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Posted: 13/06/2017 at 13:32

It can be a bit stinky when in flower and then the whole plant dies down when the flower is over.  It will come back next year if you can manage not to decapitate the crown with the hoe later on in the season.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 10:08

Given all the leaf cover in trees at the mo I have a hard time watching the birds and have to stop and concentrate on where they're singing, calling or shouting from and identifying one wee brown job from another is harder still as they won't stay still.  Yesterday we had hoopoes, green woodpeckers and spotted woodpeckers and magpies all nattering plus robins, blackbirds, and unidentified songsters.

OH cleverly decided to put a deep mulch of long hay like grass strimmings on his grapevine and kiwi so i've had to go and give them deep drinks and that led to pottering with pots.   Now i'm off to paint before I have to fetch Rasta.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 08:45

Good morning.   Hope OH is doing well Joyce.   Best wishes to Chicklet.  Well done Wonky.

I have deposited Rasta doggy for her haircut.  Funny how she gets all luvvy when she thinks I'm abandoning her to her fate.   Bonzo has followed OH out to help him strim path thru the snake patch and Minstrel is having a cuddle on my lap.   

I'm about to do a last coat of paint on wardrobe bits and the under side of the char seats and then a big tidy up and clean.   Lovely.

Have a good one everyone.

The dreaded bindweed

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 20:42

You can also fold the stems into a bucket of glyphosate solution if that's easier and on really awkward bits put on some rubber gloves and then dip your hands in the solution and rub it over the offending weeds.

You need 6 hours of sun for it to be absorbed and then 2 weeks for it to be taken down and kill the otts and it may well return as the teenisest bit of roots left intact will regrow.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 16:41

Frustrating Clari.   Sounds like you need that Doctor in the House chappy to come and stay with you and see what's going on.

Enjoy your brownies.

The end to painting is in sight!  Just a second coat to do o the wardrobe door and it's drop down shelf and another coat on the chair seats.  Then a mega house clean, grass cutting before a few days off as we've got friends coming to stay and outings planned.

Rasta has rolled in something unspeakable and stinks so will be straight in the bath after walkies.  'Orrible dog.  Hairdresser tomorrow so she'll get new nail varnish.

The dreaded bindweed

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 16:33

Petrificous - you can't apply it in a bed unless you buy an expensive gel form and paint it on.   Try twining it up canes then, when you have enough, put it in bin bag and spray with glyphosate or other systemic weedkiller.  They are indiscriminate and will kill anything green that they landon so care is needed.

How to stop lavender dying

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 14:35

Thirst?  That pot is too small for 2 lavenders.   They don't want to be wet but they do need some moisture at their feet on a balcony where they are exposed to sun and wind.

What is this plant called

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 14:32

Not a geum.  Potentilla.  Both are good plants with flowers in a  good range of colours but very different leaves.

Beans and cucumber died!! :(

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 14:31

You can't rely on enough rain getting into such a narrow gap and penetrating down to the roots.  They will still need regular watering.

I agree with Pete about filling the planters more.  The plants will get better air circulation and look a whole lot more attractive sitting higher up.

What is this tree/plant?

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 11:30

Blown on the wind.

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