Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:53

My son's house cat spends hours happily watching Youtube videos of birds 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBCAOjAS9d4 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kY0Q5hdjDI 

Last edited: 28 November 2016 09:54:57

Primroses

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 08:18

I find that the flower stems of native primroses continue to grow and get longer through the season. Anyone who spent every spring in their childhood will remember this. The first flowers are snuggled down in the crown of the plant but just leave them alone and the later flowers will be much more visible. 


Don't remove leaves! You'll weaken the plant and you'll get a shorter period of flowering. 


When the flowers are over the leaves will grow even more - that is the time to lift and split your larger clumps and have even more beautiful clumps of spring sunshine next year. 


And don't forget, the primrose is a flower of damp hedge banks and woodland edges, they need dappled shade, not bright sunshine. 

Last edited: 28 November 2016 08:21:56

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 07:58

Hurrumph  Have woken with a cricked neck. Serves me right for falling asleep on the sofa last night. I've taken a couple of Solpadeine and OH has rubbed some Deep Heat onto my shoulder and neck.  He'll help me fleece the fig.


Hope everyone else has had a better night. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 22:46

  Sweet dreams all 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:14
Obelixx says:

..................  Lovely atmospheric seas Dove.  .......



 If you know Britten's Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes ............. you could hear his music in the sound of the sea today


Wonky will love that kitten - her last cat was all white - no hearing problem but she had lost a front leg due to a stroke when very young - a lovely cat who used to climb on the rooftops after the pigeons and seagulls just as nimbly as any four footed feline.  

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:07

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'  - loathe it with a passion 

Brrrrrrrrrrr! Cold night ahead

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:41

Loana - every oxalis I've ever met has been tough as old boots and try as I can I've not been able to destroy it ... but you may have one that's a bit special? 


Nut - most of my plants are hardy - it's the pots I have to protect   Not sure about the canna Hosta gave me but it's in the bubblewrapped little greenhouse right up against the house wall and my fingers are crossed.  I think I'll drape some fleece over the fig 

Brrrrrrrrrrr! Cold night ahead

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:15

The forecast is for temperatures on Monday night to plummet and there will be a very hard frost right over the UK.


If you've not protected your tender plants, do it tomorrow! 


Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:12

We grow the sweet corn variety Swift - it crops early and copes better than most with the UK climate and lower light levels - although it's not happy in more than a little shade. 

Last edited: 27 November 2016 19:13:02

Soil Treatment

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:08

Hello  


If your soil contains clay I would incorporate as much organic matter as possible, well rotted manure/good home made compost/leaf mould.  It will be broken down and incorporated into the soil and I'm sure that would be fine for your border plants.  In the spring I would dress the bed with Fish, Blood and Bone at the rate given on the pack. - it's a slow release organic general fertiliser whereas Growmore is an artificial fertiliser and is now believed to be bad for the worms and invertebrates that contribute to a healthy soil.  


I hope that helps. 

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