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Willow arch - how to make it NOT grow?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 08:18

You have at nearly three months before runner bean plants can be planted. Make your arch and let it dry out on concrete meanwhile.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:04

i hope your daughter is feeling better, Runnybeak.

Hubby got past the smash on the M6 and just made the ferry. The Captain has said the crossing will not be too rough. I suspect his version of not rough,and  Hubbys version may be different.

Back to stripping wallpaper for me.

Tulips in cold weather

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 15:12

I had open flowers on early harvest at the beginning of February. we went away and it went cold. We still have the flowers, the ones in bud at the beginning of February are flowering, the ones that were open at the beginning of February are starting to go over.

If it gets warmer again they will go over faster.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 13:09

Hubby is heading to Aberdeen for the ferry to Shetlands. He has been stuck for over an hour on the M6 North, the problem is a pileup and oil spill on southbound. Cumbria is at gridlock.  next ferry is tomorrow night.....

Hard frost overnight, now sunny but cold.

The remainder of the kitchen has been ripped out. Apparently the plasterer is on his way, the ceiling has to be reboarded, and the mess behind where the cupboards have come out has to be seen to be believed. Not the fault of the rip out man, he dismantled cabinets very carefully using a screwdriver.  This morning at 6am I was wiping down surfaces on work surfaces waiting to be ripped out.

Happy Birthday Liri.


Bulbs for wetter soils

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 23:34

Snakes head fritillaries love damp meadows


Has anyone managed to grow healthy aquilegia's after having downy mildew?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 15:05

The new seedling may have come from a seed that has been in the soil for a while. It may be resistant to the aquilegia downy mildew or it may succumb. You can only wait and see. If you have a resistant strain, then that may be the start of a new collection. The mildew may not be spread by seed. I had a load of seed from touchwood two years sgo, so far I have had no signs of the downy mildew.

Quickest way to raise peonies from seeds please

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 11:29

My P. Mlokosewitschii ( molly the witch) seeds took two years to germinate and I think  another three to flower. One of them had a distinct pink cast to it, we called it blushing molly. 

I have a neighbour who is colour blind, and the only colour he sees is blue. He would be delighted with P. Photoshoppii. At the moment he is happy with Salvia patens deep blue, but his favourite was some  Meconopsis betonicifolia I raised from seed.

Most blue flowers are actually purply or mauvy, not a true blue.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 17:20

The fridge freezer is by the front door at the bottom of the stairs.  Half the kitchen is missing. Cooker has gone. Wiring has gone in for new power points.I made a huge pan of soup which can be microwaved as I want it. I went up to the tunnel but its too cold to do anything. I've made labels for seeds.

We had a few flakes of snow, but nothing much.

I grew  ten week stocks last year but never got long enough stems for cutting. This year I am going to grow Sarah Ravens, Stock "excelsior mixed", but it is biennial and wont flower until next year.

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 16:54

When we voted last time, I thought we were voting for a common market. Free trade across the borders of the EEC.

We had taxes slapped on imports from commonwealth countries, so lost a lot of links with New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Food went up in price because of it. Imports from the EEC cost more than imports from the commonwealth.

I never voted for us to fund healthcare, education and welfare for economic migrants from all over the EEC and now all over Africa as well.

I never voted for a United States of Europe with 27 member states, many of whom have wildly differing cultural values to us.

Some German minister was on the TV last night. He was asked what he would do if Britain voted Out. He said he would cry. The French farmers want to be able to still sell to us.  The Polish government were jubilant at the agreement... they said we were paying their welfare bill.  While we are propping up the rest of Europe with the biggest contributions, we have failing hospitals,health centres and schools. They cant afford for us to leave. We need to call their bluff.

Trading agreement yes. Open borders no.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:44

I'm in the bath. Only safe place in the house. I cleared one side of the kitchen yesterday. The living room is full of boxes. The microwave is on the dining table. My brother and hubby are ripping out one side of the kitchen, removing oven and hob, so no cooking from now on for about a week. Then he is putting in new electric points for new appliances. I might go up to the greenhouse and plant a few broad beans.

I think it will be the Thai palace for dinner tonight.

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