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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:28

I think there's a lot of viral catch up form all those nasty bugs in the winter.  Can leave anyone feeling tired and lifeless without politics on top.    Take it easy FG and look after your OH Pdoc.

Very pleased to see that a third of USA states are joining together to stick to the Paris agreement regardless of what the Trump and federal govt do and that some of the Oceania countries are signing up to the no plastics in the ocean agreement.  We'll get there yet.

24C in the shade now so I'm in for lubrication before carrying on.  I seem to have a positive forest of miniature bindweed coming up from very deep down in the silk tree bed.   It's going to need constant vigilance and a day to dry out any teeny bits I miss before I can plant and water again.

Painting is indoors or under cover and in the shade.   The house is, thankfully, very cool but I might go and sunbathe later or Ill never get my legs brown cos of wellies for gardening.

RHS Chatsworth

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:26

Jason M - It's £27 for a whole day's entry to Tatton - if you order and pay in advance - and hours of fun.   That makes it £é to 3£ an hour depending on how long you stay.  

Take a picnic and a bottle of water and you'll only need to buy an ice cream and some plants.

Seems like great value to me.  Compare it with a concert, a football match, a theme park, a day out anywhere else........


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:18

They prefer the flower buds don't they?

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:04

Curioser and curioser!


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 08:42

Slugs and/or snails.  They love fresh clematis foliage.  

Treat by picking them off around dusk when they come out to feast or with nematodes or slug pellets.  If you use this last, do it sparingly and keep away from pets, children and hedgehogs.   You could also try a beer trap - saucer or cup of beer placed in a shady spot near their target plant.  Clean every morning.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 08:09

Not watching any news or politics here.   Too depressing.   I was muttering about creationists yesterday and OH asked what they are!  I've long suspected he only pays attention to golf and sports news and progs.

I think roses will win the vote.

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 07:51

Well, I for one, learned a great deal every single week with Geoff H.  Even when it wasn't relevant to me or my garden he made it interesting and do-able and I couldn't wait to get out there on a Saturday and get stuck in.  These days it can be Wednesday or even Thursday before I get around to watching GW despite MD's plot having so much in common (cold and wet) with my Belgian garden.

MD is articulate and well-meaning but often spouts rubbish I'm afraid and I find his obsession with hedging and separating areas quite claustrophobic.  Gardening is about being outside and communing with nature and plants isn't it so what's wrong with a bit of open space instead of narrow vistas and everything hemmed in?

Beechgrove is very different in terms of climate and late season but still very relevant and informative and enjoyable.

Who's nicked my figs?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 07:37

Hope you didn't get a tummy upset Bob.  They were rock hard still.

I suspect birds too Mary as we have wood pigeons and turtle doves about and lots of small brown jobs.  Too big to net so it'll be a fruit cage in the potager and a new fig tree just for us!

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 07:34

Good morning.  On parade early so I can get some weeding done before it gets too hot and then, guess what, more painting - 2nd and last top coat on the wardrobe thingy, more coats above and below for the new garden chair seat bases, more red on the IKEA thingy and another spray on the metal garden table..  Some bird has decorated the teak table so that needs a wipe and maybe another coat of protector oil.

Spoke to Possum last night.  She'll be here for the summer and wants to learn to paint furniture.   Aaaaaargh!   Good job really as we have the ex kitchen cabinets we're recycling.

Dove - we are still getting t know wines here and found a very palatable local one at the restaurant on Friday which we will hunt out.   I find French wines a minefield of unpredictability and if you don't know the terroir and what the harvest was like or the weather in any given year, not to mention which socks he was wearing when he tramped the grapes you can get in trouble.

I can think of many better places to be Clari but hope you enjoy your service.

Hope you mist has gone now Pat.

Oriental Lily Bulbs in large pot

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:07

Certainly more likely than if you don't plant them.

I have bought bulbs at Chelsea in late May and planted them straightaway in pots and they have flowered by autumn.

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