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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 18:47

I have no idea why that has appeared so late.  Know what you mean about Xmas cards Busy so I tend to order online form RHS or RNLI or similar when I can find a card the right shape.  Belgian PO very strict about envelope sizes and weights - nothing square or small.  The like business letter size basically and 3 pages max for one stamp.  In France they seem a lot more accommodating.

Clari - blackcurrant is great with duck?  Cuts the richness beautifully.  Good luck with the cleaning tomorrow and hope he enjoys his visit and his treatment works.

WW - the last time I had one of those was summer 88 when OH was in Austin, Texas at IBM for 4 months and I was at home looking after the company's new student intake playing 5-a-side for our sports and social club......... 

Topbird - sounds exciting.  Do we get pics of before and after?

Watching Countryfile and getting a yen to grow pears but not for perry.  Need a bulldozer first though.


HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 18:36

On the very rare occasions - once a year at the most - I yearn for tea it's Darjeeling or Assam or Moroccan mint, never Earl Grey.

Poldark came off badly on Points of View today.  Upset lots of people he has, not taking No to mean No.   

I like bilberries - blueberries with attitude but none here.  I have just planted out my 30 babies in window boxes to keep them going till they have their own bed.   I do like my fruit seasonal but frozen cherries and raspberries are a good standby to have.

When I left the dance club, my committee colleagues gave me a present of potted pink azaleas; one small standard in the middle and 7 short ones round the perimeter.  Not my thing at all so today I liberated them to find the 7 small ones were  a strip, the kind where you make a fold in fibrous sheeting, fill with compost, lay on your cuttings, cover and roll up and water.   Weird or what but well rooted if somewhat matted so now I have 8 azaleas developing individual root systems to make a "plantation" next spring.

Clematis varieties

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 17:13

Thanks Richard.  I'm pleased you rate Henryi as I need a good white one.  I shall try the 3 you recommend too. 

Hosta - did Princess Kate do well for you?    It is a gorgeous flower.

I had Princess Diana in Belgium because I loved the flowers and she did very well.  I suspect Lady Q is a bit too similar to Betty Corning and I would rather have her scent if poss so I'll keep looking.  Otherwise I'll just have to go and visit my daughter in Namur and come home via Clematis Man.

Clematis varieties

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 15:10

Thanks Seakale.  I had about 40 clems in my old garden so know the possibilities quite well - favourite supplier stocked over 300 and advised me about hardiness for my exposed garden after I lost quite a few to -25C and worse in one winter..  

The problem is the lack of choice on offer here which I find odd as the wild version are rampant in the hedgerows so I would assume that clems do well here.   Have to say I prefer Blue Angel/Blekitny Atholl to Prince Charles.  Simliar colour but it has lovely bars on the back of the petals. I dug that one up and brought it with me as it was planted in a bottomless chimney pot so easy to shift into a huge pot for transport.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:56

Good morning everyone.  Bright and sunny again here but I'm feeling groggy after a migraine started yesterday but didn't really develop.  Odd but better than the real thing.   Didn't watch Strictly cos of the visual disturbance so have that to look forward to later.

I avoid painkillers as much as possible.   Not convinced the over the counter ones work - plus either liver of stomach damage potential - and don't want complications from the hard stuff after seeing friends having problems with them.   

I need to do some h*work today and give the dogs a serious walkies as they didn't get one yesterday and then I'll be pottering outside.

Did anyone else spot that Carol K's garden through the year is back on Sunday mornings?   Seen it before but still full of good ideas and propagating tips.

Happy Sunday everyone.   Hope all the insomniacs get a better sleep tonight.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 18:55

Rock hard BF.  Drought since the beginning of August.   There are moles tho and what they shift looks to be a mix of loamy and sandy.   Either way it'll be getting loads of well rotted manure before I plant anything major as there's very little here apart from grass long enough to make hay, some fruit trees, mixed hedging shrubs and big trees such as albizia julibrissin, mimosa, poplar, ash and walnut.  There's a sickly looking magnolia too for which I've bought some feed.  

One patch of lawn length grass which is surprisingly green and full of cyclamen and autumn daffs.   I have some autumn and spring flowering crocuses to add to the mix but need to water it again before I can get my trowel in.

I'll have alook for those magazines next time I'm out shopping.

Clematis varieties

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 18:46

Thanks for that Berghill.  With such a limited choice and only one place stocking them so far I need to be careful not to pick a duffer and also keep my eye out for plant fairs and such so I can get another perfumed Betty Corning and some other favourites from my old garden.    Couldn't bring them all with me..........

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 13:50

Excellent opportunity for a pot raid DD.  Go for it.   It must be hard missing Charlie but potting and pottering are good distractions.

Lovely sunshine and getting very warm so I shall gather up my weary limbs and take the dogs out.  

Can any of you who grow clematis please have a gander at my new thread?  Need some feedback on varieties.  Ta.

Cooking potatoes

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 13:46

I've been finding this with locally grown Charlotte and Grenaille type potatoes.  Never happened with the Belgian ones but these are grown in sandier soils apparently.  I shall try the cold water trick or stick to cutting them in chunks and roasting with a  dribble of olive oil, some garlic, rosemary s and p until crispy at the edges.   Too tempting to slather butter on boiled ones.


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 13:41

It depends on the variety.  If they're mopheads or lace caps they flower on the previous season's growth and you should leave the old flowerheads on till next spring so they protect the newly forming buds from winter frost.   If you want to maintain size and shape and vigours, you can prune out one third of the stems to the desired length and that will elave you 2/"rds to flower in spring.  Repeat taking out the next third next autumn and so on till you've renewed your plant and contained its size.

If they're paniculata forms then these prune on new season's growth so can be trimmed now if you really feel the need but are best cut back in spring after the worst frosts.   You can trim these hard back but I reckon its best to do some stems back to one or two pairs of buds and some a bit longer.

There's also quercifolia but I don't grow that kind and can't advise form experience but believe it needs the same treatment as paniculatas.

Either way, once you've had some good autumn rains and the soil is moist, mulch round the base with some good quality garden compost to retain moisture and boost fertility for better flowers.  Give them a spring tonic of liquid tomato food if you like and some slow release blood, fish and bone or rose fertiliser.


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