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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:52

Swiftly bypassing the waste of time that is football (IMHO) are we talking about John Nettles?  Used to fancy him in Bergerac many moons ago but not in Midsomer Murders as he went all huffy and puffy.  Didn't watch Poldark - on a par with football.

Fire away.   Not ducking.

I gave the b****y gas oven another try at slow roasting some belly pork.  I expect it would be OK connected to town gas or a 1000litre reservoir but your standard domestic bottle just doesn't do it.   Had to finish the joint in the wee combi oven and finish the crackling under the grill, all of which faffing meant I didn't get my sweet peas sown.   It'll be Wednesday now.

Hosta - why does Waitrose do deliveries on Sunday?  I can just about understand Sunday morning opening for the shops but are delivery staff not allowed a day of rest?  Not to mention all those vans rushing about.

lunar gardening

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:37

Yes Ivy.   There are several ways of gardening by the moon.   The first and simplest is according to the moon's quarters and uses a waxing moon for activities and plants that happen above ground eg sowing leaf, flower and fruit crops, and the waning moon for below ground activity such as root veg, cuttings and divisions.

Then there is the system which takes into account the moon's relative position on the sky - ascending or descending relative to the night before - and finally the biodynamic system which take into account the waxing and waning together with the moon's position in the 12 zodiac signs as well as its relative position to the earth.  This last is very complicated but there are calendars available online and in books and magazines and a poster called Biofreak kindly posts the dates and activities - and when not to garden - on the above mentioned thread.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:59

Thanks.  i'd saved it and tried enlarging that copy but it was limited.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 16:58

I've been doing it from Belgium so would drive over on Monday, stay with friends two nights thus allowing a good chinwaggy catch up and at least one proper curry.  On the Monday I would hit M&S for fair trade cotton t-shirts and any bargains going and do an SM run for non-perishables then Tuesday at Chelsea and Wednesday would be home via Wisley's shop and another SM for undyed smoked haddock if I could find any and some spring lamb. 

Last year I dragged OH along for a whole 5 days and we visited Beth Chatto's and Hyde Hall to get inspiration for our dry garden to be.   Brilliant trip.

However, if I do it again I shall be visiting the V&A and new design museum and maybe old Tate.  If I visit museums and galleries I have to have a shortlist of things to see or I get overload.  Doesn't happen at Chelsea though.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 15:13

Can't enlarge the picture enough to see small details by Pegasus the winged horse is in there and someone must know all the p parts in a medieval joust - pikestaff etc - and those moths and butterflies.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 15:09

Try using the Followed threads option Liri.  It isn't foolproof and never includes this thread for me but works most of the time.    

I love Chelsea Flower Show but won't be going this year.  Too much going on here.    The trick tho, is to get there as early as you can in the day and see the big and small gardens before the crowds make it difficult to take photos.   Then you can head off and tour the sculpture and water feature stands and visit the floral marquee.    I try and pop back to the bigger show gardens a couple of times to see them from different angles and also in different light.   I will then have seen everything important to me by about 3:30 when the half day people come in and it can get very busy.

For first timers - plan comfy shoes, layers and a back pack with a fully charged camera, a plastic bin bag for sitting on and a sandwich and bottle of water bought before you get there.   Then enjoy.

It's a cracking day out.

Free Orange Day-Lilies

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:33

Have you tried Freecycle?

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.

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