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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:47

Ooh!   Didn't know about Derbyshire drains.  

At the risk of stretching things a bit, once could say threat the recent Brexit and Remain campaigns were full of sophistry.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:24

Maybe just a free slice Pansy.  Not a whole cake.  

Good idea with the word games.   They baffled my scientists when I showed them a list like that.  Even sew and sow were difficult and OH said he hadn't heard of sough.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:14

Said that already.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:34

For décor on the cheap DD just needs to go to the local brocantes and vide greniers to pick up crockery, tablecloths and so on.

For names, both French and English speakers love puns so maybe something like "Taste Tea" or "Gout Thé", "Curiositea" or "Infinithé".  Sorry, but it's a start for others to bounce off.

I have a very good recipe for chocolate chip biscuits that the local Belgians consume with gusto and can offer cake recipes they love too.   Savoury muffins go down well too.

My new favourite Clematis is 'Belle of Woking'. What Clematis makes you happy?

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:36

I wouldn't have expected Belle of W to be considered rare.  My favourite Clematis Man here stocks it.

I just like clems and have had about 50 in the garden but not all have coped with severe winters so down to about 30 now.   Alpinas, montanas and macropetalas can't cope with our cold springs either as they want to be flowering when there are still nasty frosts about.

I love Betty Corning for colour, flower shape and perfume, Princess Diana for colour, form and vigour, Chrystal Fountain, Niobe, I Am Red Robin because it's such a good doer and has great flowers and seed heads, Red Ballon because it's climbed up a tree with no bother, alba luxurians and caerulea luxurians, Omoshiro, Huldine, Little Nell, Etoile Violette, Blue Angel, Nelly M and Ravarahinne and loads more.  

My recent purchases are of the smaller flowered kinds with perfume and I bought seeds for 4 kinds of koreana at Chelsea.   Watch this space.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:24

That must be such a relief DD.  Onwards and upwards indeed.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 10:05

I think some of you ladies have missed a trick on the ironing front.  When OH and I first got together over 30 years ago we both worked long hours (software development) so, since he was already used to ironing his own shirts for work I said that if he wanted to hog the TV watching sport he had to do the ironing at the same time.   He still does it - very useful habit now there's so much golf/football/rubgy/cricket/whatever on TV.   I think the only sport he doesn't watch is synchronised swimming.

Now he's retired he also does most of the vacuum cleaning because he chose the bloody Dyson!

Loved the ghost soldier tribute and yes, it does put into perspective the recent behaviour of both citizens and politicians.   Don't think it'll change much though.   Short memories.  Short vision.

I now have bright sunshine and blue bits to the front of the house and a whopping great black thing at the back.   


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 08:41

Dry so far and a few blue bits after more torrential wet stuff last night.   I'm not sowing or planting any more veggies this year.  The slugs have had 90% of them and the cold and wet means the courgette and squashes are just sitting there doing nothing.    Two flowers so far and no fruits.

I shall take runners of my strawberries to grow above ground for a decent crop next year.  Both kinds have produced loads of fruit this year but so soggy and chewed, despite a bark mulch.

Funnily enough I have seen hardly anything about the Oz elections on the news.  Wonder why that is!

I don't watch tennis or football but well done Wales.   

Prehistoric plants

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 20:42

Don't forget mare's tail (nightmare weed) and gingko biloba but, like eveything except the fer, too big to grow under a holly.   Maybe lichens and mosses?

Achillea struggling

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:31

Friends of mine grow this in well composted, well drained terraced beds.   It doesn't do well in the beds but self seeds and grows with gay abandon in the gravel paths.

Don't cosset it with extra food and watering.

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