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Posted: 27/11/2014 at 21:47

Dug up my begonias this afternoon, threw away the Dragon's Wing one, there were brilliant all summer and stored the tuber ones. Planted the pots with violas. Planted up two pots, which had had basil and parsley in them, with early and late double tulips. Planted the DA "Summer Song" rose that I bought in the UK.

My cold seems to be getting worse. Going to bed.

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 13:07

I had a similar experience to Dove. When I was young my parents bought a farmhouse surrounded by the farm and it's land, although my father wasn't a farmer. The farmer had built himself a smaller easier to manage house. I was one of 6 children. I was lucky enough to have a New Forest pony.

My first OH bought a farmhouse in Kent. It was a registered smallholding and I bred and milked (by hand) Jersey cows, just a couple, enough to have milk, cheese and rear calves to sell in the market when they were a year old. I also had chickens, ducks and guinea fowl and a big veggie garden. I had sheep for a bit too, but they were good at escaping, weren't mine so gave them back to their owner. It too was subsidised by my husband, didn't sell much apart from eggs and calves. I used to give surplus veg to the old people's home in the village. It felt good growing so much of our own food, but we couldn't eat the lovely ducks! I had John Seymour's book on self sufficiency.

We had 4 children and I thought it was a lovely place for them to grow up. But my husband owned a big dental surgery in London and had a long journey to work, so he got stressed and we moved to France, which he loved. He bought a practice here but died of a heart attack aged 53 in '98.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 12:48


Plant support

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 11:45

His last post was in May. He has a heart condition, hope he's OK. That's one trouble with forums, when people aren't OK you don't know what happened.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:30

Morning all. We woke really late this morning, but I still have a cold.

Thinking of Matty, hope it's good news.

Must get out and deal with tulips and violas. Weather forecast yesterday was so good for the next 3 days but this morning they have changed their minds. Grey today, nice tomorrow, drizzle on Saturday.

I hope Chicky has a lovely time in Berlin.

I think the same as Fidget, that Punkdoc's wife would love another GH if it means he keeps his gardening out of the dining room.

Glad you enjoyed "Carmen", Woody, one of my favourites.

What could I choose?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 00:14

Didn't think you were lazy, just thought you didn't know where to start. Wanted to push up your post for another to answer as I can't. I live in France so don't visit bookshops in England very often. My OH gave me the "RHS Encyclopaedia of Perennials" which I love, but it was printed in 2006.

Where to start...

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 00:02

I have a centaurea Montana or perennial cornflower which my son gave me for Mother's Day when he was about 12 and now he is 31. It's been reliable, hardy and not a thug.

Where to start...

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 11:29

Looks like "Alchemilla Mollis", lovely with it's yellow flower sprays but can seed everywhere.

Put all your grass cuttings, prunings, plant and uncooked veg waste in the bins. Best to use one at a time and rotate them. When rotted down dig into the garden or use as mulch. Do not put perennial weeds, such as bindweed or dandelion roots in the compost.

Looks quite a jungle, but a lot will die down in winter. You can leave it for wildlife, or you can cut down the messiest bits. During winter read up about weeds and plants!


Posted: 26/11/2014 at 11:24


Morning all. Thank you.

Taking it easy today, getting over the cold I caught in the UK and all that driving. The next 3 days forecast is very good, there will be a tulip and viola planting frenzy to get it all done before next week's rain.

It's my birthday

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 11:16

Happy birthday Fidget. Hope the Norovirus is on the way out and OH feels better.

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