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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 16:21

Hosta   It's a beautiful dish that I bought at the Leach  Pottery .... quite a large one, made by the potter Joanna Wason (former assistant to Janet Leach) 

I'm very chuffed indeed with it ... hold on and I'll take a pic ... 

Last edited: 11 September 2017 16:28:05

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 16:10

Getting a bit nearer to normality now ... although I don't s'pose we'll ever actually achieve that  

Our holiday was brilliant ... starting off with a stopover at the best little B&B in Devon   where we were treated like royalty, fed & watered and given a guided tour of the estate 

Once in Cornwall we had one wettish day and after that just the occasional spell of dampness ... not enough to stop us doing the things we wanted to, and the rest of time was warm and sunny ... lots of lazing on the beach was done along with the compulsory intake of icecream and pastys and visiting of galleries and purchasing of art in order to keep the local economy afloat  

My knee didn't enjoy the steep hills, but a kind local noticed me limping and showed us a short cut with a much more gentle slope behind her house and told us we should use it to get to and from our apartment  That, and the purchase of a sturdy hazel stick made all the difference ... now it's almost back to normal. 

It was lovely to meet up for a drink with Topbird and her Lovely OH who were also holidaying at St Ives last week ... hope they've had a good journey back to East Anglia too ... we'll have to get together again soon - perhaps a garden with some good autumn colour 

We also met up with  some Cornish friends and had a very good lunch with them at the café at Godrevy and was given a beautiful raku pot made by one of them   I think some of you met her on one of our Snowdrop Walks when she happened to be up in this part of the world.  

On the way home we spent a couple of nights in a hotel near Whipsnade and visited the zoo (thanks Phillippa ) ... it's a very long time since I've been there and OH had never been ... it is great to see the animals in such spacious surroundings and to read about the successful breeding programmes which in some cases have enabled previously endangered species to be re-established in the wild. Not a sign of the repetitive behaviours indicating stressed animals which used to be a feature of so many zoos ... and Oh, the magnificence of those rhinos.  

Sodden hydrangea heads

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 15:41

I would just give them a gentle shake when it's not raining ... they'll be a lot lighter then.  

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 11:37

Just popping in to let you know I'm awake ... and up ... things to do so see you in a bit ............ 

Oh ... and to say that at 39 I started what turned out to be 6 years of full time in Higher Education ... best thing I ever did .... and I met a certain young art student 

Tomato feed

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 20:56

Googling revealed this 

but whether it works or not I have no idea  and whether it will remain potent until next year when the next lot of aphids arrive I have even less idea 

Advice please! - espalier formative pruning

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:55

I'd put an intermediate wire  above the lower one.  If you lower those branches to the level of the wire in the picture the growing tip of the branches will be pointing downwards which is not what you need. 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 19:51

Hello folks   ... just letting you know we're back home safe and sound after a wonderful holiday down in the South West finishing off with a couple of days in the vicinity of Whipsnade Zoo.  

Now I'm going to throw a load in the washing machine and collapse on the sofa and catch up with you all tomorrow.

((Hugs)) to Hosta and his Lovely Hubby xx

Does anyone know what this shrub is

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 20:36

That looks like a Salvia ... Possibly S. Hot lips. 

Can anyone please help me identify this plant?

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 19:32

Yes ... A fine specimen of a self-sown Salix caprea ... They get everywhere. 

The only exciting thing it's likely to do is to get bigger and bigger and then reproduce itself all over your garden. 

Last edited: 07 September 2017 19:35:25

Help identifying please

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 19:25

Just keep the milky sap off your skin as it can cause a rash. 

I like them 

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