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Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 12:00

Our Belgian house had clean spring water and is the only place I've ever know our cats drink tap water tho a puddle was always preferable, or water in vases........  Didn't stay in long unfortunately so I gave up having flowers indoors.

Compost raid successful.  MPC on at half price so we loaded 10 x 70 litres into the car along with some other goodies that leapt into the trolley as we passed - rosa Lady Emma Hamilton in the most fetching lilac pot, a tracheowotsit jasminoides, some trailing pelargoniums, broccoli, pointy and Savoy cabbage plugs, a purple pepper and a yellow and a bisexual kiwi.   4 terracotta pots for cuttings and 12 jam jars for the mint jelly and, on the way, planning approved for the shower room.

The wet air has become light rain and it is a mere 10C out there so I'm hibernating till it warms up or dries up.

Possum hangs creased clothes in the bathroom while she has a shower.  Reckons it's as good as ironing but then she is a student and wearing mostly sweatshirts and jeans at the mo.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 11:51

Great idea.  However, the tree peony is over and the wisteria has nearly all gone over and I have no inherited perennials for picking so I'll just keep ane eye for now and join in when I can.

Just had to go out and buy jam jars for mint jelly!

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:48

Same here LG, lolling around in sleeveless tops and flip flops.   Socks and long sleeves and a scarf today.   For the first time in ages it is grey and the air is wet but not actually drizzle or rain.   Indoor jobs today then once we've run a few errands and stocked up on a shed load of MPC to condition the soil in my new rose and clem and other pongy bits garden.

Wonky - if you can't find good walking trousers try end of season sales for ski pants - lightweight, warm lined and waterproof.   Thermal liners for gloves too and thermal body warmers to hep you have free movement.  Good luck.

Pat - I once went with an Oz friend from the Brussels embassy, now in Canberra, to the Anzac parades and ceremonies at Ypres.  Very moving but perishing cold all day.

Have a good one everyone.

Last edited: 25 April 2017 09:49:49

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:39

Morning all.  Grey here!  And we have wet air but not proper rain tho they are promising us 5mm today, tomorrow and Thursday.  We'll see.   It's enough to keep adventurous, busy Minstrel kitten indoors anyway.

Off to pick up our application for planning permission for a new shower room and then, the important bit, stock up on MPC by the ton to condition the soil in my new perfumed courtyard project plus some jars for my mint jelly project.   Looking forward to the pongy bits.

M-U - I hope your snowfalls don't linger too long and you warm up soon.   Pansy - teach your OH to iron?   Worked for me.

LB - I had the body of an 18yr old in my late 30s when I was so bored at the office I'd go to the gym for a serious lunch time workout 3 times a week.   Since I've been a lady of leisure I haven't had time to go to a gym and now have a "lapsed" body.

I need a cat proof sofa cover.  They have not been distracted by the cat gym and scratching posts.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 22:22

Clematis climb by using tendrils to wind round any support they can find, be it another plant or a trellis or wires or an obelisk.  There are also non clinging types, as mentioned above, but they do need guiding into support plants and won't be able to grip on a fence.

Once you get past that little difficulty, there are hundreds of summer flowering clematis in many colours and sizes with bell shaped flowers or open flowers. 

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 22:18

I tend to find them dry and a bit boring so have always made moist cakes with fruit and or nuts or veg in: almond, apple, banana, beetroot, carrot, chocolate, citrus, coconut, parsnip, raspberry, rhubarb and the like.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:49

Thing is, I never make sponge cakes.   Carrot cakes, apple cakes, chocolate, all sorts but not sponge.

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:38

Really?  Never saw duck eggs in Belgium but I can get them here.  Can I just use one duck egg for one hen's egg or do I have to mess about with quantities?

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:35

Rhododendrons do not cope well with any alkalinity in the soil or their water so you need to get a soil test kit from your garden centre and test the soil for being either neutral or acid which is OK.   However, if it's alkaline, you'll need to dig up your rhodo and plant it in a large pot with ericaceous compost.  Cover the drainage holes with crocks to allow free drainage.

If your tap water is hard, you also need to collect rainwater to use for watering, especially in a pot.  You can also use a solution of sequestered iron which helps ericaceous plants access iron, an essential mineral for plant health.

Another consideration is competition for nutrients so, if your soil is OK, clear all that grass from around its base to a width at least 6 inches beyond its current size and then mulch it with something like chipped bark to a depth of at least 2".   This will help retain moisture as well as keep down weeds.

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