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Posted: 11/03/2017 at 10:49

Very pleased to see the box balls have finally gone along with some of the hedging and trees.   The box has been dreadful since his first programme from there and I found all those trees and hedges quite oppressive.

Loved those colourful long borders and Beth Chatto is an inspiration.  Lang may her lum reek.

That clematis might also be Gipsy Queen.


Posted: 10/03/2017 at 22:26

According to a rural NZ site it is highly palatable to livestock so I would worry more about your hedge than the horses in the meadow as they may strip it bare.  It is hardy down to -10C so that should also be a consideration depending on your winters.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 21:46

OH is recording the rugby.  Hope that works for him.   We watched GW live for once - since September 2000 we have been at dance class on Friday evenings so it felt odd watching it live.   I record the Sunday morning repeat show anyway so I can watch while cooking later on.

So pleased to see those boring box balls have gone!    Good to see a few trees go too as I tend to find his garden oppressive.   Too enclosed, too shaded.  Loved the bits with Adam and Carol.   Hadn't realised Beth C was quite that old but she is such an inspiration.

Feeling weary now after yet more painting, long chat with Possum via FB face to face and then dinner with a glass or two of wine.

Have a good trip Busy and a good evening to all.

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:42

They will each need a large pot and ericaceous compost or you could build a trough big enough to take all three.  Make sure you position them so they don't get the early morning sun as they hate having frosts thawed quickly.  It sends their flower buds brown.

You'll need to water them with rainwater as the alkalinity of tap water will stop them taking up nutrients from the planting medium.    Give them regular drinks with occasional liquid feeds of sequestered iron - good DIY and garden shops - and make sure they do not go thirsty between late July and October as that's when their flower buds form for the spring show.

For more info on their care see this - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=327

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 13:49

Just a though - when we've had walls knocked down and plasterers to follow the dust has continued falling for days afterwards so a thorough clean before you start painting or it may spoil the finish.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 13:45

We set off for dancing with the sun just set - a first this year - and came home thru mist.  All cleared now tho and a lovely blue skies with slow lumpy grey things going past.   I had a very crampy night so was up late and so far have just done some more cutting in and made lunch.

OH has been out all morning taking down fences to allow digger access and has had Cosmos flirtig with Bonzo much of that time.  Bonzo has succumbed and has been playing nicely and has taken to licking Cosmos very wetly.  All very well but that makes for a mucky white kitten when he rolls, as they do.  Minstrel has been supervising but not getting involved.   Rasta's nose is out of joint so she went off and rolled in something smelly - again.

Hope everyone has a good day whatever you're doing.  Some of you and yours are clearly having fun.  

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 13:33

Biofreak - Our new potager measures 29 x 25 metres so I'm looking at rows of 8m long beds which were going to be 1.4 wide for access from both sides to the middle but that will consume huge amounts of wood so now thinking about 2m wide beds with espaliered fruit down the middle or permanent bean poles, depending.  Round the outside edges there will be permanent beds of soft fruits.   Either way, there will be a grass path between them wide enough to get the sit on mower in to keep it trim.

Too busy painting our kitchen ready for the new units at the mo.........

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:23

That's a very pretty rose Busy.

I love crab but couldn't get it fresh in Belgium.  Here I've seen cooked crab sold just cut in half thru the middle but I've also seen live crabs to bring home and cook.   Need to learn how to shell and dress them tho.   When I was young we'd go and visit the grandparents in Seaham and Dad and I would catch a bus down to the harbour and come home with a couple of live ones which the grown ups then cooked and prepared so I've no idea how shelling is done but I will learn.   

Dancing was good tonight but hard work.   Private class as we were the only ones there.   One pair on hols, one heavily pregnant and another with two sick kids at home.

Bedtime soon.    Need to build up reserves for the final push ofpainting and then I can get into the garden again.

Sweet dreams all.

Don't be tempted......

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 21:48

I dislike all euphorbias including poinsettias and sincerely trust I will find none springing up here but there are arum italicum plants all over the place and some will have to go.

We've cleared and re-planted one main bed here and there are all sorts of very thin, spindly bulb leaves coming up.  Heaven knows what they'll turn out to be but some "weeds" OH was worried about are growing up to be lovely hardy cyclamen.  Today I discovered more "weeds" which are celandine so will need cleaning out before it becomes invasive.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:50

Just back from shopping marathon - Sm, DIY store to collect floor tiles for annex, LIDL for soft fruit canes and Gamme Vert to collect some peanuts I ordered for the birds.  5€ a kilo now!  They'd better like them.

Now to cook a quick pasta dinner and then head off to dance class.

We wanted some clams to do spag vongole but not a lot and way to expensive so prans and tomatoes it is.   Good deal on lamb shoulders tho.    Treat for Possum when she next visits

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