Latest posts by Liriodendron

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Camera Talk

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 11:00

Me too.  Thank you!    Never been to the Channel Islands, think Guernsey is now on the list...

What's happening to my cyclamen?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:10

Looking good, Wakeshine!  

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:03

It looks like Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

gallery of shame

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 23:31

Built-in obsolescence makes me mad.  In the "good old days" you expected to be able to repair everything, including small electricals; my parents loved their toaster, one of those with flop-down "doors" either side, and elements consisting of mica strips in the centre, wound with wire.  Lethal if you touched the element... but none of us ever did, of course, and minor repairs were easy to carry out.  I still have it in the attic.  Couldn't bear to throw it away after Pa died & Mum went into care.  (It might "come in handy one day...")

I had my first electric hand mixer for 32 years before it finally went up in smoke.  Every few years I'd take it apart to clean the cocoa powder etc out from inside the body, and each time there was a spring which would fly across the room, and I'd have to work out how to fit it back together again!  The new mixer has inaccessible safety screws holding it together, and a sealed plug.  Ok, they're cheap, but it's not the point - as my mother, who lived through the war, would have told me.

Pests Damaging Hedge

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 15:11

The white furry stuff looks like powdery mildew, which is a common fungal disease on plants stressed by too much, or too little, or irregular supplies, of water.  Collect up and destroy fallen leaves.  Like Nutcutlet I wouldn't use chemical controls, but if you're happy to use them there are various things in the garden centre you can spray on ornamental plants to control fungal diseases.

I think you can use pyrethrum-based sprays (approved for organic gardening) on the larvae of viburnum beetle, in April.  The adult beetles also eat the leaves, later in the year.  I think if you're determined to nobble the adults as well, you'll need a more noxious killer, which I personally wouldn't use; obviously if you can reduce the number of larvae you should reduce the number of adults eventually...

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 21:26

Wow, gorgeous view, Fairy!  

Hi folks.  Just a quick look in between lawn-laying/singing and bramble-bashing in Devon.  Son's new lawn looks good!

Best wishes for the sniffles.  Mine have gone!!  

See you all at the end of the week.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 14:43

Hugs from me as well, BL.  xx   

Thanks for keeping an eye on the garden, Dove...    Off in 2 mins.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 12:03

Morning all!

BL, thinking of you today.

Pat, some people just don't want to accept help.  

When OH gets those "can you just confirm your details for me & we'll get the money transferred" phone calls, he asks them what details they've got, so he can confirm them.  Do they really not know the meaning of "confirm", or are they just using the formula their bosses have given them?  Anyway, stringing them along for as long as there's time for, then laughing at them, seems to make them go away...  

I'm off to help with turf-laying at my son's house near York this weekend.  Not the easiest job; he's adapting the hard landscaping left by the previous owners, so it will be a circular lawn with an off-set circular patio in it.  Lots of cutting will be involved... hopefully not too much swearing  

On Sunday I've got an all-day choir rehearsal in York.  Then I'm going bramble-bashing on an estate working party at Lee Abbey, a Christian conference centre near Lynton in North Devon from Monday to Friday next week, followed by a singing day in Blackburn on Saturday.  Back to normal on Sunday week!  

So not much contact from me for a week or so.  Have fun while I'm away...  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:46

What a lovely lot of garden to get your teeth into, Obelixx!  

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:39

They are untethered, GD, and can wander where they like along the roads and shoreline.  Sometimes they are quite curious - it's a bit of a surprise when one peers in the window!  One year they took a fancy to my rotary clothes drier and chewed its plastic clothes line, and on several occasions they've demolished a bit of my garden wall looking for tasty things to eat.

You're right about being lucky with the view.  We've owned the cottage for 26 years and I never get tired of it... watching the changing tides and light on the mountains.  I'm going there for most of November - can't wait!  

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Discussions started by Liriodendron

Odd shaped raspberries

...anyone know why? 
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Garden visit - York Gate

Worth a visit if you're near Leeds 
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Chelsea photos 2016

Anyone got any to share? 
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Large Chrysalis

elephant hawk moth? 
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Sowing a meadow

is it too late this year? 
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Help with strimming please

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Raspberry beetle

Any organic control, please? 
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