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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:06

MD being naive again.  Beginners and occasional gardeners who just want something quick and easy to brighten up their garden will buy what's under their nose but not go looking very far and that means supermarkets, DIY stores and big name garden centres selling mass produced plants that are easy to propagate.  Most people shop for plants on impulse so if they see something good at the supermarket and it does well they'll buy more and then, if they get the bug, they'll discover that supermarkets do limited ranges and they may well make the effort to explore other sources.

These days, to stay in business and attract new customers, specialist nurseries need to have a website and do mail order in order to reach a wider public but will always attract customers seeking something special and who have the time and means to travel about looking for it.   People that far along in horticultural terms will know about the RHS and its Plant Finder and also that specialist nurseries are out there..    

Hardy perennials........young plants

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 12:37

For me it's a question of size.  Plants which are small can get lost or eaten or accidentally hoed so I always grow them on into at least a 4" or 10cm square pot before they go in the ground in groups of 3, 5 or 7 or a 6" pot for one that will be on its own.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 11:50

You could do savoury quinoa salads with or without meaty bits - like couscous but gluten free.  Scones and muffins can be frozen and just zapped in the microwave as needed to thaw and slightly warm them.   Corn bread is gluten free as it's made with cornmeal, not wheat or rye.

These are muffin like - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/jalapeno-cheddar-corn-rolls 

These would be good with pâté or soup or salad - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3330/cornbread-wedges 

Lots of vegetarian soup and quiche possibilities.   Mini Cornish pasties but filled with veggies and no beef?   Spicy samosas?  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 11:25

Well, the brocante was a blast.  Walked up there with the doggies to find the b***ers had cancelled it.  No hint of that as we drove past the place and its big publicity banner at 6pm yesterday so not impressed.  However, the hedgerows are afroth with perfumed white wild rambling roses, pink blackberry blossom, white lace umbellifers, blue vetch and harebells, white campions and yellow toadflax so all was not lost.

Joyce - no I won't.  This quirky wardrobe is proving a pain as it has some seriously difficult varnish to shift.  3rd sanding this pm - after I gave in and used a product to loosen it - and the other bits are things I've had hanging around for ages and only now the time to do something with them.

DD - hope you're not having setbacks.  Do you want some savoury muffin recipes?   Have you thought of cheese scones?   Smoked mackerel dip with toast?  Mushroom pâté and toast for the vegetarians along with lentil and sweet potato pâté?  Mini sausage rolls?   Carrot cake recipes on the way by email.

Snake ID please

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 09:22

Thanks.  I'll be getting OH to strim some paths through the long grass area to give us access to the back fence, plum trees and raspberry patch so cats and dogs can prowl safely.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 09:00

It's a bit cool and cloudy this morning - perfect for going to the brocante in the next village for a nosey and then gardening this pm.   Following yesterday evening's discovery of two amorous Whestern Whip snakes I shall have to get OH to strim us some access paths thru the bottom of the garden where we've left the grass to grow long.  Then we and the dogs and cats ca walk through seeing were we're putting our feet and not disturb them.

I am still on furniture duty.   More sanding and oiling and filling of holes and then, all being well, I can leave it to cure for a week before painting.   We got out our teak garden table alst night and that needs a good clean too and then there are new chair seats to paint.............

Sounds like a good time to have a broken foot Dove  as long as you like tennis.  By the time Wimbledon's over you should be fit to hobble.

Enjoy your day everyone.

Snake ID please

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:58

Oh crikey!   Rasta doggy and Minstrel pussy do spend quite a lot of time patrolling around there.   I hope this mating business is over soon and everyone can be peaceful again.   

Snake ID please

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:40

OH spotted these enjoying the sunshine late this afternoon.  They scarpered towards a big compost heap but he had time to take a couple of pics.

Anyone know what they are?  About 3' long - 90cms to you younger folk.  We're in the Vendée so not just a choice between grass snakes and adders.   Not worried about us but we do have 2 dogs and 2 young cats nearing a year old.



Posted: 02/06/2017 at 21:10

GD - you need to get to know the RHS website and plant database - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/156323/Argyrocytisus-battandieri/Details

I'm not sure it's a good idea for cats to eat it.

identifying this veg

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 20:25

Resize the image to make it smaller.  Then load it.

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