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Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 00:27

There were issues with timing and finish but I enjoyed Anton's choreography again as there was actually some proper salsa content and armography.   Loved Anita's tango but not so much the music.   Helen, Kelly and Jay were very good too.

The rest were underwhelming, especially Peter André.


help needed for small garden centre piece

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 17:44

Not a camellia in an east facing position as it won't like the early sun on frosted buds and they too look dull when not in flower so are not for a prominent position.

Have a look at choisya ternata Sundance and other golden froms of this shrub.  The golden foliage will light up the space all year and, when happy and settled, it will produce scented white flowers. 

Avoid fast growing shrubs as they are, by definition, thugs that will need constant pruning and shaping to keep under control.

Wire for Clematis

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 17:37

Good garden centres and DIY stores will have vine eyes and tensioners and either silver coloured wire or plastic coated wire.

Vine eyes are simply long, sturdy screws with a loop instead of a head which allows you to pass the wire through so it is held away from the support and allows air to circulate behind the plants.  This reduced the risk of problems such as mildew.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 12:55

Those look luscious.  Ours were small and dry after a long drought this summer.

Harvested chillies yesterday and made sweet chilli jam with garlic and ginger.

Lots left so some Asian chilli jam coming up and no doubt, some of the usual recipe too.

Removing existing wood stain on fencing

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 00:21

Woodstain isn't like paint.  It tends to soak in as rough wooden fencing is more porous than planed wood.

You could try doing several coats of your light green in a quiet corner to see if that will cover up the dark but, if not, you'll have to go for dark green.   You can buy a dye for water based paints that will turn your pale green darker.   Look in good DIY stores.

Friends for roses

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 00:16

I can understand anyone getting bored with old fashioned roses that flower just once.

I have a bed of roses under-planted with herbaceous clematis integrifolia, geranium macrorhizum which flowers earlier than the roses and has good winter foliage colour, heucheras, cyclamen, aquilegia and daffs and hyacinths.   There are alliums dotted in there too to help keep away the greenfly.

Little Scarlet

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 17:28

I have made strawberry jam this year - no idea what variety but pink flowers and delicious - as well as raspberry, redcurrant, spiced blackcurrant, purple gooseberry and rhubarb and vanilla jam.   All very well but we don't eat much bread..........

Then there's Bengal chutney, beetroot relish, rhubarb chutney and chilli jam.  All great with cheese or sausages. 

Which climber?

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 16:50

I suspect it's too short and smooth to support most climbers like clematis or honeysuckle or roses but variegated ivy would be OK if given a chicken wire support as Dove suggests.  

Alternatively, it would look great surrounded by taller perennials, maybe rudbeckias and helianthus with black cones at the centre to pick up the column colour.   They die down for winter so maybe some spring daffs to extend the season.

Stainless Steel

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:17

I have a SS border fork with a wooden handle bought in 1989 for working on heavy Harrow clay.   It is still going strong and works on my current garden of loam on a clay sub soil.   It is in use every week for big and small jobs.

Bought a spade at the same time with a resin handle but that snapped 15 years ago when OH was trying to dig up some stones we found under a new bed.  Its replacement is a cheap SS one from a local garden store and it is fine.

I do clean my tools after use and the SS ones clean up best.  They all hang on hooks and I give the business ends a squirt of WD40 for their winter rest but the last two winters have been mild so they haven't had much of a rest lately.

Long handles are best for backs when digging.  



Posted: 21/10/2015 at 17:21

Great cartoon PF.

In Wallonia there's one called Wierde and another called Silly nad one called Bouge which means move and another called Jambes which means legs.

In Flanders there's one called Erps-Kwerps that always makes me wonder.

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