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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: Today at 12:59

Online jigsaws Busy.  You can upload photos and then have them made into jigsaws witha varying number of pieces for others to do.  Several sites available:so not sure which one Pat and co use -




Good for winter evenings and rest days.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: Today at 12:55

Not good news Busy and a bit young too.     I hope you're OK.

Hope you warm up soon Joyce.

Must get on and so some stuff now.  I've been distracted googling around trying to find good, fish free food for the kittens after seeing that bit on Trust me I'm a Vet about fish products causing kidney problems in later life cos cats are carnivores and can't process cereals and fish products.   Boggling lack of info and suppliers out there.

twisted willow

Posted: Today at 11:59

Remove all the straight branches as they will be more vigorous than the twisted ones you want to keep and encourage.  Do this every year to maintain the twists.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: Today at 11:14

We have had some rain.   Not enough to register on the rain gauge but enough to lay some dust and freshen the air.  No measurable rain since we had .5mm on the 6th!   Our water bill is going to be frightening and I'm only doing pots.

June is supposed to be warm, but not baking, and showery.   Not this year. 

Clematis & climbing roses - white & white

Posted: Today at 11:08

Think also about flower forms.  Bees and other pollinators prefer open flowered roses as they can't get to the nectar in the more cabbage flowered varieties.   David Austin has some very good repeat flowering, scented ramblers but you need to check eventual size to see if they'll suit your intended location.

Clematis come in small bell, larger bell, small open, large open and also double forms.   They can be in flower, depending on variety form spring thru to late autumn.  Some of the bell shaped white ones are much more attractive and dainty than the big flat flowered forms but will often have a lilac tinge or a lilac/mauve bar on the back of the tepals which shows when they're nodding.

If you plant more than one clematis, keep the different pruning group well separated at the base or you'll get in a terrible tangle.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: Today at 11:01

Why is Scandinavia so expensive?

Loved the photos Liri.  Thanks for sharing.  It's a beautiful place and looks very restful.  

I'm a sucker for water be it river, lake or seas but the local rivers are teeny and coastal yacht basins are nowhere near as photogenic as Busy's river scene except maybe sunset with the low sun on all the masts.

Your sea looks like very calm GD.  We have yet to see the Atlantic showing its might.  Been calm every time we've visited since October when we arrived.

Hosta - that's a well-timed shot.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: Today at 10:52

We've had rain!   None forecast till Wednesday at the earliest and then only local showers but we are wet - and cool.  Not enough to soak in far but better than nowt and let's hope there'll be more.

Bad night with dreadful cramps so only just surfacing.  I suspect the diet Tonic mix for our soda fountain hasn't got the quinine so will have to go back to making a mountain of plastic bottles.   Maybe find a way to recycle them myself so they don't end up in the oceans.

Chicky - Adelaide is a lovely town with a great covered market and some lovely buildings too and close to the beach and Hardy's wines....   Hope she has a great time.

Liri - I shall go and look at your photos now.  Thanks.

Dove - you'll be doing heel spins by the time that boot comes off.  Hang in there and heal properly.  My broken toe still twinges at me.

Hosta - maybe just accept your sleep patterns are cyclical and relax when you can't sleep?  May help you sleep better.   Any results form your scans?

Greetings to all not mentioned.  Have a great day.

Feeling jinxed or going colour blind?

Posted: Today at 10:38

I once planted 2 new borders either side of a new arch and trellis panel combo in shades of blue and yellow starting with daffs, tulips, hyacinths, clamassia, hemerocallis and clematis.

All the tulips and hyacinths came up pink!  The clamassias died after one season in a very bad winter and both clematis disappeared underground for 3 years.  The blue one is still going strong but the yellow only lasted one season.  The hemerocallis was yellow and was one I'd divided myself.

I love those dahlias. 

Hydrangea trouble

Posted: Today at 00:10

I'd water first and again every couple of days and see what happens before removing damaged leaves.  They are the plants food factory so don't remove whilst mostly green.  Wait till the plant shows signs of perking up..

Plant ID

Posted: Yesterday at 23:57

Not an easy plant to grow.  I've tried from seed and whilst I got good germination, not one made it t adulthood.

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