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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 23:13

Lots of lovely rain today but I can cope with more tomorrow.  Lots of catching up to do after a drought since the end of last July.  Woul dlike some sun or at least dry bits On Saturday but it can tain all day Sunday and Monday too.


Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 18:41

It's amazing what you learn by being on here.  I googled adrenal glands and cortisol.   Who knew?  Apart from PD and any other medics of course.

We have had more rain.  Lovely stuff.   More expected.  I quite like June when it's behaving normally.   Ideal for planting out my babies if I get a mo between entertaining rellies.   Both kittens fast asleep upstairs on their sheepskin and both dogs having extra cuddles from the "uncle and aunts".  I think purring cats and dogs are great for healing body and soul.

Senior SIL is asleep after a bad night and an early start.  The Spanish hake dish will wake her up.  Usually mild chili is quite perky.

As long as there's no high jump Clari.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:24

We are getting close to the time when next year's flower buds start forming so I wouldn't prune now.  Give it a good feed of slow release rose or tomato food to help with that and make sure it gets plenty to drink between now and November or you will get bud drop.  

Water with rain water and added sequestered or chelated iron to help it take up minerals and give it a foliar feed of 5litres of water mixed with 15ml of Epsom salts.  Sprinkle a tbs of the salts around the base of the plant too.   This will provide magnesium which is also important for healthy plants and can't be taken up by acid loving plants if there is calcium present in the soil or water.  

See how it responds and then prune out any obvious dead wood and then prune it to a good shape and size after flowering next spring.

Last edited: 29 June 2017 17:24:54

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:18

These things are weeping tops grafted to a standard stem of another willow so no point scratching the stem for signs of life if the grafted part is dead.  In my experience, these things require vast amounts of water and are short lived anyway.   Ours keeled over after about 5 years and a friend's lasted just 4 years - in Belgium which has rainfall like the Lake District so definitely no shortage of water.

There are far more attractive small trees you can grow that will last longer and be more ornamental.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:09

What a cracking front door and entrance you have Yvie.  Nice wreath too!

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 10:20

Not possible for those of us with dodgy vertebrae tho.

18C here with heavy grey clouds, occasional shwoers and gusts of wind which make the silk tree dance about like a whomping willow.   Good job I thinned its crown or it'd be chucking off branches like the sickly ash.

OH went to bed in a huff last night leaving me to go round and lock all doors and close windows and drop shutters and hunt for Minstrel.  I gave up and she finally appeared for a cuddle at 4am.   Fitfull sleep for me listen to one or two downpours that lasted all of 5 minutes each but we have now had a whole 12mm of rain in the last 36 hours.  More please.   I have babies to plant.

Minstrel and the dogs have "helped" me shred a whole poached chicken for a pastilla.  Next job is the filo pastry and assembly and then cleaning up before everyone arrives.  OH has gone to fetch them from Nantes airport.    I hope he hasn't forgotten about driving in the rain!

No festivals to rain on here but this weekend is the start of the great Belgian escape to the sun as it marks the end of the school year and the start of the official 3 week building industry holiday.  Heaven help anyone needing an emergency plumber or electrician or roofer etc......

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 22:47

Thank you all on Possum's behalf.  She knows now that she's well out of that relationship but her confidence has taken a big knock.   Even now she's doing well she doubts herself but in between exams and results she took off to Rotterdam on her own to explore and met some lovely people and had a good time and stayed safe.  Small steps, but important.

Mega cleaning and furniture shifting day today - with help from Cosmos who thinks I can't manage making beds on my own or cleaning floors......   We now have a dining room!  Won't last long tho as it's also my dance practice floor.

Hosta - both our cars are automatic because, whilst having the initial problems with slipped lumbar discs and trapped nerves, I couldn't always manage the clutch movement on the old cars.  Kind of important.   Now I have to master cruise control on both of these - same car but different years and models - as the local gendarmes are not forgiving.  2 x 45€ fines for 1km excess!  They both fit dogs, baggage, clematis, other plants and sundry DIY and garden bits which is the main thing.

Clari - sounds like fun but try not to frighten them.

Dove - Love a crumpet but in winter.   Not now, tho I did find while cleaning today that 2 radiators had decided to come on so I have adjusted their thermostats.

Busy - bits of rain here but not a lot.   Maybe we'll get the promised downpours if I clean all the windows in the morning while OH is fetching rellies.

Joyce - glad OH is being looked after so well.  Comforting for you.

Good night all.  Sweet dreams.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 22:25

Spent my childhood in Huncoat and Manchester and you couldn''t hav Bonfire NIght without Parkin.   Lovely grub.

fennel tastes like chewing gum

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 14:24

Maybe dill?  Herb fennel looks the same but tastes different.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 14:04

Great stuff DD.  Will you do a French version to attract French holiday makers and locals out of season?

I'll keep an eye in local Trocs and brocantes for china the cups and plates if you like.  Trouble is, they often have gold trim which doesn't do well in a dishwasher.   I'll let you know how I get on.

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