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Posted: 17/11/2015 at 21:19

That's good Verd. Vive la France 


Little 'uns often cut to the chase Yvie  

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 20:51

I think the act of caring for a memorial underlines that people, in general, still care about those who fought and died.

Evergreen foliage plants might be a way to go Michael. Unfortunately I can't open your link to see the pix, but a low growing shrub I've used here in a narrow space might suit quite well. Gaultheria procumbens - it has foliage which takes on reddish tints at this time of year, small white flowers in spring and red berries later on. It's pretty trouble free and undemanding. I use (mainly) other evergreen foliage plants,  with the addition of spring bulbs, to give all year round structure, as it's an area I see from the rear windows.

This one has a Heuchera (Alabama Sunrise) next to it. They're also useful foliage plants and vary in colour from golds and greens to dark purply reds.



Posted: 17/11/2015 at 18:20

Bit concerned about W'song's nana too lily....

Mash here to go with a brisket that's been in the slow cooker. Just the ticket for the horrible cold wet day here. Currently 'when will I see you again' temp  (three degrees in case you hadn't worked it out ) and has been that since lunchtime.

Difficult decision for you Hosta. You have to do what you feel is right, but we'd like you both to be safe 

You can always come up here.....

Planting Irises

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 18:13

If they're in pots, they can be planted at any time Lyn, as long as the ground's not waterlogged or frozen, although waterlogged ground won't suit them anyway! Leaving the rhizome exposed slightly is so that it can get baked in summer. They're not bulbs and aren't planted in the same way, as you've discovered.

If they're in decent pots just now and you don't want to plant them out, just keep them in the pots against a house wall or somewhere sheltered so that they don't get drowned over winter. Wet is what they don't like, but your sandy soil in sun will be ideal for them 

Tulip plating panic

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 08:04

I did exactly the same with the florist pots with narcissus and various other bulbs a couple of years ago as there was no garden here. Many of them are still in the pots as I've had too many other things to do. They break apart a bit, as Esspee says, but they are so cheap it's not a great loss.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 08:01

Lovely pix RB. Glad you had a good day for your trip 


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 07:59

Morning all. Looks like we're sending the stinky weather down to you all in the sarf... well, it's nice to share 

Fairly steady here for now till it all starts again later. 

Good that they've brought Mr chicky's op forward a bit chicky. Waiting's always horrible. Have you got yourself an agent yet? 

What are you putting in the tank Steve? Shark perhaps? 

Lesley - I was wondering if Liri would be going home today as the ferries will be back on. Might not be great again tomorrow. It won't have been the best week she's spent here 

Off to t'mill soon so hope everyone has a decent day - stay wrapped up! 

who cares who wins?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 19:21

Is there any better National anthem then the Marseillaise? It's easily the best in my opinion. Stirring and moving at the same time.

The bit in Casablanca when they drown out the Germans always makes me cry 

You're right Hosta. The similarities, not the differences, are what matter right now.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 19:08

I love a creamy mustard sauce.Makes my spicy steaks with veg sound a bit lame  

 In my defence, I had to go shopping after work so it had to be something speedy 

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:22

I think Verd grows that - in fact, I'm sure he does. It's a beautifully architectural plant, but I'd need a conservatory for it  

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