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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:50

Watching Jeremy Paxman on The Thames here and recording Vera and Line of Duty to watch later as OH is stuck in the kitchen watching golf.

Being brought up as a northern lass I know the northern counties well and, whilst Derbyshire is OK, it lacks water.  I much prefer the Lakes and the Northumbrian coast and the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales and some of its coast.   I do like a Bakewell tart tho and the Blue John mines.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:42

OH is watching the Masters in the kitchen so we're recording both Line of Duty and Vera to watch another day.

The sculpture chappy is fun.  he's Belgian and has a quirky view of things.   These photos are from a visit to his workshop and garden - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/0806%20Tom%20Frantzen%20Sculpture%20garden?sort=2&page=1 but he also has some fun scumptures dotted about Belgium.

This one is outside the Africa museum in Tervuren 

This one is near Zaventem airport

as is this one 

When OH asked me to marry him I said yes, on condition he bought a dishwasher.  The rule was that I shopped and cooked and he washed up but I was forever having to put stuff back to be cleaned properly or picking up the pieces when we used our crystal glasses.   He resisted til I gave him an ultimatum one day.  When it was installed he couldn't understand why he'd put it off so long and the breakage rate plummeted.   Result! 

Please can anyone identify

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 20:25

Rhododendrons and azaleas are in the same family as far as cultivation, feeding, pruning etc are concerned.   The RHS offers this comprehensive advice with links to more info should you need it - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=529

Generally speaking you only need to prune them to remove dead or broken wood and then dead head after flowering.   If you need to rpune them to restrict size or renew vigour, there's a link on the RHS page.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:19

He looks like a cross between a  Disney cartoon and a Tom Krantzen sculpture.

I like his playful frogs and elephants too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:45

Learnincurve - the quote function is very unpredictable.  Best avoided.

Our gendarme neighbour is originally form teh French Ardennes but grew up in Paris and married a girl form Les Sables d'Olonne.  He's very dismissive of the previous owners here who, he says, are from the village and have never left the Vendée.    We spent 23 years in our house in Belgium but it was outside the village so we never, ever integrated despite our best efforts.  They even treated our farmer neighbour as an outsider because he was sent to agricultural school in Ciney from the age of 12 and only came home at weekends.    Villages can be strange places.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:39

Cracking day here.  Woke up to bright sun at 7am so rolled over and went back to sleep after a little read then woke up again for a long read and a snuggle with our two kitties, 6 and 8 months, who need lots of cuddles in the mornings.  Here's the whole crew flopped on sofas.

Went to a local plant fair with Possum which featured alpacas, hairy pigs, giant rabbits, sheep, a donkey and a calf and then plant stalls.

Came away with lots of treasures including herbs, rhubarb, 8 different tomatoes, a potimarron, a honey bee tree and some potentillas, a catmint and a penstemon.  Half are now potted on but I need more compost for the rest.    

Hot sun all day but cooler now.  Just as well as we're having slow roast lamb shoulder for dinner - treat for Possum as she doesn't get roasts in term time.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:18

Hi Learnincurve.  Bit of a blank canvas here too as we've moved to a new garden, neglected for at least 3 years and mostly grass and weeds.  I went to a plant fair earlier today and found lots of treasures to nurture til I have beds to plant them out.  Ran out of compost half way thru potting on so that's another reason to go to a garden centre tomorrow...........

Our two wisterias are in full flower now and ponging gloriously and the tree peony is going full blast.

I brought 4 hydranega paniculatas with me, amongst other things.  Prim White started showing leaf a couple of weeks ago but the other 3 have only just shown green buds.   Lots of buds on the roses.  Agapanthus waking up.  Clematis growing well now.  In fact, of the 100+ pots I brought, only one looks like a no show.

Chicky and TB - love the idea of cycling about, especially down by the coast, but first need to take ours to a doctor for new tyres, brake checks etc.  Haven't used them since we got the dogs...

How's the head Wonky?

Hydrangea struggling

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 16:49

If you have ants in the pot it means it's very dry and hydrangeas like moisture.  Give the pot a thorough soaking to re-hydrate it and then get a small bottle of essential oil of cloves from the pharmacy or a health shop and dilute it in 5 litres of water and pour on.   They don't like the smell and will move on.

What is this?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 16:45

In case it isn't mentioned in the RHS link, Japanese knotweed can be very expensive to eradicate so, if its presence has not been spotted by the surveyor or notified by the vendor you may have a case for making them pay for its treatment thru something like the small courts.  Check with a specialist and get a quote for its eradication.

Wilting viburnum burkwoodii

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 15:26

It can cope with sun or shade so just give it time to settle in.  Patience is often a gardeners best friend but I find it helps to check the RHS website for cultivation info before planting new treasures as it helps avoid mistakes - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/91671/Viburnum-x-burkwoodii/Details 

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