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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 21:40

Good advice.

Off to bed now.  Sleepy.   Sweet dreams all.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:28

Pdoc - I know it's hard but do try and think about her fears more than your own and ease up on your own.    Try and think positive and, as Hosta says, keep talking.

Pruning Magnolia and Beech Tree

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:25

I think your magnolia could do with a feed of blood, fish and bone and a generous mulch of ericaceous compost after you've had some good rain and cleared any weeds from its base.  Be careful not to bury those bulbs tho and maybe think about moving the other plants to another bed so you can do a decent layer.

I agree the beech looks more like a hornbeam and that the best way to tackle it is to remove lower branches to shoulder or head height to make it easier to get round with a mower.  As with the magnolia, I'd clear a circle of soil round the base to reduce competition form the grass and other plants and give it a good mulch of well rotted garden compost after decent rain so you don't lock in dryness.   Come spring you could give it a mulch of chipped bark to keep it looking smart and weed free.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:17

Fidget - your octopus are just fabulous.  Amazing creatures and shapes and colours and markings.

We get storks and lesser egrets round here but not when I have my camera at the ready.  That fish skeleton is too spooky for me but l love kitties of all sizes and colourful birds and insects

Thanks for sharing everyone.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:13

I dunno - what about all those German miscanthus and heleniiums.  Butterpat would be a good one for you but I may just have to find some Dunkle Pracht.  Wonderful name.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:10

FG - another fabulous photo.

Pdoc - your BH couldn't possibly be a teeny bit stressed about you and your situation!!!  I would be if my OH got seriously ill and would want him to fight it and not feel sorry for himself.   Stress or fools at work will just be icing on the cake for her.   Glad you are better for a long sleep.  Onwards and upwards.

OH is watching recorded rugby.  First England and now Wales.  I'm off to cook.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:05

She is 47 but doesn't look or behave it and is a DJ and has also been a kids' TV presenter as well as a former competitor in SCD so she's in a strong position to present ITT as she knows what the celebs are experiencing, knows a lot of the professionals and is good at hamming up excitement levels.   I expect she's also encouraged, if not required, by the producers and director to be excitable and the whole show is OTT, not just her.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:53

Have a very good sleep and then a lovely time visiting Chicklet and her new surroundings.  Lots of fun to be had.  I love my Kindle too.

It's been a murky afternoon here.  OH took the dogs for a run on the beach which was deserted apart from a few kite surfers and one other brave couple with a boxer, also off lead.   Bonzo played and raced all over with him and then they ran rings round Rasta which is amazing.  Normally he's manic when there are other dogs, especially when he's on the lead.  Progress!    Both dogs now flolopped on a sofa fast asleep.

I stayed behind to pot up some stuff for the plant swap tomorrow.  Need to make us a picnic lunch while dinner's cooking tonight.  Crispy, sticky spare ribs with loads of veggie stir fry.

Hosta, be careful what you say in front of managers or they'll have you managing rostas!

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Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:46

Bright clothing!  She's usually in funereal black every day.

We like ITT for the choreography and technique analysis.   Helps us with our own dancing which is strictly amateur at one hour of group class a week but we love it.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:41

Gardening club plant swap tomorrow so I have potted up some spares.  Not a lot as this is a new garden and most of my treasures are still in pots after the move because we're in our 16 month of well below average rainfall and can't make their new beds yet. 

Despite that, the acidanthera, white chives and ginger mint have happily increased enough to be divided with some to spare and there are enough sternbergia lutea in the garden for me to spare some - autumn daffs and very lovely.  I took cuttings of other stuff but they won't be ready till the spring swap.

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