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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 10:03

Yes, at least the one with the 'Italianate' garden didn't seem to mind parting with plenty of her inherited cash to a team of landscapers who undoubtedly did all the work - didn't see her dirty a fingernail - in order to be able to say that MD designed her garden, and invited all her friends to party with him at the reveal - she'll dine off that one for years

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:48
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Fairy, it's at the "reveal" of the garden in Twickenham . Not even a coherent sentence.

As he left he said it'd win a gold medal at any flower show. That sealed it, deffo under the influence of something.

Yes, that sealed it for me too!  LOL   And I'm sorry, that woman was soooooooo irritating - even more irritating that the Mad Hatter in the other garden

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:20

I grew up on a farm with swallows nesting in the barns and housemartins under the eaves of my bedroom - I watched them collecting mud from the edge of the pond and swooping low over it on the summer evenings, hoovering up the gnats. 

Then at our last house (early Victorian terrace with pantiled root) we had many swifts nesting in the roof, and we woke on summer mornings to the sounds of them screaming as they flew past our window.

Now we're living near the marshes, and we watch them hunting insects over our heads.

Not seen any this year tho' ...................................yet


Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:15

Monty uses three per old compost bag in this video

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:04

I was thinking yesterday, as I drove around East Anglia, that the swallows, swifts and martins will be here soon.

This morning PottiePam posted that she saw a flock of swallows arriving over the sea at Perranporth on the North Cornish coast. 

Shall we keep track of their arrival?  Have you seen any yet?

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:00

G'day Pat   It seems like only yesterday you were showing us photos of the first spring blossoms - how time flies!

PottiePam - good to see you - thanks for the hugs   How wonderful to see swallows.  I was only thinking yesterday that we ought to have a thread tracking their arrival ... I shall start one in a moment.  Mind you, I did hear that it's thought some overwintered here ...

Clari ((hugs)) 

Bedding plant recommendation

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 07:14

Pretty sure the seeds shown in Kitty's photo are all  annuals - they may self seed, but the plants themselves only last one year.

Red spider

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 07:01

Yes, as Verdun says, red spider mite thrive in warm dry conditions.

Lots of helpful information in this link -


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 06:52

Good morning Joyce  and the rest of you as you arrive

I slept well thanks Joyce - I know Ma is being very well cared for - she has someone with her 24/7   She has lived at The Lovely Home for more than four years so the staff are all familiar faces and know her likes and dislikes.  In some ways they know her better than I do now.

What to use against mildew ?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 06:44

There's not really any such thing as an eco friendly fungicide so I don't use them.

Powdery Mildew is usually the result of the roots of a plant suffering from drought and weakening the plant which lets the mildew take hold. Is the Viburnum in a pot or in the ground? 

If it's in the ground I would clear all the fallen leaves from around the base of the plant, feed it with Fish Blood and Bone and mulch well with organic material which will help the soil to retain moisture. 

If it's in a pot, how large is the pot and what sort of compost is it in?

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