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Charlie November


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Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 22:49

If you get me the measurements now I can order the fabric before snowdrifts stop the post getting through and have fleece-lined double-sided fur coats in the post in time for the post office staff to steal them like they did the last two hand-made items I sent out in time for Christmas!

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 19:13

Brumbull, if Health and Safety have gone through the roof, can we assume they're going to insist we replace the roof with a sturdier one, put crash mats under it just in case and put up clear warning signs all around so burglars know not to try the roof, as it's not safe?

They'd better not go through my roof. There are pigeons about, and I don't want pigeon droppings getting in here, spreading disease.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 09:23

Thanks. May just get some of that. Sick of scraping the moss off the front path anyway.

 

Checked RHS website. Turns out A. gallica is the one that produces "dead giveaway" bootlaces and A. mellea is a bit stealthier about it. Also found white "mushroom skin" under bark on roots from 20cm down, so I guess I'm digging out 1mx0.7mx0.5m after all. Anyone need 100 litres of small rocks and builders' waste?

 

Think I'll replant with sweet bay, which is kind of resistant, just in case.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:20

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2013-10-13/the-met-office-responds-to-headlines-warning-of-worst-winter-in-decades/

 

Once again it is the season for speculation and big headlines regarding what the weather will do over the winter period. The front page of the Daily Express (Saturday 12th October) claims: ‘Worst winter for decades: Record-breaking snow predicted for November’.

We saw similar headlines last year and instead winter 12/13 ended up being only the 43rd coldest on record with an average temperature of 3.3C and flooding until the turn of the year.

What the Daily Express has failed to explain to it’s readers is that there is absolutely no certainty about what weather the UK will see over the winter period. The science simply does not exist to make detailed, long-term forecasts for temperature and snowfall even for the end of November, let alone for the winter period, which does not officially start until 1 December.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:13

From this end, they were turning brown and the trees were dying, but that seems to have stopped when I put in the akebia.

Weird, but true. Don't know what happened. Assumed privet didn't like being that exposed, as the hedge was dying from the end. Pruning it right down, cutting wind effect, may have saved it from some stress.

Now I've seen the mushrooms at the other end. Some trees there didn't come back from pruning, but I haven't noticed spreading death among them yet.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 13:08

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

When you can dig a 2' x 1' trench eight inches deep through the dead privet on which the honey-coloured mushrooms have appeared, cut through two trunk underground, lift them both out, peel back the bark and find no bootlaces in them or in the soil you removed.

'sokay. 'sonly about 50kg of soil.

At least I don't have to dig out and burn a dozen trees (10 privet that died of being 20' tall and 6" apart, 1 little apple tree that's looking fine and 1 stonking huge great 30' pine tree).

So, pretty golden mushrooms. Yay.

 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 12:57

My bulbs are either convinced it's their last chance to flower ever and they'd better get on with it or confident winter is not coming at all. Some of them're already up and standing 7" proud of the soil, and the lilies are still green from this year.

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:32
Even if all you've got is a few pairs of jeans and a few t-shirts, someone'll steal 'em. In Liberia, it's the underpaid police. Want them to record a crime? Buy 'em a pencil and notepad when you report it.

As for the catapult and darts, I think getting this factory to do a custom order filled with OIL paint would work better.

"Can you describe the thief?"

"He's got paint splats in his t-shirt over little circular bruises in his skin around the right kidney."

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:31

Even if all you've got is a few pairs of jeans and a few t-shirts, someone'll steal 'em. In Liberia, it's the underpaid police. Want them to record a crime? Buy 'em a pencil and notepad when you report it.

As for the catapult and darts, I think getting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gneZc_hafDEthis factory to do a custom order filled with OIL paint would work better.

"Can you describe the thief?"

"He's got paint splats in his t-shirt over little circular bruises in his skin around the right kidney."

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:19

Barbed wire under the rim of the pot might make quite an impression. You can prevent  gleaming and it giving its presence away by covering it with half an inch of dirty old axle grease.

If you really want to be rude to the intruder, you could try berberis. That stuff's an ASBO in itself. Make sure the ground's really uneven around it so the git falls in. If you leave the spare Bob War*ahem* barbed wire with it, he'll get tangled in both. Then you just need to make sure he can't sue.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Spurge?

Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Ooops!

Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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