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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 15:00

Steve - getting a second opinion in Belgium is at least a doddle.  Just make an appointment with a surgeon you fancy.  I know a very good one in Brussels who did my back for me - if that can help.

Busy - It is hard work getting ready for an Open Garden but it will be worth it and you can feel proud and have a big fat flop on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday........... as long as it takes.

I have been helping out at the British Women's club's annual plant sale for charity this morning.   I despair.   So many who haven't a clue about which way is up, don't listen to the answers to their questions, ask about every single plant there and then say they only want white or purple, admire the plants but then just retreat into he clubhouse for more coffee and cake...........   Thank heavens for the ones who did buy plants and/or provided refreshments to add to the coffers........

Sunny but a chill wind blowing today.   Dance show admin now and until it's all over on Saturday pm.  Family day out on Sunday.   I hope it stays bright as I'm itching to get my hands dirty again as of Monday.

Anyone know what this nice purple plant is?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:25

Over here they're called "monnaie de pape" Pope's money.   There's a white flowered version too.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:56

Got to 22C today.  I've been busy labelling plants for the charity sale tomorrow and watering treasures in pots.   At last I have buds on my hydrangea macrophylla.   

Annual end of season show at the dance club on Saturday and I have so much to organise.  Not much gardening for me till Sunday then but I did treat us to some more baby veggie plugs - kohlrabi, red cabbage, Romanesco, yellow courgette to help pollinat the first one and 2 potimarron - while out stocking up on bird food.   They've scoffed the lot over this last cold spell..

Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:48

Absolutely.  I put up some bamboo ones which weren't really that noisy but they lasted a couple of weeks and then came down.   Couldn't be doing with the constant noise.

We have no immediate neighbours but had to move our BBQ from the back wall of the house (where I could't see it from any window) to the far corner of the terrace to stop the smoke coming in the house so I'd say any BBQ needs careful positioning with neighbours in mind, even if they get invited to the party.

Anyone brave enough to plant out runner beans yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:09

You can get frosts up to mid to late May depending on where you are so keep an eye on local forecasts and be prepared to protect them at night.

Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 12:50

Your patio needs to be big enough to fit a table and then have at least a metre all round it for chairs and movement plus space for the BBQ and maybe a serving area.   If that leaves a pocket handkerchief of grass I'd consider having no grass at all as teeny bits are hard to maintain and keep looking good.

Think instead about a chamomile lawn, or thyme if it's sunny, or else do away with it all together and lay some weed suppressant membrane covered with slate chippings, gravel or chipped bark according to budget, taste and style of house.

You can use the tree icon to upload photos.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:53

The Followed threads option is not reliable and misses a lot in my experience.

Didn't like the look of the new format.  Not inviting.  Not easy.  I'm not averse to change if it's an improvement but this isn't.

Advice on front garden please

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:50

Woody herb plants like rosemary, sage and bay will love a sheltered south facing position and not need a great deal of water.  Thyme could also be grown there as a ground cover plant.

Tarragon is a possibility but not as hardy so I grow mine in a pot I can bring in and put on the windowsill once the frosts start.   Chives make a good edging plant but can be thuggish when happy and look odd when cut so I grow mine in troughs now.  The white flowered forms have a more delicate flavor and are less thuggish.

Mint needs to be confined to a pot or it will invade and it needs some shade and lots of water.   Parsley and basil also need lots of water and, in my experience, do best in tubs, pots or window boxes.  I can also move them around and water as they need it.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:43

It's bright and sunny and warmish.  OH is home from his Stay and Play golf weekend in France (so much cheaper than UK) and clearing weeds from the bed under the damson tree.

Rasta is doing well and milking the sympathy and cuddles.  Boudin noir still doing the trick for hiding her meds.   Little walkies yesterday went well.

Police have just been to interview Possum who needs a "certificat de bonne vie, bon moeurs" but she's at college.   Doh!

I am stuck indoors doing some urgent admin for the dance club but I will get out and plant a few bits this pm as there are no frosts forecast for the mo.  New thumb skin is very tender so not sure I can drive secateurs yet and there's pruning to do ....

Possum wants to know what I'd like for Belgian Mothers' Day on Sunday.  Doesn't approve of my always going for garden stuff.   Tough.

Don't fancy sweetbreads or bone marrow - doggy treats - but love a good restaurant that grows its own veg and sources other stuff locally.   

Have a great BH everyone.

What can I grow in the same planter as strawberries?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 10:27

I would keep the strawberries on their own as they'll grow bigger and send out runners that you can then save and pot up to renew your stock.   Strawberry plants are best renewed every 3 years on a rotational basis as they crop less as they get older.

Use the remaining planter for toms and aubergines and have cucumber and courgette in their own pots or planters as they have different feeding and watering needs.

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