Busy-Lizzie


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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 21:44

Now I have read back, what with everyone's problems my post looks totally out of context!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 21:35

We have had a wonderful day at the Sandringham Flower Show. Soon after we arrived prince Charles and Camilla rolled up in a horse drawn carriage. There were crowds wherever they went so that left the floral exhibits and show gardens a bit less congested! There were some very pretty show gardens.

Chris Beardshaw   was one of the 2 judges. The people's choice garden was also the judges' choice, unlike at Chelsea, and it was full of flowers and veg and interest. Chris explained why he had chosen the medal winning gardens. He said he liked gardens to have flowers in them, not too much gravel or too many gaps between plants. Chris was also on the Gardener's Question Time team and we had front row seats! He may be small but he is perfectly formed

We also saw a talk about cottage gardens by Nick Hamilton, Geoff's son. He was very good, funny and articulate and really knew his plants. He asked us (the audience) if we were cottage gardeners and he said that a cottage gardener was someone who doesn't like to see the earth between the plants.


There were lots of plants for sale, I was good and only bought 3 allium bulbs and 1 Nepeta. We enjoyed the marquees with plant displays and exhibits from local amateur gardeners in the competitions.

It rained on and off which was a shame. The only criticism I had was that there were not enough places to sit down. The food stalls had very little seating and the food tent didn't have enough. They could really have done with another marquee for dining. But the entry fee was half that of the RHS shows.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 23:29

Back from dinner with friends, enjoyed it.


Going to Sandringham flower show tomorrow.


Sounds as though poor Nanny Beach is going through a really bad patch. I hope the conservatory gets finished properly and her Doc/surgeon gets rid of her health problems.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 08:33

Hello Obelixx. Try typing clavier electronique piano.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 08:30

Morning all.


I expect a kangaroo is even worse for the garden than a rabbit!


Lily P, we visited family last week, I wrote about it in earlier posts.


LG, must have been emotional, but I like the way you turned to your cuttings for comfort! My sister sold our family home a couple of years ago. My father gave it to her when he downsized. My parents bought it in 1963.


I hope we can have a quiet day today, the sunny bank badly needs weeding. OH always wants to go out, he says he mustn't waste the time he has left! He's only  27, but as I'm 10 years younger that makes me 17!

Wrecked garden?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:53

I agree with josusa. Rotovating will make the weeds worse and I speak from experience. I would spray the lot with Glyphosate, wait 3 weeks for it to work, then dig up all the roots you can find. Then rake it all level. Mark out any flower beds you want and seed or turf the rest. Mowing will keep the weeds and bamboo down in the lawn if you have left any roots behind.


Don't make flower beds too narrow. Decide if you want an area for veg. If money is tight then you can sow hardy annuals the first year, but it's getting a bit late for sowing now. You can sow biennials, like Sweet Williams and Foxgloves for planting in the spring to flower next year. If you have beds for flowers and veg then bear in mind that weeding is one of the main gardeners' tasks.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:39

It rained this morning so decided to go to Norwich and do some shopping instead of enjoying the seaside in Cromer. Rained this afternoon in Norwich, only 15°. On the way home it still rained, 14° at 6pm, put the heating on. Thought this was supposed to be summer.


Anyway, ordered the fabric from Dunelm I wanted for covering cushions in the French house, they hadn't got it in stock, then in the city I bought christening presents for 3 grandchildren and a birthday present for son 2 and a nightie in M & S. Then we had tea and cake in a rather nice tea room. On the way home we went to Tesco for veg, milk etc.


Nice surprise when we got home, a friend in the village rang to ask us for dinner tomorrow evening.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 10:15

Raining here, forecast was better than that  Having seen the forecast I put a load of washing on to hang outside while we went to Cromer. It's now in the spare room. Had imagined sitting near the sea eating Cromer crab salad. But that is why the English countryside is green and pretty, I suppose, all the rain.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 07:45

Morning all. 


Think we may go to Cromer today.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 19:43

Hello, Cheyngel

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