaved one. It's not very tall, so it would go in the front of the border. Trouble is it prefers a well drained soil so you would have to dig in some grit and plenty of compost.

 For the shady bit and a red touch, you could try a hardy fuschia, like riccartonii.


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