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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:42

Clari ... Wonky had M.E, throughout her teens and most of her 20s following glandular fever at age 11.  However at that time there was very little known about it ... it was a long time before she got a diagnosis ... several years ... she missed a lot of school and there was very little treatment other than rest and some anti-depressants which she stopped taking as she said that the knowledge that she was taking tablets to stop her being depressed made her even more depressed.  I think she'll tell you that listening to her body and not pushing herself too hard was important, as was keeping her immune system functioning as well as possible and doing stuff that made her feel good and positive. 

However that was a long time ago and a lot more is known about the condition nowadays .although I think it remains a very difficult condition to diagnose .. the best people to talk to are the medical professionals you're involved with.  ((hugs))

Garden fence

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 19:05

We have a similar fence with trellis at the top ... our honeysuckle mingles with next door's roses as they both weave in and out of the trellis and we both get the benefit of both ... plants aren't territorial 

Last edited: 20 August 2017 19:05:46

Shrub Rose for a shady front garden?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:41

I had a Rosa 'Buff Beauty" in a north facing inner city back yard and it flowered beautifully ... but it's quite a large shrub.  

Covering a weedy patch?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:54

If you cannot dig them out then I would treat the whole area with a glyphosate weedkiller, leavet it for a while to work then treat any regrowth.  That ought to sort it out.  But it's getting late in the season to treat weeds in this way ... it works best when the weeds are in active growth.  

If you place a membrane over the weeds and cut holes for planting fruit bushes and trees, the weeds will find their way to the planting holes and grow through and smother your plants.  


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:50

Can you show us some photos please?

Are you heating the greenhouse in any way?

Help .. need a plant for privacy

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:21
Welshonion says:

Net curtains.  Or position yourself in the bay window and stare back.  That usually puts people off.

See original post

 Waving works even better   They often break into a trot ... 

Last edited: 20 August 2017 17:22:26

Monty's New Book offer

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 17:20

He's asking for it again Nut ... 

Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 16:45

In my experience it hold true for all apples   But of course, if you like a sharp apple you can eat it a bit under ripe.

I bought some local Discovery from the farm shop yesterday and the pips are very pale but the apples are perfectly edible - very enjoyable ... we're eating some and I've made an apple cake  ... but Discovery are probably the first English apple to be picked and the farmers like to get them to the shops nice and early.  

Of course the best way to see if your apples are ripe is to lift and turn ... if the stem snaps then it should be ripe ... then taste and see 

What is this ornate tree outside the Gherkin

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 16:33

Mr Google says they're Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostrobodies)


Foxgloves....What do I do n

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 15:49

I agree with Nut regarding the foxgloves, but the delphinium should be perennial ... it'll die down over the winter and grow again in the spring, providing the slugs don't eat the new young shoots.  As soon as they appear in the spring I surround the plant with some sharp sand to try to keep the slugs and snails away.  

For now, I'd cut the delphinium spike down to about 12" so that it concentrates on building up a strong plant rather than spend its energy on producing seeds.  

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