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Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:04

Gosh Aym you're up early! Get a cold drinks by your bed, it helps cool you down by filling your bladder so you have to escape the hot blankets and sit on the cool toilet seat ;)

Always always go for the concept of "if you don't ask you don't get!"I am learning to be ever cheekier; but I think working for a charity helps as I have been known to really push my luck ... and get discounts even Verd would applaude.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 06:56

Morning all.

Have you heard about the massive wildlife at Lady Bowers? All started because of a disposable bbq 

Rescuers are coming in from several counties and even volunyeers from mountain rescue have had to attend putting themselves at risk after one of the all terrain vehicles rolled trying to get to the location and a personal was injured.

I hope the person who decided it a good idea to not bring any common sense with them is feeling suitably guilty.


HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:31

Fell asleep in the garden BUT managed to roll into the shade so didn't get burnt. Yay!

I think yesterday's 16hours working / driving / trying to repair the car on the side of the road has caught up with me.

Wonky; my bamboo type thing is really tiny. I can't remember it's name (a sin bin special I hadn't planned on buying it I just wanted pollen free plants near the bbq to keep his lordship happy). It sits in a pot happily and only gets around 2 foot high.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 11:48

Enjoy your secret plants Wonky! I've just been separating my bamboo type plant tangle as it's not been reported for five years. I'm hoping it might be a potential nice screen for the wildlife entry point of the pond.

Although clearly these don't seem bothered by lack of privacy!

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 11:04

Everyone seems to like to point out how invasive these plants are; how quickly does this happen because I'm on year four and mine haven't (unfortunately) spread at all!

Is this a case of a kettle never boils when watched? Because I'm always checking thanks to your advice so I can keep things; in the pond at least, in check! (I also have water mint in the pond kept in a basket whose roots I trim back every few months in the summer that seems to be stopping any spread.

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:57

Depends what you want from your garden. We keep them (extra bee fodder) but our garden is very relaxed and they don't cause a massive offense to the eyes.

We're I trying to keep a much nicer formal lawn than I'd try to remove them all BUT look at your neighbours houses; if they are full of dandelions you're going to have an awful battle because of course no matter how you keep your own garden if they're coming in from under the fence ... :/

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 09:58

Making the most of our new found ability to post photos from our phones!

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 09:26

Clarington lives in South Yorkshire Aym; but if you want a real bargain hunter Verdon is the one to tour with!

That said those southerners are rather more liberal with their wallets so maybe the deals he gets are things we'd not unbolt the paddock on our wallet off for.

if I could remember where my wallet was I'd be tempted to take a sin bin tour today; this hot weather is bound to have created a few casualties. ;)

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 09:17

Oh Bizzy what a horrid thing to hear.

I'm having a rest day today, well a wash everything and then flop on the sofa day. I drove the museums old police car to Bradgate Park yesterday (read no air con, power steering, no assistance to the brakes, vinyl seats that get so soooo hot...) doing the entire route on country lanes (can't do motorways as she'll only do 50 mph and lorries tend to try to bully you). It was glorious but so hot my nail Polish went soft and wiped off!! It was an emergency services day and really well attended.

Unfortunately my return journey ended in an impromptu picnic in a lay by...

Iris Pseudacorus

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 09:05

I thought in the interest of education (and should anyone else be googling these plants) I'd update this thread.


24 of my seeds received three months in a plastic pot kept moist (not yet) in sand in the fridge.

24 of my seeds went straight into moist compost and were plonked in a sheltered area of the garden.

6 of my seeds twanged off my potting bench at high speed never to be seen again


My fridge was emptied and my 24 chilly seeds put in moist soul. They then joined the others in the garden.


Not counting chickens yet but there are four whisps of life in the fridge pot. Nothing yet in my au natural pot.

What can we deduce so far?

Well if you know of a plant that could be granted weed status give it to Clarington if you don't want it to grow ;)

Early days but it will be interesting to try and keep a little log of these going on for your amusement.

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