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Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 01:14

It's lovely Joyce.   Takes longer to cook than ordinary rice but it is very tasty.  

Blowing a hooly out there now.  Hope it's raining too but can't tell with the shutters down.   Been watching recorded history progs on Invasions and She-Wolves of Britain and England while I stitch felt Xmas decs.   Absorbing stuff.

Best go to bed.  Sweet dreams all.

Clematis jingle bells

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 20:08

Better now than waiting.   Give it a good drink.   Lift the slabs as soon as possible and work some good compost into the soil below them and around the feet of the clematis, being careful not to damage the stems and then water it all again and by the gallon, not the litre!

You can then put a mulch of pebbles or chipped bark to cover the soil and yet allow water to penetrate when it does rain and when you give it a drink..

Lemon tree

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 19:53

We've just had the first of our Meyer lemons with a grey mullet and black Italian rice.  Yum yum.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 19:50

I'd like to know about Xmas scones too.  I take along biscuits or wee cup cakes when I go to patchwork on Mondays and need something Xmassy but not too frightening for the French ladies.   I was thinking mincemeat muffins.

I have to sew this week but am hoping to plant bulbs next week now that we've actually had some rain!!!

Got my garlic in a couple of weeks ago on a roots day so it's been frosted a couple of times.  Might get some broad beans sown next week too unless it freezes again.

We bought a Nordman tree from Lidl of all places.  Best price around.  It's been sat in a bucket of water since to slow down the limp factor when we do bring it in.   Paid more for one last year and it was limp by NY after sitting around on display with now water at the store.  Hope this ruse works.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 19:41

You always do Hosta!

No takeaway anything near here except pizzas during the summer season.  No thanks.

I've just cooked riso venere for the first time.  Had it in a restaurant last summer and loved it so pounced when a Leclerc SM had it on offer during an Italian week.   Luscious, glossy, nutty dark red rice.  Yum yum.


Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:36

Yep.  I'm banking on having a clever car to let me keep my independence when I'm too old to drive one safely myself.   

All we need now are golf balls with homing signals so OH and co don't spend half their time looking for lost causes.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:33

Blowing a hooly now and it's been wet all day tho not downpour proportions which would be even better.   However, the two dogs and one of the two kitties do not approve at all.  Bored.

PVC Greenhouse Vs Outside toilet?

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:30

They'll want light as well as being kept frost free.  Best to move them into the loo at night and out again by day if you can.  If not, just put the dormant stuff in there for the duration and take the Japanese anemones into a cool room with a window sill with no radiator under it.

Another option would be to cover your little greenhouse with a layer of bubble wrap if you can find some in your local garden store or DIY and attach it well so it doesn't blow away.

Clematis jingle bells

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:03

Me too.  Their roots go down very deep and are fleshy so need moisture.   Try watering it regularly thru spring and summer and also give it feeds of tomato food in the growing season then make sure it gets an occasional drink thru autumn and winter.


Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:00

I agree about the viticellas but do also look at Princess Diana in the texensis group.  She's a good strong grower with rich pink flowers that can go on for months.   She does fine in full sun as the flowers don't fade - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=530 .   

Betty Corning is pale lilac and has the added bonus of being perfumed - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=562 

Blue Angel is good if you want more open flowers.   Lilac, with a ruffle on the edge and a lovely darker bar on the reverse.   http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=88 

Etoile Violette is superb too but can be too vigorous in some situations.

All of these are very hardy and, once settled, grow very well producing new stems each year so the display just gets better and better.   Clematis like to be buried deeper than they were in their pot and are hungry, thirsty plants so if your soil is at all poor make sure you work in plenty of well-rotted manure and garden compost before planting.  Keep them well watered in their first season as be patient.  Sometimes they spend a year or so putting down their roots before they explode up top.

Try this nursery - https://www.hawthornes-nursery.co.uk/ they have a national collection of viticellas as well as a breeding programme for new selections.  Richard, the owner, sometimes posts on here and is always happy to give advice.

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