Latest posts by fidgetbones

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 22:18

I think I might need something stronger than Tea.

Mysterious pea problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 21:38

In my experience, mice or voles will take the whole young  plant.  I have had entire trays of three inch high sweet peas taken.  they were in the greenhouse. A mousetrap sorted the problem.


Posted: 08/06/2017 at 21:34

Well it looks vaguely like a dahlia cutting. Did you leave any in at the end of last year.? They would be emerging around now.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 21:14

You tell me. I heard the NHS in Wales is in a  state.  I think everyone could contribute £1 per item for a months worth.  It would stop a huge amount of waste at a stroke.  Foreign nationals on holiday turn up..produce the credit card machine. They do it to us. There  needs to be a hard line drawn on this. Come here on holiday, get Medical Insurance, produce credit card, reclaim it from your insurance.

When does the radish season finish

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 20:13

You can sow radish every three weeks from March to September.  That gives a continuity of crop.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 20:10

It seems that only those in paid employment pay.  I have done nearly as much training hours this year as I have working. All to give out basics like 24 Paracetamol or a bottle of Ibuprofen mixture for kids. The minor ailment scheme means people who do not pay for prescriptions, come to see Pharmacist instead of Doctor for  stuff they could just buy.  I would be eligible. (over 60 free prescriptions).  I find this horrendous.  The cost to the NHS via the taxpayer is enormous.  £4 per item plus cost of medication.  (60p for 24 Paracetamol) Whatever happened to people looking after themselves, instead of expecting a magic pill for every ill, all at the NHS expense? It results in people coming in with shopping lists to stock up the cupboard. When I refuse to supply medication on the off chance they may need it at some future point, I get abuse. I am retiring this year.

Chatsworth Photos.

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:15

I deliberately didn't look at the explanations. To me it should either look like a garden or not.  It either appeals or not. As I said, we tend to say it how it is in our family. Honest or blunt, depends on which side you are on.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:02

All Pharmacies in UK accept used medicines.  (DOOP)  They all go to be incinerated. The storage conditions and possible risk of contamination  cannot be guaranteed and so they cannot be reissued to other patients.  We used to send unopened, sealed packages in date to foreign aid, but the aid agencies said that if they were not good enough for UK patients, they are not good enough for patients in war and  Famine zones.  So it all goes to waste. I won't go into how many times I get a black bin bag brought back by someones relative, and when we open it up there are several months worth of unopened medicines, more ordered when they had plenty and were not using them, all because it is their "right"(and it is free). we don't get a lot back from patients who pay for their prescriptions.  When some tablets are £1 each, and some inhalers over a hundred pounds a throw, I get somewhat wound up.

On a day when I am getting wound up by politicians, and their minions, don't get me started.

Someone outside the polling station asked if she could see my card. She got a curt NO, its supposed to be a secret ballot, and she shrank back. The polling officer at the door smirked.

The jehovahs witnesses at the door got a short answer as well. I do not want to go to a convention in Coventry.

Chatsworth Photos.

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:48

Having found my guidebook...The flytipping, is a freeform garden  called " path of least resistance." Apparently it promotes sustainable and resilient gardens of the future , and highlights the strength and versatility of plants found on post industrial urban wastelands.  These apparently evolve to become biodiverse areas in which wildlife thrives. More like a deathtrap as they get tangled in the rubbish.

Planting Now For Next Year

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:28

Grow them on until they fill the pot , but then plant out in final position, while the soil is still warm, and they will grow to big plants to flower for next year.  They are all hardy and don't need overwintering indoors.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Chatsworth Photos.

Photos from the Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 
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Chelsea 2017

Any thoughts or musings? 
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Hello Forkers December

A friendly place to chat about anything. 
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Plant of the year

what has been your plant of the year? 
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insects on ivy

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tonights beechgrove, red hot pokers.

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Ghost orchid

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Manganese in Epsom salts?

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Do you remember?

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plant identification

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Aquilegia flowers 2016

Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 12:06

New look forum

What the chuff have you done to it? 
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The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Special offers

time limited special offers 
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Fantasy garden

Other papers have fantasy football, or fantasy portfolio. As we can't do much in our real gardens at this time of year, let us have a fantasy garden 
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