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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Fine Green beans in the shops

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:55

I hate butter beans too, used to have them in school dinners. Butter beans sound lovely and buttery, but they're not - dry and floury or hard. But broad beans are soft and delicious. Each to their own! Runner beans are my favourite.

Cells or Flats and for what?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:51

I sow small seeds, mostly flowers in trays and large seeds, eg courgettes, runner beans in pots. I often put a stick such as short piece of bamboo in the middle of the trays and grow different things in each half. I enjoy pricking out. Some plants don't transplant well, such as carrots, beetroot, so if you want to get an early start then do as figrat does and use lengths of guttering in the green house to be slid into a hollowed length in veg garden later. I have 3 small electric propogaters and a greenhouse but I haven't sown a lot yet as it's been cold and when the plants are up and pricked out into pots then take up a lot of room in the greenhouse and I order plug plants too which will be arriving the end of March.

I've sown 3 sorts of tomato, French marigolds, ageratums, penstemons, which are up now but too small to prick out. Will be sowing more, such as courgettes, squash, cucumbers, runner beans, later. Sown broad beans and peas outside, not up yet, don't know if they will be owing to awful weather.

Fine Green beans in the shops

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:39

They are dwarf French beans, but there are lots of different varieties. They grow very well here in SW France as they like it hot and sunny, unlike runner beans which can be difficult here and aren't even grown commercially. Why do you despise broad beans ? I love them, but they must be young and tender so best home grown.

Fork Handles

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:35

Mr. Sunshine isn't here either and I'm much southerner than you two.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:16

Hello. Living in France, I order plug plants in spring and autumn from a French company called Jardin Express. Everything always arrives by post beautifully packed, looking green and fresh. They also often put 2 plants in each plug and you can divide them carefully and pot them up getting 2 for the price of 1. 

Advice needed for difficult area of the garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 23:20

Is it always damp or it is wet because of the recent weather conditions? 2 perennials that I like for wet places are astilbe and rodgersia. There is a shrub called Clethra which likes it wet


but it is 3 - 4 feet, but I think there are dwarfer ones. One disadvantage is that it's leaves are late to come out in spring, but it is pretty in flower.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 23:03
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Bunny that key in my back is not for winding

The Dordogne will suit you better-they are bonkers there as well

Some in the Dordogne may be bonkers. I is totally, utterly and completely normal.

You know we went to that opera at the cinema? There was a reporter there from a local newspaper who heard we were English (went with OH and 5 friends) and he took a photo and chatted with us and today there was a large colour photo of us on page 3!

Have just caught up, have friend to stay for a few days so not much time to look at computer.

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Posted: 18/03/2013 at 15:47

Geoff, was that baby Matthew, a bit bigger?

Lovely pink watering can, think Bjay should have one too.

March in your Garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 15:28

Hello Wintersong. Here they label Bottle Brush shrubs as being tender in the winter.

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Posted: 18/03/2013 at 15:19

What is it with cats and computers? My son's cat on my computer when they came to stay.

 My dog, Tigger, but I've sent him before - it's just that people are doing it now.

 Tigger is the only Border Collie I've had who doesn't roll in smells. Cassie liked fox and dead animals and Ned liked cow pats, Meggie liked pond and river water (and the mud round the edge!) and Freckles liked to knock over the kitchen bin and roll in the contents

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