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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:47

Not raining here in Norfolk... yet .... but flippin' chilly ... our heating is back on. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:39

So the other 'second job' he already has and earns an obscene amount of money for isn't enough for him? 

Edited to say:  Sorry, that link doesn't take you to the article.

This is an extract published on 8th March this year

"... George Osborne will earn £650,000 a year for working four days a month at BlackRock, more than 10 times what he is paid as an MP once expected share awards from the world’s largest fund manager are included...."

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 17:34

Yvie ... I've not slept in that long since I was a teenager .......... I need more practice!!!

Hi Hosta   It's not raining here ....... yet ........but it's flippin' chilly!

I repotted my/your canna at the weekend ... it looked healthy enough, not squidgy or anything ... it spent the winter wrapped in fleece and in the bubble-wrapped mini-greenhouse up against the house wall.  Begonias didn't make it, (I didn't really expect them to) but hopefully the canna did. 

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 17:15
Yviestevie says:

Like that website Dove, lots of pretty things.

See original post

 Useful presents Yvie - I'm often stumped for ideas for SIL's birthday but she's a gardener and flower arranger and I often find stuff for her on sites like that. 

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:54

Topbird - I used ones like that for keeping the grooming kit in when we had horses - they're so useful for so many things 


Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:57

Yes, dig it out carefully - cut a circle and try to peel it back, perhaps using a knife of even a wall-paper  or paint scraper type thing.  I don't like stone mulches - I think they absorb the heat of the sun and can dry the soil out beneath them, or even get the roots too warm.

I'd top up with some loam (JI No 3) mixed with some leafmould or similar.  And then every year I'd feed and then mulch with either homemade compost or bought in soil conditioner or well rotted manure.  

Do the blackbirds really make a lot of mess - they don't here and we have a lot of them - won't Dudley see them off? 

Raised Beds Look High!

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:18

We have a raised bed the length of our garden edged by two sleepers on edge - you  need some trailing plants to break up the solid appearance of the edge 

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Suggestions on what to do!!

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:14

If it's south facing, I'd get a really large square container and fill it with sempervivums.


Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:08

I would always have a clear circle around the base of a shrub, tree or climber - a diameter of around 75 cm is good.  That prevents your plant having to compete with the grass for water and nutrients and enables you to feed and mulch your plant.  It also avoids the possibility of damage to the bark on the trunk of your plant by being bashed by the mower or ripped by a strimmer.  

It looks as if there's grass growing between your wisteria trunk and the support - how on earth do you cut that - scissors? 

A good clear  circle of earth will make your life much easier as well as be better for your wisteria.  

Say Hi to Dudley from me   He's a sweetie. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:58

Yay!  I just picked a winner at 16-1 ....... shame I never bet isn't it 

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