Latest posts by fidgetbones

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 18:02

Has anyone else been invaded by Ladybirds? The back wall of the house was covered in them. I knocked them off with a paintbrush and relocated them to the bug house. All sorts, especially noticeable were very big black ones with two red spots.  Lots of usual red with many black spots.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:59

I fancied staying at the Hall. They used to do B&B, but now it's only rented out as a whole. It would take a large group.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:58

Yes, Yes, Yes. We need more group trips. Even if traffic gave me a five hour journey back last time.

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 22:00

I would cut the stem off leaving only a couple of inches. Dig the tuber up and prop upside down or sideways to drain any moisture out. When it is dry, dust with sulphur flowers if you can get them, wrap in newspaper and store frost free in a cool place.

cutting garden

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:57

Order some bulbs for spring cutting, followed by large Alliums which look good in a vase, (and last ages)

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 04:37

I moved from a semi with a large corner plot, to a detached with a very long back garden, but a tiny front. My husband to be then bought the house next door and we combined the gardens. I have always gardened since very young. I knew that was what I wanted, but at times, especially when I was working six days a week to pay the mortgage after I got divorced, it did get a bit neglected.  With a large garden, you have to be able to put in a lot of hours or not mind it being a bit messy.

 Now, I am practically retired, the next place will be a bungalow, with a large plot, and less grass, but better permanent pathways.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 04:30

I went into a pet shop last week. They had a live section with guinea pigs and rabbits in. I thought it was so sad. My mice  and voles run around outside. They may not live very long but they are free range. At least British pet shops no longer have dogs and cats in the window. Last time we were in Cairns,in Australia,  in the mall was a pet shop with puppies in the window in a small glass box. I got quite upset. It was horrible.

 Where have you been Edd?

 It's been a quiet summer here. We seem to have lost a lot of regulars.


Posted: 25/10/2016 at 03:54

Impressive tables Gardengirl.

Rotting grapes

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 18:13

Irregular watering can cause grapes to split, then they rot. Also they need adequate ventilation, letting as much air around them as possible.

When to move Salvia Amistad

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:19

I have no non flowering shoots either. I am going to dig a couple up and pot them,put them in the greenhouse, and cut off all the flowering shoots in an attempt to force them to grow side shoots suitable for cuttings. If they die down, I will do cuttings in Spring, and use the original plants back in the garden.

Mine survived overwinter outside, but flowered much later than overwintered cuttings.

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