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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.


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 15:03

There's a village called Spy about 15kms from here.  They found the remains of a Neanderthal man there in 1886 in a cave.

No cyclamen that I know of but I do grow them in my garden.

French people grow French green beans of course, not runner beans!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 19:02

I happened to be in Donegal when the line up was announced.  Lots of excitement on the radio and in the papers about DOD and a mix of promises and exhortations to cross the border and vote and get all friends and rellies in the north to vote for DOD and keep him there to the end.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 14:59

I'm amazed DOD is gone.    I thought the Irish would be voting for him in droves.   

That Paso to U2 was dreadful.   Carol's was much better because the music was proper Paso which needs the musical phrasing to be right for all the stamping and marching and arm waving.   Needs to sort out her hands though.   My daughter finds her constant smiling very irritating.

I know the salsa is danced as a show dance but I didn't see any basic steps or armography in Alyash's choreography.   Thought Anita was amazing again and under marked.   

Loved the classic, elegant, understated slowfox from Kevin and thank goodness Anton went for some more demanding choreography for his very capable partner.    Pity Jay messed up but he did have a very complicated routine so hope he bounces back next week.

Tree spacing

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:52

It depends on how much you want them to be proper trees and how much you want them to be more of a hedge.  If the former, then they're way too close together and will grow tall and thin looking for light and the stronger ones will outgrow and swamp the others.  

Did you research the eventual height and width of the trees you've chosen or just plant at regular intervals hoping for the best?    Are they to be allowed to grow their full width into your garden?  What about your neighbours when they spread sideways over fence height? 

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 20:17

I get mine from a local builders' merchant.  There are two thicknesses bu the finer 5 or 6mm are easy for me to bend round a handy railway sleeper.

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