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large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 13:49

Hi Lyn.  Glad you like it.   That clematis is an alba luxurians and was perfectly happy on its obelisk last year but this year it grew much bigger and used the echinops for support to great effect.

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:14

I like deep, wide beds too but in order for acces I have put some stone slabs through one bed

 and to get round the woodland corner of the garden we made narrow chip bark paths and placed a bench so we can get a different persective on the garden and also get in with a wheelbarrow if necessary.





Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:28

I'm pleased you've decided to stay and hope you will use the Ignore function to save you from reading diatribes from known idiots.    No-one should leave this forum because of the stupidity and/or insensitivity of others, especially when they can be so easily excommunicated from our personal space.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:11

Nope.  Some eejit picks the music and then expects a Paso Doble to look good with rock music and wants a decent Argentine tango to a Greek Sirtaki or Beethoven's 5th which are completely the wrong mood.  Ludicrous but I thought clever Kevin did very well.   Loved his rumba choreography too.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:07

I loathe crackers,(paper hat horrors) but OH loves them.   He's taken the whole of Xmas week off so I need to keep him too busy to do a raid on the English shop.  Luckily, he still has two of the compost heaps to turn and a huge pile of chipped bark to spread on the fruit bush bed................... and I can get him out dog walking for a couple of hours a day so it should be OK.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 09:09

OH loves mince pies but I can only get them if I trek to the English store 30 miles or more away and then they're mass produced factory things with far too much pastry.  I make mine either open topped with a drizzle of icing or else just a star of pastry which doesn't cover the whole thing.

English class with the scientists today.  Theyv'e had mince pies in previous years so I'm trying them with Christmas mini muffins from the BBC Good Food website. They're a mix of mincemeat and dark chocolate and I've already got the mincemeat soaking up some extra brandy........

Strictly 2014

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 22:42

Good show on Saturday with some fabulous dancing.   Very pleased to see some decent armography in Caroline's salsa and Frankie's Argentine Tango was wonderful.  Pasha and kevin are very clever.

I thought Jake was the weakest so am pleased he's gone.   I thought the choreography for Mark's rumba was poor but he danced well.  Shame about Simon's misake in samba. Let's hope he doesn't mess up next week or it will be a very one sided competition.

Cornus Flaviramea

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:41

Be careful what you wish for.  I planted one of these and it took a few years to get going.  Now it's creeping happily about the woodland corner in which I planted it which is fine for me as the space needs filling but may be less good for someone wanting more control.

I also have cornus Midwinter Fire and Alba Sibirica happily spreading about.   The Midwinter Fire can be a bit too enthusiastic and needs bits digging up.  The only one that isn't rampant is the mahogany stemmed, variegated leaved elegantissima.   

Family traits

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:36

Heaven forbid!!  I hope I'm more caring, more adventurous, more nurturing and kinder - and a better cook and gardener.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 10:47

Rustling is an increasing problem according to Countryfile and is bad for both animal and farers so it is important to buy meat only from proper sources where origins can be traced.

Slow roast belly pork for us tonight - bought from a supermarket that insists on proper housing for the pigs so equivalent to British pork.   Much of the European mainland has yet to implement the new standards.  Belly pork is the only cut here that has skin on for crackling.

Tomorrow I'm making Christmas muffins for my scientists - English conversation group for local boffins working on international projects.


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