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Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:03

Like any bulb, if you want to maintain vigour and build it up for next year you remove the spent plant stalk and feed it.

If you want babies, let it seed.   Stand it in a tray of gravel mixed with some compost and you'll get babies germinating from fallen seed that you can grow on but it will take a great deal of patience and potting on before they get to flowering size.  Alternatively, feed it and let the seeds mature on the plant then collect the seed and sow in trays or cells.

Where to locate seating area?

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:55

ON cool days you want to sit in the sun.  On hot days you want to be in the shade.  I agree with Fairy.  Have both.     It is, as has been said, your garden and you'll be there more than anyone else.  Do what suits you and your needs.

ID needed please

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:19

PP - Behave!  Not even Halloween yet!

Monty Don books

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:16

He does write well but if I want to learn about practical gardening I go to Geoff Hamilton and Alan Titchmarsh and Beth Chatto and others.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 21:10

First immersion trip with 17 scientists (me teaching English conversation) was to Dublin and we did a tasting at Jameson's.    Learned to tell the difference between Bourbon, Scottish blend, Scottish malt and Irish.  I still don't like any of them but we had great fun.

I have finished Possum's new top and she doesn't like it!  Dolman sleeves for ease of movement but she thought it was going to be batwing.  Humph!

Meanwhile it turned out sunny and quite warm but with thundery bits around us - Clouds to the left of me, clouds to the right of me.  Here I am, stuck in the middle with sun.  To paraphrase Steeler's Wheel.

The first of the autumn daffs are in flower round the well but nary a sign of the big clump that was by the gate post.  Not ordering any bulbs but happy to have "impulses" in garden centres later on when I go hunting violas and pansies.

Busy - Lamb  isn't too bad round here and Leclerc had lamb shoulders at 10.95€ a kilo yesterday instead of the usual 15.90.   I have been known to bone it and mince it for koftas since I never found lamb mince in Belgium either..   Possum has discovered she prefers Irish steaks to Limousin or Blonde d'Aquitaine which both grow in fields round here so I'll stock up her freezer for her in Belgium, along with mint jelly for her lamb chops.


Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 13:54

That all sounds very tasty. I hope it stays dry.   Don't really want rain here either tomorrow as we're off on a day out at the seaside - well, lunch at the minimum.  Tourists should all have gone home in time for school starting so we're off to explore for new restaurants. 

Doing BBQ corn cobs and belly pork for dinner with a spicy salsa.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 13:13

That was short and sweet!

Forecast 10mm of rain for this morning.  We've had 2 drops, literally.   I'm off to chuck out all the tomato plants which are now past it.  Had good crops tho.  Best ever for us and no blight in sight.

Would really like advice please?

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 11:10

A clear sign should help, especially as you can't be there 24/7.  Just needs to say Private Property.  Please do not Pick Fruit.  

If that doesn't help, consider an electric fence either side of the path.  You can get cheap and easy to install systems that run off packs like a car battery.   Plus a warning sign.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 10:46

Good morning.  Grey here and cool.  I've had to put on jeans!  I too have missed any signs of Chicky sponsoring but hope all the preps have done the trick and the walk goes well.

Like AuntyR I was up early but because of an absence of kitten.  No Cosmos snuggling or butting or making hungry noises so I went to look for him.  Perisher was out patrolling early and then had hysterics for about an hour with me in the middle, back in bed.  Finally got up again to investigate squeaking.  Minstrel has clearly decided he needs mothering too and brought him a live shrew which she left in the bath and then came to me for cuddles.  I also found Cosmos in the bath, just looking at it trying to climb up the sides.  It is now free.

Sewing for me today.  Off to the Loire valley for 3 days with Possum next week to explore chateaux so on a mission to get things done as I'm driving her back to Namur on the 10th. 

Busy - hope your BBQ goes well.

Pat - that bridge looks hazardous.

Not looking autumnal here but some plants are definitely drying up their leaves a bit early - magnolia, tree peony - cos of the drought.   

Off to catch up properly now.  Have a good TGIF everyone.

Which Yellow Rose

Posted: 31/08/2017 at 23:58

My experience is the opposite of Busy's.  In my last garden I had a Teasing Georgia which, once I protected it from northerly winds, grew very strong and flowered prolifically.  It was planted on teh east side of the house facing full south on a trellis so, until the windbreak shrub behind it grew it was a bit exposed.    I have brought a cutting to this garden.

All the coddling and patience in the world hasn't helped Graham Thomas who, despite 3 years in a pot for TLC after being rescued from the border, remains a feeble patient.   

I also grew Malvern Hills, a repeat rambler and have bought a new one for this new garden.

Molyneux is a lovely clear yellow but died one winter after 3 weeks of -20C.  Bit of a softy.

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