Pottie Pam


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 15:45

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Just taken this photo of a bumble bee on the winter flowering honeysuckle. It's not  too warm here but the sun came out briefly. I hope it finds somewhere to shelter soon. Really heavy rain forcast for tomorrow.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 15:32

Get well soon  Stacey and Verdun. Of course Verdun will be so much worse being a man. We girls don't know how lucky we are not to suffer like men. 

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Posted: 30/01/2014 at 10:03

Well you won't have to clean the back of your car now Clari, 

Talking about 2CV, we went to Brittany looking for houses with the idea of movtng there one day. One farmer told us about the deux chevaux buried in the orchard. With our schoolgirl and boy French we thought he was talking about two dead horses but it was his old car.

On the same trip we were staying in a gite and we were feeding a stray dog that was hanging around. Two hunters turned up looking for their dog and our friend said ' We have ate your dog' instead of we have been feeding your dog.

Well must shake myself before the r***n comes down again.

 

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Posted: 30/01/2014 at 08:20

good morning all.

Hope all are well. another day closer to spring.

A dry morning so I'll get out in the garden to try and keep 'cabin fever' at bay.

For those with itchy sowing fingers I've sown seeds such as beetroot, spinach and mixed salad leaves indoors to cut as baby leaves in a few weeks time. Also peas to use as pea shoots in salads. They are really tasty and you can use those dried peas from supermarkets. They are cheap and you get lots in a pack. I think it was Alyce Fowler that did this. It's a good way of using up opened packets of veg seeds and all sorts can be eaten as baby leaves.

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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 15:18

I shall definately email the Springwatch team, Dove and maybe Verdun can help them set up cameras at Chysauster to film the elusive haggis if there's any left after Burn's night.

We once went to a Burn's night supper and my brother-in-law was asked to read the poem about the haggis as it was piped in. They picked him because his name his name is Mc........but his ancestors were Irish not Scottish.

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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 10:49

It was really interesting to learn so much about the haggis, thank you.

My grandparents were Scottish so I have eaten haggis but if I'd known how cute they were I wouldn't have.

I wonder why they weren't featured on Winter Watch!

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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 07:54

Good morning  all,

How difficult are haggis to catch? I understand the legs on one side of their bodies are shorter so they can run round mountains without falling down.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 07:26

Wonderful news Pentillie. I'm always amazed how we can feel our cyber friend's pain and share in their joy.

Verdun is right about finding a cure for cancer. Although treatments are improving how often do we hear that the best drugs are too expensive to use.

Millions have been spent on a space probe to land on a distant comet. Athough fascinating how much better for mankind would it have been to spend the money on medical reseach.

Begonias

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 07:16

Tracey is right, most sites call them tubers, after all they are called 'tuberous begonias'.

According to Mr Google they are neither corms or tubers, they are hypocotyls.

'The hypocotyl is the stem of a seedling. In a handful of plants this stem is enlarged to a fleshy underground storage vessel. Tuberius begonias and cyclamen are examples of this.'

It goes on to say examples of corms are gladiola and crocus where the old corm die and leaves babies round the edge.

Begonias

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:44

Hi Tracey,

I bought plug plants of trailing begonias form Jersey Plants. I think it was free P&P and they were really cheap. They were really small when they arrived but I potted them on and they flowered that first year and made tubers.

Like Blairs says Vine weevils are a pest but when the the plants die down in the autumn i soak them in a solution of Provado VW killer. I've kept the tubers for two years now and some of them are about 5inches across now.

I've also bought plugs of pelagoniums form Jersey Plants before. Again very small but flowered well in first year.

Just looked at this years catalogue pelagoniums £14.99 for 180 plug plants

Begonias start at £14.99 for 180 plugs.

 

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