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Posted: 01/06/2016 at 23:31

DD - yes I have noticed and add the English spelling when it tries to tell me I'm wrong.   French speakers use the same construct as going to with the verb aller - je vais au marché; je vais faire; je vais voir...  

It is cold and wet here and we're having thunderstorms now.  Bonzo dog doesn't like those and creeps under the furniture.   I'm getting fed up with being stuck indoors as there's so much to do out there and the grass is growing apace and far too wet to cut.   Belgians talk a lot about weather.  Lot of it about.

Possum has asked me to make fish and chips.  Wants traditional English food.   She'll have to wait till it warms up and dries up.  Not using the deep fat fryer indoors.  Not even sure it will work.  Last used it about 20 years ago for some visiting children whose parents let them have chips with everything.  Quel horreur!

Patchwork class for me on Thursdays.  I hope we all get decent weather for our assorted activities and travels.

What is this?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 00:15

Looks a lot like fat hen to me.   Weed.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 00:12

Oh Dove that doesn't sound good.   I hope she's OK and you too.

Hosta - they're huge!

Here are my hostas one week on from last photo - grown a bit and may need refereeing cos they haven't finished yet?


Identify shrub

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:37

I think you're right.  I've only read about this one but never found it to buy.

I shall have to try seed.  Another one for my shopping list.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:15

Thanks Biofreak.  It is indeed set to be wet here tomorrow and Thursday.  

Good tip about the honeysuckle on the 7th as I have one I want to propagate.

Chelsea 2016 coverage.

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:11

It's the same old same old isn't it?  Every year they concentrate on a few gardens and a few "celebs" and don't linger on the plants, combinations or real designers.

Every year, we complain about it and Points of View reads out the same comments and the Beeb doesn't listen and just carries on regardless.

I do not understand or care why Andy Sturgeon won best in show.  There was more stone, metal and water than plants and they were dull.  Matthew Wilson's was glorious and my personal favourite.

I suggest you hop over to the Chelsea photos thread where you will be able to linger and admire the detail of plants and plant combinations.   Chelsea is fabulous but the Beeb doesn't show the half of it.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 13:39

My garden is cold and wet in winter and sluggy the rest of the year so I now only grow dahlias I'm given and in pots - hence the After Eights which were among last year's spares from a gardening friend.  He gave me loads more but I've passed them on to another friend as she has better facilities for storing them over winter and a brother who's mad about dahlias.

I think it may, at last, be drying up and turning sunny.   Good.

More rain expected tomorrow but that's OK as I have to do my patchwork homework and make some lemon curd for the group.  Good luck with the jam BL.  I love home-made strawberry jam.  Yum.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 13:31

I've been in Belgium for 25 years Aym so didn't keep up our NT membership as our visits to the UK are too brief but I have stayed with the RHS so I can get the monthly magazine, seeds from the gardens, free access to the gardens and some others including one in Belgium and preferential tickets for Chelsea.

Sissinghurst was in 2011 on my way to Chelsea.   I visited Great Dixter the same month with my scientists.   Much better value and superb garden buzzing and humming with wildlife.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 12:36

You can get a season ticket to Beth Chatto's too.  £22 for free access all year I think.  Bargain if you live close by and I thought the £6.70 for a single visit was good value - better than the £12 I paid for parking and getting into Sissinghurst a few years ago.  That was a real mess and very disappointing.

Beth Chatto has some gorgeous cream California poppies.  Unfortunately they'd sold our of the seeds so i'll just have to hope my mixed pack from a friend contains some.   I've always steered clear of orange myself but having seen how she does it and some of the growers in the pavilion at Chelsea I shall try more.  Geums do well for me so I'm starting with some of those as soon as I find some.  I have yellow, red, peachy and creamy at the mo.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 12:10

Aym - when we wet at Hyde Hall they had a special offer on membership so I suggest you call and ask.   CFS tickets go on sale before Xmas usually so yes, you could get preferential tickets for next year.  Member's days seem less crowded to me - or maybe just better behaved and happy to take a turn at getting to the front to see the gardens and exhibits.

I'd only ever gone on members' days except 2013 when I took a group of 9 Belgian scientists on the Thursday and was in a wheelchair after foot surgery. Most people were very kind but some were appalling.

Meconopsis like damp, shady, acid conditions and don't do dry soil or heat.  I fell for a lovely deep red one at a stand in the pavilion but the grower said I shouldn't bother.  They do well in west Scotland apparently.  I'm going to stick with oriental, opium and California poppies which are better suited to my conditions.

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