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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 17:08

Snowed earlier, raining now, 1°, so haven't been out except to feed horses. Been sorting through photos and sticking them in album. It was so lovely and warm and sunny in Ravello, loads of Busy-Lizzies under trees and the sea so blue!

Great poem P. Pam.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 14:07

My mother died last year aged 87 and my father died 4 years ago aged 86. Daddy was well before and it was unexpected but Mummy broke her hip and went downhill from then. It was a worry, but I have other brothers and sister in England. I still went over every 2 months or so when she was in a home.

Loved Champion the Wonder Horse when I was little, like the Lone Ranger and Wagon Train too and used to watch Little House on the Prairie with my daughter when she was little. They showed it in France too.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:39

It's "bute" or phenylbutazone which is a painkiller and antiinflammatory, used for treating horses. My daughter's elderly horse has had it for his arthritis, but he doesn't like the taste and he's retired now.

The French fish fingers I get from a frozen food shop called "Picard" are made from lumps of pure cod, it's obvious what it is as it's whole fish, not mashed up. Yummy!

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:15

French beefburgers are freshly minced pure beef, no extras and sausages are mostly pure pork, spices and herbs - no breadcrumbs, so they are OK for people who are allergic to gluten. When MacDonalds opened here it was lovely, proper beefburgers, made from beef and crisp salads and plenty of salad in the burgers. Now it's all changed and it's indeterminate slabs of something soggy and brown and hardly any salad in the burgers.

Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 10:28

This is probably a daft question, but when gardening mags and books say don't prune roses in time of frosts, what exactly do they mean? If there was a frost in the morning, but it's gone by lunchtime can you prune in the afternoon? If the weatherforecast says frost for the next day can you prune the day before? Or does it just mean don't prune while there is frost at the time of pruning? Though why should one want to? Most uncomfortable and chilly!

Fork Handles

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 22:24

Good TV night, Prince Charles about the composer, Parry (wrote Jerusalem) then Monty Don and French potagers. Monty doesn't bring out the tiger in me either, but I prefered the potagers to the grand symetrical gardens of last week. I had hoped he would show the potagers of Cheverney, which has flowers and veg andDavid Austin roses, and Chenonceau which also has flowers and veg and pretty workers' cottages with wisteria and honeysuckle over them. 

Gardeners of Instagram?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:46

Thanks, it worked. How does Geoff always know about these things? Lovely photos.  Is that your greenhouse Rich, looks fantastic. Jealous.

What are you still eating?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:42

Hello Figrat, they've been asking where you are on "Forkhandles".

I have leeks, perpetual spinach and Purple sprouting broccoli in the veg garden, onions and butternut squash in the garage, and tomato soup and runner beans (from the garden) in the freezer.

Click on the arrow next to the smiley on top and a selection for you to choose from should appear.

Gardeners of Instagram?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:31

I don't understand how to look at your garden, it wants a name and a password. How did Bunny do it?

Tree ideas.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:19

Welcome Super Gran. Silver birches give dappled shade and are quite light and airy. I don't think they would block out the light completely.

What sort of soil do you have? Most magnolias like soil a bit acid. I have alkali soil and I planted magnolia Leonard Messel which is very similar to stellata with pale pink flowers and will grow in an alkali soil. But it's a bit strange that you already have a stellata that's OK. They hate drying out in summer (unlikely last year!), they don't like cold winds and spring frosts can damage the flowers.

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