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Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:01

Hi Clarngton, chives are tough as old boots - they die down completely in the winter and one of the first signs spring on one of the first few sunny days is the tiny spears of brilliant green pushing up through the soil. 

They benefit from being divided regularly - I divide mine every spring when they're about 4" tall - I started off with three little clumps and now I have a border of chives all the way around my herb garden.

You could try bringing one of your pots into the house and keep it on the kitchen windowsill and it might keep going through the winter, to provide you with chives for your scrambled egg and smoked salmon on Christmas morning - but it would tire the plant and it wouldn't do so well for the rest of the year.  

I'd rather buy one of the pots from the supermarket to keep indoors for the winter, then in the spring I'd split it into several clumps and pot them up or plant them out in the garden - they'd soon build up again and by next year you'll have a border of chives as thick and luscious as mine 

lavender bush in pot - winter

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:51

Is this an English lavender or one of the French types with the 'bunny ear ' petals?

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:38

Several of us make Sloe Gin but there's lots of other celebratory uses for fruit at Christmas.  

I've made some Raspberry Vodka which is a lovely snifter, and even better poured over ice cream 

I've also made some cherries in brandy in the past - delicious.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for alcofrolic fruits for next Christmas, if not for this?

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:31

Save time in the summer - water your garden with brandy - it'll come up half cut! 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:18

There's a lot in what you say about choosing garages Clarington - I'd use similar criteria when selecting a builder!

Many moons ago I worked for a while at a garage (in the office), and was friends with some big names in the Hot Rod world - for several years I found that name-dropping got me decent service from mechanics - now they're all too young to remember when my friends were Big Stars 

I think that some garages treat men as badly as they do women, but they probably don't patronise them while they're doing it - they're just give a carp service as standard.  I would never go to a garage without personal recommendation from people I trust. 

However, I'm just as picky about my hairdresser too!

Buddleja 'Buzz' revisited

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:07

Hmmmm, another possibility for the front border 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:05

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.... wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad 


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 09:00

Thinking of you and your friend today Lily ((hugs))

silly quotes

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 08:54

The skin of my teeth


The seat of my pants!

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