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Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 17:25

Beautiful, LG. I spotted the Bishop's Children dahlias, unless the were the actual Bishop ones.

I wondered if that's what you meant about the Giverny kitchen.

Climbing white rose for small arch

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 13:26

A friend of mine has Snow Goose for a small arch and it looks lovely. I don't think it's very thorny.

I've heard that Claire Austin can be a bit droopy, flowers a bit heavy.

Lavender pruning

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 13:23

The normal rule is to cut into the new wood to make it bushier and less straggly, but do not cut into the old wood. That one looks a bit unhappy, you need someone more expert than me.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 12:04

It is a phlox.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:55

The new Bake-Off starts on 29th August. I like Prue Leith. I'll give it a go.

What a pain about the skip, hope they sort it.

Should be a lovely evening for the BBQ. 26° now. I've got disposable plates, the church cutlery and the glasses from daughter's wedding and lots of easy care tablecloths, in answer to Obelixx. Oh and the soft brown sugar (Vergeoise) that I mentioned on the café thread comes from Leclerc SM.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:40

Dacha, if you have a look at this thread there are several cakes with courgettes in them


The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:34

Vergeoise is a soft brown sugar made from sugar beet. Comes in light and dark brown. The darker one has more flavour. If you can't find soft brown sugar then demerara sugar is fine.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 08:55

I keep trying to think up ways of using courgettes, always have too many at once. Last night we had baked veg, courgettes, red onion, runner beans, tomatoes, basil,cream cheese in it and topped with cheddar and baked in the oven. The juices ran into the rice we had with our fish, which was nice.

Fruity Courgette Cake

 6 oz butter

12 oz Vergoise soft brown sugar

2 eggs

12 oz SR flour & 1tsp baking powder

12 oz grated courgettes, including skin

12 oz mixed dried fruit

2tbs marmalade

Slosh of milk  (so it’s easier to mix, less stiff)

1 tps Cinnamon

1 tps4 épices or mixed spice


 Grease and line a 10” round cake tin. Oven at 180°, turn down to 160° after 20 mins

 Cream the softened butter with the sugar until pale, beat in the eggs.

Fold in the flour then the milk and the other ingredients.

Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour.


 Beat large pot of cream cheese, Philadelphia type, with zest of an orange, icing sugar to taste and a spoon of marmalade.

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Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 08:11

So long as you feed and water regularly and use good compost, like John Innes No.3, you can grow almost anything in a large pot. I use soil mixed with manure and compost, then I top up with compost to keep weeds down. I have climbing roses and a golden philadelphus (which is in the shade) in a pot, which has masses of scented white flowers in early summer. I think the NW facing and a bit exposed is more critical as I imagine there will be less sun and many shrubs like sun. Go to the garden centre, see what you like and ask advice about growing conditions and eventual height.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:58

Morning all.
What a shock for your friend, Joyce, hope she's OK.

Great that it's going so well DD. I almost came for the TV day but I was busy and it's not next door! OH was away.

Bother about the garden prog. I'd noted it down but last night was warm and OH wanted to linger over dinner under the terrace pergola so I forgot it.

38 gardening club to my BBQ tonight. Secretary told me it would be about 20 when they asked me to host it. She must have forgotten the husbands and wives!

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