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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 16:11

Think they've turned the sound up! We've been able to hear it this afternoon - even indoors with the radio (GQT) on, but it's not so loud that it's spoiling our afternoon. Hope all the people in the park have got their festival kagouls - it's wet here now.

I think we've been listening to Raury (Wiki tells me: Raury (Raury Alexander Tullis) is an American singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his eclectic sound mixing funk, soul, hip hop and folk and has been described as "tough to pin down" by Pitchfork)

Now apparently it's a gentleman called Lethal Bizzle.  I quite like what I've heard but it's not quite James Taylor

Espalier Conference Pear

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 14:43
willowplanter wrote (see)

I don't think it will be lack of water as we have had more than our fair share in the Lake District ........

So that's where our share went to


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 14:41

I had a rodgersia in a previous garden - it looked like that


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 14:39

I wouldn't wait.

I'd cut the chives hard back so they're only a couple of inches tall, chop them up and use them in scrambled eggs, omelettes, potato salad - whatever you can think of.  Absolutely delicious.  You can break the flowers up and use them to decorate a green salad too.

Then disentangle the roots of the mint from the roots of the chives.

Repot the chives in fresh compost - if there are quite a few you could probably divide them and make two pots of chives - I find they tend to spread to fill the space available.  They'll soon re-grow and give you lots more chives to eat.

Pot the mint in its own (large) pot.

Or of course, both of them could go in the garden - but for mint I sink a large bottomless pot into the ground, leaving the rim about 3" out of the soil, and plant the mint in that - to keep it under control

Drooping lavender

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:30
Verdun wrote (see) keep pinching my words.......

exactly my thoughts too.............

Great minds Verdun .............................. and fools, of course

Drooping lavender

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:21

Lavenders don't like damp soil - they need gritty free-draining soil.  I don't think any established lavender plant in the UK would have needed watering yet this year.

However, it's very early for a lavender to be in flower - is this a new plant?  If so I suspect it may have been grown under cover and has come into bloom because of the protection.  It's probably too chilly for it outside.

Also, is it the French type with the 'bunny ear' type flower - they're more tender than the traditional UK type so if it's been in a sheltered position or even under glass, and has now been planted out, that'll be the reason it's drooping.

Where are the broad beans?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:09

We're in Norfolk - I sowed Aquadulce 'Claudia' direct in the ground at the end of October - they've had no protection or any special treatment.  I'll be picking our second meal of beans for supper tomorrow or Tuesday.

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:06

Glad it's all been resolved amicably

Where are the broad beans?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 12:47

I give them a good hose-down with my thumb over the end to make it squirty (or the equivalent with a nozzle)  - I'd do that then, if the first flowers are 'going over' I'd pinch out the tops - give them a good soak in salted water and steam and eat them with a good grind of black pepper and a knob of butter.  We had ours about a fortnight ago and they were lovely

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