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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 09:06

Good morning all   

Hot and clammy yesterday, but no rain.  Had to put the sprinkler on the beans!  21.9C here at the moment.  

I'm lunching with a former colleague too,  to help her celebrate her well-deserved First in her BSc Hons Social Work   Apparently it's not just an ordinary First, it has Stars, Bells and Whistles on!!!  She's worked so hard for this in some difficult circumstances, supporting her daughter through the loss of her baby (and her first grandchild) whilst working on her dissertation, so we're all so pleased for her 

However, feeling a bit shell-shocked as I've just heard my pensions advice chap died a few weeks ago - he was a fascinating chap, a Dane and a former professor of botanical sciences at the UEA and John Innes, who had made a second very successful career for himself as an IFA - meetings with him were never boring.  I shall miss him.  Plus I've got to find someone else to do his job ... 

Weed help

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 08:37

It looks like the leaves of a viola, probably the native Common Dog Violet, Viola riviniana, or the Sweet Violet, Viola odorata or one of their cousins.

The clumps of leaves get much bigger over the summer then disappear for the winter.  

Last edited: 14 September 2016 08:39:09

HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 08:09

Still hot, dry and sunny here in Norfolk  

Had to put the sprinkler on the beans again yesterday. 

Wasp nests.....

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 08:03

I would stay away from it.  Put a notice on the compost heap saying Wasp Nest - Stay Clear!  and leave it well alone.  

That's what the local garden centre did when a wasps' nest was found  in a bag of compost on the edge of the car park near the farm shop  - they put hazard tape around it too,  Everyone went about their business and left it alone and the wasps left everyone alone.  No one was bothered by it. 

And that's in an area that gets hundreds of visitors every day (including small children who attend a 'play-gym' on site). 

As Nutcutlet says, they'll all be dead soon and the queen will go off to hibernate.  

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 22:58

I've got a native foxglove in bloom , right nect to Aster Little Carlow 

Startlingly beautiful

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:56

What Tree and How to Prune

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 16:45

Hi Matthew and welcome 

I'm afraid I can't access your pics.  Can you post them using the camera symbol on the toolbar above the  reply box.  They usually upload ok, but may need reducing in size. 

Not gardening related, although a tree is involved...

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 15:11

To help protect cables from being chewed, get some old cheap hosepipe and slit it lengthwise with a Stanley knife (mind your fingers) and wrap it around the cable - it's not totally chew proof, but most cats/house rabbits etc will not attempt to chew through it. 

Two tier border with railway sleepers to cover ugly back wall and fence

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 12:11

Yes, that's the sort of thing I meant   and I was imagining trellis roughly the same size as the neighbour's fence panels.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 10:58

At least OH and I didn't turn up at Hosta's place wearing acrylic cardis and comb-overs 

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