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Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:17

Verdun nominated euphorbia griffithi and oxalis purpurea as embarrassing plants. Why won't they grow in my garden when I want them? I don't like grasses, which are all the rage now. I just think they look like weeds, except the one with big pussy willow fluffy heads on it ? penisetum - I planted that one. It died.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 14:54

Mine is huge, never get around to dealing with it, but it's not in the flower garden, it's on the verge of the drive by the veggie garden so it can just get on with it.

Been shopping for last of the presents and Christmas bits and pieces. I found crackers!! French don't usually do them. In a shop called Gifi, a bit like the old Woolworths. Tom Smith ones with a little film to tell the French what to do with them. Hope someone buys them.

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:43

I'll just add - don't plant too deeply, about 3 inches, spread roots out and cover with soil then mulch.

When planted they should be pruned to about 10". Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on 1 year old canes, those are the new ones that grew in the summer. The ones that fruited should be cut down to the ground when they have finished. That means that after planting and pruning to 10" you won't get a crop in 2015. But you would if they were autumn ones.

Preposterous question....

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:27

Because men are lovable and funny (hopefully) Punkdoc. At least my OH is.

The pain of childbirth has a reward at the end of it and then you are so busy you forget how much it hurt. Also it is usually easier with the subsequent babies.

Preposterous question....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:32

The dishwasher, windscreen wipers, the circular saw were invented by woman. I'm sure there are lots of other things.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:03

Naughty Dove! You must have an enormous amount of food for Christmas if it lasts all January - unless you are on a no food diet!

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:15


I use a few stepping stones too, not big ones just a few old roof tiles. I also have bark mulch patches that I can walk on. In the Sussex Prairie Gardens there are little paths actually in the beds lined with barks, so you can walk among the plants.


Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:03

I go to England in November and buy crackers (see family as well though) as they don't sell them in France.

My mince pies looked like yours, Tootles, but without the decoration. 75 were eaten at the Carol Service and 25 I took home. Other people made them too. I wish I knew how Gemma did that.

We are encouraged to buy French meat in France. There is a big pig farm near us. They live in fields with sheds for shelter. In the spring and summer the fields are full of huge sows with lots of babies. The sows lie in the sun and the piglets play.

The pigs are very big, the legs are huge, usually sold in slices.The pork crackling is usually removed. They sell it separately to boil with beans (haricots). I think it's revolting - all soggy, fatty and white. Lots of the eggs here are free range, I only buy free range eggs. The veal calves aren't separated from their mothers, they live in the fields with their mothers, not in barns, so the meat is darker and tougher than the veal I wouldn't eat years ago in England.

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