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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:09

Hosta - what have you got in there that needs such warmth?  Don't they cook?

We are forecast a whole day of sunshine and NO RAIN!  Whooppee.  Still a chilly northerly breeze though.    Unfortunately Possum has passed on a cold which has grabbed me in the sinuses and chest so not conducive to gardening but I'll do my best.   Found some red onion sets yesterday - didn't plant them at the right time as it was so cold and then so wet but they'll not do owt if they stay in the bag so I'll give them a go.

All those wanting rain, I hope you get some.   

Busy, 40 for tea will be very cosy.  Have fun.

A friend of mine opens her 1 hectare garden for charity in the Belgian yellow book scheme but also takes groups by appointment at €5 a head.  She had a date booked in May for a prestigious historical gardens society to come and offered to do an English tea if they'd pay €10.  Lovely - roped me in for cakes and she'd do sandwiches.  The day before the visit they cancelled.  Friend incandescent and sent off a shirty mail to the organiser who replied indicating the group's website where my friend found they were charging €55 for the visit.   No wonder people cancelled when they discovered they could see it for €5 in June.  No cake tho.  In Belgium you just get the garden.

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helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 09:45

It won't grow new branches to replace the old dead ones.

If you do this again, you need to give it a decent sized pot with good quality compost and regular feeding and watering.  In a pot it is entirely dependent on you for food and water - like a houseplant.   Rain on its own won't be enough.

Please help

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 17:28

It'll be worth it if you do it well.  Like decorating, it's all in the preparation.

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 17:09

As you can tell from the other answers, it isn't going to survive, let alone thrive, in a pot.  Take a walk through your neighbourhood or local park and see just how big these things want to get and then ask yourself how it cold ever be happy in a wee pot..

Glass panel fencing and railway sleepers

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 16:58

Google "glass fencing" and you will find images using different fixings.  

It will need to be high spec safety glass and you'll have to have very secure fixings to keep it grounded and with gaps between the vertical supports to allow wind to pass through and reduce resistance.


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 15:53

Why?  Soda bread is so easy to make.  I do it for eating with soups in winter.

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:56

In that case, a bigger pot and plenty of water till you can deliver it.


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:43

DD and Busy - my favourite local supermarket doesn't stock raisins at all, or candied peel and the one that does is expensive and small packets only.  However, I have found a patisserie wholesaler and retailer not too far away so go there for kilo packs of raisins, ground almonds and candied fruits in long, juicy strips of either orange or lemon that I chop myself.  I can also get 500g packs of white, milk and dark chocolate chips and all sorts of flour, nuts, etc at reasonable prices.

I use cassonade de Graeffe for soft light brown sugar but I don't think I've seen it in Leclerc on trips to the Charente and the Vendée.  I don't bake on hols. 

I have to go to weekly markets or a Chinese supermarket in Brussels to get certain spices and chutneys and regularly make lime pickle for OH.

It is muggy here - still.   The sun is trying to break through the haze but that will just warm things up enough for more storms in the evening.  Lots of flash flooding causing chaos on the roads around Belgium yesterday evening.

Managed to get quite a bit done in the garden - weeding the rain forest!

Hugs to all the poorly, injured and their carers.   Happy gardening and baking otherwise.

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:27

It needs liberating into the soil where it can stretch its roots and get all the water and nutrients it needs.  That will never happen in a pot unless you regularly remove it, trim its roots and re-pot with new compost, a top dressing of fertiliser and regular watering - over sized bonsai in other words.   Cruelty IMHO.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 07:45

Sunny start for the first time since we got back from Chelsea.  Not set to last though.  More storms forecast for later on and it is very humid.

Birds happy though - lots of chattering and chuntering and nagging and singing going on so there must be fledglings about, learning to feed and fly.   

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