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Wellies!

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 07:58

I buy inexpensive wellies from the local supermarket (Dordogne, France). I put insoles in them which cushions them, stops them getting smelly (charcoal) and makes them a lot warmer to wear. They last 5 or 6 years (boots not insoles). One year my OH wanted to get me a good pair when we were in England. Can't remember the make though, but they were about 6 times the price of my supermarket ones. They lasted 1 season and then split along the top of the toes. 

I need proper waterproof wellies that you can rinse under a tap as I have the field shelter to muck out for 4 horses. I also use them for walking my dog in winter, the paths in the woods can get very wet.

My feet are the opposite of Dove's - large and flat and I have slim calves.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 23:11

http://extension.umass.edu/floriculture/sites/floriculture/files/plant/images/related-species/Stachys%206%20species%20Stachys%20monieri%20Common%20Betony_0.JPG

 

I wondered if no. 2 could be betony (Stachys officinalis). I have some in my garden and the leaves are like that.

Could No.3 be a Michaelmas Daisy or even a campanula persicifolia? Two very different plants I know but leaves can be similar and it's hard to tell at the end of the growing season.

I would agree with 5 being a mallow. The ones after that are too out of focus.

 

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:01

http://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/photography/bigs/20640-Burdock-seed-head.jpg

 

http://imgs.photo4me.com/3231/204147_t.Jpeg

 

Alliums are not so dense and have bobbles on the end.

This is a burdock. But the photos may turn up in the wrong order, they often do when I post photos.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 16:50

Haven't done HW after all. Have finished my Christmas cards to French people. They think I'm very early as they don't often do them for Christmas, they are more likely to send them for New Year, if at all. Took them to the Post Office, took the bin bags to the big bin, saw the pizza man was open so we had pizza for lunch. Been wrapping presents this afternoon.

Only 4 days before the evenings start getting lighter! Is your OH busy with Christmas stuff, punkdoc? Does she ask you to help?

Looking forward to "The Apprentice" tonight.

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 14:50
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64732.jpg?width=350

 

I found these with the help of Google. The title read -

The sharp spiky seed heads of Purple Coneflower are very thistle-like"

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 10:31

Morning all.

I have a water meter but my bills are the same as Verdun's. Must be because of watering the garden.

Verdun said "Convolvulus maritima will take over down here.....climate, soil and aspect allow that ...but perhaps elsewhere this beautiful plant will die kerria is another mistake for me.  Invasive becoming more so over time"

Cornwall and Dordogne must have very different growing conditions. I have lost 2 Convolvulus maritime and my Kerria is very well behaved, has taken years to grow to a reasonable size. I can't grow acid loving plants or moisture loving plants or anything at all tender in winter or anything that doesn't like heat in summer.

Must go and clean the place up and put up some decorations.

 

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:52

Yes, Catherine.

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:38

I have tried growing it in my greenhouse here in SW France, but although it grew it was only some spikey leaves and when I dug it up it was about the same size root as the one I planted. Ginger needs a long hot summer and plenty of moisture. Somewhere like Thailand!

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:35

It isn't alstromeria. It looks so familiar, but I can't think what it is. Looks as though it should have had a purple thistle like head.

Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:24

That is definitely Phlomis Russeliana as Dave now knows. I have lots in my garden. But as Nut says, it needs sorting out, looks rather tatty and compacted.

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