Iain R

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Snow damage

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 11:08

If it is only one branch I doubt it will kill the tree unless infection gets in. If there is a ragged end to the branch then I would cut back cleanly if possible. If the tear is on the trunk I would pair back with a sharp knife but don't be too drastic just take off the most jagged pieces. If you have any wound sealant it might be a help if not a good smear of Vaseline will stop fungal spores getting in/ taking hold.


Posted: 13/12/2017 at 10:54

Just caught up with the most recent posts. I would agree there is a definite shift from around the 1970's. If anyone else watched the series Back in time for Dinner this,  in a number  of series charted not only the nations food habits, but also many of the social changes that went hand in hand. One of the big problems with many now  would seem to be that everything is someone else's  responsibility. The school / government/ THEY must do something. I think a lot of people have been given a false expectation that everything will become easier/ given to them.  What happened to children learning to cook at home? They don't need to be specific lessons but if no-one is cooking from scratch at home then they won't know or learn about it. My grandchildren see their Mother Grandmothers & me cooking if they ask we show/tell them what we are doing. (They do also do this at school as well).I realised some time ago you learn more than you think just by following & watching, my father never taught me to garden as such, but I did learn most of what I know from him, I watched my mother in the kitchen too I may not be a great cook but I can put a meal on the table & mostly from ingredients I have grown.

Someone else commented much further back "what happened to common sense" the trouble is it's not as common as we might wish. Joshua is also right though we are in danger of becoming a parody if we ignore the bad bits from the past. Life expectancy has risen by more than 10 years in the last 50. I myself have survived 3 conditions 2 of which would have been classed as definitely fatal had I been born in 1903 not 1953.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/12/2017 at 10:29

A mere -5 in the garden at around 8am BUT its now bright & sunny so with the sun coming in the patio windows I won't need the heating on all day unlike yesterday. 

Cymbidium won't flower.

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 16:24
homebird says:

Well Iain, we will see who gets theirs to flower first now....

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 Got one bud just beginning to form- fingers crossed 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 16:13

Laying snow & sleety drizzle means nothing done outside unless you count digging the car out!

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 16:10
Dovefromabove says:

Some town centres are full of coffee shops and charity shops .........

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 You forgot the betting shops , East European grocers and shoe shops!


Posted: 11/12/2017 at 11:25

I always like the creamed butter & sugar bit first  but My mum admitted to me in later life it was more about not messing up the ingredients balance as the reason she tried to stop me taking any.  Getting tummy ache from the cake mix may be as much  about the flour being raw as the mix containing any pathogens.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 10:52

Snow eventually stopped around 4pm yesterday. It's thawing already & sleety rain is hastening it's disappearance. Very grey  as Logan says supposed to get very cold tonight so ice will be a problem tomorrow. We are on a bit of a hill so it's getting back up that can be tricky if it's icy, the gritters don't come up here.

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Posted: 10/12/2017 at 13:00

Great picture Logan we have the same even here on the outskirts of the smoke. No sign of it easing either.


Posted: 10/12/2017 at 12:57

Obelix perhaps I should have said it wasn't local river water or anything  like that, it was the "clean water" at the hotel but they were still advised to buy expensive imported bottled water which he refused to do. We have even had that advice in far less exotic places before where they say the local water is clean but you may not be used to it so buy this expensive bottled stuff.

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