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New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 16:12

Just got back from walkies and found a lone pink flowering - dwarf dianthus and very pretty.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 10:34

The classic soup to make with Jerusalem artichokes is, of course, Palestine soup!

Other recipes here - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=Jerusalem+artichokes

I have used them instead of potatoes to make gratin dauphinoise.  Delicious but disastrous for unsuspecting people who don't generally eat enough fibre............   Kept a pair of Kiwi friends awake all night with discomfort and gurgles and had me crying with laughter when they told of their fears of food poisoning.  Not called fartichokes for nothing.   She had a genteel upbringing so was mortified.  

Naughty Obxx..

Freezing here so no gardening but planning to sort out the garden sheds and tool stores ready for action.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:57

My OH has never offered to clean the windows.  Doesn't seem to see the muck on windows but he does occasionally decide to tidy up and get out his bloody Dyson.  I suppose I'd better go and buy the promised robot before he sees the likely bill for the new kitchen!

Look up!

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:46

Lovely clear skies last night.  No street lights.  No clouds.   OH has got all enthusiastic and started identifying clusters and nebula and all sorts with an app on his PC.   He'll be fixing up Possum's old telescope next.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:41

Morning all.   -3C and misty again here but we should get a bit of sun later on for a short while.   Fabulous clear skies last night and no street ligts so a wonderful bit of star and planet gazing before I started freezing and went to bed.

Cosmos kitten is a clumsy kitten and has manage dto get a wound on his shoulder which Minstrel helpfully cleans so we now separate them at night so it can heal.   He wakes me up at 6am each morning.......  I 'm only up and about because my Kindle battery is flat.  Oh gets the spare bed and Minstrel who is a peaceful kitten and sleeps late.

I think maybe I need some DMs.  Other than my dance shoes the only things I can wear for hours are my Hush Puppy waves and garden wellies.   Bit limiting and not stylish.   Summer is great as I can wear flip flops all day.

Brightening up considerably now.  We're on outhouse sorting today so the plumber can see what's what for passing pipes to the extension and an outside tap on the back which is there but has no supply pipe.   Useful.    

Oh oh.  The starlings are back on my bird table.  Do I need to worry?

Have a cosy, restful day Busy.   Get well soon to anyone else with lurgies or injuries.

Clari - keep up the momentum.  Sounds good so far so keep him at it.

Have a good day all, whatever you're up to.

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 08:17

New garden, mostly long grass and weedy gravel.   All that is in flower now are the pansies I have in pots around the front door, a mahonia in another pot and some cyclamen in a pot with a camellia.  The 3 hamamelis I brought with me are just about opening a few flowers.

That will change soon as the newly planted bulbs come up and the snowdrops I brought with me get going.  There's a mimosa that will burst into flower as soon as we get a bit warmer.   Anything else is a wait and see but there are only shrubs and long grass until we get some new beds dug and plant the treasures I brought with me and those I have yet to sow and grow.

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 22:24

The RHS site says it needs a sheltered position so probably doesn't like either full sun or strong winds or cold spells.  

It is a chance seedling of Freckles and is supposed to like the same conditions.   I used to have one of these growing at the south facing front of my Belgian house on a westerly facing trellis.  It was in a very fertile clay/loam soil and grew well for a few years but its flowers were always shrivelled up by frosts below -5C.  The entire plant died in a minus 15C.

ideas for storing seeds

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 22:12

Mine are organised by type and then stored in tupperwares which are all kept together in a large plastic storage crate which I keep in a cold, dark shed.  The seeds are either in the packet supplied by the seed company or brown paper bags if collected by me.

I separate veggies into roots, fruits, leaves and herbs and ornamentals into annual, biennial and perennial then grasses, shrubs, trees and climbers.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 19:34

I don't know how I ever found time to go to work!    Enjoy yourself BM.

Please help

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 16:37

He's gorgeous and his behaviour problems sound a lot like our Bonzo - he gets called Bozo quite  lot.  Took just a week to get him house-trained and stop him eating shoes, furniture, kitchen bins but he's still scared of anything or anyone new and panics.  He either pulls or walks with his nose at the back of our knees but he does always return - eventually - when he's galloping off lead.

I recommend potting your existing acer on to a bigger pot.  It will be root bound so soak it well first and then tease the roots out with your fingers or a hand fork to encourage them to grow out into the new compost and not keep spiralling round the pot.

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