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Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:11

No need.  Some people really like them.   Let everyone exercise their preference but be prepared for the usual range of misunderstandings we get on here from time to time - with and without smileys.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:08

OH has had his shorts removed for treatment too.  Came home form golf after managing to stay clean a and dry in his best beige shorts and then went to pick autumn raspberries and blackberries.   Stains all over the front so they're soaking in Biotex now.   He's put some dark ones on to walk teh dogs while I carry on getting mucky upstairs.

Need to think about putting the oven on for dinner - roast chuck for Possum who likes a roast dinner on Sunday.   Conventional child.  Don't know where I got her from.

We weren't dead set on leaving Belgium just yet but have been looking for a suitable spot to retire to when we did and found something we really like at Easter and then put ours on the market to see what happened.  Houses in the village and other old farmhouses round here have sat there for 2 years with no sale.  Ours took 10 days so a bit of a shock!   The buyers are French with Belgian antecedents on her side and were looking for a "longère" with some land for their chucks.   perfect fit.   They spend their hols in her parents' holiday home on the Vendée coast just 30 mins from our new house.  Spooky.


Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:19

But there's no tone of voice so I never use them.  English has a wealth of words to express our feelings and opinions or share news but even then can be misinterpreted on a forum with no sound.

Keep it simple I say.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:16

Thanks Hosta.  I have my eye on another half dozen hostas and am thinking about more clems and at least one rose and have 2 hamamelis on order as I can't find them listed on local nursery sites even though the soil is acid to neutral.    Trying not to be excessive........

The climate will certainly be kinder for plants in winter and dryer too for my arthritic bits and Rasta doggy's too.   I don't know anyone who's heard of bits of the Vendée except maybe one or two of the coastal resorts.   It's an 8 hour drive plus doggy pit stops as long as we go via Rouen and avoid the Paris orbital which is a nightmare.

FG looks like a lovely day out.   Well done SGL.   I need to do a bit more sorting and then put the dinner on before I get my shower.   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:55

HF - End of September. The Vendée, near Moutiers-les-Maufaits.

So far - half a dozen big hostas, half a dozen clems, half a dozen roses, several hydrangea paniculata, a golden rain tree, pots of lilies, two Japanese maples, a gunnera I've been nurturing for 3 years, a selection of hardy geraniums, hemerocallis, geums.   Sundry smaller pots with divisions of other treasures and probably one or two more clems and some of my special Wisley bought strawberries with pink flowers and some bits and pieces picked up at Beth Chatto's last May.

Still have about 50 other small pots of this and that to sort for giving away, replanting or taking with and lots of seeds.

Last edited: 04 September 2016 16:56:07

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:49

Like I said, Pinocchio to me.  Smilies are so imprecise and open to misinterpretation or, as in my case, just being over-looked and ignored.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:32

Still cool and windy here but not wet.  OH did not have any thunder at Mons so golf not interrupted.   

The garden looks a lot less dusty after the rain and the grass already seems a bit greener and has a mere 6 new mole hills for decoration.

I have progressed from cleaning brass and copper in the kitchen to sorting sewing stuff in the attic. I need a coffee too and then I may be gone a while........

Dove - Hope you get dry fish and chips.    

Hope it's been a good day for everyone else's projects to day.   How was the cinema DD?   Possum went to see the new Star Trek in French last week.  Couldn't wait for us (Dad) to drive her to a cinema showing it in English.

What is this plant???

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:18

It looks like it might need a "holiday".   When we go away I stand tall plants in the shower and rinse them down with cool water to clear all the house dust off their leaves and give their pot and root ball a good soaking but then let the excess drain away.  I then leave them in there while we're way.

This worked for a finer and more stripy leaved dracaena in the past till I gave it away to a home with more space and it still works for a 2m high ficus benjamina and a ficus elastica.

I suggest you give yours a good shower if you can and maybe pot it into a bigger pot with fresh compost - John Innes no 3 - and then water once a week and make sure it isn't sitting in water.

Eucalyptus Question

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:07

Well, they'll all be having a sugar rush and then buzzing around with remarkably clear "nostrils".  I use eucalyptus oil in diffusers when we have colds.  Works a treat.

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:05

Rob L - most of us on here would agree with you but it seems the powers that Beeb are slow to cotton on to the importance of gardens and gardening for personal, community and environmental well being.  It surely can't be any more expensive to produce than wall to wall antiquing and cookery programmes in diverse formats.

As you say, it is a huge subject with endless possibilities for informative and entertaining programmes.

I think we don't get follow-ups of Monty's assorted projects because there isn't a plan for the season.  It all seems to be very much "what shall we do today?" so there's no continuity.

Very pleased GW has been extended to one hour and introduced new features and ideas but still say "Thank heavens for Beechgrove!" which does trials and projects on plants/products/methods and reports back.

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