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Posted: 31/08/2013 at 00:58

Who is this wonderboy? Can't wait to meet on here!  Will look for older posts, but if anyone can give me a hint on where to look, would be appreciated. Thanks.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 00:54

All of you who have 'useless gardening OH's' should think yourselves lucky that you can have yur gardens to yourselves!  My ex (a professional gardener) came to live with me for a while, and although my new borders (Dug very painstakingly all by myself, on very rocky ground) filled up quckly with plants from his work, they were almost all, unfortunately, ones I didn't like!  Even removed some that I loved.  Has taken me longer to remove the things than  making the beds in first place! Did build the patio I had planned, but now all needs lifted and re-done as he made a c**p job of it.  Well, as I built my greenhouse alone (and moved and levelled the sleepers for the base), and my smaller shed, I'm sure I'll manage that, too, when I get time between work, kids and garden.  What a great summer, garden has never kept me busier, but can't keep up with the picking and preserving!  No time to sit in it with a glass, but I do take a large glass when working out in it!

 On the neighbour front, I get irritated with mine wanting a chat over fence when I'm in middle of a long job and don't want disturbed! I know, I know, I shouldn't complain, I'm very lucky to have such lovely neighbours, but when will they learn that if they won't let me pick my fruit, veg and flowers, they won't get any?  And now nights drawing in!  Seems only yesterday I was out 'til 11pm (I'm in Ayr), and now too dark to see out there by 9pm!  Too much to do, so little time!  Sorry, whinge over!

Tea, patio will be being re-done shortly.  If you manage to remove your wee 'D' prob, I may be able to help dispose of the evidence?!!!!  Unless you do manage to offload him onto 'Hyacinth'! Maybe they would be happy making each other miserable, but I pity the nursing home that would end up with them!

Waterbutts, I think all veg (except toms, onions, garlic and a wee bit homegrown salad) is 'goo', own or bought. My boys love it and CAN taste the diff, but I even grow veg even they hate.  Don't know why, jst like growing it!

Anyone in my area want perennials? got lots going, FREE, including hostas, veronica, hemerocallis, solidago and some whose names I can't remeber right now.  Some in pots, some removed and just sitting, and loads ready for division so I can make more space for bulbs, cutting flowers and, well, just more things that I and the bees n butters like. Really, just space for MORE!! 


barking dogs

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 02:00

Hi, I have had a sim prob with labradoodles.  They guy had a bitch first, then bought a dog to breed. Ha, hasn't realised about F1 hybrids! They used to bark all of the time, but now bark rarely. One will egg the other on, even if the first was taught not to bark.  There are many remedies, depending on the dogs and the owner.  Have you pointed out to the owner that this is disturbing your peace, (and possibly causing your dog to bark back?)  If you are friendly with your neighbour, you may be able to sort a remedy with him/her.  If a new neighbour, as you say, try to get friendly first, before you complain.  There is nothing worse than enmity between neighbours.  See if you can go walks together with all of the dogs, so they get to know each other, and so do you people.  Then bring up the problem barking with them.  They mey be so used to it that they don't hear it anymore, or it annoys them so much that they repeatedly tell the dogs off without really addressing the prob.  The latter sounds most likely, as if the dogs baark for attention, they are getting it, even if only to be told off.  As a responsible dog owner, you know this. There are many reasons to get the owners onside, but the main one is that you need them to let YOU discipline their dogs when they are away (if they leave them outside), and you all need to decide on a resolution that will result in having friendly neighbours.  There is nothing worse than bad neighbours, as you have to live with them every single day of your life, unlike family or friends!  You CHOOSE friends, you put up with family, but neighbours can really make your life heaven or hell.  I've had both types, and diplomacy is (usually) the best answer.  You already have dogs in common, even if they are the problem.

It is quite possible that the barking annoys the owners too.  Do they shout at the dogs a lot, and is that as annoying as the barking?  What do the dogs bark at?  Did they have the bitch first? (I'd like to bet they did, as bitches are less territorial, so less likely to guard all perimeters.)  Many dogs bark out of boredom, and this can be quite common in playful labs.  They are not a 'Guard Dog' as some other breeds, which bark to repel intruders.  Are the dogs given toys, chews etc when the owners leave them for work etc?  Labs are very greedy dogs, with a very strong need to chew.  They are also very friendly dogs, very gregarious with humans, and intelligent.  Although unaggressive, they need constant stimulation, and without it will develop unwanted behaviours.

Unfortunalely, these days, many people have discovered that dogs can be a 'status symbol', and the price of some dogs has risen sharply.  So pet owners have thought that they can 'have a go' at breeding.  'I've got a nice bitch, she's got papers, I won't pay the stud fees so I'll get a dog of my own to breed from her, and maybe charge other people to use the dog'.  Thus a 'puppy farm' starts.  These people haven't looked into breeding, demand, genetics, etc, or even into the rudimentaries of training thier owwn dogs before they breed puppies. Adult dogs train puppies, just as we train our kids.  So if there are bad behaviors there to start, which were taught by humans, they will carry on.  But the cycle CAN be broken.

I'm sorry, I went off on a tirade. I am a dog groomer, and see some horrible examples of bad behavior in dogs that could be prevented or cured with a little thought and understanding from the owners.  And can give examples of owners who have changed dogs lives and temperaments forever.

I think I should edit this before I click send, as I went off into a tirade about irresonsable dog owners, but the wine kicked in, so I'll send an

bumblebee nest

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 00:33

Is it worth perhaps putting some of the compost into a pot as Simmo says, and carefully moving the brood (cells) into it?  The bees will Know the scent of their brood, and will hopefully follow it.  They may re-establish a small nest before winter so that the normal life-cycle can resume.  My neighbour recently destroyed a BB nest when cutting his side of the hedge, and panicked.  I gathered what I could and put it in my raspberry cage on the other side of the hedge, in a similar habitat a few feet away, and nowtake great pleasure in the bees checking me out and buzzing around my head when I go in to pick.  I watched them excavating the site of their new nest (fascinating!), and I really think they have helped my rasps with pollination.  They also attack any wasps that come too close, so they have been less of a prob in there this yr.  I have a nest of BB under my shed every yr, although the exact site and entrances change.  I believe that they never use the same site twice, but will stay nearby if undisturbed.  Incidentally, my wee boys are happy to rescue any BB we find in the conservatory by feeding them with jam, honey or sim, on their fingers, and have never been stung. They are lovely creatures! Save if you can, pls. 

A sad day :(

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:54

Oh, what a shame.  I nearly pulled the kids pumpkins 2 wks ago, but then found a fruit on one that is now 6" in diameter, and a smaller one on the other.  They have been very late this yr, but as they are growing fast I am keeping them so far.  Have removed the extras that have suddenly set so as to put all of the strengtn into these two.  Am feeding like mad and hoping for best, as they seem bigger every day.  They still have nearly 2 mths till we need them, so fingers crossed.  The best we ever grew was 4 stone, started it indoors, then planted in the compost heap as no room elsewhere at the time. That was the largest of 5 that we got that yr from 2 plants.  The others were around the size of Tescos giant ones. They had far less care and attention than this or last yrs attempts as I was building my garden that yr. This will be the way we'll do it again next yr.  However, the snake and swan gourds have not set any fruit, in spite of lots of growth annd flowers.  There never seem to be 2 flowers open at same time for pollination, even though we have 2 of each. (I have 2 boys competing with each other, so everything has to be fair!)  Will let you know if these become big enough to carve for halloween, but i'm not giving up until it's too late!  Don't pull the sqash yet, if getting enough flowers, pollinate with a small soft paintbrush and hope for the best!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:25

Thanks for your welcomes, everyone. It was a thread begun in April, I think, that I heard of Brumbull  It was still open, so I joined in, then posted a pic tonight, as I seem to be having a little luck, but could do with more specialist fuchsia advice.  Anyone out there?


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:18

Hi, I'm new here.  My, what a lot of stuff to read! Will never catch up.  You all sound like a close, friendly bunch.  I first found the forum looking for anyone who had made twisted stem standard fuchsias, to ask a little advice.  Now am getting fascinated in all of the discussions!  I saw Brumbulls posts about the 2 variety twisted fuchsias, and was wondering how he got on with them?


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:46

As promised, a pic of my best 3yo twisted standard.

 You can just see on the right, this yrs 3 stem twisted, and a baby 4 stem crossed in the background. Have high hopes for these and others, barring accidents. Has anyone overwintered fuchsias as a houseplant?  If so, how did they perform outside the next year?


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:51

Will take and send pics of the older ones under repair tomorrow. Been too busy with picking, pickling, preserving etc over last few days!


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 00:18

Hi, I'm new here, but have to tell you that I have grown 2 twisted stem fuchsias that are now 3 yrs old.  Have had some accidents along the way with wind and nearly lost them this yr due to a late frost and just getting used to new greenhouse.  They were both 3 stems, but have lost bits along the way.  They were my 1st attempt, and am training in new stems to replace the damage.  May work, may not, but they both look ok at the mo.  They are Standard height, and still supported. Am still removing flowers to try to save them, and will post pics tomorrow.

This year have started new ones, all 3 stems, with the benefit of hindsight, and a greenhouse to overwinter, although we will still be sharing the house with fuchsias this winter! Have 2 or 3 really promising ones at the mo, quite different, including a bi-colour, and will be starting a Tri as soon as my newer cuttings are large enough. 

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