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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 12:43

Sounds great DD.   Relaxing takes practice.

Nowt wrong with cheap and cheerful if it cheers you up and changes the pace of life for a few days.

Copper Mixture

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 12:39

The RHS recommends a barrier method as there are no chemical controls available to amateur gardeners.   Too late for this year but worth thinking about and preparing over winter so you're ready next spring when the fungal spores land via raindrops and do all their damage.


Pumpkin ponderings - will they ripen? What's wrong with the leaves? (etc)

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 12:13

I agree but I would also "stop" the plants by cutting off the stems beyond the ripening pumpkins so the plant concentrates energy on those and doesn't waste its time trying to make any new ones.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 12:08

Hosta - reality check.   Have to have some space in the plant wagon for clems and roses and other precious perennials, not just hostas.   There are geums and hemerocallis and lychnis chalcedonica and special persicarias and so on that I haven't seen on any nursery lists near the new house.

I divided loads of hostas in spring and gave some to the charity plant sale.  I will keep one of each to take with me and the rest are then spares to give to gardening friends.   The ones I keep will, if all goes to usual plan, thrive and grow and be ready to divide again in 2 or 3 years time.

Quirky Nursery

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 10:38

Once the mix is in the oven Fidget you can potter off and garden while it bakes.

I love the sign in the very low beamed shed they use for plant sales at Great Dixter.......


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 10:34

My coffee is black with two sweeteners in a bone china mug.  Can't be doing with thick mugs.

OH does our ironing and has a pile building up waiting for a marathon session whilst watching golf on TV.

Supposed to be at patchwork class today but no answer at the door so I've come back and will carry on packing and sorting - after checking all is well with Carine but she's not answering her phone either.   Odd.   Wouldn't mind but it's back to school today and the traffic was so much heavier than it's been all summer.  I forgot.

It's cool and grey so far so may go out and do some plant sorting.  Garden group next week so I can offload spare hostas and stuff.

Enjoy the dahlias Busy and the rest DD.   Have a good day everyone..

Quirky Nursery

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 21:37

What?  Bought cake!!!

So many luscious recipes to try on guinea pigs at work.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:32

Been busy - more moving Possum and sorting and packing and people still need feeding in between!

Oh took the dogs out while I cooked and had a fine time - warm evenings bring out the hot air balloons.  7 at once this evening and Bonzo doggy hates them with a vengeance so either buries his nose up the back of OH's knees - extreme walking to heel action - or else leaps about in front squealing and barking.   Now he's curled up on the sofa being as small as a Labrador can get and having his ears rubbed.   Bonzo heaven - apart from food.

I have trouble driving an ordinary mobile phone.  Can't imagine ever needing or conquering an i-phone.

It is not officially autumn here till the 21st.

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:16

I suspect you've been too kind Fishy.   Clematis need a deep hole and well prepared soil but maybe a bit OTT on the garden compost?   Try using a specialist, slow release clematis food next spring with occasional drinks of liquid tomato feed.  Both will encourage flowering.

In my garden I find clems take a couple of years to get their roots settled in before they take off above ground but then they romp away.  Sometimes they disappear for a year or two before doing a Lazarus and resurrecting themselves so I've taken to putting new clems in big pots for their first year so they can develop a good root system before having to compete in the borders.

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:09

P'raps LS's hubby was a cowboy in a former life.    Can't imagine a baked bean sandwich but then we hardly eat any bread here.  Love a bacon butty tho.

No marzipan here but we do like frangipane which I suppose is odd.

Possum told me she'd seen a celebrity in Namur this week - a famous Belgian blogger apparently.

I don't get celebrity.

Infamous I can understand but not "celebrity" for people who are just actors or singers or famous for being on TV.  

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