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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:43

Thought I would share a pic of my mousebaffler - got fed up of mice eating my emerging sweetpeas, so have used the principle of saddlestones, disposable picnic bowls and an old table the chicklets used to use ......will let you know if it works

 Eat your heart out Heath Robinson

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:38

Excitement Excitement

I have the beginnings of a flower

 It s still in an unheated gh, having been potted on when I received it - was not planning on planting out til early May.  But I suppose you see them lots at Chelsea, which is not far away now.

How are the rest of you getting on ????

Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 14:06

I'm so sorry Lyn.  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:39

Welcome back LilyP - have been wondering where you were.  Sounds like a fantastic holiday - was it a cruise the whole way, or just the canal bit?  Hope you got enough sun and warmth to keep you going through a Scottish April

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:22

Great to hear you sounding so well Hosta .....and sleeping too.  Maybe it is the weight off your mind helping too. Sorry to hear the neighbour is still being a wotsit Pdoc - maybe one day soon he'll grow up and realise his attitude is helping noone

Hope Lyn and Pa Lyn had a more comfortable and restful night.

Sitting waiting for Mr C's new medicines to arrive, then we are free to go home. Thanks for being here for me over the last few days (and weeks, and months ).

DD - postcards on their way



HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 22:02

Home from the hospital - a very relieved Chicky household.  Angio late this afternoon showed what the problem was (a minor artery has a blockage) but confirmed that it is not dangerous, and that with increasing exercise, as he recovers, should start repairing itself (the "creating its own bypass" that you sometimes hear of).  They are going to do another treadmill test in a couple of weeks to give them a good benchmark for him and his circumstances, and then treadmills every six months or so to monitor any changes.

So he will be home tomorrow, and should be back to half days at work on Monday.  Don't think he has ever felt so pleased at the prospect of returning to work.   I shall sleep well tonight

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:38
Morning all - Mr C rushed back into hospital in the small hours of Weds night. They need to do another angio to find out what is going on, and are keeping him in til that happens. Was meant to be yesterday, but hopefully today. Will be looking in here from the hospital as diversion therapy.

My thoughts and ((hugs)) are with Dove and Lyn too .....such difficult times for you both.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:08

Morning. Hope your meds arrive today Lyn - seems so wrong that you have to fight every step of the way.  And hope Hosta had a comfortable night.

Could be meecy-mice Dove?  I have a cunning plan to thwart our mice ......bit Heath Robinson, but will post pics if it works. However, our mice attack the sweetpeas, they haven't touched the cosmos ......yet

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:43

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email, I can confirm that we do not source any of our plants from B&Q.

Kind regards,
Customer Services 

On Thu, 07 Apr 2016, Chicky wrote: Hi there, I was reading a report online yesterday that Crocus sourced some of  its plug plants from B&Q.  Could you confirm whether this is true please.



 So hope that clears that one up.  Seems someone got their wires crossed, which is a shame.  I will be the first to admit that Crocus can be pricey, but I have found their quality always great, and they have an impressive range of stock. As one of the internet nursery pioneers in this country we owe them a debt for the choices we have available to us now, and I, for one, salute them.

And now (as they say on the GQT podcast) .....back to the weeding

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:35
Verdun wrote (see)


eventually, after another phone call to them, Crocus got back to me re my disappointment with an order from them.

Took me 3 phone calls...the last demanding immediate attention.... and 4 emails including a photo of the tiniest plug of Salvia Embers Wish they sent me.

i have a full refund but not impressed with the Crocus customer care team.  when pressed as to why they supply such tiny plants for an inflated price I was told their supply comes from B & Q.  I interrupted her at this point because this surprised me.  Clearly then B & Q will be selling these and probably as bigger and cheaper plants.

should really add Crocus to good/bad guys thread but they ...eventually....resolved the issue.

Not a company I will deal with again though....better value out there 

Not sure if anyone remembers this from last week, but I was astonished that Crocus, a company that I admire and use regularly, should be sourcing their plants from B&Q.  So I wrote to them, and they replied:


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