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Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:47

I like fancy fuchsias as long as they have good colour Nut, but in small quantities in hanging baskets. Love the more dainty flowered ones except when they're a very pale wishy washy pink.

Have to agree about leylandii and tree ferns.

I loathe euphorbia - unattractive plants with nasty sap.

Hypericum - Rose of Sharon - had to clear a 3 metre bed of it once.  Absolute nightmare of tangled, congested roots.

African marigolds.


Bamboos and other "jungle" plants in non-jungle climes.

Palm trees that are not on a tropical beach.

Impatiens, most tropical orchids and all begonias.   Nasty, plasticky looking things.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:14

Clari - OH always said he could cope if Possum got pregnant but wouldn't know what to do if she got into drugs.  Fortunately she has done neither.   Uni fees in Belgium are about 900€ a year depending on subject.  

As I understand you only have to pay English uni fees once you have a job with a certain level of income which seems reasonable enough to me if it's the same for all but also rather unfair given that I am of the era when fees were paid by the education authority and we got maintenance grants too, depending on income.

Pdoc, that market hall is wonderful and gets used for lots of community events as well as the weekly market.   There are quite a few around here but this is the nicest IMO.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 15:58

Starting almost from scratch in this new garden so top of the list for the near future are liquidambar, cornus controversa variegata and a prunus serrula but I may swap in some red stemmed cornus alba sibirica for my winter bed or cheat and get all 4.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 15:49

No Clari.  It's just as bad except that you can eventually explain to kids that you can't cuddle them all day because you need to get things done like feeding them or going to work.  Both have their attractions and plus points.

We have a new kitten.  He's all white so we've called him Cosmos.   

He's very confident and is, in theory, used to dogs so we hope they'll get on fine when we've done the introductions.   Needs to settle in first but he's a confident wee chap who likes exploring and cuddles.

We went to the Xmas market in Mothiers-les-Mauxfaits today.  Better than we expected - local foods - cured sausage, smoked fish, oysters, cheeses, honey, confit fruits and beers plus some of the usual tat and quite a few stalls of handcrafted decs and prezzies.   Bit twee for my taste but some good stuff too.   The best bit is, of course, the old market building itself.

I now have a smoked cod's roe in the freezer for making taramasalata for Xmas.  We saw it done on professional masterchef so OH thinks I can do it too...........

Sorry you're feeling down Pdoc and Pat and hope it passes.   

Hosta - glad you're relaxing and getting some sleep.

Liri - hope you get all the painting done in time.  Shame there's no-one to help but sometimes time on your own can be precious for recharging and reflecting.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 10:38

Started bright and sunny but greying over a bit now.  Staying dry though.  

We were set for a crackerless Xmas here but now have to go back to Belgium for a few days for some bureaucratic stuff so may fit in a raid on the British supermarket and get OH a mini Xmas pud while we're on and mint jelly for Possum.    

DD - have a good time at the dance.   Can you not record Strictly?  If not, the dances will probably pop up on Youtube fast enough.

Is it just me or does the dictionary on here really not learn when I add British English spellings?

Fidget - hope OH is doing well and that the celebrations go well today.

Clari - I hope you're tucked up warm under the duvet.  When we moved in to our house in Belgium in 1993 it was still a building site - no hot water, no heating, plaster in only one room, ladder to get upstairs to it, no windows on the back wall (north facing), just chipboard, and it was February and -15C in the daytime!   Brrrrrr!   We had a gaz canister with  a heating element to take off the chill and 5 cats to keep us warm as well as the duvet and ski socks and thermals.   Wouldn't do it now I'm 27.

New Bare Rooted Rose Bush Question?

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 18:25

Patience and good care are needed.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water for at least an hour and preferably overnight.   Plant in well prepared holes with plenty of good quality compost worked into teh soil and, if you can, scatter some microrhizal fungae on the roots as you plant them.  It has to be in direct contact.

Plant them with the graft union an inch or two below the soil surface and water well.   If heavy frosts are forecast, protect them with some horticultural fleece so the tips of those shoots don't freeze.   Come spring, they should start shooting from buds on those stems and that will give you your bushy plant.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 18:18

Well done WW.  On a roll, clearly.

No sun here today but no rain either.   I have been indoors on the PC trying to firm up arrangements for adopting kittens and banging head on metaphorical General Records Office wall?  It seems I don't exist so I can't have a copy of my birth certificate.  Perils of being born a colonial!    Have to deal with Tanzanian embassy now...........

Stuff in my fridge is safe as long as I remember to tell OH what is in and out of bounds.  It's taken years of training.

I have been given the go-ahead to buy a robot cleaner for downstairs.  Yeah!   The bloody Dyson will do for cleaning cars.

No Black Friday here thank goodness.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 16:21

Grey and mis here but not cold.  Low teens I expect.

We do ballroom dancing here BF.  In Belgium we also did salsa and line dancing - all styles, not just C&W - but since the feet ops, line dancing is too much wear and tear and we haven't found classes anyway.  I walk the dogs with OH for an hour or so about 5 days a week now though so more than make up for it in terms of exercise levels.

Radio stuff sounds interesting.  Well done.   Good luck with the cold.  Try some cinnamon mixed with honey either on yogurt or in hot water.   Works on throats and may help with the rest.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:21

Mine did that with what he called Xmas morning presents.  One year we had 3' of snow overnight on the 23rd and he had nothing so walked into town through the drifts.  Took him 5 hours.  A memorable riot act was read.   He's better organised now.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:12

B3 - I have now settled on a written list but even so he can get it wrong so this year I'm suggesting a joint present for something we can both use or enjoy about the house or garden or when we're out exploring.

Have his birthday first though so not pushing too hard just yet.

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