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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 19:56

Evening all.

Sorry to hear your news doc. I can't add anything to what's been said. We're here for you to 'lean on' in a virtual way, as and when you need it. Sending fairy dust... xxx

Had a rubbish day yesterday, which started off with me forgetting my boots. Decided the paths were good enough for just my walking shoes (the boggy bits can be got round) but after falling in the burn when crossing, and therefore having sopping wet feet, I wasn't optimistic, epecially with the low temps. When me knees started giving me grief half way up to the ridge, I decided to call it a day. My feet started to dry out a little on the way back, and I negotiated the burn without going for a swim, but the real scunner was the traffic jam on the way home which meant the two and half hour journey took me nearly six hours  

On the plus side - having the heater full on, directed at my feet, meant my shoes were almost dry by the time I got back.... 

Shame about the thrush Dove. We once had a young owl fly into a bedroom window. I presume he got away safely, but there was an incredible imprint on the glass. 

Glad you had a lovely birthday LP. Plenty of cake consumed, I hope  

Hope the dental work won't be too pricey BL  

Brought my pelargoniums in this evening. They were fine with the frost last night, and they're against the house wall, but I don't want to forget about them and lose them.

Off for a look round with a cuppa now. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 22:04

I've scrubbed up reasonably well Liri   

Glad all is well with OH.

Meant to say it was good to see fidget back - we'd been wondering where she'd gone, although as I'm now over 27, I'm putting it down to that, if she'd mentioned going away ....

Off to organise my ruckie for the hill. At least I get an extra hour to sleep, so that always helps!

Night all - see you tomorrow evening at some point. 

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 21:59
Loana says:

Hi fairygirl, in your jat what is the pale trumpet like flower, i believe it is a climber and has big seed pods or ?fruits, i have seen it at an NGS garden here in norfolk and admired it, love your arrangement. I'm going to pick a jar of flowers at the weekend from my garden 😉Great post 

See original post

 Hi Loana - it's that white Cobaea - I've replied to you on the thread that someone started about the white one  

Chiltern Seeds is where I got mine

Pond Liner

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 21:56

One of the regulars here (Lyn) has the 25 yr liner from Bradshaw's, and I bought the same one for the pond I have here. I think it's the one Redwing is also talking about. Take a look at their online sites and you'll get an idea of price. They often have deals on as well. I recently made my tiny pond a bit bigger and the liner was free. 

I bought one about 15  years or more ago which was identical, for a previous pond. It's still there - I live round the corner from it now, and a lady I was chatting to last week told me there are now newts in it. 

Pond Liner

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 20:14

You'll have to make allowances for your thicker underlay when you dig the hole, but other than that, what is it you want to know about liners?

Many of them are priced according to the quality and durability. Butyl is the most expensive, but is very flexible. Most of the others are PVC of varying thickness. There are good online stockists such as Bradshaws, and if you're unsure of the size you need, they have a table for working it out. 

Sand is good for covering sharp bits at the bottom of ponds before putting underlay down, and old pieces of carpet can also be useful. 

What to plant?

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:45

I don't know what else you have there snowy, or what your preferences are, but don't overlook putting some spring bulbs in there as wellif you have room, especially when the shrub is small.

Many of the narcissus are scented - Cheerfulness is one. Crocus, primulas and snowdrops will also be happy enough as long as it isn't too dry, and you can always move them as the shrub gets bigger   

Lawn damage

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:40

Possibly badgers

A Wonderful Climbing Plant for every garden

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:38

I got mine from Chiltern Seeds 

Ornamental Trees in Back Garden

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:32

Just one thought - decking areas where you have the shade of trees won't be very good for a play area. Slippy as h*ll. 

Anyway, apart from that!  Can't see the pic clearly enough to ID your trees, but there are trees which don't cast heavy shade, and that would make them more suitable for your purpose. Many of the birches (Betula) have a light canopy, and some have beautiful, ornamental bark, so they look good for a long period. Amelanchier lamarkii is also an excellent tree/shrub. It doesn't get too big, and has flowers in spring, berries in autumn, and great autumn colour. Again, a light canopy, so doesn't cast too much shade. Some of the crab apples, or apple trees on dwarf rootstocks,  don't get too big either, but it really depends on exactly how much space you have. They will all take quite a while to get big anyway. 

If trees eventually get a bit big, you can always raise the canopy of them - that just means removing lower branches so that the 'top' of the tree is high, and you have more trunk exposed, allowing more light in. 

Growing trees in pots can be done, but they will require a lot of looking after, so I wouldn't recommend it. Far better to grow something in the ground suitable for the purpose.

Planting in the ground is infinitely better for the trees, but when you plant, clear a good area round the base - about a metre in diameter. Grass will just compete for  moisture and nutrients, and make it difficult to keep the grass tidy round the trees too. Prep the ground well with plenty of good compost and slow release fertiliser like blood, fish and bone, and once planted, and well watered in, apply a mulch of bark or something similar to help retain moisture, and keep well watered untill established, especially throughout the first year. Also - make sure they're properly staked.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 19:12

Surprising how communication seems to be totally missing in many organisations isn't it? You wouldn't think it would be that difficult, would you?  

Quick pizza for dinner. Don't think my fingernails are in a suitable state to be chopping veg etc 

Why use a trowel when your hand cleaves out a very good hole for small plants and bulbs 

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