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What are these?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 15:42

Lisa - yours has different leaves and may well be a form of saxifrage.  Best to wait until it flowers to see if it's a keeper.

A weed is just a plant in the wrong place.  I remember a walk in the hills near Barcelona where iberis grows wild in rough, dry gorund and my Spanish friend saying it was such a boring weed and yet in UK gardens it's considered gorgeous in the right situation.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 15:25

A runner would be very practical and is considered typically English here.  Not what the French do at all.

Those stairs are no longer very white.  Between their removals and ours, they're looking distinctly worn and even chipped in a couple of places so will need re-painting when we've finished making messes.  She insisted everyone remove shoes for going upstairs but you can't do that to removals men and plumbers.

The floor tiles are sort of terracotta with bits of cream plus grey grouting so it all needs lifting a bit.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:40

I've dug out my old leather fell walking boots for walkies and have abandoned slippers in favour of my trainer style leather shoes around the house and out for now.   Did the initial damage when I stubbed it in October so it's taking its own sweet time but you can't exactly splint or plaster a toe.

OH kicked it in the night when rolling over and that flipping well hurt enough to wake me and keep me awake so I might need a snoozle myself.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:35

My pleasure.  Our hallway is a very strong red with a special finish and, whilst we love it, it can seem a bit strong on dull days so I've been googling about for ideas on how to handle it.

Like the previous owners we have a sideboard and mirror with a picture opposite but that still leaves a lot of red and we need to sand and paint all the doors as they are shabby but not chic and get some decent door frame mouldings put round them as they are currently flush with the walls and speckled with red paint.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:25

Try just the mirrors and pictures first.  You may not need to paint again, especially if you can organise the coats and clutter.

Plenty more tips and ideas if you google "decorating small hallways"

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:19

Good job you've all got it in winter when you can't easily be tempted outside to overdo things and make it worse.   Too frustrating.

As it is, I'm more or less confined to barracks with the pesky toe so am also grateful I can't be out there trying to dig,, clear and plant.   Have a man coming next Monday to talk fences.  I want some tall, welded wire mesh fences to make a sort of secluded courtyard garden for some scented plants and climbers.  Not sure the gauge will be right for clems and roses and winter honeysuckle but OH refuses to have more of my much loved builders mesh fencing - cheap, strong, flexible and visually discreet because of the rust colour and bigger holes.

growing rhubarb

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:46

They need a lot of water when growing so it would be better in the ground than in a bin if at all possible.  Other than that, if it must go in a pot, drill your holes a couple of inches above the base so there is a reservoir of water for when you forget to water it or when it's very hot and dry.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:44

Paper can be torn or scratched as people pass by so I'd go for silk emulsion and a couple of mirrors - not directly opposite each other - to bounce light about.   Hang a few bright or strongly coloured pictures or photos on one wall.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:11

Been telling all the lurgy sufferers to rest cos viruses come back and bite, especially when you're 27!

It's a gloriously sunny day here with clear blue skies and we woke to several degrees of frost.  More of the same for the next few days into next week.  We have spent our morning on parade at the bank to set up accounts for this and that.  Ludicrous interest rates for savers but better than nothing I suppose and better than Belgium at the mo.

This pm is walkies for OH - my pranged toe got twisted gain yesterday when a bouncing Bonzo tripped me up and is all swollen and limpy again.  I shall ponder my potager and then do some sewing while waiting for kitchen man to come and confirm I know one end of a measure from another and make sure we have enough leccy.  I'd like a bit more really.

Hosta - sounds great to me as long as it's not humid.  I ran out of reading material yesterday and my Kindle did not want t recharge.  Persuaded it eventually.

Fairy - hope you get some frosty bits for weekend hikes.

Pat - Keep cool any way you can.

Climbing Rose

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 23:20

You want to remove dead, broken or spindly growth and feed as H-C advises.  The object is to leave yourself with a framework of horizontal or diagonal stems from which new shoots will grow and flower.

The RHS offers this advice for regular annual pruning but also restorative pruning for neglected roses - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=189 

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