Posted: 07/05/2017 at 15:12
Sorry you're a bit crook FG. That's a long round trip to climb a hill and maybe get blown off.
Lovely photo Chicky. Do you know if it's permanent or re-planted each year? I may have just the spot for a wildflower perennial and bulbs meadow but not till we have the potager and one or two other bits under way. I suspect there's clay underneath so not really tulip friendly. Maybe snakeshead fritillaries then?
Sorry about your prang Busy. Infuriating. I'd hate to lose my independence by not being able to drive but assume that by the time I'm too doddery we'll be able to buy "intelligent" cars at reasonable rates. I gather they're ready to test them on UK roads already.
It's cool again and still cloudy and blustery so I've been indoors all morning and am now baking a strawberry torte - a first for me and first bake in this new oven. Then I'll sling in the lab shoulder for a long slow cook and go and potter with yesterday's haul of plants.
Visit to the organic potager at La Mothe Achard not as expected. I went, armed with camera, expecting to be able see how they do things and nick any good ideas but it was just a plant sale. Lots of herbs I don’t need but we came home with 3 melon-pear plants which, it turns out, are perennial but tender so will be grown in the polytunnel. Then we added 3 new toms to our selection for this year – Brandywine Apricot, Orange Queen and Watermelon Beefsteak. Didn’t fancy or already had the rest of their range. Same with peppers. Found 3 new squash plants tho – Ultra Butternut, Blue Kuri and Blue Hubbard. I’ve grown Hunter butternut in Belgium and also red kuri and Blue Hubbard and really like the flavours so am hoping blue kuri will be good and the extra heat here will ripen everything nicely.
Since that took all of half an hour we has time to spare and headed off to the local Super U for a pit stop and found another water butt. Then we trotted off east to a nursery at La Chaize Vicomte where I restrained myself and bought just one each plant with a view to dividing them or taking cuttings to increase them – thalictrum Anne, 2 hardy geraniums, a penstemon, a primula viallii, oriental and Icelandic poppies and a Japanese blood grass. Got the haul home, emptied the car and sent OH off to buy compost to pot everything on and the shop’s shut! Will have to check if that’s a regular Saturday pm thing or just because it’s a long weekend here. Fortunately Hyper U was open this morning so I now have 300 litres of potting compost. Should last a couple of days till shops open again on Tuesday. VE Day hol tomorrow.
Keep warm everyone.