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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 22:50

It'll be ok Clari ((hug))

 Sweet dreams all ... 

Self-watering container...or not?

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 13:49

Hi Bixer and welcome 

It's really good to have plants in the office; it's a shame the Kentia palms didn't make it, but we live and we learn.  

I've never yet come across a self-watering system that really works - different plants need different conditions.  It will probably be easier to learn to judge when they need the water.  

I would try Kentia palms again - they don't need a lot of water - try sticking your finger into the compost up to the first joint - if the soil is dry at that level then water them, but if the soil is moist then leave them.  If the heating is off at the weekends then don't water them on a Friday - cold and wet is far more harmful to the roots than just cold on it's own.  Most palms can cope with a degree or two of dry cold for a few days.  

A few drops of Baby Bio or similar in the water from March through to the end of July will be good, but don't feed when the plants aren't in active growth.  

Repot with fresh compost in late Feb/early March.

And try not to let too many people take it upon themselves to water the plants.  So often people try to be helpful and end up killing them with kindness.

I used to work in a Social Services office - I took over responsibility for all the plants - social workers are well known for their ability to kill plants - I always said that if a social worker can't keep a plant alive why should they be responsible for a child - that didn't always go down well 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 13:28

Harrumph!  Apparently I overdid it yesterday - the Physio thinks it was probably done by yanking the dead leaves out of the phormium  

She's worked out that I'm an All Or Nothing sort of a gal, and has prescribed two days of Nothing, then I can start to do GENTLE GARDENING!!!  

I am allowed to sit on the sofa and knit and noodle with you lot, and I can cook pork chops and fennel for supper - I am also allowed to wander around the garden (keeping my neck and shoulder warm) and make notes and supervise the Under Gardener.  

Clari, hope the builders don't leave their tools lying around in the kitchen 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 10:53

Whooppeeeeeee!  Just had an invitation to best friend's Big Birthday Party (how can she have reached that age, she's 27, like the rest of us ).  

As her birthday is at the beginning of November she's having a Bonfire Party on 5th November - we received the invitation at 10.20am - by 10.40am I'd booked us into the local pub for B&B that night ... I need to be able to drink her very good health!!!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 08:11
Papi Jo says:


"Naked Boys"? what are they?

See original post

 Colloquial term for colchicums. They're sometimes called Naked Ladies too, but I prefer Naked Boys 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 08:04

Good morning all 

A beautiful morning out there. I've got a physio appt this morning but hopefully I'll get into the garden this afternoon. 

Have a good trip Chicky. I like what I've seen of the Bristol area and the Uni has a really good reputation among students I know. Exciting times! 

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 23:05

All the ones that are used around here are in sheltered positions but facing more or less north. 


Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:59

Often the birds don't take the berries until they are softened by the winter weather. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:53

DD ((hugs)) keep both eyes on your goals. We're with you 

Sweet dreams all

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 19:41

Logan  So the BBC couldn't have let her do the dance off even if she'd wanted to  ... a very difficult position for everyone.  Such a shame ...  

Does anyone know which dance she's doing next?  I mean, if it's the Viennese Waltz for instance, she shouldn't need to do any extravagant arm movements and she could let the injury settle a bit.  It depends on whether it's a really bad tear or a less serious one which might have understandably really frightened her.

Last edited: 04 October 2016 19:45:25

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