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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:34

I think a serious test of a good car is the ability to stand a new clematis upright, in its pot with canes.

Drum rolls and fanfares please.  The kitchen is finished - well almost.  They managed to supply one wall cupboard with the wrong finish on the side so he has to come back in 3 weeks to replace it and only then can he fill in the holes he made for its LED leccy supply.  Now I just have to put everything back - but not till I can bend without holding my ribs - and make the curtains which pull the colours together.



and, with view thru to camping kitchen in the dining room


Paint effect

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:25

I think you'd need to prime the concrete with a watered down outdoor masonry paint and then full strength masonry paint.    Then, maybe, a metallic effect paint would adhere but I don't know how well it would weather.   If you can find some masonry paint in a bronze shade and then maybe apply an outdoor grade varnish - satin rather than gloss - that may give the metallic effect you're after.

Richard's Clematis

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:20

I have seeds of some of the koreanas.  Got them at Chelsea last year - Blue Eclipse, Propertius and Purple Rain.  No Broughton Bride on offer that I recall.

Can't wait to get the polytunnel up and get sowing.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:05

I too took out my ear-rings when Possum was small and stopped ingrain necklaces.  Nowadays I wear ears when I remember to put them in - not for gardening or painting - and hardly ever wear my watch.

In Belgium I used either wellies or flip flops for gardening.  3 pairs of wellies - one that fit barefoot or thin summer sock, one that had space for one pair of thick socks and one big enough for two pairs.   Now I have just the one pair that takes one pair of socks and they're apple green with a flowery band and I have old comfy lace-up shoes for dry days.

I tried Crocs but don't get on with them.   

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 13:36

Congrats Frit.  Lots of lovely cuddles ahead.

Hello Jamie and welcome.

I've been good and been round with the real vacuum cleaner upstairs - not the bloody Dyson - and moved furniture in Possum's room so I can start to paint two of her walls a paler shade.  The dark grey makes it all too funereal even on a sunny day like today.   She arrives for 3 weeks at around midnight on Friday so have to crack on regardless of ribs.

Took time out to re-plant my 3 new bare root roses in the flowery buckets with added microrhizal fungae this time.   Hope they like it.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 11:54

Thanks for that TB.  I think you're right.  There were loads when we arrived on the 1st of October but none when we were here in high summer.   No attic here but there is a hatch to the roof space which we have not yet explored so maybe I can put some fly killer up there.   Never had anything like this in the huge Belgian attic.  Just the odd bluebottle.

OH is good at labouring in the garden but has to be supervised.  I've taken to asking him to repeat some instructions/requests so he's really doing what I asked and not what he thinks I said.   

It is glorious out there now.  Must finish indoor jobs and go and have a gentle play in tthe garden.

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 11:45

I had that one in my Belgian garden, out in the borders.  it took a while to get going but was then stunning.  I bought its sister - Caerulean Luxurians - at the same time and planted that in a small raised bed on the north wall of the house and it grew much faster and further - less competition I suppose.  I'd have a hard time choosing between the two if I come across them again.

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 11:10

Me probably.  I use it all the time for checking clems as it's a huge database an, being non commercial, is unbiased.

I'm tending more and more to the smaller flowered one and perfumed too.  Not keen on the "dinner plate" sized flowers as they always get shredded by wind and rain.  They also tend to be group 2s and their top growth never survived a winter in the old garden.

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 11:02

Best not to attach things to your neighbours' fences in case you get stung for repairs or they decide to replace or mend without any due care to your plants.

Try and erect your own posts inside and stretch tensioned wires between those to support a clematis.  It will be a worthwhile investment tho you'll maybe have to rein in the impulse buying to afford it.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 10:53

Chappy has gone again.  Off to his workshop to make a dooeberry to cover the hole where the old cooker hood went because, of course, the new one is jst a bit to the right.   He's ever so clean and tidy and meticulous.

I'm on light h*****work duties.  Bedroom shutter has been invaded and I found hundreds of dopey flies lying on the floor, legs up, or swarming round the window - so dozy I've hoovered them up with no escapees.  Now to steam clean the shutter doings.  I think there may be a birds' nest above the shutter and the source of flies so will send OH up a ladder when he gets back - just to check and then we can clean it all up when nesting is over.

Got to love a man who earns a PUMA.

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