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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:56

I have some nice linen trousers which I can wear with a pretty top or a tunic/dress for 'going out in the summer - my dread is being invited somewhere smartish in the winter when linen isn't really right. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:44

I think that the only times this year that I've not worn jeans was for Ma's funeral, and the hot summer afternoons when I had no choice but to laze in the shade on my lounger in my fabulous kaftan.

I do have some dresses, just in case - but I don't think I've worn a proper frock since Wonky's wedding 

Victorian front garden ideas wanted

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:50

We took a risk with the roots but if I were doing it again I would use a root control bag 

As for the wall, some of the plants were shorter than the wall some (like the Verbena bonariensis) waved merrily above it - passers by always complimented me when I was out there weeding 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:39

Regularly mulch your garden with home made compost and well rotted farmyard manure - it will become a destination for worms from all around the vicinity of your garden 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:35

I've been reliably informed that dresses are shorter nowadays because you wear them as tunics over leggins, jeggings or jeans - not bare legs or tights - glad someone told me, I might have committed a fashion faux pas 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 17:06

Gorgeous Obelixx - what space!!! What views!!! What potential!!!

I might not need structure for the Shady Bank - Wonky has two small Viburnum tinus surplus to her requirements that she's potting up for me to grow on  I wonder how long they'll take to get to the size I need - perhaps I'll get obelisks first, then the Viburnums can take over later.  

BL, glad you and DD had a lovely time ((hugs))

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Victorian front garden ideas wanted

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:55

Jenna   your house looks like our last one   except that we had a shared side-alley so we could get to the back without going through the house.  We found there was room for a slim rainwater butt next to the bay window and that made watering the front garden much easier.  

In the narrow bed alongside the front path we had loads of different types of sempervivums - they looked fantastic.

The other side of the path we had a low lavender hedge.  In the middle of the bed we had a Victoria plum tree surrounded by a mixture of perennials plus in the spring, tulips and wallflowers.

Apple Day Events 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:47

We're often asked if we can identify varieties of apples and pears ... I thought it might be helpful to make a note of the dates and locations of Apple Days taking place this autumn where the public can take their fruit along for identification by Apple Experts.

The National Trust are holding an Apple Day at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk on Sunday 23rd October 10.30 - 4.30

Details here 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:31

Why am I left out?    

Laurel bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:23

Totally agree with Steephill and Pbff above.

You may like to read this thread 

documenting Befuddled's management of his new laurel hedge, which started out much as yours did, with plants around 6 ft tall.  You'll see that cutting back encouraged the hedge to thicken up and increase its rate of growth - there are pictures. 

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