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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 09:34

That was my first thought too Hosta. Who's buying three lettuces at one go? Unless you have a huge family or are entertaining a wedding party!

Maybe it's this guy.....

he'll have an ever growing family after all. They breed like....well...rabbits..

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Posted: 04/02/2017 at 09:30

It's a constant bugbear Tigrah, but as the mods are rarely around on weekends to delete them, we often have some fun with them if we're bored....

I see 'fil' has adopted the lovely 'hypen with apostrophe' approach, which seems so popular just now. He must have lovely supple fingers  

He must have lots of time. Maybe it's wet and manky where he is - perhaps he's round the corner from me .....

You get the idea Tigrah 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 09:25

Keep up the good work Joyce - we have to get rid of that stereotype 

Hosta - the sad thing is, for every healthy Scot, there's probably about a dozen or more who seriously are like that! Probably several hundred  

BL - hope you're ok. Stormy weather is never fun. Glad you've not lost your humour though - love the joke  

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 09:19

I actually watched it - don't normally see it 'live'. Didn't think the folly was particularly attractive, or  rather, all the other stuff they built. The phrase 'less is more' might have been appropriate   

Perhaps it's because I've moved so many times, but I kept thinking - they'll have a job selling that!

Each to their own though. If they love it, that's all that matters. It just looked cluttered rather than interesting - mainly because of moving the folly, so they had brickwork everywhere. I'd agree with Dove - the paving looked wrong  

Re the cost - 25 grand doesn't buy a lot of hard landscaping and extras. People tend to underestimate that. As Dove says - every time a client changes their mind.....

The allotment was excellent though. I hope it continues to thrive, and people get plenty of pleasure from it. Hard graft but it's always worth it when you see the end result.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 08:59

Morning people - afties Pat. Are you sending some of these zucchini/courgettes over here? Apparently there's  a shortage because of bad weather in Spain and shoppers are being restricted or summat, and so the inevitable panic buying starts. Lettuce and broccoli as well. What is wrong with people! Buy something else and stop being tw*ts.  That's what happens when we 'demand' food products all year round....

There's been the standard jokes about Scots not doing it of course - 'what's a lettuce,pal?' etc 

No  needed here chicky - manky wet cold day here - not suitable for lettuce eating either  

Hope you slept ok Dove. It must have been the snoring that stopped me getting to sleep last night Clari 

I need tea - and porridge. Enjoy your butty Hosta - only one though - you have to keep that slim svelte new figure....

Naturalising snowdrops

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 21:51

We did deviate slightly.... 

I've just realised I wrote east instead of eats in a previous post. I'm assuming you knew what I meant 

Last edited: 03 February 2017 21:54:12

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 21:40

We've only had a couple of small falls this winter GWRS - so far anyway. There's a chance of  some tomorrow night though.

It's not unusual for us to have snow in March and April, or even May in more exposed areas, and it's common above 1,000 feet or so at this time of year and on into spring. Several times in  the past, I've been at shows (agricultural ) in April and May when it's snowed. Racecourses are particularly prone!

Wood treatment for staking apple trees

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 21:25

Ahh - fair enough - I can understand that

Not that we were suggesting you were mean or anything...  

Wood treatment for staking apple trees

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 21:06

I'd agree with hogweed. I don't think it's worth doing.

I assume the idea of permanent staking is because the trees become top heavy?  Tree stakes aren't very dear, so replacing any at a later date shouldn't be too much of an issue - unless you've got hundreds of them!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 19:17

Now is the ideal time because leaves have taken some winter weather stress and they're not looking great. A little bit of judgement when looking at your plants too. 

It's like any plant really - good ventilation and air flow means less disease, so it's about good practice to keep the plants healthy, as much as - or more than - the aesthetics. It also allows the flowers to be pollinated by early insects too, as they're not obscured by foliage. They're late winter plants generally speaking, so the sunlight they get isn't that big a factor regarding their health. Dappled shade is the ideal site.

Mine get very little sun, as it's too low to reach them  at this time of year, and we don't get much anyway. I have some which flower almost continuously right through the year - Blue Lady. Good value 

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