Busy-Lizzie


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You are so lucky.

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:12

Barefoot gardener, in southern France you would be putting suntan cream on the back of your legs instead of Vaseline! In Dordogne in the summer it's often in the 30s, I don't find it comfortable at all and the winters can be cold, but maybe not in Alés. Down to -12° last winter. Beautiful scenery though, but growing flowers is easier in the UK.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:04

Morning all.
I expect the warm weather will come after we leave Norfolk. Leaving tomorrow to stay with friends (who I first met on this forum) in Malvern and we are going to the Malvern Spring Festival on Friday. Tonight we are going to the opera, Nabucco.

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 22:44


Lovely photos Liri. I was wondering if there was a garden visit thread yesterday.


We went to Fairhaven Water Gardens yesterday, really more like a walk in pretty woodlands with a Norfolk Broad next door and a bluebell wood over the road. I posted a couple of pics on Forkers.

You are so lucky.

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:29

Where I live most of the time is really beautiful, Dordogne in France. But where I would prefer to live is in my home country of England. England has beautiful countryside too but what makes it special are the people. I have always found the English to be friendly. I am really lucky as we also have a cottage in Norfolk as OH sold his French house. We were both widowed and met in France, both of us love England but my children are all in France. I am very lucky to have always lived in places I love, with good neighbours. The only exception was when I did my nurse training in London in the 70s. The people were lovely, but I'm a country bumpkin, spent time off in the Parks. I feel at home in Norfolk, my mother's family are from East Anglia, some of my father's too.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:31

Morning all.


Enjoy Harlow Carr, Liri. Good luck with the loo, Dove, not sure about your dieting methods! The idea is not to find room for more calories


We will be going to the local Tesco to get supplies to take back to France for us and my children. The GC next door had clematis Rebecca, think I'll buy one if they still have any. But we are waiting for a delivery from Amazon, OH has ordered for me a retractable washing line for the cottage.


LG, I don't know if I'll ever know about the old lady but the policewoman said she'd send me an email and photos of my car. If it hadn't been for all the locals turning up I probably wouldn't have reported it, the scratch isn't huge, but I didn't know they thought she was a hazard.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 18:55


Lovely photos from Chicky and Lily P.


We didn't go on the walk I was thinking of, we went to Fairhaven water garden instead, which was like a walk, lots of woodland and waterside paths lined with drumstick primulas. There was a bluebell wood too. We spent 2 hours walking round it all and we went on the boat ride around the local Broad. Finished with hot chocolate in the café.


Is there a places or gardens we have visited thread for this year? Here are a couple of photos anyway.


Didn't see Topbird's post about the church before we left.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:03

Morning all.


I think we'll go to the Broads today and go for a walk. There is a nice sounding one in one of my walk guidebooks. Shame the weather isn't a bit warmer.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:29

I hope it all goes well, Berghill, and you will be back in your garden as soon as possible.


Such lovely gardens and photos everyone.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:18

I suppose I'd better write what I came here to write, but it is with feelings of sadness.


Been gardening at the Norfolk cottage. Have moved some plants in the front bed. The Bowles Mauve has grown huge and was smothering a Nepeta and a yellow alyssum so I moved them and another plant to places where something else had died in the winter. Planted 3 Osteospermum as the one I had last year was very successful. The soil was very dry, watered it all. There are Spanish bluebells flowering in the gravel in front of the cottage walls. I think there had been beds there before the renovation.


Then I weeded the bank behind the wall and planted 14 rockery plants for well drained sunny places. The violas I planted there last autumn are in full flower so I left them. But there weren't enough plants so we went to 2 GCs, one was the big one at Bressingham, pricier than the other one, and I bought 16 more plants, that should cover it. I'm hoping the bank will become a mound of low growing spreading plants with aubretia, sedums, phlox subulata, creeping thyme and others.


The wall is about 45 inches tall and behind it is a load of rubble and earth, covered with earth, going downhill to the ditch at the edge of the farmer's field. Looked awful, covered in nettles, brambles and bindweed but I sprayed it a lot last year and cleared all the dead stuff and planted the violas in the autumn. Not a sign of brambles or bindweed now, but there were some baby nettles that I weeded out.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:16

What sad news, I hadn't seen it as we are on holiday in our Norfolk cottage. I will miss Michael's posts. Thank you for letting us know, Ellen.

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