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Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:21

Me too, which is one reason I need to take so many with me.  

Another reason is that the new garden is a blank canvas and it looks like roses, clematis and perennials are thin on the ground in local nurseries.   I have lots of seeds but some have to be divisions and cuttings.

Lastly, the new owners are not gardeners and have chickens!   Have to save some treasures that I've nurtured all these years!


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:55

I have just done 5 hours with Marie-Christine pulling the dreaded horsetail but also tidying up roses - dead heading and dead stemming so I can see what's what in September for any cutting I decide to try.  I've done them in spring before now but only had 2 succeed and, of course, the wind blew away the labels so they're rose "Surprise".

Collected seeds for clematis Red Ballon but Red Robin isn't ready yet.  Collected seeds from my cream aconitums for both of us.  Gave her my pod watering system and wee greenhouse heater.   Two more sessions with her before we go and the last will be a divisions day to make sure we both get treasures we love without leaving holes in this one.

OH and I have loaded both cars with stuff for Possum's apartment - desk, shelves, chest of drawers.  Slowly getting her installed.   This morning it was wardrobes and a dining table.......

Dove and Pdoc, I trust you are both none the worse for wear now.

DD - hope you've enjoyed your baking day and that Charlie has a great birthday.

Dentastix - two dogs aged 7 and 9 and teeth perfect so happy vets and owners.

LP - good that you have managed to keep your studio going.   I shall be looking for yoga classes in the new place.


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:24

Jolly hot here and Marie-Christine has come so we're gardening - pulling up masses of horsetail from the front beds which are a different soil from the rest of the garden and full of it.   Sorting out roses while I'm on and collecting seeds of things like my cream aconitum and Red Ballon clem and pruning the wisteria which has gone mad again since its July prune.

OH is dismantling IKEA Ivar shelving to go to Possum's apartment.  Sounds like he's wrecking the place.    Still a bit limpy after yesterday's golf at Durbuy - very up and down hills - and says it's a touch of gout.  He's been drinking the odd beer cos of the heat and we know beer sets off his gout so why?

Glad your meter is sorted now Clari.    Both our dogs start their day with a bouncy greetings session and then a Dentastix.   Their teeth are in very good nick but the green minty ones I sometimes buy do strange things at the other end.   Not good for IBS doggies then.

Your picnic sounds wonderful Dove.  Enjoy.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 22:01

I like savoury muffins best Frank but raspberry ones are pretty good too.

James martin famously had a Victoria sponge cake rejected by the WI judges because he put cream in it.

I can remember rose hip syrup and home made bilberry pies with fruit picked up on the Lancashire moors.  So much more flavour than blueberries.    Bought some plants in Cumbria a few years ago to try growing them here but they didn't like it.

Tried beer traps too but there are so many slugs here it was just too disgusting.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 21:08

I have just given my 3 volumes of Delia's How to Cook to Possum for her culinary adventures so have spent this evening going through them so I can bookmark recipes for luscious food including cakes on her website.   Possum wants me to make lemon soufflées now...........

Frank - the WI wouldn't pass your mum's version of Victoria sponge - two layers only and no cream!  Your mum's version sounds rather good.

OH has come home limping after a day of golf on a hilly course at Durbuy.   Says it's gout and blames the blackcurrants he's been scoffing lately.   I reckon it's the beer.

I don't get beer except for a long, slow beef casserole about once every other winter.

removing grass to create planting area

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:26

Weedkiller works on live foliage on growing plants.  That looks pretty dead and dry to me so you'll have to dig it out and make sure you shake the clumps to get all the roots and leave soil behind.   It's often made easier by giving the area a good soak the night before you plan to dig so the soil isn't rock hard.

Use a fork, rather than a spade, near any plants you wish to keep as it will be less damaging to their roots.   If they get loosened, firm them back and water well.

Once cleared, rake it level and then spread on plenty of well rotted garden compost or manure to improve soil texture and nutrients.   Autumn is the best time for planting shrubs and bulbs and hardy, early flowering perennials as the soil is still warm and they have plenty of time and good conditions for developing a strong root system.

Autumn Blues

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:01

Hardy geranium macrorhizum for the aromatic foliage which colours to red in winter and flowers in late spring.  Geranium phaeum is another good one for shade.   Cut back after the flowers in spring to get fresh new foliage with dark purple splodges.    

Some varieties of phlox flower in late summer/early autumn and in dappled shade.  

Pulmonaria and brunnera are good foliage plants for shade as long as you beef up the soil with some garden compost.  They'll flower in spring and then you can cut them back to encourage fresh new foliage for the rest of the season.  

There's a variegated, spotty persicaria virginiana that needs shade rather than sun.  I like the Painter's Palette best.

Epimediums like shade and have gorgeous foliage plus spring flowers.  

Snowdrops for winter and one or two narcissi like shade.

Alchemilla mollis - but cut off the flowers to stop it self seeding with gay abandon.

Quite a few grasses such as carex Ice Dance.

Water Gel Crystals

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 17:47

I never had any success with the water gel so gave up after just a couple of years' trying.  Last year I found a brand of compost with teeny water gel crystals already mixed in and that worked very well in the baskets and troughs in full sun but I didn't find any this year.    

I line my hanging basket bottoms with a  square of plastic from a compost bag and put a small plastic plant pot in the middle where it's invisible but helps get water straight to the roots.  These days I keep the planting simple too and only use trailing pelargoniums which are forgiving if I have to leave them for a weekend.

Still, it's best to water at least once every day and twice in a heatwave but that's baskets for you.   Window boxes only get sun and wind on one side so need less frequent watering.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:52

Succulent - as in food - actually means juicy and tasty which it can be if you buy decent ingredients and treat them well rather than industrial processed stuff.

Funnily enough Frank, with the possible exception of Madeira cake I find Victoria sponge the most boring cake going.   Don't get them at all.   I like my cakes to be full of flavour and moist but not soggy.

I don't get donuts.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:38

Oops.  Hadn't spotted they were the OP's cats.  Yes, house training with litter trays or a secluded litter tray spot in the garden.

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