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Fork Handles

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 06:54

Hello Lilylouise  I see you're out of Moderation over on the other Board - your name is in Blue !!!  Those are gorgeous pansies - are they yours and are they in flower now?

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:13

 I'm sure it'll look lovely - I drove out into the East Anglian countryside today and the hedges were full of hazel catkins - Spring's coming 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 19:47

ShropshireLass - I'd love a cutting of the lamium sometime later in the year - how kind, thank you 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 05:47

No. 1 Is one of the silver leafed lamium maculatums, probably 'roseum' (little pink flowers in summer, loved by the bees) - a pretty spreading plant used as groundcover in shady places.  Just what I need for the dry shade under my trees.  (note the hint of envy in my voice)  Definitely not a weed - it does spread easily when it's happy, but it's easy to keep under control - just dig some up, pop in pots and give to your friends 

The second is a snapdragon or antirrhinum - a pretty plant often used for summer bedding but it will self sow if happy.  It's the flower that children (and some adults ) love to squeeze gently at the sides to make it open and close (hence the name Snap Dragon).  It's a really useful nectar plant for Bumble bees - honey bees and smaller insects cannot open the flower as they're not heavy enough - and Bumble bees had a tough summer in last year's wet weather, so hopefully your little Snap Dragon flowers will bloom this year for them

As for the third - I'm afraid the picture's not clear enough for me to identify it - don't know if others have any ideas?

It looks as if that garden was planted by someone who loved gardening - you lucky thing 

Blackfly on broad beans

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 05:23

Yes, they are delicious cooked n the pod, but you need to pick them just a little bit younger than you would otherwise.  I don't slice them, just steam them whole 


Posted: 12/02/2013 at 06:38

Looking at the tips on the link above, I would've thought that cider vinegar would make the problems worse - the ants will come after the fruit sugars in it 

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 06:34

That sounds amazing! 

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 05:52

Good morning forkers  Wish I could smell some spring .... think the birds have got wind of something in the air, but the flowers aint  peeping out yet - the only primroses and snowdrops I've got are ones I've just planted   I bought some hellebores with lots of buds on just after Christmas, but only one or two of them have dared to open.  

But I have got a bunch of daffs on the sideboard (£1 in Waitrose - the daffs that is, not the sideboard - that cost considerably more in JL )

Just think, this time next year I'll be a retired person 

Blackfly on broad beans

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 20:38

Yes, when the first beans are forming at the bottom then pinch off the top 7 cm of each plant - it will help prevent black fly infestation and encourage the  plants to produce beans.  Don't throw the tips away, steam them and serve with a knob of butter, or cook them in a stir fry - delicious 


slug pellets help

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 18:52

Well done Geoff 

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