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RHS Bridgewater

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 21:49

Wisley, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall are on donated land which just happens to have been willed to them by southeners.    Harlow Carr was acquired when the northern horticultural society needed financial rescue and has since been much restored and improved.

The RHS has been on the lookout for a 5th garden for some years and this one sows great promise.

I daresay they'd love to have one in Scotland too but in the meantime there are RHS partner gardens and the NT.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 21:39

For heaven's sake Clari.  Be sensible and stay at home.  400 kids have up to 800 parents and countless siblings, not to mention the poor teachers and it isn't fair to share your bugs with them all.  If they're really interested they'll re-schedule.  Stay at home and pamper yourself for the rest of the week and weekend..

Not a successful day here.   By the time we got to Nantes it was lunch time.  Fortunately this IKEA is in a smart new shopping centre which has lots of feeding options and we found a nice little brasserie.  Then a wee explore before hitting the kitchen planning dept.   Eventually we had a plan with everything we wanted except work tops and splashbacks.  The ones we want aren't on the 3D design system so we needed help.  One hour later, still no staff free and by then we'd done the taps and handles and bits of trim so I went to ask the supervisor.   15 mins later she and 2 chaps were free but one couldn't, one wouldn't and she faffed and dithered.   We left.

However, we do have a plan and can now compare prices with other kitchen shops whose sales all started today and between them and IKEA - once top management has had a letter - I shall get what I want.  Can't use my Rangemaster Busy as there isn't enough leccy but I can easily add some in the incomplete annex and plug it in there.

I hope those bugs are on the wane but do try not to do too much at once folks.

Fidget - hope hubby is safe.

Still calm here but set to change by the weekend.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 09:19

We visited Uluru in Jan 2001.  40C in the shade but bearable because it was dry heat and we didn't have to work.  I can take a lot of dry heat.  It's humid heat that floors me.

Enjoyed MD and did feel for that woman down-sizing to such a small plot and am pleased she's found a way through to enjoy her new garden.  Monty was very good with her.  The young couple are amazing; so full of energy and zest for life and a great set of friends and family to help.   Flowers - I have done something similar but a bit more artistic to an albizzia julibrissin because every single plant underneath it was dead apart from a few tiny bulbs.   The canopy needed thinning to let in light and rain.  I hope they get some decent apples and not just a load of water shoots.

Grey and drismal to day but calm.   We're off to look at new kitchens.  I've tried but this one is badly planned and the cooker is a nightmare.   Who would install a 90cm oven that runs on bottled gas?   It can't bake and it can't roast and it doesn't cope at all when I'm using the hob too.  It has to go.  

Keep safe everyone, whether dealing with strong winds, high heat or lurgies.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 00:46

Stayed up late to watch Monty Don's new series and finish the last few rows of a scarf I've been knitting - OH has gone to bed along with kittens who would other wise help me. 

I very much doubt we get as hot as you for as long Pat or that you get as cold for as long as we do but you must be on the downhill run soon for more comfortable temperatures.   Hope so.

wisteria pruning

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 00:14

Best wait till the heavy frosts are over.  It can be done in February if necessary.

See this for advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 23:17

I find purple chives just too enthusiastic.  Started off with one plant a few years ago and ended up with it edging about 40' of veg bed.   Smaller white flowered chives are much better behaved - and have a finer flavour - though still quite excitable.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 20:31

I once made a broccoli salad - US recipe - with peanuts and bacon and one pf the peanuts was a rogue.  Smashed a lower molar and cracked its neighbour.   Cost me 2000€ for 2 corwns.  Expensive peanut!

Sounds like a good day apart from that Busy.   Know what you mean about pillows.  The Belgians are square too.    We have both now.

Tricky DD but I reckon you need to tell him it makes you uncomfortable and you can't go away with him.

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 16:09

Try and find a copy of the ornamental Kitchen Garden by Geoff Hamilton.  Often turns up in charity shops but maybe on Amazon or E-bay.

I have seen ruby chard, cavolo nero and red onions grown with Bishop of Llandaff dahlia at Kalmthout Arboretum.  Looked very good.   Fennel is an attractive plant and then there's purple sprouting broccoli and cut and come again leafy salads.   You could grow green beans up an obelisk or wigwam of hazel poles.   Their flowers are attractive.    

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 15:39

Great to have something positive DD.   We're all with you in spirit.    I think maybe you should try a new approach to your OH - 1st answer to any ideas or requests or suggestions should be No.  And the 2nd and maybe 3rd before you progress to "I'll think about it" and then give yourself time to decide if it's good for you.   This last one clearly isn't so tell him that on reflection you have changed your mind and then stay firm.   He'll bully you but stay firm.   Rant and scream on her if it helps.

That cake certainly looks more chapeau than gateau Hazel.

Quiet day here.  I've been reading and pottering and thinking about kitchens.  Now to draw it up to scale on A3 paper since the online modelling system is eensy teeny weeny in scale and won't let me have 2 water supplies.  It also believes dishwashers live under or next to sinks and ours doesn't.  Obviously a man-made programme.   

Must go and pot up the chilli jam.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 14:53

Yesterday we had sunshine and 12C.  Today it is cold and grey and very dull.  The forecast is for snow in inland areas later on but not here nearer the coast.   I hope we get rain at least so the greyness is productive.

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