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Fork Handles

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 08:25

Morning all, brrr it's chilly outside. Just parked my car in front off the house 'cause Mum will be arriving in a couple of hours, and thermometer says 7 degrees C. No wind though, so maybe it'll warm up later. They did promise us 20C for next week.


Muffins were quite good considering it was a first attempt - I tried to share them cyberatically (love that word BTW) but I'm not sure they made it there correctly. This afternoon I'm going to try some home made tomato soup. All these cooking programmes are inspiring me. Weekend is a busy one with working in the garden and two parties to go to.



Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 13:42

Judging from the photo this is Fuchsia Rust. If you Google for Pucciniastrum epilobii and go to the pictures - please, do scroll down a bit -  you'll find that this yellow dust is the first stage of the infection. It also appears on the underside of leaves. Maybe the small Fir in it's presence has been the host?      

Mysterious unknown plants

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 12:56

Pics 1 and 2 are Juglans regia or Common Walnut. I agree with Obelixx about pics 3 and 4.

Fork Handles

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 12:11

Afternoon everyone,

It's a cloudy windy day but I really need to go outside for some serious weeding. Hope it stays dry.

Laptop troubles aren't over yet......wouldn't let me do anything yesterday so called Brother. He said he'd fix this but the same message keeps coming up.  

I learned some new words on here but when I asked our english friend about plonkers he told me to go wash my mouth with soap.   I just thought it had something to do with choirs???

Am going to try and bake some Blueberry Muffins later on so will let you know how they turned out. TGBBO inspired me but I think I'll go for simple first.



Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 13:23

Hi Jean, I always use fresh cutting compost from a trusted brand. Otherwise there's no knowing what's in the compost; I have come across bits of iron and glass already whenever I used brands from the supermarket. Please remember that you will need to pot them on once it's getting warmer again.

re fuel prices: € 1.88 is not the price you would have paid in this region, that's for sure. We live opposite a petrol station and it's current price for unleaded petrol is € 1.82, and they are known for being expensive. We just hop over to the other side of the border and pay € 1.69 in Germany. More than half of the fuel price is just taxes anyway.

re speaking English: we are obliged to learn at least Dutch and English at secondary school. Lots of people also learn French and/or German and nowadays Chinese seems to become more and more popular.

Personally I don't like Amsterdam very much but once every ten years it is fun to explore the canals. I can recommend our region, Maasduinen.


Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 12:13

Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

Kate, you can take some cuttings and put them somewhere cool (but not freezing). By May they should be nicely developed plants and weather provided, flower in July. I sowed them in February and they were good plants. They do need a lot of light when growing and it's hard work keeping them from smothering each another.

Sorry Geoff, along with the laptop my brother also took our very very very tall step ladder so I wasn't able to see the other side of our country. Did you like Holland?

I don't do shorts for the same reason FloBear. In my previous job there were too many nasty critters that loved me and besides that, I can't expose too much flesh to the sunlight anyway because of the risk of skin cancer.                                           

I love raspberries!!


name of flowering plant

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:20

Could it be Nicandra physalodes I wonder? Aka shoo-fly-plant.

What fertilizer to use

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:12

David, when was the Oak Tree planted;  did you prepare the soil and how; have you been watering it during dry spells?  We also need some clear photos of the situation.                                                                                                                     

I agree that in an established wood young trees will have a lot of difficulty trying to staying alive. Young Oak Trees are also known for being quite difficult to grow. They don't like considerable water fluctations and they are prone to a number of diseases. 

Using fertilizer now isn't a good idea because plants are going into Autumn-mode and it will be washed out by rain when the tree needs it next Spring. Also do not water too much as the leaves aren't there anymore to evaporate and the rootsystem might suffer a lack of oxygen. The advice that was given about fertilizing and mulching next Spring is good; do bare in mind that fertilizer and mulch should not come into contact with the stem of the tree, please. 

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:17

It certainly sounds like it's Fuchsia Rust. But a photo would make things a lot clearer for us. You can always check if the RHS has some information on it's website or Google for pictures.  

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:57

Morning all,  it's been quite a while since I have posted due to a major crash of my laptop.  So I had to wait till my brother had fixed it but as of yesterday evening I'm in full controll again, yay.     What seems a bit strange is that this message keeps coming up telling me the software I'm using is not legitimate.....but I still can use it.. 

In the meanwhile we managed to clear part of the garden of weeds, only a few perennial weeds left which seem to like our soil very much. Only two-thirds to go now. And because I still didn't manage to find a new job I've got loads of time on my hand to tackle Creeping Buttercups, Nettles and Thistles. I am planning to try some cardboard layers with compost in between to suppress the other weeds.

Lovely Cobea Pam. I tried them too and I found that they needed a lot of sunshine and watering as well. The first year, nothing. Second year loads of beautiful flowers.I grew purple/white ones. I'm no good at watering plants in containers so now the containers are getting bigger and bigger. At least that way it takes them longer to dry out.

Kate, why are you preparing for the winter already -planting season just started.

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