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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 13:46

Last spring I potted up some snowdrops waiting for a bed to be cleared to re-plant them.  They came with me, of course, and I can now see shoots!   Need to make a bed here now as the existing beds are too sunny.  I have dwarf dianthus in flower and trailing fuchsias and pink azaleas and yellow mahonia and pansies.

Went to La Rochelle yesterday to find one of Possum's prezzies and see the Xmas market.  The town is beautiful with lots of old stone buildings and the old towers either side of the harbour entrance but the Xmas market is crap.   One part is all food and drink stalls in a square in front of the police station - lots of vehicles but no visible police - and an old fashioned carousel for kiddies with really awful accordion music. Another section down by the port has gifty things but no Xmas decs and trinkets like you get in Germany.   Lovely atmosphere in the shopping area tho and great lights on the old buildings and some good shops and cafés and restaurants.  

It's a very easy drive from us so we'll be going again, lots, but not for the Xmas market!

We were promised sparse showers today and rain this evening.  Not a drop so far.  We've been moving furniture and hanging a tapestry and planning where to drill holes for pictures and mirrors after walkies before we start the big clean and putting up the tree and decs.

I hope all those feeling blue or fragile feel better for the festivities.  A time for friends and family I think but I also sympathise with those who would feel better curled up with TV or a book and some chocs and shutting out the world.

Safe journey to all of you travelling and "courage" to all with shopping and cooking and cleaning still to do.

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 20:04

Musing is essential.    Looks like a good project to get your teeth into.  Good luck.  Hope it all goes well.

Wide but narrow garden

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 19:58

Changing the fence for solid panels would give you privacy from people on the footpath but you could still see over it to enjoy the views from your raised area and house windows.

Make sue yo use good tall fence posts with about 2' buried in good concrete boots for stability as it looks as though you have strong winds.  A cheaper alternative would be to straighten your existing fence and attach windbreak fabric to it.  This would leave it porous to the winds but prevent outsiders seeing in.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 11:51

Like I said, I've given up on the morning news.  Can just about cope with all the misery and stupidity in the evening but not at the start of the day.   So sorry for everyone dealing with misery, especially when inflicted by someone else.

It is grey here again and still dry, so dry I have the sprinkler on the newly cleared, composted and planted silk tree bed.  Soup for lunch and then we're off to La Rochelle for the Xmas markets and abit of Xmas shopping for Possum prezzies.

I have got as far as cleaning the window behind where the Xmas tree will go but that's it.  Still not getting the Xmas vibe.

Last edited: 20 December 2016 11:52:29

Bulb id

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 11:44

I have just planted botanical tulip bulbs that size but the outer skin was a much richer brown.  I suggest you plant it and see what happens.

I kniw you're in India and may have import restrictions but can I suggest you go online to one of th ebig Dutch bulb producers?  They have a huge, named range at good prices and quality .  Has to be better than risks on an unknown site or private grower shipping one bulb at a time. 

Have a look at these - http://bulbi.nl/default/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAyuPCBRCimuayhb3qqvwBEiQAgz62kaQCHVJtDDXmoLYSUDhH3LOfjU5Pf29i45V0m1d2_u0aAnk18P8HAQ 

I have a friend who buys all her bulbs from these people - http://www.peternyssen.com/our-shop/autumn-planting/tulips/tulipa-or-miniature-tulips.html 

Go for botanical tulips as they are nearest to the species so tougher and also shorter for standing up to strong winds.  Go with small narcissus/daffodils as they do best in exposed sites.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 17:20

HI Pdoc.  Hope you're OK.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 17:19

The voting problems story surfaces most years with people claiming it's a fix.    

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 16:48

I agree Wonky.  pace yourself or you'll collapse in a horrible heap just when you need to be on form.

Fidget - good moves with the wee hedgepig but be prepared to put food out for a few days to keep it safe from cold.   I have no idea if we have them here.  I do hope so.   The neighbours tell me we have coypu and foxes that pass through the gardens at night and there are wild boar and roe deer in the nearby woods.   Not seen any but we did meet a very surprised large rabbit which jumped out of a hedge right in front of us on walkies.  Scamped straight back again before the dogs even saw it!

Topbird - good idea. My b'day is 23/11 but my maternal relatives always gave me a joint prezzie for that and Xmas.  OH's is 7/12 and his family would do joint prezzies for him so we now do a decent prezzie for b'day and a small or shared one for Xmas.   Before we had Possum we spent years with a £10 limit for our Xmas prezzie and that worked really well.

No simnel cake here or icing on the Xmas cake.  Neither of us likes marzipan although we love almonds and frangipane.  

I have done my last bit of planting for now - a few dwarf dianthus and the last of the bulbs I rescued from tubs I had in Belgium.  Yesterday it was hemerocallis and potentillas and sages along with bulbs.  However, the soil is so dry that I shall have to put the sprinkler on tomorrow morning to give the two beds a good soak or the bulbs will shrivel.

Now to chop fruit for the Creole cake.  Bit late but I had to hunt for dried apricots!  It won't get baked now till Boxing Day..........

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 16:35

Bob - your roses will be all the better for a day's soak.

GD - hope you perk up soon, in time for Xmas anyway.

I have just tidied away all my empty pots and troughs and trugs and planted out 8 dwarf, perfumed dianthus - all still flowering - and the last of my bulbs which were an assortment of dwarf, botanical tulips rescued from a tub before the move and a bag of new crocus.  Did all the others - mixed daffs and unknowns - yesterday along with a mix of hemerocallis and some potentillas but the beds are so dry, even deep down I'm going to have to water them with the sprinkler tomorrow morning to give the bulbs a good soak.  Can't do it now as we're expecting more frost.

Pleached limes

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 12:55

I have never had one but there were plenty about in Belgium and they were always pruned in winter when the structure could be seen.   Training in of new shoots was done in summer when the wood was flexible..

I assume they pruned back outward facing shoots that couldn't or wouldn't be trained in to the structure. As with wall trained shrubs, cutting back to just two buds would encourage lateral growths to thicken the top and you'd need to make sure the trunks were clear of shoots so growth is concentrated up top.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=155 

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