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Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:59

Thanks.  i'd saved it and tried enlarging that copy but it was limited.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 16:58

I've been doing it from Belgium so would drive over on Monday, stay with friends two nights thus allowing a good chinwaggy catch up and at least one proper curry.  On the Monday I would hit M&S for fair trade cotton t-shirts and any bargains going and do an SM run for non-perishables then Tuesday at Chelsea and Wednesday would be home via Wisley's shop and another SM for undyed smoked haddock if I could find any and some spring lamb. 

Last year I dragged OH along for a whole 5 days and we visited Beth Chatto's and Hyde Hall to get inspiration for our dry garden to be.   Brilliant trip.

However, if I do it again I shall be visiting the V&A and new design museum and maybe old Tate.  If I visit museums and galleries I have to have a shortlist of things to see or I get overload.  Doesn't happen at Chelsea though.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 15:13

Can't enlarge the picture enough to see small details by Pegasus the winged horse is in there and someone must know all the p parts in a medieval joust - pikestaff etc - and those moths and butterflies.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 15:09

Try using the Followed threads option Liri.  It isn't foolproof and never includes this thread for me but works most of the time.    

I love Chelsea Flower Show but won't be going this year.  Too much going on here.    The trick tho, is to get there as early as you can in the day and see the big and small gardens before the crowds make it difficult to take photos.   Then you can head off and tour the sculpture and water feature stands and visit the floral marquee.    I try and pop back to the bigger show gardens a couple of times to see them from different angles and also in different light.   I will then have seen everything important to me by about 3:30 when the half day people come in and it can get very busy.

For first timers - plan comfy shoes, layers and a back pack with a fully charged camera, a plastic bin bag for sitting on and a sandwich and bottle of water bought before you get there.   Then enjoy.

It's a cracking day out.

Free Orange Day-Lilies

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:33

Have you tried Freecycle?

What weed is this please - how to i get rid of it?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:26

Celandine.  Can be very persistent.  

Try a special weed and feed mix for grass which can be applied in spring or autumn.  See the packets for instructions and timings.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:24

Do all those fish start with P - pike, perch, pomfret, plaice, piranha, pangasius, Pacific salmon, parrot fish.  Must be more.

wild primroses

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 13:32

One of the things we like about the Vendée is all the wild primroses growing in hedgerows and verges along the lanes and smaller roads.   I shall be sowing some for this garden.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 12:06

Maybe a deep pot for the carrots FG?  I never had any success with them in teh ground so I eventually sowed some in some large, square, plastic, fake terracotta pots I had for convalescent plants or those waiting to go out in a border.

Worked a treat for carrots.  Got my best germination rates ever and some decent roots.  Never had carrot fly problems anyway but the pots make them too high for the flies.   Double bonus.

Possum has now surfaced and is a teeny bit limpy but OK.   Lots of laughter from kitten and dog antics.  She has a plan of places to visit in Nantes tomorrow.  Somehow I think the Japanese garden may not be that photogenic in Feb but there's plenty more to see and do, even on a Monday.  Belgium is closed on Mondays so museum and gallery staff can have a 2 day weekend too.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:00

Thanks for letting us know.  

Floppy day here.   Possum threw a major pout yesterday.  Finally surfaced from bed and shower - but not dressed to go out - at 1:30pm and then had a bout of pouting when we said we were not prepared to schlepp up to Nantes for half a day.   Did not like the idea of a video project in one of the local fishing villages.   Too boring.   Eventually decided to go to the SM in Olonne for more mangoes to rescue the volcanic chutney and she cam etoo.  Being a bit naughty, I took the scenic coastal route and out came the camera.  Snap happy.

Shopping done we did a tour by car and on foot of the yacht basin (Vendée Globe still going on for late returners) and the port and the lighthouses and the beach with loons swimming and the pedestrian shopping streets etc et and finished with sunset from the yacht basin at Bourgenay.  A very good excursion for exploring and filming.   I have not yet said "Told you so".

Unfortunately, whilst filming in the shopping streets her eye alighted on a specialty macaron and choc shop and she tripped over an unseen kerb.  Ankle sprain.   Lots of TLC and rest and therapeutic kitten cuddling so she'll be fit for Nantes tomorrow.

Bit grey and mis here with some drizzle but set to clear up.  I'm going to try and make a cherry meringue tart in the combi oven, oil my beech worktop again (very thirsty) and finish that chutney.   Slow roast belly pork for dinner and sowing broad beans and sweet peas if I have time.   By the time they germinate I should have a safe space outside for them under cloches..

I hope your weather is fit for your plans for today and if not, hope you can stay tucked up and warm and well.    Hugs to all who need a bit of comfort for sorrows or lurgies.

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