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Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 13:42

I record GW every week so I can watch it at a more convenient time and FF the daft bits.   The only episodes I have kept of GW are the ones with Adam in his garden or talking about design in other gardens and one or two gems from Carol Klein.   I shall be very sorry if we are not to have any more contributions from him.   He talks sense and is practical.

Loire chateaux

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 13:10

Pleased you like them.  I do tend to look at structures in churches and chateaux and wonder at man's ingenuity and craftsmanship.  

Amused to note that all those red roses in Leonardo de Vinci's home are the variety "Mona Lisa".  

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 13:04

Been thinking the same thing about Trump and the loons that voted for him.   Can't feel sorry for any troubles the weather may bring them but do feel for all the ordinary folk and their animals, homes, gardens, livelihoods.  I expect insurance companies see hurricane damage as "acts of God" against which they can't possibly pay up.

As for GW, apart from bending thin steel bars to make plant supports, I haven't learned anything new from MD since he took over GW but I live in hope and I do like to see the gardens visited and the bits with Carol Klein and Adam Frost and other experts.   MD is articulate but I just don't trust his advice as his garden and experience are increasingly irrelevant to mine.

Seating on planes is just another way to make money.  I see Ryanair is to ban cabin bags now as it delays loading and seating of passengers - not enough room in overhead lockers.  Well, Doh!

We had rain of the kind where you can't count the raindrops yesterday and overnight.  12mm.   Wonders will never cease.

Clari - hope you're feeling better for the weekend.  

Chicky - enjoy your time with little Chicklet.   This week will fly by.

Hi to everyone else and hope you're having a good day.  I'm off to pack for my trip to Belgium.  Going to my old garden group on Tuesday.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 18:46

Sorry you've had a bad week Wonky.  Hope the weekend improves matters.

Busy - glad you, and others, have enjoyed he chateaux pics.  Good that you're getting out and exploring.   Thinking about what you said earlier about people being friendly and realised that the only people who have never said hello are the English couple round the corner.  Funny.  They have a dog too.

Hosta - you'll be awake all weekend now!  Good to have friends around on hols tho.

Must go and see to our dinner.  Possum's last one here till Xmas as we're taking her out tomorrow night before driving her back to Namur on Sunday, via a night in Mont-St-Michel.

False Acacia Tree (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 17:43

Stratification involves a period of winter chill to break dormancy and let the seed germinate in spring.  You can also cheat by putting the seeds in some compost in a bag sealed in the fridge for a couple of weeks and then keep them in the cold frame.

Loire chateaux

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 17:39

That cockerel was a Chinese embroidery panel.  There was a peacock too but nowhere near as lovely.

Those box balls at Amboise were being clipped - bit late but then the French don't have Derby day - and looked good but some of those at Chenonceau had definite signs of blight which is going to be a major problem for that garden.  Fortunately, the maze is yew.

Apparently Leonardo told the sultan he needed a bridge over the Bosphorous and drew up plans.  As we know, it wasn't built but that Eiffel chappy came across the plans and interpreted the design to build a bridge at Gabarit in the 1880s.  A wooden model has been built in the grounds of Clos Lucé - next to the Mona Lisa hanging in the trees.   

Plants and raised bed covered in cement

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 13:31

All you can do is remove as much of the crud as you can, replenish compost and water well.   Then cross your fingers.

'Butternut' Squash

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 11:22

I suggest you raise them off the soil with a brick or some straw to stop them getting damp and rotting and also to let them ripen in the September sun.

'Butternut' Squash

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 10:54

Nothing like my butternuts or anything else I'm growing this year.   Did you sow them are they volunteers from the compost heap?

Plant identification

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 09:36

It would help to see the foliage too but that flower spike looks like one of the verbascums to me - phoenica group?  Colours varying from white thru pink to purple and self sow happily.

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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

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Loire chateaux

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