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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:36

Dry again here and set to get sunny once the clouds are burned off.   Looks like you lot are mostly in for wet weekend which will reach us late tomorrow but we're all supposed to be warm and dry next week.   Good.  I have garden group on Tuesday and it may be my last before moving.   My group but I hope they'll carry on as there are some good friendships there now.

Pot sorting today - moving the big ones - clems, hostas, roses, acers, hydrangeas - to the terrace so I can see which of the smaller ones are coming too and which can be given to good homes on Tuesday.  Off to Malvern to see family for 5 days on Wednesday - excellent timing but planned since Feb and not changeable - so have to get lots of sorting crammed in to the next 3 days.

Hosta - 11 hours!  Yikes!   Used to live near Pinner and do some shopping there but traffic volumes have increased exponentially since we left.   Fingers crossed for our trip from Folkestone to Malvern and back - M20, M25, M4 horrors.

RB - great to see you popping in but won't be "with you" at 9pm tomorrow.  Don't get Poldark.

Have a great day everyone.  Looking forward to Busy's photos.


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:17

Ropey plants are to be expected at the end of season in garden centres where staff know little and care less about watering and care.   As LB says, you can sometimes pick up a bargain and revive it.

If you want well cared for plants or plants that aren't the same old mass produced varieties found in garden centre chains you need to find and nurture a specialist nursery where they grow their own plants form seeds, cuttings and divisions and know about how and where and when to plant and care for them.

Alternatively, buy seeds from good suppliers such as Seedaholic, Plant World, Chiltern - no doubt other posters can recommend more - and grow your own babies to get good plants that are out of the ordinary and then you'll also have spares to swap with friends.   Joining a local garden group will also give you opportunities for swaps. 

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:51

Only saw the last ten minutes cos busy but have it set to record on Sunday morning so I can watch it in peace.

I really like Adam and look forward to seeing his garden develop.  Thought his bit on soil was good and useful.    

Bit dismayed to see time wasted on weather.  We get that with every news bulletin and on Country File.  No need for it on GW surely unless something exeptional is heading our way and we need to batten down the hatches PDQ.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 19:38

Well, I have ignored one particularly irritating "know-it-all" who didn't.  He left for a while but now I see he's re-invented himself and come back.

DHR - keep your golf if it makes you happy but do allow we golf widows to have a moan about the long hours wasted and the totally boring conversation habits of their OH's playing crowd - bearing in mind these were weekend golfers with mostly high-powered, international jobs who could have had so much more to talk about than post mortems and blow by blow accounts of taking 6 shots on a 3 hole.  It's actually a lot better now he's retired and does it mid week sometimes and with locals.

I will never get Poldark - watched the original series but not all of it decades ago.   

I don't get tree ferns in UK gardens - all that wrapping to get them through a winter.

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Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 17:31

We have an Electrolux larder fridge with no clock which we keep in the garage and now use only for drinks as it is a bit tatty now but then it will be 40 next year.  It's freezer partner died 20 years ago but, fingers crossed, this one is still going strong after a change of gas 20 years ago.

Dove - no thanks.  I can feel my teeth on edge at the thought of all that sugar and sweetness.   I can just about do bottled fruit but not candied.      Maybe worth a day out to Cambridge for a raid to stock up?   I go to Maastricht once or twice a year to feed my fabric habit - 100kms each way but so many fabrics at silly prices and a good range of haberdashery too that it's well worth the petrol and makes a good day out with lunch too.

Looking at the piles I have in the attic and that need packing up for the move it's maybe just as well it'll be too far.....    Trouble is, I buy something I like and for which I have a pattern in mind but then gbuy a new pattern and never have the fabric I need and have to go again.   Funny that.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:50

Stuff is cheaper on the internet because it's either a) a fraudulent copy or b) they've saved on the costs of shop premises and everything that goes with them - rents, business rates, fittings, storage, transport, insurance and most of all sales staff with all their hiring/training/wages/insurance and pension costs.

I don't like dried up little bits of candied peel or glacé cherries in any shape or form.  However, near here there's a patisserie wholesaler who does proper, juicy, sticky strips of candied peel which I blitz in my chocolate orange fudge cake and they do dried cherries which get soaked and plumped up in the mix of rum, cognac and cherry brandy and whatever else I have to hand when I make a Creole Xmas cake the week before Xmas.  No icing of any sort though I did do a proper Delia once and top it with glazed nuts.   It's yummy.

I hope Trump doesn't get his planning permission.  Apart from the fact that you can get proper spiked wellies for wet golf, experience shows that sea walls and barriers just move the problem along the coast.   The RSPB and NT are actively investing in coastal flood plains down the east coast  to save other areas from damage and to create wildlife refuges.  Seems to me a perfectly logical thing to do with a golf course.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:03

You can have him Star.   Bit hairy and toothy.

Busy morning again.  SM run and now a 3 litre pot of bolognese sauce on low in the oven for a few hours while we move more of Possum's stuff.   I need bol for a simple supper when we arrive in Malvern next Wednesday and to freeze in batches for student emergencies.

Haven't had a single tomato or cucumber here Dove so no relishes but loads of soft fruit and rhubarb so don't mind.

I have locked keys in two cars, both times with OH away playing golf for a long weekend.  Once, over 20 years ago in the boot of a Corsa and I didn't manage the trick with a coat hanger so I ended up breaking the smallest window to get in.   The other was our newish Zafira last year.  Called the Belgian AA and there was a whole performance with prizing the door enough to get rubber wedges in to hold it wide enough to send a stiff wire across to the passenger door so its handle could be pulled to open the door.   Very entertaining.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:39

That looks lovely PP but maybe not with beans.  Would make a lovely bread and butter pudding.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:33

Morning all.   Bright and sunny here and fresh so far.   Lovely day for moving more of Possum's stuff to Namur!   Our grass is green in parts but mostly looking quite brown.  It'll recover after a wee bit of rain though - when we get some.

Dove - Aidan who?

DD - enjoy your weekend with Charlie and your free time to yourself too.   

Bon appetit Pat E.   Hope he hasn't burned it.

Hosta - lovely to have hedgepigs.  Look after them.   Maybe make them winter nesting boxes near your hostas so they can eat slugs for you?

Anyone got plans for the weekend?

Cold Frames

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 22:55

I made mine using old window frames and they did me very well till I reorganised my garden work area and got rid.   Since then I've used old glass shelves I got from a shop that was closing down and old glass shelves from a fridge when it died.

If you google "make a cold frame" you'll find some good advice about how to make one which will let you select the size that suits you and probably save you money too.

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