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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 14:26

I saw them once here in late spring and bought some.  Haven't seen them since.   Love mushrooms but they're off the menu when Possum's here as she hates the texture.  I know she likes the flavour tho as I'm naughty and hide them in things like Mushroom and lentil slice which she thinks is cheese, onion and lentils...........

Acid-loving plants

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 13:09

If you go to the Plant Selector feature on the RHS site you can search for summer interest plants that like ericaceous conditions.   783 suggestions came up.  Clearly I haven't looked at them all but roses, dahlias and sanguisorbias should make a start on giving you summer colour and on into autumn. 

Hardy Geraniums, Recommendations

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 11:30

There are so many and suited to sun, shade, moist or well drained soils.   The RHS gives AGMs to plants of particular garden merit and lists 10 top hardy geraniums.  I suggest you start there and see if any take your fancy - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-hardy-geraniums 

Personally, I like geranium macrorhizums for dry spots, Kashmir white for shady spots and Ann Folkard for the deep cerise blooms and slightly golden foliage.   I find Rozanne far too floppy but like the look of Brookside which I planted this spring.  Good blue and much better behaved.

Last edited: 15 August 2017 11:32:42

NO LAWN after using Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn feed

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 11:26

Agree.  Keep the gardener and maybe do some research on lawn care so you know what he or she is talking about.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 11:23

Rumbledy-thundery for a lot of the night after all but only half a mm of rain.  Not the 8 we were promised a few days ago before they changed their minds.   It's cool and grey but should be warmer and sunnier tomorrow.   We'll see.

I think wind turbines are expensive, inefficient and unsightly, not to mention bad for health and wildlife.  If you live too close they give off a vibration that can bring on migraines and nervous disorders.   The switching of the blades on sunny days can affect vision and cause headaches and epilepsy.  Naturalists have done counts of dead bodies near turbines and found significantly elevated numbers of bats and migratory birds.   The WHO thinks they're bad for people.   Heaven knows what the ones out to sea are doing to marine life.

Seems to me solar panels are relatively unobtrusive and the only time they're not working is when covered n snow.    If you get the ones made in Europe they are of high quality.  

Love that tree.   Old gnarly trunks like that are wonderful.

Good luck with the new let Hosta. 

Nervous times till Thursday's post Chicky!

Ideas please...

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 23:54

Assuming you wish to stick with blue or purple, have a look at delphinium Magic Spires series.  They grow up to 1m high but you'll need good slug deterrents.

Agastache rugosa produces purple flowers from summer into autumn and has scented, edible leaves.   Gets to about 80cm high but can be short lived so plan to take cuttings regularly.

Lobelia Hadpsen purple will get to about 60cm high and flowers from summer into autumn.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 20:27

Not for me Dove.  OH likes self propelling cheeses whilst I like the ones like mature Cheddar or Vieux Bruges which stay put.   Chaource here is twice the size of the ones we got in Belgium. Should keep him quiet for a while.

Your dinner sounds good FG.  Hope you're feeling more yourself, at least in time for the weekend.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 19:13

I've been to my favourite Leclerc and found chicken thighs, Limousin steaks, lamb belly and pork ribs and beef mince as BBQ weather seems to be setting in.  They also had cocktail and then some smelly fried chicken.  Smelly, in our household, denotes garlic, not off.   As I was on my own with time to peruse at leisure, I found proper baking powder, 00 flour for making some pastas, wholegrain couscous and fusilli but no brown rice.   Treated OH to a big fat Chaource too.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:40

I'm sure most of us could do with a bit of titivating after a few hours in the garden.   I very nearly bought a new nail varnish this pm but decided against as I always end up with similar shades to what I have.   Don't bother with it on my finger nails any more anyway.

33C coming back from SM and it feels like a snug, warm blanket at the mo.   I took a detour to Gifi and treated us to a new fuchsia pink parasol for the terrace table.  The old one is very small and on its last legs.  Had it 20 odd years tho so can't complain.

T'other pair have gone to the beach to surf and dog walk respectively so i'd better get on with dinner as they'll be famished when they get back and have had a shower.

NO LAWN after using Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn feed

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:31

If you had more weed than grass it's normal that you have big bare patches.  Rake it all clear of thatch and dead weeds and moss then leave it to be rained on for a couple of weeks.   Rake again to loosen the soil surface then sow suitable grass seed in September when temperatures and moisture levels are conducive to good germination and the residue of the product should have been washed away.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

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Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

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Snake ID please

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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Erection and siting 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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