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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 15/02/2018 at 16:00

I hope you're enjoying the grandkids Yvie.  Knees OK now thanks but only cos I found some old meds from when I had slipped discs and trapped nerves in my neck.  Bit stiff, very swollen but "feeling no pain".

10C here and not raining tho some is expected later.  Minstrel pussy is a very happy bunny as she can play outside at long last.

help - large tree close to house (conifer??)

Posted: 15/02/2018 at 15:32

The one on the left is a conifer and unlikely to cause much, if any, heave when removed.  However, do get a full survey done and then, if you go ahead, get a tree surgeon to remove it cos it's swamping the house and is not, IMHO, a good look..

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 15/02/2018 at 15:29

Have a wonderful time SH, both of you.    Just be careful about bending over!

DL - you snuck in!   Love Manchester.  Have a great time.  OH is fascinated by the curling too.  I don't get it but each to their own.

Any computer geeks out there?  I've lost my bottom line with shortcuts to Email, Chrome, Word and Excel and also volume control, state of internet connection.   Very frustrating.   We've scanned for naughties and re-booted to no avail.

Plant ideas for Handicap Ramp

Posted: 15/02/2018 at 13:17

The roses I've suggested are shrub, not climbers, and will give repeat flowers and perfume.

Try and mix in some evergreen plants too, maybe a variegated holly (female to get any berries) or photinia Red Robin (fresh new shoots in spring and after clipping are red), or maybe a choisya aka Mexican orange Blossom.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 15/02/2018 at 13:13

Good afternoon.  Cold and grey here so I have spent my morning in bed with a cat and a book and just resting apart from when Rasta doggy came to say hello and jumped up on my knees.  Why?  Today of all days?  When I did come downstairs Bonzo doggy early wagged them to death.  He has a very strong, communicative tail.

Need to clean the old cooker this pm as its new owner is coming to take it away.  Happen a bit of movement will loosen me up.

LG and Chicky and Hosta - how lovely to be following your daughters so closely.   Possum is enjoying her internship so far and is very chatty online so that's good too.

WW - sounds very busy to me.  Hope the visit goes well and the lasagna and pictures.

Joyce - good luck with rhodo.  Liri - lovely bear.  Hhog - how long for the work?

IanR - no idea.  I do remember form years ago when I had to go and see a chap about a knee injury (riding accident) that they made blanket appointments for everyone at 9:30 and then worked their way thru.  Hugely inefficient and waste of time.

Hello to anyone I've missed.  Everyone gearing up for a good weekend?

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 14/02/2018 at 22:31

Thanks for the sympathy everyone.  My right knee is looking particularly colourful and fat despite all the arnica gel.   Usually works a treat.   Let's hope it reduces overnight.

Sat on the sofa all evening going through patterns online.  6 new patterns ordered fro me and Possum.  They'll keep me quiet on rainy days.

Very wet here too Busy.  OH is getting a bit fed up but I'm still happy with it.   We've caught up with what we didn't have last year but need some spare for this year.    I hope your OH gets home safely.

Wonky - looks like some interesting stuff in there.   Don't like religious art but that nature study page looks fascinating.

Plant ideas for Handicap Ramp

Posted: 14/02/2018 at 21:12

You'll need to fork in plenty of well rotted garden compost or manure to break up teh clay and improve its texture and thus allow roots to get down and find the nutrients and water they need but then you'll have plenty of choice.   Have a look at these for starters:-

Viburnum plicatum f tomentosum – Clusters of white flowers from spring and thru summer, autumn leaf colour, sometimes red berries that turn black.  Compact.  Grows up to 2m.

Viburnum carlesii – different leaf shape.  Fragrant flowers in spring.

Lonicera standishii “Budapest” – scented flowers in winter and early spring then followed by bronze foliage which turns dark green.  Semi evergreen in milder winters.  Shrub, not climber.

Cornus sanguniea “Winter Beauty”  - deciduous but has colourful stems all winter and colourful foliage in autumn.   Cornus alba sibirica is another with very bright red stems in winter if pruned back every spring and good autumn colour.

Tree peonies – several available with different flower colours from yellow to pink.

Buddleias would attract lots of butterflies and come in a variety of flower colours now.  Need pruning back every spring to control growth.

Look at roses such as Nevada, Bloomfield Abundance, Marguerite Hilling, Vanity, Claire Austin

Small, North-Facing Garden

Posted: 14/02/2018 at 20:08

As you are new to the house and also new to gardening I would wait a while before making changes.  It is a good idea to watch a new garden for its first year anyway to see how it grows, what perennials and bulbs re-appear in spring and also how you might wish to use it.

I'd concentrate on sorting out indoors first and then observe your own garden as well as your neighbours and see which plants work and which you like.   Come autumn, you'll be ready to start planting new shrubs and bulbs at the optimum planting time or you'll know you want to move things around and that's best done in autumn too..

Plant ideas for Handicap Ramp

Posted: 14/02/2018 at 20:02

I take it you're in the USA then.  

Do you want a solid feeling hedge or a group of shrubs to provide interest with varying colour, texture, flowers, berries?  What kind of soil is it?  Clay, loam, sandy, stony, acid, neutral, alkaline?   How much rain do you get and which way does it face and which is the main wind direction?

All of these will affect how well plants grow and thus which will be the most suitable for your growing conditions.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 14/02/2018 at 19:54

It was Dove and I think the couple of glasses of Chinon helped too.  It's a very popular lunch place with all sorts of people from shoppers to office mates to road teams.  Great atmosphere and very good value.  Sensible too with wine sold by the glass, 25cl, 50cl and bottle.  Not hungry but need to eat a little something so I can take some anti-inflammatories.

Is your knee OK now or are you still doing physio?

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