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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 11:33

Typical Dove.  Cos of all the paws here we get the vacuum cleaner out straight away to clear floors after checking surfaces.   

It is almost lunch time and I should be taking the dogs for walkies while the chaps disappear for 2 hours but I am fading and will try and have a snoozle instead.   I've been outside in some fairly frisky breezes rescuing ly first wheelbarrow load of daffs.    Went to start planting some in the bed under the silk tree and it's suddenly full of celandine and baby lords and ladies.   Lots of clearing to do there then.

I took the dogs out for a bit of air and a pee and the kittens scooted thru the open door.  They're now helping the fence men.   Cosmos was 6 months old a few days ago.  I shall book him in for his op once all these strange men have done their stuff so the dogs are calmer while he's feeling tender.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:54

Thanks Dove.  Much appreciated.

I'm off in a mo to collect daffs drom the potager.  Over a dozen large clumps of lovely, pale creamy daffs have come up through the lumpy bumpy turf and weeds but were too deeply buried for me to extricate with my trusty spade so digger man has shifted them for me.   Definitely worth saving if I can.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:14

Sorry - so tired I forgot to wish everyone a good day and a wish for Hosta and a diagnosis at the doc's.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 09:03

Good morning.  NOt a lot of sleep.  OH in snore mode all night.  Thank goodness he's gone to Belgium today and I can get a good sleep tonight.   No chance of a zizz today as kitchen man is here plus two chaps and a cement mixer for the new fencing and another chap with a mini digger.   Bonzo dog is beside himself.   

It started off perishing cold but bright and sunny.   The promised thunder storms didn't materialise but we have had 11mm of rain.   That makes 1750mm since the 20th of Jan.

Judging by the holes for the fence posts and what we've found in the beds we've cleared so far we have claggy clay soil underneath a layer of varying thickness humussy stuff from being cow pasture.  Nothing like the loamy depths we had in Belgium but our gendarme neighbour says we can have lots of horse poo for our compost so it will improve.  

I have moved my new treasures from the shelter of the garage to full sun for the day and now I definitely need another large coffee.

Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:39

I tend only to watch BBC news and find that they are labouring points, speculating, repeating and re-explaining as tho we're all very stupid and didn't understand the first time.   I know it's been a traumatic event and feel desperately sorry for all those hurt as well as the families who have been bereaved but we don't need it to be re-hashed over and over, we don't need endless interviews and re-tellings by those on the periphery and nor should they be feeding the vanity of the people who incite this sort of attack.

There must be some other real and relevant news out there today, good and bad, that isn't being reported or investigated while everyone is on this feeding frenzy.

Bird disease

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 08:29

A few years ago something wiped out our healthy population of greenfinches.  I don't know what it was and didn't see distressed birds but their numbers dwindled to nothing.  They disappeared over a wide area, not just my garden.    However, chaffinches then increased in number as visitors to our garden and we had a thriving colony of very nosiy, sociable sparrows nesting in the eaves of the house.

In this new garden there are sparrows, but nit a lot, chaffinches and pigeons.   No greenfinches.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:18

Me too.  Off to be myself as I need to recharge the batteries for tomorrow - fence men with any luck unless it pours again; kitchen man and digger man with any luck and weeding and prepping and planting to do for me.

Sweet dreams.

Apple tree choice?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 23:15

Do remember that apples need a pollinator nearby so check around for other apple trees or crab apples or consider a "family" tree which has more than one variety grafted on it.  Remember also that the rootstock which will determine the vigour of the tree.

Do subscribers still get free gifts on Cover?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 22:40

Only in the UK postal area.  I cancelled my subscription years ago because the postage to Belgium didn't cover the freebies yet I could buy the magazine with them included in Belgian shops.

Looking for Wisdom

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 17:15

I suggest you go to the library and borrow Beth Chatto's book on creating a Dry Garden.   She explains all you need to know about soil preparation and plant choice.  She created hers on a former car park and there are large trees.

Some photos here for inspiration, taken last May - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 

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