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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:02

We've always gone early for blood tests as you have to go "ajeune" having had no food or drink.

Do agree that wet and windy isn't fun - unless your garden needs the rain and you're tucked up indoors.

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:00

Can't go by the name.  

I had a cercis canadensis Forest Pansy which did not survive Belgian winters of -20C and worse.  I suspect that's because we had the cold without a blanket of snow.   Ditto a northofagus antarticta that failed at -25C.   Several conifers and evergreens such as viburnum tinus, eleagnus, choisya and skimmia also wiped out.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 07:54

Oh what a night!

Minstrel is older than the rescue people think and is in heat.  Lots of singing and chirrupping and bum waving all night and then Cosmos decided he needed a full face cuddle from 4am.  I shall be having a zizz later on.   Plumber here now so I have to be awake.  Nice man.  Apologised for not shaling hands but wants to keep his bugs to himself.

Kittens shut upstairs so they can't escape thru the front door and dogs shut in living room cos Bonzo is a bouncy barky doggy with strangers.    OH has disappeared to get his hair cut and do some admin at the town hall.   It's going to be quite a morning.

Chicky - beautiful wall and pots and plants.

DD Grump away.  Things will seem less overwhelming if you share.   Keep up the running too - good endorphins to help you along.   Hugs to you and Charlie.   Is he still following the Vendée Globe at school?

PDoc and Joyce - hope all has gone well.

Just getting light here and 4C.   Looks like grey but not heavy or wet.  Supposed to get sunny spells later.

Please be careful if you're out there in the frost and black ice.   

pet companions

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:43

I expect so.  He was playing with it yesterday - long fronds hanging down invitingly.  He really is a clumsy kitten with himself and other stuff.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:35

Heavy frost overnight.  Sunshine all day but took ages to thaw.   4C for walkies this afternoon.

pet companions

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:16

Just back from walking the dogs to find one of the new kittens has upended an asparagus fern so broken cache-pot and compost all over the floor.    Went upstairs to check they're OK and both fast asleep - no injuries and no guilt either.  Playing with Rasta doggie now.

Glad Bracken is doing better.   Must be such a worry.

My OH doesn't discriminate between weeds and plants either.   I had the most expensive compost heap in Belgium.   It's not happening here!

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:12

Just got back from walkies and found a lone pink flowering - dwarf dianthus and very pretty.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 10:34

The classic soup to make with Jerusalem artichokes is, of course, Palestine soup!

Other recipes here - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=Jerusalem+artichokes

I have used them instead of potatoes to make gratin dauphinoise.  Delicious but disastrous for unsuspecting people who don't generally eat enough fibre............   Kept a pair of Kiwi friends awake all night with discomfort and gurgles and had me crying with laughter when they told of their fears of food poisoning.  Not called fartichokes for nothing.   She had a genteel upbringing so was mortified.  

Naughty Obxx..

Freezing here so no gardening but planning to sort out the garden sheds and tool stores ready for action.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:57

My OH has never offered to clean the windows.  Doesn't seem to see the muck on windows but he does occasionally decide to tidy up and get out his bloody Dyson.  I suppose I'd better go and buy the promised robot before he sees the likely bill for the new kitchen!

Look up!

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:46

Lovely clear skies last night.  No street lights.  No clouds.   OH has got all enthusiastic and started identifying clusters and nebula and all sorts with an app on his PC.   He'll be fixing up Possum's old telescope next.

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