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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 22:01

Interesting bit about pelargoniums growing on the beach in South Africa. I have never been to South Africa, but  I bought some seeds back that I took off of a plant on the beach in Western Australia. We called it "peppermint beach" not because it smelt of peppermint, but that was the beach I took it off.   Happy days.

I spent some time on the phone to my electrickery supplier tonight. I had a new meter fitted last year. When it first got read before Christmas,they mixed around the night and day units.  I read it and of course the figures dont match. I know that I use much more in the day than at night, but they mixed them up. I think its sorted now. Also I've been overpaying. Cue a refund and  a reduction in the direct debit.

Yes I should have picked it up sooner, but last year was a bit of a nightmare with his mum and my dad dying in the same year.  Checking meter readings was the last thing on my mind.

I went to mums today and she was not in.  Hmm. New shoes out of box so she had gone out. I tracked her down to a local hostelry, with her two remaining sisters and two of my cousins. We joined them for lunch as it was Aunty Shirleys 80th Birthday, and she wanted to go out for lunch for her Birthday. She doesn't know that there is a surprise party planned for Sunday in another local hostelry.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:35

I give mine one spray with provado ultimate bug killer, when I spot the first beetle. That lasts for six weeks, and then I leave them.  Squash all red beetles.

The bug killer will have worn off by the time they flower.

Need help germinating some old bulbs w/ pic

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 15:53

I think theyve already gone to join her. Bulbs dont germinate, thats for seeds. If they dont grow each year, they're dead.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 06:09

Morning beckie. I'm still in bed. OH woke me up when he went to Portsmouth at  silly o clock.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:20

Best buckets for toms  are the florists buckets. Morrisons sell them off in packs, work out about 10p each. You have to drill a few holes in yourself.

I planted 84 Salvia patens seeds in a plug tray today. A couple of last years plants are already sprouting. They will flower first, then this years afterwards.

plants

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:55

What type of roscoea?

. I managed to germinate some R. Cautleyoides from the Kew beauty plants I have. I planted the seed as soon as the pods split. They died down last year, and I am waiting to see if they reappear in May.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:29

Forum was down for me until after lunch.

My garrya is about 3m tall, 20 year old, and responds well to random hacking.  It is currently covered in long tassels.

Cold wind here. I have picked some hellebore flowers to float in water. Sweet peas are germinating. The mouse trap killed a wood mouse in the greenhouse.

One of the neighbours had cowboys in, trimming the oak. Words were said. He said he had permission. A phone call to council had a result of an emergency visit from their tree people, who have spelt it out to him, including the size of the fine he can expect.  At this he backtracked, saying the scaffolding was for cutting the hedge. Liar, liar, pants on fire. I think he has got the message, though the scaffolding is still up. We have taken photos. He has only removed twigs that a  lopper can cut, and provided no rot sets in, they will soon regrow.  Moral of this story. If you dont like having a 150 year old oaktree in the back garden, dont buy the house. The preservation order is on the deeds.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:14

Bank sorted. A lot easier than I thought it was going to be.

I just remembered the car tax was due. Its a lot easier now online, rather than queuing at the post office.

A chicken carcass is simmering, ready to make soup. The buffy ball squash that I grew last year have stored really well. When they are baked though, the inside comes away like fine noodles, rather than like the butternut squash they are supposed to be like. However they make a good substitute for fine rice noodles in chicken noodle and sweetcorn soup.

  OH has had another random blood glucose. 5.3. Practically normal. So the diet seems to be having the desired effect. 

hellebores

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:08

I had one that had horrible black leaves. All new shoots came through the same. It was a harvington hellebore that I bought last year from wyevale. I dug it up and took it back .  All my old ones a few feet away are fine, and the new ones from Ashwoods are fine.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:39

Frost overnight here.

I'm off to the bank today, to get dads name taken off all the joint accounts, and get his isa moved. Everything is in joint names with mum  except the isa. I hope they dont make us go through probate for just that. Some banks will, and some wont. 

Next job is a granny bond.

Then the house is to be put in mums sole name and registered at the land registry.

I'm told that isnt strictly necessary yet, but it will make it easier after mum dies. It was never registered, because dad bought a piece of land, dug out the foundations by hand, then got a builder to put up the shell. The rest, including building the garage, he did himself. The other thing were doing is registering powers of attorney. It came in very useful for himselfs mum, when the powers that be tried to decide what was best for her. This way, the family decides and the key workers, social workers, council and the rest ,dont get to make decisions.

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