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Posted: 05/01/2016 at 07:02

Good morning Chicky  G'day Pat

Glad to hear poorly ones are on the mend (Rb's son, Yveie's hub, DD and her lurgy and anyone else I've forgotten).

Yvie, a dear (very old) old friend had that eye op - first on one eye then the other - brilliant result .  Sadly the rest of his health wasn't good  ......... but as he said, 'at least I can watch the telly and read a book as I slip into oblivion' ......................... it made his last years so much better.

Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 06:47

I agree with all of the above ....... plus, get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust - to find out who they are put your postcode into this site


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 19:30

The OP was talking about P. Elizabeth - I've never seen it grow larger than my shoulder height - Burncoose certainly regard it as a 'medium shrub'

Alstroemeria summer breeze HELP

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 19:09
Verdun wrote (see)

frost will....for sure....decimate the foliage.  

No way would I put it out now.  

But that's what happens every winter ... they grow again in the spring - at least that's what happens in Norfolk.  Probably down in Cornwall they never get cut back ...

What I would do is as soon as they show signs of life in the spring I would re-pot them in fresh compost - probably John Innes No 2 with a handful of grit - and they'll romp away


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 19:06

BL - re The Devil's Horsemen - we saw them this last summer - they were filming the current Lloyds Bank advert on the beach up here in Norfolk - wonderful

John Parker lived near to us when I lived in Suffolk, and my children learned to ride at his stables - his horses are often used for film work and I can assure anyone who is worried, that horses used in film work are treated very very well and not harmed in any way. 


Well folks, OH and I had a lovely day in Norwich - he has his Christmas present of jeans and jumper, I have a lovely woolly cape, and we had very good coffee and almond croissants in Carluccio's for breakfast and a delicious lunch in Jamie's Italian. 

Now I'm flollopped on the sofa    I'd better try to stay away long enough to find out what you've all been up to .........


Alstroemeria summer breeze HELP

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 18:37

I'd leave it outside - now that it's in the protection of the garage it thinks it's summer and time to flower.

I'd put the pot outside in a sheltered corner - put the pot on feet so that it drains freely and wrap the pot with a couple of layers of bubble wrap to protect it from frost damage.

The alstroemeria is pretty tough - it'll be ok outside


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 18:11

Brother did that Archiepem - he was only about 4 years old and had seen the adults spiking the lawn - he spiked right through his sandal and was fixed to the lawn - good job he yelled so the adults heard him - hospital visit and anti-tetanus needed. 

A friend's hand slipped while using a chainsaw - he wasn't wearing the safety trousers - the chainsaw sliced into his inner thigh just (and only just according to his wife) stopping short of his manhood!!!  A wait of nearly 20 minutes for an ambulance (very rural area) - ambulance 20 miles to nearest A&E, lots of blood transfused and lots of stitches - a very lucky man.


When do bay trees grow?

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 16:58

Hi Emily

No need to put them in the garage - just wrap the pots in a couple of layers of bubble wrap to protect them from the frost and leave them outside.  Mine has been outside all winter every winter for about 15 years here in Norfolk.  They need light to photosynthesise otherwise they'll be very sad.

Can you  show us a photo of yours to give us some clues about what's going on?  To post a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your posts


Ash Tree Cut Down Technique

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 10:40

Perhaps taking the tree down, grinding the sump and main roots out and replacing them with soil which is then tamped down firmly?  But as Topbird says, you need a fully qualified arboriculturist to advise, along with a specialist surveyor. 

It's a shame the tree was allowed to grow there - I love ash trees but they're not suitable for growing anywhere near a building. 


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 10:17
GWRS wrote (see)

....First day of proper retirement , seems strange but excited ...


Congratulation!  Join the club!  After two years of dossing around I've decided that I need to try to get just a little bit of routine and structure into my life i.e. keep up with the paperwork

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