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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:08

Good morning all   G'day Pat

Archie - so glad the news was good   Life can be tough at times ((hugs))

Clarice  glad the pest is being dealt with and that you've decided to stay with us.

Pat - here you are

That's the right timezone for you isn't it?  Think your hubby was planning an April Fool's Joke for you

Panda   good to see you ((hugs)). 

A bit overcast so far this morning, but the robins, dunnocks and chaffinches are serenading us from the garden, the woodpigeons are cooing in the treetop and the rooks are cawing in the oak trees over the way. 

Anyone ready for coffee yet?



New flower bed

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 06:28

Hi Steven

When you say it's a big bed ... how big? What are the dimensions and shape and what is the soil like? 

Plug Plants

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:11
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

We'd let you have some of our rainfall Dove.

We get our wind straight off the Atlantic, wetter maybe, but maybe less cold?

There's no maybe about it Hosta

tulip growing problem

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 13:27

Renata   I love the little 'species' type tulips - these have been in a pot for three years now

 They are so pretty, bright and cheery in the early spring. 

I'm going to make a new flower bed in a sunny spot later this year and I'll liberate these tulips from their pot and plant them there - with any luck they may spread

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 13:22

Back from John Lewis - new tv being delivered Wednesday of next week - between 7 and 2 - someone remind me to get dressed before I have my coffee that morning and not slob around in my dressing gown after 7am! 

The tvs in JL did have much clearer pictures than this old one - I think I'll enjoy the tennis much more this year - maybe the gardening programmes will be even better too!

When we got back the washing machine had finished spinning so I took the jeans out to hang on the line - have a look at 'It's Official - spring has sprung' thread to see what I saw

It's official

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 13:12


I was hanging out the washing in the sunshine and looked across at the grapevine trellis where I saw a couple of ladybirds the other day, and look what I saw!!!


 More native ladybirds than I saw in the whole of last summer in this garden

Plug Plants

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 12:52
Verdun wrote (see)

Buying a perennial for £10...then you don't shop around?.....and dividng it into 4 or more pieces, esp in autumn, will give you full size plants quickly.  

Not sure if it's as successful here in the land of the withering north-easterly blast that blows from the Urals straight across to Norfolk in the winter, but I'm sure it works down in the lovely lush south-west where no plants stop growing, they just slow down a bit over the winter.

Mind you, if this global warming keeps on at this rate I'll be eating my words - my G Totally Tangerine that I dug up and potted ready to take to Wonky has grown and grown and been in flower since the end of January

Growing sage

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 12:43

I cut back far enough to remove most of the leaves and leave a framework of leafless 'branches' - that means that the 'bush' is about 8" tall after pruning.  We're still getting some sharp frosts - think I'll do mine over the Easter weekend - I know that we'll still get some frosts after that but I think/hope that by the time the new buds start to grow the worst frosts will be over. 

I'll use some of the bits I cut off as cuttings, making a sharp cut directly below a leaf node to make a cutting about 6" long, removing all the leaves except at the tip, dipping in hormone rooting gel and putting around the edge of a pot of gritty loam. I then put the pot in a quiet shady corner and forget about it other than to make sure that it doesn't dry out.  Within a couple of months there should be some little roots peeking through the bottom of the pot

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 09:49

We watch iPlayer even on this old tv (must be nearly 20 years old) - Is that 'cos we have Virgin cable? 

I'm not terribly au fait with why such things happen - I just use them  

I don't think that watching tv with special glasses on is for me - it'd bu$$er my knitting up

We managed for more than 5 years without a tv - we were students and impoverished and although we had a little portable we couldn't afford the tv licence so we put it in son's attic and left it there until we'd finished our MAs and earned enough money to put food in our mouths.  It was fine - we listened to a lot of R4 and lots of music and read lots when we weren't painting ... and of course we were studying, writing critical theory and dissertations and everything ... no time for tv. 

BL, glad horse has had her teeth fixed.  She'll be happier now

Yvie, you should have given Hosta a shout - he was awake - he'd have shut your greenhouse up for you, wouldn't you Hosta?

move a rose

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 08:46

We'll try to give you notice so you can put the kettle on

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