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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:21

Busy - change your Word font to Verdana and install an ad blocker such as this one - https://adblockplus.org/ It's free and quite straight forward to do.  If you and OH can't manage it, ask a son or daughter or more techy friend to help.    It works fine on PCs but have no idea if it's good on iphones and iPads as I don't use them.   Internet is often slow here but I get on OK cos of ad blocking.

Liri - the meringue dissolves so the cream goes very sweet and the strawberries go a bit soft.  I now put a suitable portion of strawberries in each person's dish then let them crush their own mini meringues and then I spoon on dollops of lightly whipped cream.  Never any leftovers or soggy meringues.

I don't think I'll ever need to buy another bamboo cane.  OH has taken down and stripped half the canes of what turns out - probably - to be giant miscanthus and has stacked it all in the barn.   Masses of it.

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Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:37

They may be too young yet or in too much shade or have been pruned wrongly so the flowering shoots have gone or they are in need of nutrients or water if they are in pots.

They are not gross feeders but you could try giving them a drink of suitably diluted tomato food to see if that prompts them into making flower buds.

Cuttings of Herb

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:25

You need to do some serious background reading for your herb propagating ambitions.  Start with this from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=639

"Sown fresh" means sowing seeds in suitable compost - not multi purpose.

If you are going to have long term success with herbs you need to invest in some appropriate John Innes formula compost as discussed on your other threads.  Forget multi-purpose.  It is not good for herbs except, maybe, for mint if you add some JI or fine grit.

Do please get hold of books by Jekka McVicar and have a read about each each herb you are trying to grow.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:16

No iPhone, no iPad, no Aldi and I use an ad blocker on my PC.  The upgrades to the GW site are not, unfortunately, focused on better forum access but on better magazine and other access for increased revenues.

Bright and sunny out there but breezy and chilly so I've already brought tender stuff back in.   Need to water all my pots and then take Possum to a golf initiation and then I can potter.  Don't really want her to play golf but want her outside in fresh air and open to new experiences and people.

Have a good BH, whatever you're doing.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:05

LB - no worries.  She was small once - it only seems like yesterday so where did the time go? - and I did have her very late.

White equivalent of Geum

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:03

Astrantias also like moist soil and some shade.  Gorgeous plants tho.   

White equivalent of Geum

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:56

Geum rivale is lovely but needs moist soil.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:40

Possum is not little any more - 22 and went to local schools in Belgium and is now at Namur studying PR.   Here for 3 weeks of Easter hols so goes back on Saturday for summer term and June exams.   Might be here for summer depending on whether or not she gets a student job for July or August in Belgium.   She's allowed to do 30 days tax free..

Sums up my weekend

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:26

What a pain KT.  I hope tomorrow goes better for you, and the rest of the week too..

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Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:24

My mum saw food as fuel and also worried about germs so everything was very well cooked, ie over cooked and dull but she did at least try curries as that was what eating out involved during their 5 years in Tanganyika running a leper colony - Saturday night, once a month at the Indian restaurant..    OH's mum was even worse tho - no curries or Chinese till I got hold of them.

Lantana - my orchids were parked on Possum's window sill but git knocked over by kittens leaping after flies.  I moved them to the window on the stairs where they've been knocked over less but one had its flower stalk wagged off by Bonzo's tail.  I put the stem in a wee vase a month ago and it is still looking fresh.

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