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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:19

It's been very wet, but I'm inland and on the side of a hill. Poor Brittany has had it bad, like Cornwall, and the Var in south France, near the Pyrenees and Atlantic coast have all had problems, flooding and red alerts. But I think the wind has been a lot worse in the UK.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 21:40

I just posted and it didn't work.

Rosie, you sound just like the contact that was needed.

I've been following this thread with interest. I wish I could help, but it's difficult living in SW France.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 21:15

Back from my meal out at the Hotel School. The theme was apples, except for the soup. Apple, chicory and Roquefort cheese salad, really tender pork with herb crust, potato cake and apple, apple sorbet, tarte Tatin. Each table had it's own apprentice  waiter, ours was sweet and practiced his English on us.

Thanks for the link to Southwold, Dove. Just watched a couple of videos, one about Matt Baker looking at beach huts. My grandmother had one. Apparently they sell now for £50,000 - £120,000! One day I would like to take OH there, we could meet, but won't be this year. Complicated going away and my house sitter is moving back to England. Have to find someone for September when we go to Italy.

OH is still at choir.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:21


Clari, are bosses allowed to stop your holiday? I thought everyone was entitled to a certain amount a year.

Have you been to Venice before, puncdoc? We went in September, it's wonderful, we walked miles exploring and there's so much music and art.

Near the Chilli Festival at West Dean gardens is the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum where they filmed the Monastery Farm series. Worth a visit too and the countryside North of Chichester is glorious.

When Dove mentions Southwold I get a warm and fuzzy feeling! My grandparents used to live there and it brings back happy memories of childhood holidays.

Photos of a restaurant near where we stayed and view of the Rialto Bridge from the waterbus on the Grand Canal. Just to give puncdoc a taste.


leaf blowers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 10:57

I mow the leaves on the lawn too, but I use the machine for the leaves on the paved terrace, which has a lime tree growing from a bed in the terrace, it's a large terrace. 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 10:53

Foxy, there were several replies to your question on the thread you started. If there hasn't been any more advice then I expect it's because other posters don't know the answer. I would prune it fairly hard and re-plant it and hope for the best. If it works you will have a shrub, but I'm afraid it may not be the same as before, you say "tree", it would be bushier I expect. 


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 09:55

Good morning all. Couldn't post last night as phone line wasn't working so Internet wasn't either. France Telecom rang twice this morning to say they'd repaired it. First time I was in bed, 2nd time I was stepping into the shower!

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

It's ok Pinky, when you click on it to enlarge it turns the right way up - and wow, w hat a transformation!!!  Those lilies are amazing - and the sweet peas at the back - gorgeous!!!


That doesn't happen on my laptop, it's still sideways. Lovely flowers Pinkie.

I won't be here tonight as going out for dinner with 2 girlfriends.

Container Grown Roses

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 18:01


I also have several roses in containers, including some climbers. The pots should be quite big, mine are 50cms tall and 50cms wide at the top. I put in some crocks for drainage then fill to about 2 thirds with garden soil mixed with rotted manure and compost. The top third is just compost, which will keep the weeds down. My roses have been fine. I feed and water them more than if they were in the ground, they need quite a lot of water.

Photo of "The Pilgrim" a David Austin small climber.


Replanting Turnip

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:03

If it looks and smells all right then it'll be fine to eat, it's not as though it was meat!

leaf blowers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:01

I have a Black and Decker. It has two attachments, one to blow and one to suck. I use the sucking one most.

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