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Chimney Pots, Pansy and Mystery Object

1    It’s the 1st of June and there should be no more frosts! I’m planting up my chimney pots to add bits of colour all over the garden.

Chimney by a raised bed

Chimney by a raised bed

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

2   This beautiful Pansy is waiting to be planted tomorrow.

Pansy ready for planting

Pansy ready for planting

3    I bought this intriguing little thing many years ago.   It’s a very small brass case, about 1″x1/2″. In it are two tiny double hooks. Any ideas about its use?

Mystery object

Mystery object

Inside the tiny brass case

Inside the tiny brass case

For Noeleen who asked what a rhubarb forcer is. As soon as the new rhubarb shoots are seen in the Spring, we put this terracotta ‘chimney’ over it and pop the lid on. The dark makes the rhubarb grow up to the top and it remains thin, sweet and pale pink. Later in the season we let the rhubarb do its own thing and just grow!  See here for a delicious rhubarb pudding!

Rhubarb forcer

Rhubarb forcer

 

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