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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 18:34

NB - hats off.  You do need a sense of humour in trying circumstances.  Hope daughter gets things sorted satisfactorily.

Clari - the cure for the kitchen table problem is a large bin bag or box into which you sweep all his crud and then place by the bins.  If he wants to keep it he has to sort it and stash it.  Even small boys can learn that tables are for food, chats over drinks, maybe a bit of crafting but not junk storage.

Sorry your back is playing up and hope it eases.   Have you tried taking your jalopy thru a car wash?  They do work quite well and take less time than the average hand wash.    You could offer to take his new jalopy to save him time to spend with you..........

Trying chicken breasts with orange and rosemary for dinner.   Rice or buttery boiled potatoes and steamed green cabbage.   No garlic or chili for a change.

Roses - Not David Austin

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:59

I find new roses do best if potted up to develop their root system in peace and without competition from other plants in the border.    Then it's a question of choosing colours and perfume and growth habit to suit your own needs and taste.

In my Belgian garden I planted DA roses except for one Kiftsgate, one Hot Chocolate and a couple of carpet roses which all did well and a New Dawn and a Guniée which succumbed to hard frosts below -25C.   My rose supplier sold DA roses that were hardy for him in the Ardennes and that was good enough for me but I did have trouble with Grace, Molyneux and William Shakespeare bought direct from DA.  Wussy and fussy and mostly dead.

The ones that did well (and some have come with me to this new garden) are Falstaff, Generous Gardener, Crocus Rose, Queen of Sweden, Jacqueline Duprée, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Benjamin Britten, Teasing Georgia, Malvern Hills, Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle and Constance Spry.

Mystery Hydrangeas

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:46

Hydrangea quercifolia judging by the shape of the leaves.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:41

Lovely image in my head now of Hosta tottering.

Been watching Daily Politics while sewing.  On the grounds that the pundits are getting things hopelessly wrong they called in an astrologer to predict what kind of summer Theresa May and Jeremy Corbin might have and then David Davis.  Very funny.   It seems that two forthcoming solar eclipses over the USA will have an interesting effect on the Trump too.   Who knew Andrew Neil could be so irreverent?

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:19

Joyce - they do have Leonidas shops here but the prices are incredible.  2 or 3 times the norm for Belgium which is probably just as well as they are my favourites and a guilty pleasure.

Dacha - frites mayonnaise are wonderful.  Just not too keen on the steak part unless it's a very well brought up Aberdeen or Limousin.   Belgian beer is regularly voted the best in the world but lost on me unless I'm cooking with it.  Don't like beer.   OH has a cupboard full of glasses for his favourite Belgian beers but has now switched to local French artisanal beers.  He knows he can't start another glass collection except on the basis of one in, one out.   We are supposed to have downsized!   The Belgians love a sing song over beers.

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Training clematis up fences

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:12

The best place for your vine eyes to be screwed in is on the fence posts.   You are correct in thinking the fence panels and battens will not be sturdy enough.   If you can't screw into the existing posts you could install wooden posts at intervals down the inside of the fence and stretch your wires across them instead.   This would have the added advantage of putting no strain on your fence and also providing extra ventilation for your clems.

The horizontal wires need to be at 12 to 15" intervals to give good coverage and stretched taught with tensioners.   Train all your clems as horizontally as possible to increase flwoerng.

I would be careful about planting clematis with different pruning requirements close together so make sure you separate them down the fence.   Wisley Cream is a group 1 which means any pruning is done immediately after flowering finishes and then only to renew vigour or keep it in bounds.  When settled and happy it should flower form November to March.

Markham's Pink is another group 1 but less vigorous and will flower in April/May.

Pistachio is a group 3 so flowers on new stems produced each year.  It is pruned in spring, cutting all stems back to about 9" or the lowest bud then give it a good feed and watch it grow again.

All clems need to be planted deeper than they were and after being given a thorough soaking.  Tease the roots out a bit and back fill with good soil mixed with well rotted manure and/or garden compost.  water thoroughly.  Feed generously every spring with some slow release clematis food.   I like to put an upturned terracotta plant pot (with the base bashed out) over new clems as this protects their stems from accidental hoeing and also helps direct watering straight to the roots.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 09:59

Good morning everyone.   

Good advice above Dove.  I would simply add - more crates, more cardboard boxes, more plastic bubble wrap than you think you could possibly need.  Try and do one cupboard, one room at a time and not get distracted.   When you assemble cardboard boxes, close the bottom slit with the sticky tape but then add two cross strips across the width.  Much stronger.

Cool again here but sunny spells here and there.  No rain which is frustrating given all the moisture flying overhead.    Sewing for me then.

Belgium's national day tomorrow.  Possum wants a Belgian feast.  I've suggested moules frites, gratin aux chicons, waterzooi - all tongue in cheek knowing her preferences - but she wants steak frites!  Boring.

Hope your foot clears up Hosta and you stay warm Pat.

Love blueberries too but much prefer bilberries.   Loathe gooseberries as they leave a nasty feel in my mouth but OH loves them so I bought him a purple one which would at least be decorative.  The taste and feel difference is amazing.  Wonderful crumbles, cobbler and jam.   I brought one plant with me and have bought another.  Just need to get the fruit cage built now and find tons of manure to beef up the soil which is fertile but bone dry at the mo.

What's this tool?

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 18:31

Looks like it's for removing dandelions and other deep rooted weeds from lawns.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 18:08

There are lots of things that should be talked about more frequently and more easily and non judgementally - depression, PTSD in any form be it military or domestic accident or terror, sexuality, child abuse, bodily functions and illnesses, domestic violence, bullying in all its forms and at all ages and more - because we know it helps to find you're not alone and that something can be done.

Adverts are just amazing these days.  We spent about 15 of our years in Belgium with only BBC1 and 2 on cable TV plus CNN which is unbearable anyway.   Now, if something's on a commercial channel we record it so we can FF.

Still cool and cloudy here and very comfy.   The frock is now getting a wee jacket for when she needs sleeves.   Couldn't go into Leuven cathedral the other day as she had bare arms and shorts on a 32C day.

New lawn ruined

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 17:53

It should recover.

Water some more and then, before you cut again, make sure the blades are high so you're not cutting it too short while it's still establishing a root system.   Once the grass thickens a bit you can gradually lower the blades but don't go less than 1" high.  

Grass needs its leaves to feed its roots and fight off competition from weeds.  

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