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Please help with plant, tree and weed ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:16

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Plant identification please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:41

Gardener's Garters is a thug when let loose.  Beware.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 14:41:13

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:18

I left several lovely geums behind assuming I would find loads here but so far, only Totally Tangerine.  Hoping the ones I did bring grow well and spread.

Dove - lots of fairly dense hedgerow here and some wild bits of land not too far away with scrubby bits.  This song was coming from trees along the road where our garden meets the neighbours' garden.  They have lots of shrubs and small trees in their corner.   

Far too cold and windy too do much without donning so many layers I won't be able to move so may just curl up with a book myself, indoors, now that the mint jelly has got to the straining phase.  Took me ages to find where I've stashed the muslin!

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:05

Deep countryside here Pansy and no riots  We're in a wee hamlet and are a few kms from the nearest village.  Lots of people about at the local Mairie to vote when I went to the SM this morning but all very cheery and relaxed.

No jackdaws here so far but we do have 2 magpie nests in trees in the garden and on the boundary with next door's.   We did get several visits from sparrows coming down our chimneys after we had them cleaned in October.   Hadn't been done for over 3 years apparently.   Very few small birds about by day but plenty of song and we get them coming to feed later afternoon and early evening.   We were serenaded by a nightingale when we got home from dancing.  Lovely.

Expandable hose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:46

There was a thread about these last year and many folk found they soon developed leaks or knots or other problems.   I reckon a normal hosepipe on a reel is likely to be more sturdy.   I had one of the guaranteed none kinking type that lasted over 20 years.  On my second one now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:41

Clear blue skies, brilliant sun, 17C in shelter but feels freezing in the nasty easterly wind.   No rain in sight.   Farmers already worrying.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:32

It is so cold out there, despite brilliant sunshine, I've decided to stay in for a while and,make mint jelly which is something Possum can eat in industrial quantities but I can't buy here.   OH brought me 3 kilos of Bramleys from the English shop in Belgium and they need using up soon.  Had to rug up to go and pick the mint.  I've saved 3 to make an apple crumble but the rest are now simmering.

I've done some research on the RSPB and reckon our songbird is a nightingale.    I hope they'll like all the insects my new perfumed borders should attract and eat the ones that will no doubt find the veggie patch.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:19

I'd get a cowl fitted too M-U.  We had them starting to nest on or chimneys in Belgium - fine on teh one with no more fires below but not so good on the one for the CH boiler.  Masses of twigs to clear up at service time.

It is perishing out there.  Just had to rug up to go and pick some apple mint to make mint jelly.  penetrating winds blowing from the east still so no chance of rain or much warmth despite the strong sun. 

Tall plant in wet place

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:53

I'd go with gunnera too but it does die down in autumn and the crown needs a good heap of compost poured over it to protect it from frosts but it would love the damp and grow magnificent foliage every spring and summer and provide a great focal point and some privacy as a screen..

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 09:49

Hugs SGL, whenever you need them.

Our first phone was a Trimphone and it trilled instead of ringing.   Very light and plasticky and came with admonishments about chatting more than 2 mins.  These days we have our fixed line and my mobile set to proper ring tones like real phones.

It would indeed be lovely to see the Flying Scotsman and company together.  I have found a small steam line here for an excursion when we have friends coming in June. He's a train freak and has a set whizzing round their attic as well as volunteering on a steam line near their home now that he's retired.  It was his wife's idea.... They don't garden so he needed keeping busy.

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