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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 16:37

Cosmos is home and in good fettle, already gone chasing off round the garden.   Very chatty on the way home.   

I usually go to Chelsea but not this year.  Maybe next, or maybe we'll go oop north to see the rellies and stop off at Chatsworth on the way and I can go the long way round via Geoff Hamilton's gardens.

Lily - we have given away nearly all of Possum's stuff apart from some particular baby clothes and cot sheets and the Duplo sets and the Beatrix Potter books.   Have a lovely time with your family and lots of new baby cuddles.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 16:29

Unfortunately, she's not.  When I first moved to Belgium in 1991 I met people just 2 years younger than me who had experienced the change of policy which said teaching English grammar was no longer necessary.  No idea how to parse a sentence or even identify a subject, verb and direct object so not a clue when trying to learn French where adjectives and participles change according to sex of word they are qualifying.    

She's probably never heard of a conjunctive adverb or their misuse.

Back from vet with Cosmos who is in fine form and is already off chasing wisteria petal round the garden.   €63.90 including having IE tattooed in one ear to show he has "indentification electronique" in case he ever gets lost and found.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:44

I've just had a mail from the RHS - 50 days to go to the new Chatsworth flower show.  Much better concentrate on that and hop the Beeb covers it if we can't get there.

ID Of shrub 'down under' please

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:35

You could get a similar effect with the small leaved, evergreen form of ceanothus as long as you protect it from cold winds and frosts.  Have a look here for varieties - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=354 

Can someone identify this weed/plant, its growing everywhere

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:27

They're the ones with winged seed so can fly a long way from mum without any help from squirrels.   Easy enough to pull out at this stage.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:25

Sorry Liri.  Have to say I don't do party politics any more.   I go for personalities and ideas which still , unfortunately, doesn't leave much about which to feel hopeful.

Cosmos first, then garden.  All this changing of schedules for political announcements has put my daily clock out.

Tempting fate

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:23

Watch it again on i-Player of search for info on the RHS site.  Cuttings should flower in their first year if treated right.  The number of shoots produced depends very much on the health and size/age of the tubers.

Raised flower bed vs Cat Poo

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:20

Yes, take out the obvious lumps and then fork over the rest to mix it well.  Add plenty of organic matter to improve teh sandy soil - cheap bags of multi-purpose compost or soil conditioner sold in DIYs and garden centres.  Fork that in too and then cover till you're ready to sow or plant.

I grew veggies happily for several years in a typical 30s sized garden with 7 of our own cats plus 3 next door and more either side.  You just need to make sure you wash your hands careful after gardening and also wash any veggies thoroughly before eating.   You could try covering veggie beds with weed suppressant membrane or even just sheets of cardboard and planting thru slits made in the form of a cross and then just fold the corners back once you have planted and watered thoroughly.

It would work too for ornamentals but then you'd need an ornamental mulch of chipped bark or slate chippings.  Not gravel as cats love that too.

A water scarecrow or a dog permanently on duty are the only effective deterrents.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:08

I wondered why we were getting PPBs on the Beeb.  I gather form the lunch time news that the local elections are mostly rural areas and Wales and Scotland this time round.

Just seen Diane Abbott being her usual lovely self.  If she were a relative of Pinochio her nose would need scaffolding.

Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:03

You'll be looking at the new screen mostly from below so perspective would help take car of the extra height.  Alternatively, you can buy metposts which are a metal spike with a special cup thingy for holding posts securely.  In my experience they get blown over in strong winds and wet soils but you could maybe sink some in concrete to gain extra height.support fence posts

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