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What weed is this please - how to i get rid of it?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:26

Celandine.  Can be very persistent.  

Try a special weed and feed mix for grass which can be applied in spring or autumn.  See the packets for instructions and timings.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:24

Do all those fish start with P - pike, perch, pomfret, plaice, piranha, pangasius, Pacific salmon, parrot fish.  Must be more.

wild primroses

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 13:32

One of the things we like about the Vendée is all the wild primroses growing in hedgerows and verges along the lanes and smaller roads.   I shall be sowing some for this garden.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 12:06

Maybe a deep pot for the carrots FG?  I never had any success with them in teh ground so I eventually sowed some in some large, square, plastic, fake terracotta pots I had for convalescent plants or those waiting to go out in a border.

Worked a treat for carrots.  Got my best germination rates ever and some decent roots.  Never had carrot fly problems anyway but the pots make them too high for the flies.   Double bonus.

Possum has now surfaced and is a teeny bit limpy but OK.   Lots of laughter from kitten and dog antics.  She has a plan of places to visit in Nantes tomorrow.  Somehow I think the Japanese garden may not be that photogenic in Feb but there's plenty more to see and do, even on a Monday.  Belgium is closed on Mondays so museum and gallery staff can have a 2 day weekend too.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:00

Thanks for letting us know.  

Floppy day here.   Possum threw a major pout yesterday.  Finally surfaced from bed and shower - but not dressed to go out - at 1:30pm and then had a bout of pouting when we said we were not prepared to schlepp up to Nantes for half a day.   Did not like the idea of a video project in one of the local fishing villages.   Too boring.   Eventually decided to go to the SM in Olonne for more mangoes to rescue the volcanic chutney and she cam etoo.  Being a bit naughty, I took the scenic coastal route and out came the camera.  Snap happy.

Shopping done we did a tour by car and on foot of the yacht basin (Vendée Globe still going on for late returners) and the port and the lighthouses and the beach with loons swimming and the pedestrian shopping streets etc et and finished with sunset from the yacht basin at Bourgenay.  A very good excursion for exploring and filming.   I have not yet said "Told you so".

Unfortunately, whilst filming in the shopping streets her eye alighted on a specialty macaron and choc shop and she tripped over an unseen kerb.  Ankle sprain.   Lots of TLC and rest and therapeutic kitten cuddling so she'll be fit for Nantes tomorrow.

Bit grey and mis here with some drizzle but set to clear up.  I'm going to try and make a cherry meringue tart in the combi oven, oil my beech worktop again (very thirsty) and finish that chutney.   Slow roast belly pork for dinner and sowing broad beans and sweet peas if I have time.   By the time they germinate I should have a safe space outside for them under cloches..

I hope your weather is fit for your plans for today and if not, hope you can stay tucked up and warm and well.    Hugs to all who need a bit of comfort for sorrows or lurgies.

Last edited: 26 February 2017 11:01:31

Overwintered chilli plants

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 10:21

When I over-wintered chillies I only cut the back if they were too big.  If yours are already flwoering I wouldn't cut them back but yes, pot them on  and give them a good feed and drink to encourage more flowers and fruits.

What's this buried under our garden?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:34

We dismantled some ghastly red marble fireplaces when we renovated our Belgian farmhouse.  The slabs that survived ended up being used to top a bottle walla t seating height and one small one ended up as a windowsill in the downstairs loo.


Very excited about my RHS birthday present

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:04

You can use the RHS website t access info about the RHS gardens which are free to members, partner gardens which are free to members at certain times or all year, depending on teh garden.

You get preferential entry to the big shows - Chelsea, Malven, Hampton Court, Tatton and a new one at Chatsworth plus free access to help and advice from the website and also by email from RHS experts if you can't find what you need on the site which also includes a plant finder and a plant selector so you can find which plants will suit your garden and who is selling them.

And you get a monthly magazine full of news, advice, visits to gardens and the possibility to order seeds collected from RHS gardens.

Lots of lovely stuff.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:11

You should definitely go Wonky.   I dragged OH off to Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's last year after a day at the Chelsea flower show.   We both loved BC's gravel garden which is flat and manages to be lush with foliage and colour but not so much the one at HH as it is a mound with great rocks all over the place and lots of acid yellow.  Our gravelled area is flat.

It already has an oval bed around an albizia julibrissin that we have cleared of crud including landscape fabric and rocks, piled on 10 bags of compost and planted up with bulbs and some perennials.   There is a smaller bed witha  lilac tree that has just had the same treatment.   The rest of the area has to wait till some building work has been done but I have found both autumn and spring daffs growing in it so they need rescuing.

I have a picture in my head but do try and draw things to scale.  For the veg plot, I'm playing with Sutton's vegetable planner software as it will be raised beds with grass paths.

There's an entry charge for BC's garden but you can also by a season ticket which may be worth thinking about if it's near enough to go a few times and see it through the seasons.

May 2016 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 


Last edited: 25 February 2017 11:14:32

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:05

Glad that new ways of thinking are helping Pat.   I think we all need that or we get stuck in a groove, even for every day stuff, so it must be a boon when you have real troubles to get thru.

Plan A today was get washed and dressed while OH walked the dogs and then head off out to explore and have lunch as soon as he was sluiced.   However, Possum was only just starting her morning exercise routine and has has only just got out of the shower so plan B is brunch at home and then explore.    She'll just have to video my "restaurant" instead.


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