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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:30

Have had phone calls from the Lovely Home and Bro - the doc thinks she's dehydrated due to the tummy troubles - it's always difficult to get her to drink enough as she worries about inco...........   well, you know what.   and she can be very stubborn.

She's on Dioralyte and they're keeping a fluids chart  - Bro says she does look poorly, but I'm sure she'll perk up when they get her fluid levels up  - I had already planned to see her tomorrow so I'll go and take her some flowers.  No point in chocolate eggs if her tummy is already upset.

Red ants

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:18

I agree with Nut - the birds will deal with them and any other inhabitants of the bins if you tip the soil out, spread it out and leave it for a few days 

Beurre Bosc advice please

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:44

Just as an aside - have you come across this one

perfect for children's snacks

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:32

Hi Hazel, we've fiddled with the sound settings and switched Dynamic Bass on, whatever that does.  We shall wait and see - watching Timeteam at the moment.

Inspiration Required, small tree suggestions & wildlife encouragement

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:11

Another vote here for crab apples - so many different ones but they all have gorgeous blossom for the insects and fruits for the birds, and are frequently visited in the winter by flocks of little Longtailed Tits looking for insects in the bark. 

One of my favourites is Malus 'Golden Hornet'

Short tulip flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:42

I expect they're one of the shorter stemmed 'species' type tulips which flower early. 

The taller 'Darwin' and similar types will flower later.

Have a look at this thread

I love the little species tulips, they're like the little wild ones that grow on the sunny  hillsides in Turkey and around the Mediterranean.  There's lots of fascinating information here

Forsythia giraldiana

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:28

The thing is my 'Suspensa' isn't a firm ID as it was planted by the owner before last of this garden.  And all I have left since the tree felling is the small one in a pot that I took as a cutting a couple of years ago, so ...

Nut, I think a trip to Cambridge might be in order

We'd have to check with them before our trip that their F. Giraldiana is blooming

Pondering pears

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:18

Good point Anomander   I love quinces but if someone hasn't seen one before they could well be mistaken for a very hard yellow pear.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:39

Oooh, getting exciting now Yvie



Back from tennis - 5 good sets so I'm feeling 's t r e t c h e d'

While I was at tennis the new tv was delivered - it's great - a bigger picture than before so GW and Wimbledon will be even more enjoyable.  The sound's a bit tinny but much better than the muzziness of the last tv and of course much much better than the high-pitched buzz it had developed recently.  We'll probably get a sound bar for it later in the year.

I also had a phone call from The Lovely Home - apparently Ma's a bit poorly - upset innards for a few days and not settling so they're calling the GP.  Ma's spending most of the time asleep in bed.   Bro is visiting her this afternoon so I'll go tomorrow. 

Gardener's World Mag.

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:18

Mine's just popped through the letterbox - and with it has come my copy of The Garden as well - I can see nothing is going to get done this afternoon

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