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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:26

Mine is not smart either Dove.  I do not ever want to manage PCs and web searches on a teeny weeny screen and don't need any apps.    Just need it to be a phone for contact if I'm late or Possum or OH are meeting me somewhere.   I've only done texting since I got this one with a screen keyboard.  Life is too short to tap a key 4 times to get an S!

Not scarifying this lawn before we go and the new one won't be fit to scarify for ages.  I suspect it will all need strimming before we can go anywhere near it even with a mower.  Maybe OH should learn to scythe.  It will certainly be quieter!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:05

Well done Clari.   I switched form tea to mint tea about 30 years ago and never missed it but then I was drinking black coffee at the office in the mornings and water all day.   Can you have an occasional coffee or is it the caffeine and tannins you're giving up?   Take a magnesium supplement for the cramps - if you can with your IBS.

Don't you have to try hard to break an axle?

Mobile phones - generally an abomination but sometimes handy.  Mine, for reasons best known to itself, has suddenly switched to a QWERTZ keyboard and German predictive text.   How did that happen?

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:40

Yes Papi Joe.  It's a ruin in our new garden.  Moving at the end of next week.

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:39

I agree - patience and no pruning as this kind flowers on last year's wood.  Just pinch off the dead flower heads next spring when they'll have done their job of protecting the new flower buds from the frosts.   As yours gets bigger it will need some space and some judicious pruning to maintain shape and vigour but that's just a case of removing any dead or broken stems and maybe thinning one a few each year to promote fresh growth and vigour.

The picture below shows plants like yours which are tucked right up against a north facing wall and have not been pruned or fed for 3 years and are covered in flowers.   

Polemonium advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:52

I would sacrifice the marigolds which are destined to die anyway and keep the polemonium happy so it goes on for several years.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:22

Hazel - I have reading glasses all over the house and a specially strong pair in my sewing box for doing embroidery and patchwork.

Pat - you're going to miss the cat!

Well done Hosta for sleep and inches loss.   I like country verges to be a bit wild and have their Flanders poppies and ox-eyes and cow parsley but I keep the edge next to teh footpath mowed or we end up with no path.  The council hasn't maintained the road edges further up and the grass has expanded so there are no more surface drains so water just runs down the road and then, in winter, freezes into a skating rink - all for the want of a bit of verge maintenance.

Item on Radio 4 news this morning about marauding cats - the domestic cat is no longer a detrmined, skillful predator and the stuff they kill in the UK is usually sick and not destined to live long anyway.  Yes - someone has researched it.   The trick is to keep domestic cats indoors at night so the nocturnal life can get on in peace.

I have to take OH to the station so he can have a farewell lunch with former colleagues and then he'll stay on to have a farewell dinner with an old friend and colleague from his golf club and need a lift hme from teh station.   That leaves me in peace t do a last coat of paint on Possum's chairs and sort some more fabric.........

New hedge height advice?

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:14

Escallonia is worth considering.  Small evergreen foliage with flowers in early summer.  It won't mind being kept low.  See this link for a selection of varieties - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-results?form-mode=false&query=escallonia 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:59

I hope you're pleased with your tidying up Hazel.

In Belgium we are required by law to keep our property edges clean and clear so we have to remove any litter tossed out of passing cars, weed the road edge and cut the grass along the verge of our paddock.  In winter we're supposed to clear snow..... 

I hope all that layering hasn't done your neck in again Hosta.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:22

Agree DD.  You've made your escape so the hardest part is over.  Adjusting to new found freedom and all that entails is bound to have ups and downs.   Once you do have your own place and maybe even a tea shop you'll be very busy so regard this period as precious quiet time to gather yourself together so make the most of it.

I can get belly pork here with the skin on but I do have to go to just the one supermarket for it.  I once asked their butchers to prepare me a loin of pork with the skin and they gave it to me dressed French style - so fat trimmed - and with the skin in a separate piece.  Doh!   Going to have to cultivate the local butcher I think.

Smelly now - lots of white spirit for the paint I inevitably get on me so a shower before tackling fabrics.

Climbing across my fence

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:14

My cirrhosa kept its leaves all year till hammered by à -25C which it didn't like at all.  Exit one clem.  Well, several actually and some other stuff too.

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