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Posted: 14/01/2018 at 10:46

Cosmos - not a mark on him.   All white except for pink nose and paw pads and aquamarine eyes.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 10:44

That all sounds very tasty Dove.  We'll be having slow roast belly pork with crunchy crackling, roast parsnips and other veg.  Our farmer neighbours have left a huge bag of sprouts for OH, knowing he loves 'em and I loathe 'em.

I do hope your OH isn't too despondent or cross about the shop for long and that he finds another position to suit his needs.   So frustrating for suppliers, customers and staff alike.

Strange concert last night - in aid of a charity helping kids in a Nepal village devastated by earthquakes.  She is from La Roche and met her cellist hubby when they were both a ta  masters' class in Germany.  I didn't recognise a single piece of the music and every single one was in a minor key so felt plaintive but the piano was glorious and the cello had lovely rich tones and the restored old barn we were in had a fabulous wooden beamed roof structure and amazing acoustics.   Dinner back in La Roche was good too.

This morning I've persuaded OH to dig another hole so I can plant the golden rain tree at last, then sewing for me.

I do hope all of you suffering with coughs and other lurgies get better soon.  At least in January it's OK to stay tucked up arm and safe as there's not a lot can be done outside.  Positive thoughts!

Enjoy your day everyone.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 10:32

That cardigan looks very stylish Hazel.  Pity it hurts to do it tho.

Pat - yes, you do have an eye for colours.   I hope your friend likes it.

Star of Bethlehem still flowering...

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 14:10

While it's still flowering you should be watering it and maybe feeding it too then carry on feeding when it stops flowering so the foliage can build up the bulbs for the next show of flowers.  Maybe also consider potting them on when they stop flowering.  Beware of planting the bulbs out as they can become invasive.

Weeds growing up between old laid pavers.

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 13:04

Sounds like a large area.  I would use a Karcher or similar pressure washer to clean all loose soil and sand from between the pavers, along with any remaining weeds and then, when completely dry and no rain is expected, brush in a dry cement mix with some added dry sharp sand, sweeping it down into the cracks.

If there aren't cracks big enough to sweep the mix into I think the only solution will be to have the pavers relaid on a bed of sand and cement that is not friendly to germinating seeds.

Last edited: 13 January 2018 13:05:15

Bad cut!

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 10:10

Trees and shrubs are best left to heal on their own so yes, sharp tools and a fresh cut one bud down.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:53

You snuck in LP and Joyce.  Hope the flu clears up soon LP and that you stay warm and fit Joyce.  

LG - hope the garden does the trick for you.

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:39

Re cages - they can be very ornamental.  Have a google for images and ideas.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:36

Good morning.   I've been lying in bed pretending to doze but actually reading my January Garden and being "loved" by Cosmos who can't decide between flying pirouettes to entertain me or snuggling.   Lovely line from Helen Dillon who has moved to a new, smaller garden after a lifetime in her famous one and has left behind all the statues because a friend had said "Statues are just garden gnomes for the upper classes'.   Always hated those fake Grecian goddesses and so on.   Must take a pic of the garden round the corner for you.

It's fine and dry today so I've asked OH to come out to play - digging big holes for me to plant 3 trees and maybe the gunnera which I shall have to cut out of its pot.   Might even get some weeding done and bung in a few late bulbs I still have lying around.

We're off out to a concert this evening - piano and violin - then dinner with a chap from the golf club whose wife can't join us as she'll be in Nantes babysitting.

Our Leclerc's have a good range of veg Busy tho poor on Chinese greens, kale and cavolo nero.  They have lots of locally grown stuff and the usual Spanish offerings but also exotics in the two nearer the coast.   How big is this curtain to be?   We had draught excluding curtains for doors in Belgium but they're just folded on a shelf here, waiting for me to decide where and if we can use them here.

Hope you get your peaceful, early night tomorrow Pat.  Liri - you'll be glad of a rest when you get home!

Greetings to all those yet to pop in.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:18

None here for ages as it's been too dry after a 16 month drought but now the rain has arrived he soil should, at last, be workable for weeding and planting.    Today I intend planting out 3 trees - weeping and twisted willows plus a golden rain tree and, if OH is willing to dig a 4th hole, my gunnera which I shall probably have to cut out of its pot.   Might even get some weeding done too.

Last edited: 13 January 2018 09:18:27

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