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Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:06

I used to use Photobucket to post photos here, but since the site's been updated, it's an internal function, although it's very hit and miss re the size for uploading, which makes it much more complicated.

I believe people prefer to view photos in the post, rather than having to go to a separate site. It makes it very awkward if someone's asking for ID, for example, and you have to keep looking elsewhere rather than scrolling up and down to look. Maybe I'm just lazy....

Just my thoughts of course. 

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:01

That'll only happen in my house Verd...when the heating's on...

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:00

Politicians - don't you just love 'em.....

I think Jon Sopel was very restrained and diplomatic. I wonder if at any point he thought  '**** the job, I'm going to punch him in the face....'

Just heard that Peter Skellern has died. A nice man. Doubt anyone will be saying that about Trump when the sniper reaches the grassy knoll.... 

I think Esmeralda Billhooks suits you Dove. Get down the registrar and change it. I'd like to be Bunty Proudfoot ( a customer of our's - I kid you not!) or Anastasia Beaverhausen (Will and Grace)  


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 08:07

Sarah B can be tricky. Make sure that, although you have good drainage and a sunny spot, she isn't also going short of water. Buds not opening tends to suggest that. Some good nutrition in the form of extra food might be helpful too. 

Frost thawing can also cause buds to fail, as Frank mentions, but peonies are usually a good bit later here so I've never had that problem. Cold wind can also be damaging to many plants.

Jaqi says she hasn't planted too deep, which can be an issue with any peony, but possibly not the issue here.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 07:54

Morning all/afties Pat - lovely pic  

Hope you get a bit of rain today. We've had a couple of days of the usual rainy, windy stuff plus a bit of almost springlike weather when it reached 9 degrees, but today we have freezing fog and I didn't cover the car, so I'll have to do  a bit of scraping. Hopefully a bitof sun might peek through, but I doubt t-shirts will be getting worn 

Not really read back - I'll try later, but hope no one else is coming down with the lurgy, and those that have it are a bit better. 

I heard them debating the vitamin D thing yesterday on the radio. I don't take supplements of any kind, but I cna see why many people might need hat one. We're always being told to cover ourselves with sunscreen too - when there is any. 

Off for a quick look round so  I'll catch you all later. Have a good day 

Help with suitable plants for north-facing garden - total novice!!

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:16

Looks good Emily 

I don't think you'll have a huge amount of planting area, so a few choice,big specimens is probably the way to go. A simple repeat of something is also a good design trick.

If you have the money to buy big mature plants, that will give you instant impact, but if not, smaller plants will take a while to establish, even if given a perfect start, so you can always add a few annuals to fill in the gaps while your statement plants mature. 

Cannas are another plant that will give you an exotic, contemporary look - they have bright flowers on tall  stems, but are great foliage plants. They require a little care over winter, so you may want to leave that type of plant till you get a feel for your space and have your more straightforward plants in place. They're also good in pots, and that's another way of getting a modern look easily. My earlier suggestion of a repeat plant works well with pots and you can move them around too of course  

Clematis Montana

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:07

It should suddenly sprout from all those dead bits GD. You'll get little green buds miraculously appearing at the stem joints, although I'd have thought you might have some by now. Perhaps it's not too lively after all 

Has it got a bit dry in that pot? It won't like that. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:02

No - never too early for me either Joyce - fatal if I lie down....

I could poke you hard with my wand Dove....no tittering Hosta...

Low maintenance into a lawn

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 19:25

That's fair enough Matt. I'd hate for you to put all the effort in, only to find you're constantly battling the surroundings!  

The other requirememnt for grass is decent drainage, and that's what you'll need to tackle when you lift the gravel and paving. The ground will be compacted for sure, but I'd avoid rotovating because if there are lots of perennail weeds under there, especially  horsetail or ground elder etc, you can give yourself a bigger problem than you start with, as each little piece that gets chopped, will regenerate. Better to dig and loosen the soil up, removing any weed material as you go. You can then add a mix of topsoil,compost and manure  depending on the conditions you have, as that will give you a good medium to turf or sow seed. If the ground's heavy clay, the addition of grit will assist drainage. 

It's one of those situations where you can't be sure what route to follow until you start clearing the site. There could be concrete and all sorts under there .

I think I'd start with the gravel area, and see what it's like. By the time you get down to lifting the patio, you may be sick of the sight of it all, and that way, you can either leave the patio part for another time, or just keep it the way it is ! 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:34
Hostafan1 says:

naughty? moi?

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I think we've reached a stage where we're surrounded by fake news and can no longer believe anything we read or hear. Bad enough in certain papers etc, but worse now.

Maybe Trump's right after all...

errr, on second thoughts.....

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