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Charlie November

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Serious! Really

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 08:27

For those of you not into Star Trek, Patrick Stewart was Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films (except First Class, obviously).

Teen crushes on TV? Hrm ... Earliest I can remember would be Felicity Kendal (I was so young it was so long ago she was young too!)

Since then, I'd say Willow Rosenberg. It wasn't quite a teen crush, and I felt guilty about it until I found out that Alyson Hannigan is older than me!

Also, obviously, Rogue.

Serious! Really

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 12:46

... and now I know how old you all are! HA!


The Young Ones, The Good Life, The Beiderbecke Tapes, Horizon (Yes, I'm so old I remember when Horizon was good) ... ah ... I think I used to like Mighty Mouse but after seeing in on youtube I can't understand why.

Used to watch Open All Hours and The Two Ronnies too. Sometimes they were funny.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:51

I would like to have rude words with the builders.

My attempts to dig out contaminated root systems are being hampered by chunks of concrete and tarmac. I'm not sure how big these chunks are, as of the one currently most in my way I've only managed to expose one square foot.

They were, apparently, either tossed against the hedge or just not enough to stop the hedge from growing, because there's a sycamore stump (that took one heck of a lot of killing, so probably wasn't infected at the time) growing up between these chunks of stuff. To rip that out, I need to remove the chunks of stuff. To remove them from the sides not blocked by hedge, pine tree or compost heap, I need to dig out ... ah ... more soil. I'm not sure how much more, but it'll be quite a lot. The ground slopes one way and the slab slopes the other. It's like they cut off a bridge on-ramp and planted a hedge across it.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 21:13

Rang them today. Got a lot of "You know you're living in a dictatorship, don't you?" but eventually got enough information out of him to learn how to apply it and that the garden centre probably had it. Homebase and B&Q don't list it on their websites, but local GC has it on the shelf. I'm still going to dig that pit and haul out a lot of dead root systems to deny it the resources, but at least the adjacent plants have had some help today.

Still tempted by that sweet bay, but with this approach I may not have to replace the whole hedge with it! The alternative would be something more of an "interest plant" as it's a smaller area (assuming I'm winning now). Big, bushy rose, perhaps, or something like that. I'd love to put a choisya in there, but it's on the north side of a 6' fence, and choisya likes its sunlight.

Time to check out large, shade-loving feature plants!

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


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.


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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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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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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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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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