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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 22:34

Garden group meeting yesterday - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160510%20Fleurisart?sort=2&page=1 

It's the retirement dream of a couple of friends who bought a 1 hectare/2.5 acre sloping, wooded plot about 9 years ago and set about clearing it to make a garden and build their forever home.   They spend a great deal of time, thought and money having fun in and with their garden as well as researching plants that will be good doers - no prima donnas.   

The soil is heavy clay except for some sandy pockets at the top and is acidic.   They spread a truck load of compost on every winter and every time I visit there's a new bed or a new feature.   They buy each other sculptures for Xmas.   It's fabulous and great fun to explore.

What memories do your plants bring back?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 22:25

Neither parent was keen on gardening and in fact got very cross with me when, aged 9, I spent one summer holiday day - home alone and bored - clearing the back half of our newish garden where I discovered a series of paths and square beds and all sorts of lovely plants lurking.   

My paternal grandad, whom I hardly knew as he lived a long way away was a keen and inventive gardener so I assume the genes skipped a generation.  

I don't have anything that reminds me of my childhood or long lost rellies but I do have some which were bought with friends on trips to Tatton or Malvern and local plant fairs here.  I have others from swaps with friends  and, should I move, these will come with me either whole or as cuttings or divisions so I can keep those memories and connections.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 13:44

Good afternoon all.  I have spent my morning taking Rasta for her hair cut.   She has the post-op limping for sympathy down to a fine art - until someone suggests walkies or throws a tennis ball for her to chase and kill.   Then everything functions normally.

Then I did the report for my garden group meeting yesterday - the biggest garden in teh group at 1 hectare (2.5 acres).   Photos here if you're interested - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160510%20Fleurisart?sort=2&page=1 the garden is on heavy , acid clay except at the top which is quite sandy in pockets.  It is 10m higher at the top end than at the bottom.   The house sits on a middle level and the photos start from the terrace and then go up, along and back down again.   The garden is their retirement dream and they spend a great deal of time, thought and money on it.   Every time I go there's a new bed or a new feature.

OH wanted to go and buy chipped bark this morning for under our holly hedge so I went along to supervise and make sure he got me the right planting compost and soil conditioner and some lovely big pots as I have some hosts that need lifting and splitting if they're to have room to grow.   6 hardy geranium Cantabrigiensis Biokova and 5 lychnis arkwright Vesuvius leapt into my trolley.  These are 4" square pots sold at €2.95 each but reduced to €1.95 for 10 or more.

Fairly sunny and warm so I'm off to play with my plants.   I hope everyone's having a good day.  Hugs to all with people or pet worries.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 22:49

Lovely poem Dove.   Very fitting.   And yes Panda, good for a wedding too.  It's all about love isn't it?

We had a Laïque (humanist) naming ceremony for Possum at the Hôtel de ville with the then bourgmestre presiding.   They were very good at having some bits read in English for the non French speaking rellies and friends and the texts were all very meaningful and dealt with bringing her up to be a responsible citizen who contributes to her society and family.   All went swimmingly until it dawned on me that the last and most important was the poem IF being read in French in all seriousness. I had a quiet fit of giggles and OH had tears running down his cheeks - but then he can be a soppy chappy.   

PP - I have been wearing purple literally and figuratively for years on the grounds that sometimes, and whilst keeping in mind the rules of basic politeness, you just have to be allowed to be yourself and not worry about what other people think about your foibles.

Gardeners forum.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 15:05

DK - I refer you to your post suggesting a new forum be started for the disgruntled and Daniel's understandable response.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 14:07

How very odd BL.  I knew that UK and Belgian dates were different but assumed it was a continent wide thing.

Maybe they were all at church doing their Ascension thing.    They do have Open Gardens in France don't they?    They  understand the basic principle?

I am still feeling very weary after this weekend's show.  Been messing with post show thank yous and admin this morning then took drama queen Rasta to the vet to have her stitches out.   Running round the garden with no bother this morning.  Limping heavily for the vet who was very sceptical of my explanation till Rasta, after it was all over, tried to leap off the examination bench from a great height and then ran away down the corridor - no limp in sight!   Gotcha!

Clouding over a bit now and cooling down so I'm off to commune with the baby veg and salads.

Gardeners forum.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 13:53

DK - I don't see a problem posting links to sites.  I have done it before when citing A4A or the RHS as good places to find particular advice.   However, it is another thing entirely to entice people away to another gardening forum because you want to desert this one.

If we are to maintain the sense of community here and keep the light handed moderation we really do need to be patient and give the techy team time to fix things.

Where can I buy loam based compost

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 13:49

Compost comes in many formulations.   Anything marked as being John Innes should be based on loam.  There are 3 grades with differing levels of nutrients.   No 1 is for seedlings and cuttings.   2 is for potting on seedlings and young plants and then no 3 for mature plants.

You should be able to find it in any good garden centre or DIY store.

Struggling to grow Lavender from seed

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:54

I think you may be trying too hard.   We have a lavender hedge of alternate Hidcote and Edelwiess along the top of a retaining wall.  The ground below is beaten earth topped with brick chippings and is a parking area.  It is well covered with lavender seedlings that I am now planning to lift and replant elsewhere.

The seeds fall in late summer and then cope with everything the winter throws at them which can be temps down to -20C in a normal year plus rain, snow, wind, frost and thaw.  They germinate and grow in spring.   They are all a uniform blue which is paler than Hidcote and are all bone hardy.

Try mixing your seed compost with some perlite or vermiculite or fine grit to improve drainage and leave them outside in a sheltered spot, but uncovered, for winter.   However, if you want guaranteed colour and form, it's best to buy small plants of a named variety and grow them on.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 23:13

What a shocking start to your day Busy.  I'm so sorry.   Virtual hugs all round.

Pleased for your Open Garden day success.   Pity about the locals but it is Mothers' Day and I expect they were busy with that.   Today has been very quiet - no walkers, no cyclists, no car or motor bike rallies or speedsters whizzing by.  All having lunch with ma.

I hope you can have a bit of a rest tomorrow before you have to prepare your presentation.

Been warm and sunny here but set to get cooler and wet and windy again by tomorrow evening.  I have done nothing much all day except snoozle and cuddle dogs and cook a roast lamb dinner.  

Both dogs have been rolling in duck poo on our lawn - courtesy of the pair nesting in our pond - and needed a bath and then we cleaned Rasta's ears with solution so she's all pristine for the vet to remove her stitches tomorrow.   Clearly felt got at as she started limping again!   Utter fraud.  She'd been galloping along the upstairs landing 10 minutes before.   Clown.

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