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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 08:12

Good morning all  G'day Pat if you're around 

Im still in bed

Why is it so difficult to be an England manager? To me it's simple - just ask yourself what Sir Bobby Robson would have done - if you can't imagine him doing something then you shouldn't do it either. Seemples!

Glad you're connected BL   But clean windows?  Steady on there!

abutilon losing leaves and flower buds

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 23:09

Have they been too hot/ dry?

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 23:01

Fairy - thanks for the ideas - a lot of thinking going on here. Liri - would Taxus stand. 'Aurea' keep it's colour in that much shade do you think? 

Hosta  I thought of you when in the Waitrose checkout queue earlier .... an elderly lady had forgotten her PIN. The chap on the checkout was so kind and patient and stopped her from feeling anxious and soon her confusion passed and she remembered and all was well. When it was my turn I talked him through my recipe of Coronation Chicken - he's going to give it a go 

Well Zebedee says it's time for bed. Sweet dreams all ((hugs))

What are they?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:48


Last edited: 27 September 2016 19:49:11

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 19:27

Hello everyone - welcome back SWind 

Clari  ((hugs))

Physio diagnosed Shoulder Impingement Syndrome ... drome.aspx and at the moment we are trying exercises to see how far that will take us - another appointment next Wednesday. 

Very nice cab driver took me to the physio and back again - he was telling me about his former life in Sierra Leone - he has a BSc and MSc in Agriculture and other qualifications too and worked as an agronomist with the UN, but life became too dangerous for him there in the early 90s and he had to flee - he said that the war coupled with China's not always benign influence had led to a lot of problems and the government was not always able to stand up to pressure from China - he says that he would like to return one day and help his country but at the moment he will be arrested if he goes back, as he tried to stand up against corruption to do with food supplies. He says he has a good life here in Norfolk, even if he has to work as a cabbie rather than an agronomist, and his daughter plays football for the local women's team and dreams of playing for England. Absolutely fascinating. I hope he is able to go back one day and help his country as he wants to.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 16:10

Thats what we have Pat. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:06

Welcome home Lantana   Hope Italy was wonderful, and that your garden is full of autumn treasures to greet you 

Great Crested Newts?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 13:55

When we had a smallholding in High Suffolk we had a huge colony of GCNs - they lived in a horse pond in the meadow near the house, another pond across the field, and in a neighbour's well.  There were other colonies in the village and on the farms around.  Several building/restoration projects were held up while planners and naturalists worried about the newts in the area.  Eventually they realised that the whole area was simply teaming with them 

In the autumn we would find them underneath our coconut matting doormats as they'd leave the ponds for the winter and decide that underneath doormats was the perfect spot for hibernation - unfortunately the newts didn't understand that the nature of a doormat is that people stand on them 

One of the highlights of the year was watching the male courtship displays each spring, with the sunlight through the water flashing on the silver streak on the males' tails. 

One day as I stood and watched, a large female grass snake swam across the pond, hunting the newts - absolute magic. 

Cyclamen - going up or coming down?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 12:15

And the stems of cyclamen seedheads do wonderful things, just watch them coiling themselves like a spring to bring the seedhead down to soil level and therefore in the right place to germinate - ain't nature wonderful 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:33

Did I tell you that OH pulled up all the white cosmos from the new Sunny Bed yesterday?  Now we can see the tall beautiful grasses properly, along with the Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Aster Little Carlow and Salvia Wendy's Wish.  The Geranium Rozanne is having a second flush after having been chopped back, and the Ceratostigma wilmottianum Forest Blue is putting on a good show, having been rescued from the 'nearly dead' shelf this time last year.  

Having this new bed where I can have lovely rich colours has changed what I need from the Shady Bank - I'm going to take some of the strugglers out and replace them with ferns and Alchemilla mollis - that way I can cut the Alchemilla back at this time of year and let the Cyclamen hederifolium really show off.  At the moment a lot of them are hidden by stuff that doesn't really earn its keep at any time of year.  

However, what the Shady Bank does need is some formal verticals - there's a high fence (8 ft plus) behind it and we're in a bit of a valley anyway, so for most of the year it gets no sun at all.  The fence is covered with Clematis alpinas and honeysuckles.  What the bed needs is some structure up to about 5 ft tall.  Any ideas folks?  I might have to do a thread with photos, but that'll be later ... got stuff to do this morning ... 

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