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calling the forum cooks

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:13

Rather have a taste Lyn   - love cheese scones 

A cafe nearby does some made with blue cheese and walnuts - yum!


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:01

Morning all

Forecast rain for yesterday didn't happen. Parts of the garden are looking very dry and dusty again. Soz to all in Scotland and the NW who are fed up with wet and cold- but I would much prefer wetter summers and a lush, verdant garden to the hot, dry, windy conditions we get here. So much time and money wasted watering - and it's never as good as a few hours solid rain. Garden always looks tired and as though it's going over by late July - and ants everywhere...

Long to grow huge, lovely ferns, hostas and all the other things associated with damp woodlands & river valleys.

Sorry for the moan - feel better now 

Hope your dog is OK Steve - something you can deal with at least and hope you get outside in the garden DD (although I'd dislike your weather situation even more!). Enjoy the decorating WS - I'm having a year off this year (if you don't count painting the shed!). Hope the play is good BL (love Montpazier).

Everybody else - enjoy whatever you're up to.

calling the forum cooks

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:53

I only have semi-skimmed cow's milk Nut.

Always does the job for me although I believe buttermilk is the very best for scones.

Happy baking 

Any ideas please........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:49

Would like to see the pic SGL - I am quite undecided about what to go for. It has to be fairly tough (without being a huge thug) and be reasonably interesting year round as it will be quite close to the french windows & on display all the time. 

I have a Sambucus Black Lace a couple of metres from the 'problem' spot. It is a little more sheltered from the strongest draughts and is doing extremely well. I suspect it could stand a more exposed position - especially if kept a little more compact with spring pruning (like a buddleia). I cut mine down to 4" (yes, inches) above the ground this year to encourage it to bush out. It is now 3m high . Next year I shall prune half & leave half in the hope of getting some flowers.


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:53


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:29

Bit of a long shot this without more information - but I know a fair few of us were taken with this plant which appeared on the programme and was described by the owner as his favourite:

Hope it's the one 

calling the forum cooks

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:52

Oooh - you are psychic Nut - I need to do this too in a few weeks time & was wondering the same thing. Will go for the dry mix too.

Thanks for asking the question though

Any ideas please........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:47

SGL - I'm looking for a similar shrub for one of my borders but it needs to act as a bit of a windbreak for other plants in the border (the wind is funnelled down the side of the house straight onto said border - a lot of stuff doesn't like it there).

I am considering one of the tougher, fairly fast growing, evergreen shrubs (perhaps one of the laurels) and maybe growing one or two clematis into it for some mid - late summer interest. Would that suit your situation? Don't know if anybody has any views on whether or not this would be successful?


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:38

Are we talking about the last episode Stewart or one from weeks ago?

Haven't seen this weeks yet .... 

Plant ID - red acer like leaves with spiky red 'flowers'

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:35

Obelixx - SNAP

BILL & BEN -same plant - proper and common names 

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