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New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 19:49

Some winter specials could be great.  GH did them with his Paradiese Gardens and ornamental Kitchen Garden and AT did How to be a Gardener.   I wouldn't want another MD 80 gardens as it was mostly a disappointment either because of teh gardens visited or the off-season times some were visited.

I'd love a proper allotment garden through the year series or maybe they could expand on Carol's plant family series and do groups of fruits/vegetables/shrubs/trees/bulbs/alpines and so on.

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 19:11

I think Heseltine would have been a good UK/world PM but not a good UK/people PM.  Like too many politicians, no idea about the common people and how they live or what they need or dream of.

I didn't like those kiosks either but everything else was wonderful tho not necessarily to my taste with those kniphofias.   Loved the rill and lakes and sweeping tree plantations and the grandeur of those long borders.

i'm really enjoying the hour long format except for Joe on rocks because he grates.  This format allows Monty to do what he does in his garden whilst others cover smaller garden projects and problems on a scale most people have at home and we still get to visit specialist nurseries, national collections, historic gardens and extreme gardens with knowledgeable presenters.   Personally I think Monty needs to get out more but I'm not keen on his slightly sycophantic manner when not at home.

I've had a lovely time this pm watching recordings of the hour long bits and FFing to the good bits.  brilliant.  No more bananas for me either please.  Not sure that veggie trial was worth it either.  How clever do you need to be to realise Harlow Carr will have a shorter, cooler growing season than Rosemoor?

Given that every head gardener they've interviewed has said winter is the busiest time, why does the Beeb shut down both GW and Beechgrove so soon and fo so long?  Beechgrove, by the way, is repeated on national BBC2 on Sunday mornings for those who can't see BBC2 Scotland in the week or on i-player.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:38

I'm still in 2 minds about kniphofias.  The ones I see in catalogues and on telly look great but when I see them in gardens they always look to be all leaf and little flower.

OH has fixed the freezer that died using the spare part delivered to the paper shop in Mouthiers.   Now he's fixing the bathroom basin which has sprung a leak after I decided  the tap was at the wrong angle and moved it round a bit........

Meanwhile, for DD and Charlie, I have put my Vendée Globe photos on an album for easy access, si jamais - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1610%20Les%20Sables%20dOlonne?sort=2&page=1 Photos of port, yacht basin, some of the info in the exhibit and the boats themselves.

We have a largish broken ash tree that needs cutting down cos it has a huge broken branch and is in the wrong place plus a plum tree that is more or less dead and another that needs an expert tickle but that last can wait till spring when we see what's still alive on it.   We have found a kiwi vine entwined with the grape so they'll need some research so I can sort them out.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:05

I too have had a lazy morning snuggled in bed and finishing my book whilst enjoying the warmth of the low sun.  This bedroom faces east and our old one north so this is a lot brighter and warmer feeling.

After my second coffee I shall get dressed and we'll walk the dogs.  Poor old Rasta was shorn yesterday and feeling the chill so will enjoy a good gallop in the sun and then I'll do a spot of planting while OH builds a compost heap.   He got excited with the sit-on mower yesterday and cut lots of "hay".  Piles all over before it died so we need a mower doctor now. 

WW - I have some steel capped wellies someone gave me.   Great for heavy, winter jobs and keeping feet warm as they're a bit big and need ski socks.   Enjoy your new job.

Punk - soak up all that fresh air and serenity.   Greenery is so important.

Hosta - well done on the rock move and the weight loss.   You too SGV.

Joyce - crocus flowers are so cheery so yes, go and buy some more.   FG stay safe on those hills.

Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you're up to.

Festive Monkey Puzzle

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 23:56

Haven't read the whole thread so sorry if this is a repeat :-

Cut off the bobbly bottoms of even numbers of large clear fizzy drinks bottles about 2" up.  Pierce a hole in half of them through which you thread a loop and knot for hanging then fill one with a scrunch of tinsel or other glittery stuff and then glue or tape another to make a ball of two halves.   Tie or glue a fancy trim over the join.   Use a garden hoe or cultivator head on a long handle to hang them high.   Lightweight and waterproof.


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 20:43

Clear enough to me but to be sure what you have you need to buy a simple soil tester kit from a good garden centre.   Very cheap and easy to use but make sure you use distilled water - as for ironing - when you dilute your compost to do the test. 

Last edited: 21 October 2016 20:44:17


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:20

Home made garden compost is affected by what's gone into it and whether you water it with hard or soft tap water in the event it needs wetting.

where to get pink gaura seeds

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:51

Jardinerie Koeman has pink plants for €2.95 each and does mail order in France.  Google will find it.

Sunflower heads 🌻

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:38

I just cut off the heads and leave them somewhere safe for the birds to eat without being pounced on by cats of sparrowhawks.   They don't care what kind of seed they have.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 13:44

Loads of kids about here.  They get 10 days to 2 weeks hols at Halloween!

Caffeine for me too today.  Despite being dead tired I was still awake after 4am this morning with my little cogs churning round and round and then had to be up early, for once, to take Rasta for her first French grooming session.     Went to the market while I was on but veggie man is clearly off for school hols and fish lady had nothing of interest and we have a restaurant's worth of cheese left over from our recent visitors so we trundled off to do a full meat, fish and veg shop at the SM at La Roche.  

Wonderful fish display and lots of whole chucks, belly pork with skin, lamb shoulders and Toulouse sausages on special offer so much cheaper than we're used to in Belgium.  Freezer and fridge now well stocked so this weekend we can concentrate on gardening - 22C expected tomorrow - and then a day off at a garden fair and flea market on Sunday.

Collected Rasta who has been well and truly shorn and is no longer doing her impression of a cross between a teddy and a sheep.

Clari - will you have time to rest and look for a new position next week?

No very tall men needed here.  I stick my paint roller on a broom handle to do ceilings.   Just need a step ladder for the cutting in with a brush.  Can't trust OH with either.   That's OK tho as he does do the i***ing.

Snoozle now and then pottering with pansies.

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