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Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:34

OH and I went to Amsterdam and the Hague in February because, for once, all the Vermeers were at home and on display instead of being cleaned or out on loan or their gallery being renovated which has been the case on all previous trips over the last 25 years.

The VG gallery cost about the same but had very few actual VGs on display and none of the really famous ones except for a poster in one spot saying "sorry, these sunflowers are being cleaned".

The bulbs are good though.   Spotted loads I fancied in the flower market, especially colourful bearded irises but decided to wait and buy them in the Hague so as not to have to carry them all day.  Not one, not anywhere, not even at the biggest (sic!) street market in Europe.

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 16:00

Did you feed them?  I do and it works.   3 weeks after the hack they are full of healthy new leaves and then flowers a bit later on.

Quick growing climber - suggestions please

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 15:45

I use pelleted chicken manure which is a good general fertiliser with a balance of nitrogen for stems and foliage, phosphorus for flowers and fruit plus potash for roots and general plant health but for roses and clematis I add extra specialist food to help with flower production.    Liquid tomato food is a good occasional instant tonic for flowering plants.

Anything grown in pots needs an annual feed in spring and anything growing in the ground will benefit from a boost in spring .  Think of it as a bit like feeding a balanced diet to kids to help them grow strong and healthy and a good general diet to adults to keep them healthy as they mature.

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:28

Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants.  I buy mine as 3' high, multi-stemmed plants in tall, narrow pots from a specialist grower.   I then plant them in a good quality loamy compost for flowering plants in pots twice as deep and wide, if not more, and keep them there for at least a whole year so they can develop a good, strong root system before they go out into the hurly burly of life in the borders.  I train them on willow stems and keep them pruned after flowering and move them to a frost free place for winter so their roots are safe.

Every time they are potted on or planted out they go in about 4" deeper than they were before as this encourages extra shoots.   Whether they are in pots or in the ground they get a spring boost of slow release fertiliser and occasional liquid tonics of tomato food.

When I do plant them out I do it in early spring and cut all stems back so that I can put an upturned terracotta plant pot over them to protect the stems from hoeing accidents.   They then get a good feed, a very good watering and a few slug pellets to protect new growth.   

It's worth all the patience to get a really good, strong plant.

Quick growing climber - suggestions please

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:10

Make sure you give it the biggest pot you can and really good compost.   You will need to water regularly and top dress with fresh, slow release fertiliser every spring as it will use up the nutrients and get hungry.

Is the GARDENA irrigation computer EasyControl reliable?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 13:06

I have a simpler, older Gardena timer system which works perfectly well - insert battery, set timer and length of watering then turn on tap.   Works a treat but I do always test it over 2 nights before leaving.

I don't see why a reliable company would bring out something that doesn't work and risk damaging their reputation and future sales.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 12:50

Happy anniversary Hazel.

Lilipilly - I don't have apples here but I will in the new garden so I'll end up making mint jelly for me as I like it too.  Oh prefers mint sauce which I find too vinegary.  I do have a horseradish plant in a pot so could take that with me and make my own sauce.  Don't like it with beef but it's great with smoked salmon and mackerel and beetroot baked with butter beans.

I agree with Busy - DD should at least be paid for her work at the B&B.   Roll on freedom and her own premises and business.

Amsterdam - great in sunny weather and the Rijksmuseum is fab but the Van Gogh is a rip off.   Enjoy your hols Hostafan.

Our shed needs re-roofing too but not my problem any more.    Do need to sort the contents though....

Curtains for Possum first - sewing that is..


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 07:49

Happy anniversary Wonky.  

Good luck with the asbestos Clari.

I remember Black Jacks at 4 a penny and sticks of liquorice twig and Bulls eyes in huge jars that were weighed out into paper cornet bags.   

I can get just about everything here if I hunt around the different supermarkets but still need the English shop - really expensive - for mint jelly for Possum and horseradish sauce for us.    I expect that may change if the British do an exodus once Brexit kicks in but we'll be in France by then anyway.   Local markets are great for spices when I want a  proper curry.

Off to patchwork class now.   Typically, it is not raining!   Humph!

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Posted: 03/08/2016 at 22:40

We go back to see the gang once a year for the annual BBQ and always take a kilo of Belgian pralines and a crate of proper Belgian beer.  20 years ago when Possum was 18 months old one of the gang exclaimed she was really jealous because Possum would grow up with Belgian chocolate as her norm.

She has.  I once bought her a Walnut Whip because I remembered loving them in my youf.   Neither of us liked the chocolate - greasy.   Such a disappointment.

And when did they mess with Marmite and make it so weak? 


Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:07

And M&Ms were Treets and we went to work (or school) on an egg.

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