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Strictly is back!

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:00

I'm glad it's back and look forward to when the celebs really start to show their true colours.   I recognise very few of them but I don't care as long as they work hard and do their best.  I hope the new head judge is as exacting as she's promising to be.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:56

Evening all.  Been on the road all day.  Left at 10am and 23C.  I hour later and further north already down to 18C and lots of clouds looming.  Suggested we turn round and go home.  No, want to get back to college.   Did a wee detour thru the centre of Rennes which we now know not to bother with again and then did another detour via St Malo which she loves.   It is very, very picturesque with sea walls and turrets and harbours and gorgeous buildings and has a lovely atmosphere with lots of shops and restaurants open and full of people out for Sunday strolls and lunch.

Finally left there for a drive along the coast to Mont-St-Michel and stopped for sea views for our picnic - smoked chicken and salad and fresh baguette.  Lovely views of bits of bay and island as we drove and then M-S-M itself.   Lost nearly an hour queuing at the barrier which requires a key code which our hotel omitted to give us - and, clearly, all the people in front had the same problem - but finally got someone to answer the phone and let us in.   Since then we have been across the causeway and visited some of the Mont and it is beautiful but it is now cold and windy and wet.  Possum suggested we head home for some warm and sun!

It's beautiful but would be even better with the tide in and surrounded by water rather than murky mud flats.  We'll try again in the morning but it seems there are no tides at all tomorrow.   The board has none listed till Tuesday.......    

Pat - we once had a car land wrong way up in our paddock after skidding on an ice patch at speed and taking out the fence.  Disconcerting to say the least but, thankfully, no major injuries.

FG and Liri - well done with the painting.  Hoping it rains enough when I get back for me to do some more.

Hosta and anyone else with too much rain - hope you get some dry days soon.

Dinner now.  Then bed and an early start tomorrow.   Have a great evening everyone.

What is this?

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 17:29

If you've tried and failed to load a photo you need to re-size it as there is a limit here.

Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 17:05

Monty is eloquent and articulate but too often his projects and alll those grandiose pots of tender plants needing serious muscle to shift in and out are not at all relevant to me or my gardening ambitions or what I want in a "how to, when to, what to, where to" gardening programme.  

Like Hosta, I find MD's garden very claustrophobic and hemmed in.  I like a feeling of light and space and air.   MDs garden was, I believe, conceived and all those hedges and trees planted out when he needed a refuge from the outside world but it's all too enclosed and confining for me, even with some of the hedges taken out.

I might let him loose in my embryonic potager and the compost heaps but not anywhere else in my garden.

Additional tree for garden

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 15:21

No. I planted a cercis canadensis Forest Pansy in my last garden but it didn't like the cold wet winters.   I do like the leaf form tho and have been thinking about another cercis to plant in this new - to us - garden this winter.   I've been looking at the Avalon because the RHS reckons it likes well drained soil.


If you do get one; keep its roots well watered after planting and in hot dry spells - weekly soakings rather than daily dribbles - till it gets established and can send them down deep after moisture.  

Autumn is great for trees to make new roots while they don't have the stress of maintaining a leaf canopy.   Give it some microrhizal fungae on the roots and some bonemeal in the soil around them and it should settle in well.


Posted: 09/09/2017 at 15:05

And don't get any sap in or near your eyes.   

Caper spurge is a native, usually viewed as a weed.  There are more ornamental forms of euphorbia with better foliage and colours but all have the dangerous sap which can cause burns if you get in on skin exposed to sunlight and cause damage to eyes too.

Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 15:00

That would be a welcome move when MD does retire.  

I want to train my Wisteria as free standing

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 14:56

No.  The side shoot will grow - to one side.   Cut your main stem at the height you wish your standard to be and above a point where there is more than one shoot or you'll end up with something irretrievably lop-sided.

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Loire chateaux

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 14:53

Yes, watched it on Thursday evening.   I loved that house and the interiors of his Unitarian chapel too - but not the outside - and had no idea about the Johnson building.   Amazing spaces.   

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 14:05

Pat - you are still recovering form nasty bugs.  Yvie seems to have become deeply relaxed by her holiday.  Sleep well, don't fight it.

Our local reservoir is very low too and there are fields full of crisp brown sweetcorn which is not going to provide winter feed for the cattle.   Some of the bigger, purely arable farms have those huge irrigation pipes and mobile sprayers but the local ones rotate cattle and crops and only pipe water to their beasts as it's too expensive.   Been a hard year for them.

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