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Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 17:22

Very nosey.   Belgian Bleu Blanc (Blue Whites) - beef cattle who spend the summer in the field growing babies.   There's always a bull with them and it's usually OK but one year he wasn't at all friendly and complained every time he saw us outside - snorting, pawing, spraying poo, giving us the evil eye and leaning on the fence if we got too close.  


Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 16:14

Those big machines are usually red or yellow here and next door we have these who like to keep an eye on me when I'm gardening.


Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:46

I'm female!  The feet ops were last year but it meant a whole year off gardening and starting gently this spring.   I can now walk my dogs and do a full day in the garden when I have the opportunity but I can't do swivels and pivots when dancing solo so no more line dancing.  Ballroom and salsa are OK though.

Couldn't do any crafty stuff last year either so no furniture painting but I did get a lot of embroidery done and took up patchwork and even had a go at knitting in winter.

Plants that like shade

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:35

Plants for shade - geranium macrorhizum, astilbes, hemerocallis, lily of the valley, chelone, hostas, ferns, fuchsias, impatiens (Guinea forms), Japanese anemone, hemerocallis, persicarias, pulmonaria, uvularia, lots of clematis, quite a few roses.

Look them up on the RHS website for further cultivation détails.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 12:31

I was born in East Africa and brought up in the north - Lancs, Manchester then Cheshire - before moving to London when I was 21 and ended up buying a house in Harrow with OH many years later.  The BBQ group are all friends from when OH and I worked with them at the same software house.   Last year they all came to us.

I've lived in this house in Belgium since 1993, longer than I've lived anywhere else,   Paint here is much more expensive than in the UK but houses and vets are cheaper.  I just need some emulsion and gloss to freshen up my kitchen in the half term hols at Halloween - no dance classes to get cleaned up for.

I'm president of a local club - 200+ members - and do the ballroom and salsa classes but look after Hip Hop every week and need to pop in regularly at Jazz and line dance (which I used to do before the feet reconstruction ops) and the belly dancing to make sure all is well and that everyone knows about forthcoming activities.


Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:04

Staying with old friends in Harrow and meeting the rest of the group in West Ealing for our annual get together and BBQ.   Taking Possum to Camden market on Sunday then raiding a DIY for paint on Monday and doing a raid on an Indian supermarket for mango chutney and spices before heading for the Chunnel.   

Your door looks very smart.

Beautiful Thugs

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:28

You only need to buy one and it will self seed all over.   I planted one when I first started this garden and get a couple of seedlings every year even though that bed was cleared and replanted years ago.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 15:22

No worries then but leave them another 6 months and then see  what size and consistency they are.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 14:12

It also really depends on size.   We've had wood chips for paths at about 4" size cos they don't blow away and they take years to break down.  Also soft wood such as pine will rot faster than hard wood but, according to my suppliers, different kinds of pine rot at different rates.   Beware also of any chemicals in treated wood that has been shredded as they contain préservatives and fungicides you don't want to be feeding to edible plants.

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 13:58

The quantities of nitrogen involved are really quite small and you can compensate by adding pelleted chicken manure at planting time.   However, chipped bark can be quite chunky and can take several years to break down into a soïl improving humus so you're better off digging in well rotted garden compost and leaf mould and maybe using the chipped bark as a weed suppressant mulch around soft fruits such as blueberries, gooseberries, black and red currants or raspberries and blackberries.

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