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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:35

Fig is fleeced  as is the big pot with the bay tree in it    Feeders are topped up 

I've just been out to pick a bunch of parsley, and the redwings are calling from the hedgerows - they've moved in from the fields as the temperature is dropping.

Supper is prepped - it will be pan fried skate and scallops with smoky bacon and butter and caper sauce, purple sprouting and crispy roasted baby potatoes.

 Maybe I should find a bottle of something white and chilled?

Germination Failure

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:21

What are the seeds you plan to sow?

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:15

I would leave it where it is - Hydrangea petiolaris are plants for shady walls - it really wouldn't be happy in sunshine.  They take a while to get going, and four years is very young.  My bet is that over the next few years it will begin to romp away and flower happily.  

Make sure that there isn't grass growing up to the hydrangea's stem - it needs some clear soil around it so it doesn't have to compete for moisture and nourishment.  In the spring give it a feed of Fish, Blood and Bone (as directed on the pack) and also make sure that it doesn't go short of water.  The area at the base of a wall or fence is usually in a 'rain shadow' and can be very dry.

I'm hoping that with just a little tlc now, in a few years' time you'll be loving your Climbing hydrangea. 

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 14:59

Hi Shebacat

How established?  I wouldn't try to move one that's attached itself to a wall - it won't reattach once you've prised it off.

Have you worked out why it's not happy where it is?  Can you do something to improve it's situation where it is? 

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 10:29

Climate change makes sense to me - from what I've read and heard I've  worked it out as follows:

Way way back when the planet was a relatively newly formed mass in space large areas of the earth was covered with hot steamy swamps growing giant trees and ferns and plants like marestail photosynthesising like mad, taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.  This went on for aeons.  

As the planet got older it cooled because the energy was 'locked up in the decaying plant matter, so the earth's crust hardened and under pressure the decayed plant matter became coal and oil buried beneath the surface.  

Ice ages came and went and I understand that these are understood to be related to changes in the earth's axis and also solar changes.

Then came the Industrial Revolution; first coal was mined and burned, then petroleum and gas were discovered and we burned and continue to burn that to produce the energy we have become so dependent on.  

Don't forget those school physics lessons ... energy produces heat.

The coal, petroleum and gas are the giant trees and ferns and plants like marestail which had covered the globe, photosynthesising carbon dioxide into oxygen.  By burning them we are releasing the carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere and slowly but steadily reproducing the conditions which prevailed back then.  

Periods of cooling etc will continue to come and go because of changes in the earth's axis and changes to the sun, but while we continue to release the carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere we are causing the globe to heat back up.  Sometimes it will be two steps forward and one back, but the overall direction of the temperature is upwards.

Pretty simplified explanation, but it makes sense to me. 

Wasps in dalek compost

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:58

Beautiful engineering 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:53

My son's house cat spends hours happily watching Youtube videos of birds 

Last edited: 28 November 2016 09:54:57


Posted: 28/11/2016 at 08:18

I find that the flower stems of native primroses continue to grow and get longer through the season. Anyone who spent every spring in their childhood will remember this. The first flowers are snuggled down in the crown of the plant but just leave them alone and the later flowers will be much more visible. 

Don't remove leaves! You'll weaken the plant and you'll get a shorter period of flowering. 

When the flowers are over the leaves will grow even more - that is the time to lift and split your larger clumps and have even more beautiful clumps of spring sunshine next year. 

And don't forget, the primrose is a flower of damp hedge banks and woodland edges, they need dappled shade, not bright sunshine. 

Last edited: 28 November 2016 08:21:56

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 07:58

Hurrumph  Have woken with a cricked neck. Serves me right for falling asleep on the sofa last night. I've taken a couple of Solpadeine and OH has rubbed some Deep Heat onto my shoulder and neck.  He'll help me fleece the fig.

Hope everyone else has had a better night. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 22:46

  Sweet dreams all 

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