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Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: Today at 11:41

I've a load of lovely blue-black plums so as well as jam I'm going to have a go at bottling some in spiced brandy, as per the River Cottage recipe here http://tallcloverfarm.com/4738/plums-in-a-jar-spicy-spirited-keepers

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: Today at 11:30

Verdun ((lots of hugs))

Nothing I can say to help, except that you're obviously a very good and kind man and your mum is very lucky to have you as a son

Viburnum in flower

Posted: Today at 10:26

My viburnum bodnantense Charles Lamont flowered about a month ago

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: Today at 10:15

Not sure if it's been mentioned before - but if you're buying seeds to sow, make sure you know the difference between annuals, perennials and bienniels. 

Annuals flower the same year as you sow the seed. 

 

Perennials and bienniels flower the year after!

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: Today at 09:53

It was a lovely visit - we'd been staying in the area for a family party so included our visit on the journey home - couldn't stay too long as we had a long-ish journey home after a late night - and I'd also had a call to say that my grown up son was in A&E with concussion having been hit in the face by a ball whilst watching a football match!!!  It's the third time he's been concussed this year - how old are they when you can stop worrying about them?

But to return to Castor House gardens - that first bed full of salvias, asters and dahlias (amongst other things) was fabulous, and I did like the very ordered kitchen garden - but it was a shame that the beautifully ripe plums were going un-picked and falling on the ground - they were very tasty  I also agreed with Nut that if I'd had such a wonderful watering system, I'd have attempted to cover the hoses with a layer of mulch as is done at East Ruston and Bressingham, rather than have the rather obtrusive hoses snaking so obviously over the beds

Artjak - did you inspect the compost bins?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: Today at 08:29

Hello folks!  Well, yesterday didn't go according to plan and we got side-tracked by something potentially very interesting so was unable to collect my new laptop - consequently I'm still on OH's     And I also have 12lbs of plums to turn into jam today so ... busy busy busy -

Did anyone else hear someone on the radio say we're getting warm weather until November?!

Pumkins, fruit but vines dead?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:33

Driving home through the Fens yesterday we passed fields full of orange pumpkins - large areas were pumpkins only, leaves had disappeared.  I remember this from earlier years.  The pumpkins appeared to be left to ripen.  No idea whether this is due to mildew or just par for the course but as I said, it seems to be common.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: Yesterday at 09:26

Good morning folks - just popping in for a moment before going out for the day with OH and hopefully managing to pick up my new laptop too!   I've not read back so for everyone who's needed ((hugs)) coffee, cake or strong drink since Friday morning, please help yourselves

OH and I had a lovely NGS garden visit to Castor House with Nut and Artjak and A N Other yesterday - I have some photos but you'll have to wait until I get the hang of my new laptop before you see them.  I did see Artjak had her camera out so hopefully she'll post some of them.

salix-tree

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:06

What variety of salix is it Grannychris?

Is it in a pot or planted in the open ground?

Soil type?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:07

It looks similar to the soil here when we moved in - gritty free-draining sandy loam - it needed lots and lots of manure and home-made garden compost to develop a good structure, but three years of that treatment and it's improved beyond recognition.

Green manures are a good idea, as well as good farmyard manure - as much organic material as you can get will be great.

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