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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:11

I've recorded the James Martin progs but only discovered he was doing it after 10 of them had been on.   Boo!

I've been hacking - dangerous when I get a pair of loppers in my mitts.  Decided it was too late to spray so went and watered all my treasures in pots and then got out my trusty pruning saw to remove 3 thicker branches I couldn't get with the loppers the other day and then went to see what OH was doing with the overgrown bamboo and said new loppers.

He trotted off out with the dogs so I have now done radical surgery on a hibiscus and an as yet unidentified tree that needed its crown lifting and the overgrown fig.  OH now has a lovely pile of stuff to gather up and feed to his chipper.   I hope the fig is shocked into producing some fruit.   

Kittens have been up half the trees in the garden and are now fast asleep.  No doubt they'll wake up at bedtime.

Shame about Peter Skellern.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:00

When we started house hunting down here loads of  them had a summer kitchen - basically a place more open to the outdoors and garden than the house kitchen which is cosier for winter.

Our kitchen faces north onto a terrace and then a gravel garden which is visible to walkers, riders and cyclists in the road so I decided to use the annex for a summer kitchen as it opens to the west where I'm planning a seating/dining area surrounded by pergolas of roses and clematis and honeysuckle and views of the rest of the garden.  

It's also a ruse to house my Rangemaster because there isn't enough leccy in the real kitchen to power it and no way to provide it without breaking walls and ceilings.   As the annex is incomplete we've been able to run the extra cables through what will be the roof space when we get a ceiling in.   Cunning.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:52

Whoever goes, lots of pics please.   My 20 wee pots of snowdrops do not a walk make but I'd like some inspiration for my intended winter border in the hope they will go forth and multiply.


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:59

Judicious trellis panels and a clematis or rose GD!  Much better behaved.


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:33

No tattoos here.   I find them deeply unattractive with usually very poor colour definition have seen so many look dreadful as people age and skin tone fades and wrinkles and then gravity hits.

A hole in each ear lobe is enough "mutilation" for me.

Any tip to narrow the hungry gap?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:06

Sow some peas in window boxes or trough and use the shoots in salads and to garnish soups - lots of fresh vitamins and minerals.   Sow some spring onions and radishes under cloches or in window boxes.   

Net any new brassicas you sow!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:03

Busy - 20kms to la Roche-S-Y but tiler chappy suggested Big Mat as a first port of call.   Since we needed to raid Leclerc we then headed to Luçon via the other addresses  cos we prefer it to either of the Roche versions.

We'll try La Roche on Monday.

Haven't pruned my roses yet but found Cosmos sat in one of the rose pots chewing buds yesterday.  Shooed him off and gave the roses and clems a liquid feed to keep them going till I get beds.

Must remind OH to prune "his" grapevine.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:29

Hello.  We went tile hunting this morning.  3 places to visit before they close for lunch.   Nothing interesting at Big Mat in Angles; 2nd one doesn't exist any more; 3rd just a tiler, not tiles and so we ended up at a DIY store and found what we need for the annex.   Re-think for new shower room.

Then a raid on the SM (there's an interesting euphemism!) for kitten and dog food and some human bits too.   No birdie peanuts anywhere and still no fat blocks with insects anywhere either.   Humph.

Now to order a polytunnel and then go and spray some weeds.

Who saw Blair raising his ugly head on Brexit?  What a turnip!  Bit late now to explain what Brexit involves.   Patronising git.  And of course he's absolutely trustworthy.........

Good job the sun is shining.

What to do with Allium bulbs?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 13:17

Get them planted asap either in the ground or in pots.  If you don't, they'll rot or dry up and die.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 21:48

80% of Belgians have vitamin D deficiency so I expect it's widespread in the UK too - all those grey skies thru winter and wrapping up every extremity to keep warm.   Our GP told us we had to take a series of the most disgusting tasting vitamin D oil supplements.   It's OK mixed into the morning juice tho.

Can't see it being a problem here tho.   T-shirt weather this pm and got 3 hours of gardening in - messing with pots and spraying weeds in the future potager.    Kittens have been outside all pm too and Luc has put his first mot of cows back out in the field.   Spring seems to be sprung.    

Have to watch UV levels soon as Cosmos kitten has very pink ears and will need sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.........    That'll be fun.

Sweet dreams all.

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