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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 12:29

Have a great day Forkers out to play.

Well done Wales and their supporters.   Heads high all round.

Chilcot took his time but it seems he's been very thorough - so no room for criticism and wriggle from those found wanting.  Very damning about Blair, his cohorts, his cronies and the armed services' top "management" failures.   It is not exactly news that Blair put spin on info to suit his purposes or that sending troops into battle with inadequate equipment leads to unnecessary death and injury so why do they keep doing it?

DD - you are exhausting.  Make sure you keep some energy in reserve for you and Charlie and your new future.   Good advice about putting stuff aside somewhere safe so you don't lose it or forget it.

No rain today but, after a busy morning taking all 3 critters to the vet for their annual jabs and check up plus worming, flea and tick treatment, I have to tackle our attic.   Need to remove and replace wet insulation after roof tile were blown of in one of our wetter gales.........

Chelsea chop question

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 22:18

Achillea doesn't flop when it's grown hard.  In too fertile soil it gets lax.   I moved some from one bed I was clearing to treat bindweed and put it in a nursery bed in the veggie plot - loads of compost at least every other year.   It is flopping all over.  I don't think trimming it in May would be a solution.

I do the same as Topbird with my centaureas.  It suits them and extends flowering.

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 18:56

You need to bring it in somewhere frost free but not heated as when it's in a small pot the roots can get frozen.    It doesn't need light once the leaves die down.


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 17:27

Hazel - if OH bought me an i-phone he'd find his life expectancy seriously curtailed!   If I'm at home I have proper phone, TV, PC to be contacted or watch things on and I have a camera that I know how to work and upload photos from.   If I'm out, I'm busy doing things or talking to people and don't want to be messing with a bloody phone.  I only have this newer model because I needed to send texts for the dance club and couldn't do it via the PC anymore.  Life is too short for a key pad where I have to hit one key 4 times to get an S.

It has stayed dry.  Miracle!  OH has been strimming and weeding our front boundary and i have been doing admin and hunting down containers for stuff I need to move in teh attic.  Cardboard archive boxes expensive and a delivery delay.  Plastic storage boxes with lids very expensive at 15 to 20 euros and not rigid when stacked.  

Problem solved at supermarket - large, plastic, stackable crates for veggies and salads which I can re-use for storing and moving future babies in pots and a mere €3.5 a go.   Result.

No tennis here but quite enjoying coverage of the Chilcott report in between jobs.

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 14:24

As Fairy says - use a pot just a couple of centimetres wider than its root ball.   Pot on to the next size when you see roots poking out.   If it grows well it will need potting up again before autumn.   Keep it moist but not drowning.

I advise you to keep potting on for a couple of seasons at least and keep it frost free during the winter.  Be prepared to grow it on in pots till it gets to one at least 40cms in size unless you have mild winters or can guarantee to give them a thick blanket of garden compost before frosts arrive.    

It's supposed to be hardy down to between -5C and -10C but I have lost two at -8C because they were unprotected, quite reasonably, in early October and still had foliage which was not enough to protect the crowns.


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 11:00

Funnily enough Welsh is the only bit of UK blood I don't have.  The rest is English, Danish, Irish and Scots but I don't do football either way.   Hope they do well though.   Got to love their team spirit.

We've had a sunny start to the day but have been running important errands.   Now it's clouding over again but supposed to stay dry.  Academic as I have to stay indoors and clear up mess and wet bits after recent gales took off some roof tiles so wet insulation to dry out.  Old farmhouse roof so no waterproof layer under the tiles.   Lovely.

Pat - Possum gets very impatient with me when I can't follow "simple" instructions for fancy features on my mobile phone or even know I can do fancier things.  I use it as a phone and for texting which seems enough for a phone to me.    Bit like her not being able to drive a washing machine beyond a normal 40C wash.

Last edited: 06 July 2016 11:00:56

what dunnit?

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 10:46

NUt - having been problem free for years, I have recently developed an allergic reaction to goose grass and now have to wear gloves to deal with it and sleeves and long trousers and boots when wading in to fish it out of shrubs and tall perennials.   Otherwise my skin goes sore and red with a nasty rash.

Don't have any bamboo and a freak -32C killed off my eleagnus in 2009 so can't help with those.

Clematis doing well this year!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 10:34

Lovely clems MP and very well behaved growing through shrubs.  I have mine growing mostly up trellis and obelisks and recent unseasonal gales mean they have been blasted off their supports into untidy leeward heaps and tangles.  The ones growing through trees and shrubs have fared better.

What is encouraging is that Peverill Peach has re-appeared after going underground last year and another big blue clem has come back after a 3 year disappearing act.  Probably Mrs Cholmondley but who knows?  Label long gone.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 17:17

5 hours of weeding and potting up.  Barrow loads of weeds to the compost heaps.  Found geum Mrs Bradshaw being swamped so dug them up and potted them and replaced with deep red hemerocallis with a yellow throat which will be much tougher.

Then found my dwarf white Michaelmas daisies were being swamped and eaten so they've come up and been potted - about 15 babies for a new white bed I'm planning.   Now to find something to replace them with.

It is still cool and very bluster and very dark with low grey clouds.  Supposed to warm up a bit at the weekend.  I'll believe it when I see it.   Despite all the wet the place is heaving with ants and I lost count of the slugs.   They've even laid waste to the foliage on my purple phlomis this year.   Yuk!  

Off for a well eared shower now and maybe a glass of wine with dinner.   OH has picked a load of redcurrants to have with ice cream.


Posted: 05/07/2016 at 12:31

It is cool and grey and blowy but dry so far.  I'm waiting for an emergency roof man to come and replace some tiles blown off in recent gales - right down low so not spotted till we saw a damp patch in the blue bedroom I have just painted.  B****r!

Once he's here I can get out in the garden to play with Marie-Christine who comes to help for 5 hours every other week.  She's a treasure who has formal horticultural training and brings me spares of her plants in exchange for some of mine.   

I'd love to here Busy's talk too.    Shall we book a coach?  I can make some muffins for the journey.   Might have to be the Magic Bus to get us all in and there on time.

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