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Tree Canopy; dry soil - what will grow?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:12

I have a similar very dry area under ash trees at the end of my garden ... we garden it in a sort of 'woodland' style ... things that seem happy there are Dryopteris ferns, Sweet Woodruff (Galium oderatum), Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver', Helleborus foetidus, Iris foetidissima, Arum italicum and Geranium phaeum.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:04

Obelixx ... I was wearing flat Reef sandals when I fell ... they have those stiff nylon? straps with no give in them ... it may well be the strap that caused my metatarsal to snap ... don't think I dare wear them again.  Can't be doing with flip-flops 'cos I can't bear the thong between my toes   I'd rather be barefoot in the garden, but then I get fallen arches and plantar fasciitis ... I mentioned at the hospital that the only thing I ever have wrong with me is ligament/tendon problems, and only since my thyroid packed up ... since then it seems I get one problem after another .... he nodded and said it might be worth looking at ... but if that is something to do with it what can be done?  I'm already on a high dose of levothyroxine.  

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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 11:38

Dacha ... forgive me .... but I did say 'if I remember correctly' ...

Well ...  Hotter rang back full of apologies ... it seems that the website is totally out of sync with their warehouse ... they don't have any left and are not making any more of the new improved version of the sandals I want .... I had a tiny strop - after all I did order them back in early May ... didn't get me the wedge sandals I want but I am getting some other wedge sandals in a similar colour, at the sale price less 10% with free delivery ... that's £22 rather than £69, so at least I won't have to go barefoot in the cobbled streets of Cornwall ... rather ordinary sandals rather than the stylish ones I wanted but I don't suppose many people will be looking at my feet ....... 

Have never 'got' James Bond ............ 'Our Man Flint' was another matter 

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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 10:31

Liri ... the problem with taking my custom elsewhere is that for years I put up with uncomfortable shoes because of my wide feet .... then I found Hotter - their shoes fit and are comfortable .... nowhere else to take my custom to ..    

To cap it all this morning I've had an email from Hotter with a link to their online catalogue with an improved version of the sandals I want ... click on my size and it says they're In Stock ...  I phoned them up again and now they're even more confused than me ........   They'll ring me back ............

If I remember correctly, Dacha is a Brit married to a Russian and living in the Moscow area   I took note of him when he first posted a couple of years or so ago as my son's ex is Russian.  I had been planning a trip there with he before she became 'the ex'.  

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Should I avoid euphorbia due to toxicity?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:44

It may have been Ma's way of getting the garden weeded 

There was a laburnum tree at the top of the farm drive ... all the children knew that the seeds were poisonous ... our parents told us, we told other children, the big children told the little children, no one ever ate them and we all learned to recognise laburnum.  

As you say, the trick is to get children to understand the dangers without making them fearful.  

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:35

Hurrumph!  I ordered a pair of sandals in early May ... not available (although the catalogue had only arrived that morning) but would be available in another colour in early July .. ok I said, send me those.  In early July I phoned to find out when they would arrive ... chap told me they were with Quality Control and would be with me within the week.  Nothing.  I phoned again this morning.  Woman said she'd never heard of shoes being 'with Quality Control'    She checked ... the computer still said they would arrive on 3rd July ... she checked again ... apparently they've not been made yet, and when they are made they're only making two .......... What!  says I, Two sandals or two pairs?  Two pairs, apparently.  Well, that's something, but is one of those pairs mine and when are they being made?  She talks to her manager ... they'll find out and get back to me either today or tomorrow ........... of course, as it's now July they have no other summer sandals left in my size that I like .... I wanted them for our holiday at the end of August ... I  might as well cancel my order and wear my old ones on holiday then 

Just as well I had that trendy Cyber-goth boot to wear through all the warm summer weather isn't it?  

Should I avoid euphorbia due to toxicity?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:22

I grew up with it in my family's garden ... when I was about 8 years old Ma gave me  a part of the garden as my own and one sunny day I weeded  it, pulling out everything there ... I must have got some of the euphorbia sap on my legs as for a few days afterwards I had swollen red wheals on them, which I think Ma treated with calamine lotion - I didn't see a doctor and I've been fine ever since ... Ma hadn't known about euphorbia sap ... I think a flower arranging friend told her about it some time later and she put two and two together and realised what had happened to me.  

Children have to learn about danger ... stinging nettles, scratchy roses and brambles etc.  Until they are old enough to be reliable they shouldn't be outside unsupervised, as you've said.  

It is as well to be aware of the dangers of course ... a member of this forum was cutting euphorbia and got some sap on her hands and must have rubbed her eyes ... she has had problems requiring hospital treatment.   

I think it depends how vigilant you are prepared to be, how biddable your child is (some just aren't ) and how anxious you are ... if you're the anxious type there's no point in stressing yourself out when you can get rid of the plant until your family is old enough to be more sensible.

Hope that helps you make up your mind.  

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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 07:48

Dacha  When posting a link , if you hit thd space bar immediately afterwards the link should go live 


Posted: 18/07/2017 at 06:28

Lyn ... I use 'field pickings' ... The droppings in bags... as an addition to the compost heap ... It really helps the other stuff in the compost to break down and make great compost.

Stable manure which nowadays is more likely to consist of droppings, wood shavings rather than straw , and urine, needs to be stacked for several months in order to break down and become less acidic before it's incorporated into the soil.  

However as field pickings don't contain the acidic urine I would be happy to use it on your beds this autumn

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 06:04

Good morning Joyce   Think the warm weather may trigger some storms later ... 

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