Busy-Lizzie


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Difference in climate

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:31

I'm in Dordogne, SW France. Weather in early 20s last few days. Have had to do some watering. The trees are greening up, grass is growing like made. Daffodils and Magnolia Leonard Messel are over. Tulips and English bluebells are in flower. Dahlias left in the ground are starting to shoot so I hope we don't get a frost. We can get frosts up to early May.

Sweet peas - plant out?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:21

They are hardy, but as they are babies I would put them somewhere protected until the forecast is a bit kinder.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:20

Just enjoyed looking at the lovely photos. Internet wouldn't let me yesterday. Don't think I've ever managed a pot of hyacinths without at least one flop!

work in progress

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:16

Great looking planters. Gorgeous tulips.


I hope the membrane works for you. My French son in law hills the soil for his carrots and they do well. I hope you don't get a frost, the sweet corn looks almost ready to plant out.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:07

Hello LG,  welcome back. Enjoy your career break!

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:01

Morning all.


My plug plants should be arriving tomorrow, according to the email I've just had.


My new car, red Megane Estate, has arrived at the garage.  Just waiting for the bank to do it's bit. My lovely Mum left me the money in her will when she died 5 years ago, but my old car wasn't ready to go then.


What was said last night. We may be virtual friends on here and come and go, but there are real people behind the posts. I have met real people from this forum, all lovely, and made one real and lasting friend a few years ago who we are going to stay with in May and visit the Malvern Spring Show. I hope SG Lily is OK, she's been posting here for a few years. I wonder what happened to KEF? Nice that Orchid Lady popped back recently.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 08:37

Morning all.


Is bee keeping in England as full of rules, regulations and papers to fill in as it is in France? I'm just letting my wild bees under the wheelbarrow in the wood get on with it in peace. I wonder if they will eat the 4 honeycombs?


Today I will be putting back the permeable weed suppressant fabric in the veg garden and planting broad beans and onion sets.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 22:14

Saw your post last night, Hazel. I’m glad mine brought back happy memories.


I hope SG Lily is OK.


Internet is so slow I can’t really join in chat any more. But there’s a lot to do outside.


Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 22:04

Monkman was a gracious loser, smiled a lot. I wanted him to win too, mean his team. I knew a few questions, more in the previous heat. I'm no good when it's all maths and physics but that's when OH does well. This final had art, history and botany so it wasn't too bad.


I've been in veg garden most of the day. I ache and have a sunburnt back of neck, but hopefully have absorbed vitamin D. Nearly ready for planting. Cut flower bed was full of bindweed, I hope it isn't now but probably wishful thinking.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 20:00

Hello Gardenmaiden.


I’ve spent most of the day in the veg garden, weeding and preparing it for rotovating. Dug up a trugful of bindweed roots in the cut flower and sweet pea bed. All rotovated now and ready to go


Sun burnt on back of neck.


Such a lovely evening we had dinner outside, 23°. Birds singing like mad.


Hosta, what you need is a Kubota. Expensive but fabulous. First OH bought mine  in 1997. He had a year to enjoy it , then he died, not to do with the Kubota (too much smoking). It has made my life so much easier. It doesn’t collect the mowing, chops them up and they disappear.


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