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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:13

Wow, respect Joyce and Lantana. I think I'll stick with 5 year olds!

Plant of the year

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 20:07

Rubeckia Herta Prairie Sun. Been flowering beautifully for months now. I'm going to save seed and sow next spring and dig up and try and over winter the original plant. I'd also add Salvia Wendy's Wish to my star list and Alstromeria Indian Summer has been amazing. I'm loving your salvia fidgetbones, might have to get one of those.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 19:49

Oh Clarington, your recounting of the forgotten class did make me chuckle. We've had a year 3 class left at a swimming pool before. Thirty wet, cold and hungry children were not happy to be waiting for 25 minutes. School trips are generally a major stress out for the staff. There's always children who turn up without the correct clothing, in uniform if own clothes allowed, in own clothes when uniform required. Then there's the children sent without a packed lunch and a drink because their parents forgot all about the trip, or claim to know nothing about you signed and returned a permission from. Parent helpers are mostly wonderful, but I've seen parents treat it as a free jolly for them and try and escape by themselves. I've even been at our local beach in the summer holidays and were approached by two mums and their 5 children and asked if l would watch their children for a couple of hours so the mums could go wonder around the town alone. When l politely refused they were really nasty and threatened to report me to our head teacher. My friend l was with was dumbfounded at their cheek.

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 22:59

Oh Newb, don't lose sleep over it all. You have time to think things through. Have you done all your sums regarding extension or move? Sometimes seeing hard facts and figures can decide for you. If you were to stay for the foreseeable future and build your extension , your house and garden would be all of your own design. This would give you a wonderful sense of achievement and pride. Also gardens are subject to evolve regarding tastes and what will thrive in your particular conditions. I, myself try something new each year, and move/ remove plants that aren't up to scratch. One of my  gardening passions is raising plants from seed, devisions and cuttings. This l do in a small plastic standing greenhouse and on my kitchen windowsill. I produce far too many for my own needs , so donate them to a Hospicare plant sale . Sometimes after work if it's been a challenging day, and there's many of those at the moment, l will just go for a mooch around a garden centre, even just half an hour restores peace to a frazzled brain. 😃 Sleep well 

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 15:25

What are your long term plans? Are you looking for your forever house? When you say you are either going to move or extend your current bungalow, do you mean extend up another level, or outwards into your garden? You haven't been there really very long either. Could you redesign your existing garden after the extension has been built to perhaps include areas for a vegetable patch and more flowers. My garden isn't as big as yours, but l have made use of all available space. Choose climbing roses against any fences/walls, plant a clematis or two to scramble through the roses extending the season. Roses are beautiful but are a good few weeks between flushes. I have many roses in my garden, on fences, against my shed, by my French doors, choose compact floriforous varieties and pop in a large pot. Underplant with astrantias ,hardy geraniums and geums etc. Pop in plenty of bulbs to add seasonal interest. I had a small veg patch for a few years when my kids were small. It was fun and nice to grow beans and other crops. But l turned it into another flower bed with shrubs , roses and perennials because it was bare earth for much of the year. I like you it seems have a reluctant under-gardener in my husband. How much help is he likely to be, will it cause friction if you find him unwilling to get stuck in? I too lust after many garden beauties that l simply do not have the space for, magnolia trees, acers and many others. I just remind myself that their time to shine is often too brief and am happy to admire them in other people's gardens.😃

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:59

I would love a 60 by 30ft garden! I would like to move to a bigger house and garden and dream of huge borders and a summer house. But the rest of my family want to stay put because of its location and nice neighbours. You sound like you have busy lives already, do you have enough free time to devote to a larger garden? However if it would be a good investment and you aren't over stretching yourselves financially then go for it.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:37

Good morning Pat. I did nod off eventually and have shamefully just got up now. I am on holiday luckily because l work in a school and its now thankfully half term YAY🙌. I do have a lot of bulbs to plant this week, firework alliums, honeybell alliums, camassias and tulips. However it is persisting down,  much needed though so maybe tomorrow . If it stops I'll post a photo of my purple clematis putting on a lovely second show.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 02:48

The Grenvillea is a handsome shrub. It seems to be very happy in your garden. I really like the shape of the leaves and the flowers. More beautiful irises Pat, l love bearded irises. They are one of my favourite flowers and l have a few in my garden, including a few deep purple ones, Black Knight is a favourite. Also a few yellow ones and some bi - colours. I do wish they had a longer flowering season though. I expect you're wondering why I'm awake at this late hour. I just can't sleep tonight. My daughter was home for a long weekend from uni, and even though l know she's back safe and sound my brain won't switch off. So it's lovely to see your photos 😃 thanks.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 00:07

Lovely irises Pat, are those Lily of the Valley in the bluebell bed? I'm very jealous if they are as l can't get them to thrive in my garden and I've tried to give them a spot with the conditions they enjoy. It is odd to see your lovely spring blooms when I've just started clearing away for the winter. 

Poldark returns

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 20:58

Yes LB, loved that show. It was so well written and original in the beginning. I only watched it because l read Lorraine Kelly in a paper at work raving about this great new drama with as she put it " the most beautiful man" playing the lead. I think I've happened upon most of his roles 😀. He was a good dwarf in the Hobbit trilogy, then there was Hattie, and the brilliant Agatha Christie whodunit, you know the one with the towel...

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