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Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:44

Thought Ore was amazing - talk about twinkle toes! He was soooooo light on his feet!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:37

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Sitting in bed waiting for second coffee and wondering whether the weather will be fair enough to make a visit to Bressingham worthwhile ... Free entry with RHS card and I want to look at the grasses in Foggy Bottom. OH will like the grasses too, and well both enjoy the Gallopers and icecream 

Hosta, hibernation won't start until leaf fall so they can build their nests, but maybe your hoggie brood have reached the age where they're making their own way in the world. Maybe a couple of other feeding stations around the place? Maybe down by the big oak? Hedgehog adults are remarkably unsociable creatures and will see each other off if they meet up outside the mating season. 

Have a good day and go you steady with that rock ((hugs))

Last edited: 09 October 2016 08:39:01

Autumn colour.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:37

I love the tall ones - one of the first flowers I ever grew after a chap in the village gave me a clump of rusty-red ones when I was still at primary school.  I walked past his house and garden every day and he'd tell me when to rub out the side buds to get bigger blooms and what else to do.

I had rusty-red chrysanths  at my wedding for buttonholes and decoration in the church (December wedding).  Just love the smell of chrysanths.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:16

I use the fruit of the chaenomeles (japanese quince) in cooking as I can't always get culinary quinces.  They're not quite as good but perfectly acceptable  They don't ripen in a conventional way - they do stay hard and yellowish until they've been really frosted, but you can still use them.  They add flavour and fragrance to a dish

I cut them in quarters (using a sturdy knife) and put them inside a pheasant or guinea fowl to be pot-roasted.  Surround the bird with quartered ripe apples and chunks of celeriac, cover the breast with streaky bacon and roast in a covered heavy casserole or slow cooker.  When it's all cooked I mash the quinces into the cooking juices and then strain to make a sauce/gravy with the addition of a drop of draught cider.


ID needed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:46

What a fantastic find! Lucky you 

Pumpkin ponderings - will they ripen? What's wrong with the leaves? (etc)

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:44

Yay!  The stalks have finished doing their job - have you got a greenhouse or conservatory you can put the pumpkins in to finish off?  Otherwise I'd bring them indoors and put them by a sunny window 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:41

Clari, there's a lot to be said for a proper mop and bucket - even if it's just for sloshing someone around the chops if the occasion demands it 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 14:26

I know it's been a good season for squashes of all sorts, but what a whopper! 

Identify plant

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 14:21

That's what I though Nut - looks exactly like the one in my border 

Identify plant

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 13:26

It looks like Ceratostigma willmottianum aka Chinese plumbago to me 

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ID please

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