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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 22:28

Good day today.  Bastille Day so lots of vide-greniers (sort of car boot with a French twist) and all sorts of festivities and fireworks this evening.   We went to a VG in the grounds of a chateau at the next village and then on to the coast for another but rumbly tums meant we left that early and went in search of lunch - moules frites form the mussel beds in view from the beach.  Then a stroll along the beach to the boat pier where we signed Possum up for surf lessons before heading home for walkies and dinner.   Possum has pink bits.

Market and mechanical animals in La Roche-sur-Yon tomorrow.

My hostas are looking a bit sad this year.  The shade bed is suffering from drought but that hasn't stopped the bloody snails.

Hope you've had a better day NB and things are getting closer to being finished and tidied up.

Hope you've had a good trip Busy and OH.   Hope you get a better night's sleep Hosta and any other insomniacs.

Sweet dreams all.  Let's hope we all get a good weekend.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 18:17

Yes.  Well done DD.  You've dreamed big and worked hard and deserve full credit and it's great to help others along the way.  I hope Charlie is proud of you and enjoying the glow of success too.

Day Lilies

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 21:34

Yes, in fact they should be done every 3 years to renew flowering vigour as their roots can get congested and they just produce leaves.

Water the clump thoroughly about an hour before then dig it up and split with either your spade or an old bread knife.  I usually split into 3 or 4" chunks and re-plant 9 to 12" apart at the same depth before after improving the soil with some well rotted garden compost or bought multi-purpose compost.  Pot up any spare plants for growing on to plant elsewhere or swap with friends.

Best done in autumn while the soil is still warm and the roots have time to recover and grow or in spring when the new shoots are just a few inches high and the plants are full of growing energy.

pet companions

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 21:27

Dave - we have 2 adopted rescue dogs and both have been 90% there or thereabouts for the last couple of years.  Rasta has been with us 9 years now and is stubborn so will respond to instructions, as per training, if she feels like it.   Bonzo, now about 8, has been with us 5 years and had such a dodgy start he's still very nervous of new people and new things.   He can do his basic commands but nt when he's panicking about something probably very trivial.

They have, with care on our part, taken to our two kittens very well and now play and romp very happily but Bonzo trembled with fright for days at first.

Took them both to the vet today for their annual jabs plus more worming and flea and tick stuff.  Both went into drama queen mode because Bonzo is like that and Rasta has some insect bites on her elbow and didn't want to be shaved and cleaned and treated.   Embarrassing!

Interestingly, the vet tells me that worming treatments work best and for longer if given in food at the full moon.  4 days too late this time but I'll try it next time and see.

Meanwhile, Rasta has eaten her dinner carefully leaving the all in one worm/flea/tick lozenge so I cut it up and buried it in kitten food which meant she ate half of it but managed to leave the rest.  It is now hidden in some cheese sauce she'll get at bedtime.  Contrary, cunning critter.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 18:10

Goodness NB.  That sounds like a lot of baggage all round and especially for you to bear.  Maybe you could persuade him to get some PTSD therapy/advice on the grounds that it might lighten your load a bit.   I hope you get your conservatory sorted soon.   We're due to have a small extension buit to make a shower room in the next week or so.  I may swap horror stories with you.

Been to La Roche and bought our tiles and wangled a discount cos it's the sales and we were paying direct.  Nice people also gave us the names of two tilers to try since ours has gone AWOL.   

Lovely flowers Busy and a great idea.   

Aunty Rachel - enjoy your kittens.  We've had ours since late November and they're a barrel of fun.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 12:49

Big hugs and sympathy to all who need it especially NB and Chicky and DL.   

Been to the vet this morning for annual doggy jabs and a year's supply of worming and flea stuff.   Both dogs on best drama queen performance as, while I was away fetching Possum, he developed a dew claw problem and she got some nasty insect bites on her elbow.  What a performance!

He advised us that the best time to give worming pills is at the full moon as it is more effective.   OK.

Got back to find my shade bed positively wilting despite recent showers so the sprinkler is on to rescue it.   Might need a re-think if this drought goes on much longer.

Off to La Roche-s-Y to order tiles for our new showroom while Poss does her thing at the gym and then maybe a visit to the chocolate museum tho what they'll have to tell me that I don't already know after 25 years in Belgium I don't know.


Really awkward border - help appreciated!

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 16:05

Vincas should do well there especially if you can work in some well rotetd manure or garden compost or even just cheap MPC to improve moisture retention.   Vinca minor Gerturde Jekyll has glossy green foliage and white flowers which would show up well in shade or low light and vinca major variegata has creamy and green foliage with blue flowers.

To add some height and foliage contrast you could add lychnis coronaria which has silvery leaves and cerise or white flowers and if you get both they'll self seed and you'll get white flowers with pink bits.  Very pretty.    I suspect foxgloves may be OK too if you go for the paler or white flowered version to add light.

Plant ideas

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:51

Geranium macrorhizum is good in shade - scented leaves, flowers in May/June are pale to deep pink depending on variety.  Geranium Kashmir White has different foliage and white flowers which would brighten up a shady space.   Geranium renardii has veined flowers and diffferent leaves again.

You could look at vincas - plain green or variegated foliage and blue or white flowers depending on variety.  I'd go for the variegated form or the white flowered form in shade.

If it's damp enough for pulmonarias, have a look at hostas too.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:43

Hugs from me too Chicky.   We do Skype thru Facebook to talk to Possum.   Works well for us.

Virtual hugs for Busy's OH too.   Sad times.  And hugs for anyone feeling crook or low.

My headache has diminished to lurking so I'm having a gentle day apart form having to defrost, clean and re-pack the tall freezer after someone didn't shut the door properly..........  Fortunately we have cool boxes and a car fridge to stash it in while I did a rapid thaw with a hairdryer.   No need to buy any meat for a while.

We had rain overnight and some more this morning but not as much as forecast or needed.   It has stayed cloudy and cool at 23C today so comfy enough for pottering.   Now to fix a new rail in a wardrobe and sort out clobber.   Possum would like a new jacket and some smart trousers and shirts for her placement next year............   Better get on then cos I won't want to sew in sunshine.

Tatton Garden show

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:03

I went 10 years ago and had a thoroughly good time - plenty of specialist nurseries present selling interesting plants.   There was a range of large and small gardens including the back-to-backs which are always fun and the bedding schemes which can be fun or frightful depending on point of view and taste.   I went with friends from the old Beeb board days and had a great time meeting up with other boarders too.


If you want a day out it's good value but I advise taking your own picnic.  If you're after specialist plants I suggest you go to specialist nurseries.

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