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Posted: 24/02/2016 at 13:59

Hello everyone

I'm back from tennis and the supermarket.  Loadsa shopping to put away but I'm going to have a sit down first.

The mouse was in Tootles' cooker

Think a cooker man sorted it out. 

Sweet dreams Pat ((hugs)).

DD - I hate getting a puncture - I can change a wheel, but now I've got a car that doesn't have a spare so I have to call the Green Flag Man and get towed to a garage

Wonder how Hosta's Sleep Survey went.



Posted: 24/02/2016 at 09:30

Yes, it reminded me of that too Hosta ... what did happen?

OH thinks our smell may be due to a blockage in the fridge drain thingy - the side of the unit is about to be removed too ....... 


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 09:22

Hosta  that sounds like a big improvement

Hello the rest of you

OH has removed the kickboard of the units by the oven and is investigating - there's been a faint but strange smell for a couple of days - we've eliminated absolutely everything -  my guess is that it'll disappear and we'll never find out what it was but we've got a friend staying for the weekend so I'm going to buy some Neutradol after I've been to tennis. 

LesleyK wrote (see)

...  Dove I expect I'll be providing lots of cake at the beginning of each month

I don't suppose anyone will turn up their noses at a regular supply

Jimmy - hope little one is better soon ((hugs))

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 08:14

They taste very acrid and bitter (apparently!) so I doubt that your dog would eat enough to do himself any harm.

They have little bulbs on the roots which spread - try bruising the leaves then using glyphosate - it'll give them a good knockback at least. 

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:24

It's the Wild Arum, also known as Cuckoo Pint, Lords & Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit and lots of other names. A fascinating and beautiful plant which catches insects to pollinate it's amazing flowers.  You may have seen its gorgeous red berries in the autumn. 

The berries are poisonous, so don't allow small children to play around them, and make sure that older children know not to touch them. 

As children we used to dissect the flowers to see the insects inside and we never came to any harm - we knew that we had to wash our hands afterwards. 

It can be a nuisance in some gardens as it spreads and is difficult to eradicate, but in a 'wild garden' or woodland setting it's beautiful.

Interesting information here


Blazing Leylandi Hedges

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:14

Leylandii hedges do burn quickly once they're alight.  They're dense so the leaf-litter on the ground beneath them is dry as is the centre of the hedge which is brown and dry and the growth is resinous which ignites and flares up quickly.  There have been several reports of leylandii hedges burning away in minutes in our local press over the years.

I'm afraid that the hedge will not grow again - Leylandii does not produce new shoots from old wood. 

Leylandii are very greedy plants and will have impoverished the ground around them, so before planting a new hedge you will need to dig lots of organic matter into the soil.  Well rotted farmyard manure would be great. 

There are so many options regarding a replacement hedge - I love a holly hedge - if you want something clipped and formal there's yew or beech, and Eleagnus x ebbingei also makes a fine hedge.  Or is the site suitable for a mixed hedge of native plants which would attract a lot of wildlife?

I'm sure you'll gets lots more suggestions ............


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:59

Oh ... hello there Chicky


Regarding this thread having reached 1,000 posts (aren't we a chatty bunch

I've had a word with Nora who suggested that we might find starting a new Hello Forkers thread so frequently a bit irritating (this one's only a fortnight old ).  

She's suggested that we could start a new thread at the start of each month e.g. the next one would be

Hello Forkers March 2016 and then we'd have Hello Forkers April 2016 and so on, ad infinitum .............. I think that's a good idea so that's what I'll do. 

The only blip might be when a new month starts over the weekend and she won't be available to lock the old one - but we'll just have to remind each other that a new one will be starting and people who post on a thread in the wrong month will have to provide cake for everyone


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:48

Good morning all   G'day Pat   That's good news from the doctor

It's frosty here and -1.4C in the sheltered back garden.  I've just been watching the full moon set in the west - it looks as if it might be a good day today ... but I've not looked at the forecast yet ......


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 20:25
aym280 wrote (see)

Guernsey Donkey2 Where did you buy your John Innes and what number was it please? ......

As GD has said, the JI Seed Compost doesn't have a number.

Explanation of the different John Innes formulations here


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 19:36

Glad you've got your date Hosta  

I think your poor sleep could be related to the tension/stress of the disturbed nights you had on holiday, coupled with being a few hours adrift.  It'll settle down if you keep to a routine

I must start buying lottery tickets ... OH has just said that the chap who won the 32.5 million is his old Head of Sixth Form ... apparently it couldn't happen to a nicer chap ... that's good to know  

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