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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:09

Hi Verdun,

Well when do you put your inside Lupins outside then?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:28


Yes we have deer here also, but i think if i had a deer statue "it's a bit like having an OAP's home and opposit a cemitary, to look at,

the local deer would see a statue of themselves and think "next stop a staute"

Would your OH? like a "Jordon" look a like or a Dolly parton...,?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:23

No save yourself a lot of work, the sand will help drainage later, its more of a good thing to have than a bad one.

If you can break the clay? then the manure can rot it down quicker.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:18


Im hurting with both laughter & needing the loo,

A real good reply, 'Pink loo paper behind hedges' I wonder how many "new to gardening thought you could grow "pink like paper plants" they'd seen while out walking ?????


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:12

Manure, as much as you can lay your hands on,

this will rot and help break down the clay, leaf mold is also cheap,

in the early winter you can collect tons of it from woods etc.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:09

Lupins are a perrenial and grow outside, they re-seed and ive had them in my gardens both when i lived in northwales and here in france with no problems,

If after the first flowering early (summer) you cut them down they'll re-grow and flower for a second flowering near the end of august,

Save the seeds (pods the seeds go black and the pods burst open when ready for sowing or storing) and sow in the spring.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:02


I use the local DIY store here offten inspite of it being some 15 mile away its a nice drive through some of the most beautiful counretyside in france,

You really can drive for miles without seeing another car, just fields of rolls of wheat (looks like a giant has tipped the contents of a shreaded wheat box onto the fields)

you'll see that some farmers make tractor shapes out of the wheat rolls or animal shapes "all looks really nice and brings a smile to visiting childrens faces,

Now this DIY (Brico in french) has over the years ive lived here changed,

Not the staff they're the same amount and do the same jobs within the store and never look any older (It's all the fresh air and no factories around here blowing out fumes etc)

But now the out side has changed and very much for the better in as much they had a line of sheds and a few tin garages in a line just off the car-park as a display idea for all to see and inspect ref 'if you wanted to buy one from this "brico" store.

Ive drove the 15 mile trip many a time just after breakfast and by the time ive arrived ive been needing the loo, But at the time the Brico (DIY) store didnt have a public one.

Many a time ive pulled up on this car park and seen other "Men" wondering around those display garages and disapearing around the rear of them !!!!

One saturday morn i arrived  and thought i'd have a good look at these units,

As i walked around to the rear i found a line of three or four men all relieving themselves, (peeing)

I'd found out why so many men seemed interested in these units and it wasn't to buy one

Whats this got to do with weed control,

well the victorians used the contents of bed pots "urine" pee to the rest of us!

on the compost heaps, they swore by it and they also would pour this urine onto weeds to kill them,

Back to the units,

you couldnt find if you wanted to find "one single weed at the rear of those units and all due to the men using this area as a loo.

The sheds have been moved now and the place they once stood has new life, "weeds".

Its a french thing ref men just wondering off and helping the weed control,



Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:31

Thanks Lizzie,

For that, all i was saying was how it was on that first brocante,

I noticed Valerianella didnt comment on the fact that the pan still contained dirty cooking fat !

If you cant write on a subject telling it how it is or was then its a sad sad world some people live in.

if you get the chance and your reading this reply "Valerianella" read todays  offering ref france men and weed control around the DIY store car park,

I m sure in a way you'll wish you'd been born a man.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 19:42


For christ sake lighten up,

It wasn't meant to  be disrespectful,


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 08:34

Water butt  "wearing specs "????

I once knew an old man who was a crossing patrolman for a kiddies crossing,

He"d just been kitted out with a full length white water proof coat/hat/wellies and his lollie-pop warning sign,

He was run over during a snow storm (the driver said he couldnt see him standing in the middle of the road)

Do you really think specs will save a good hard poke in the eye??????

One set of eye's One brain, two ARMS two legs,  and in some cases a cap with GAP. wrote on it,

use your balls and save your eyes, (grow a pair)

Saftey in the garden isn't to be taken for granted.

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