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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 08:54

Or offer another freebie to rescue?   Poor plants but they'll be grateful for the watering.

Japanese maple

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 08:24

Try google.  There must be something out there but not necessarily a whole book.  Ask at your local library which will have access to lists of "Books in Print" on any subject plus any available to lend in their system.

Meanwhile, there's a bit here if you scroll down - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=126 and here - https://www.burncoose.co.uk/site/page.cfm?page_ref=how_to_care_for_acers 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 08:19

Noisy start here - dogs barking cos the builders arrived and then the dulcet tones of a stone grinder and pneumatic drill excavating the channel through the terrace for the water and leccy to be brought in.  I've been and cleared an access in the cave/outhouse so they can drill with impunity and gusto.

Previous owners just left marine ply covers on the accesses to pipes heading for the septic tank and water cleaning systems so I've asked for proper ones.  Don't want to find that when I'm 37 they've rotted and we fall thru unsuspected holes.

Very misty this morning with visibility down to a couple of 100 metres.  Hope it clears by 10 as we have to go to Olonne to get sick Harry treated.   Cloth ears can finally hear the rubbing noise now that it's become a grinding noise so has booked him in.  That means a trip to the fish and organic cheese and veggies market, lunch by the port and shopping for a present.   Hard life.

Hope all are well.   Love that photo Chicky, and your drawing Pat.  Good news Hosta.   I hope all those Saudi women are given dash cams cos the men will blame them for every little scratch!

Unknown fruit/seeds

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 17:29

I think akebia too.  Figs can be green or purple.


Posted: 26/09/2017 at 16:12

Euonymus europaeus?  Spindle tree?

Japanese maple

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 16:07

I would just remove those low branches, close to the main trunk, as soon as the leaves fall.  Next spring, they should then concentrate their energy on leaves for the upper branches.  You can gently rub off, with your fingers and thumb, any buds that try to shoot from the main stem so you end up with a clear trunk and a fine canopy as they mature over the coming years.  

Keep them sheltered from extremes of cold as this can lead to dead stems which need snipping out once all frosts have passed.   Protect the new foliage form strong winds that desiccate the leaves and looks unsightly.  Paler leaved forms also need protection form strong sun.

Plants we wish they'd stop selling.

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 16:00

Even there they look odd.  Belong on a beach or in a rain forest depending on type.  Look dry and tatty and forlorn or just plain ugly anywhere else tho I did see some in rude health in a recent visit to a jungle garden here.  However, had to be careful of all those sharp, pointy leaves at eye height!

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 15:15

Must be 28 then.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 15:09

Not exactly rocket science is it?   Interesting to note it's  Belgian study.   There's a restaurant in Brussels in a grand, former bank building.  They've put the loos downstairs in the vault with an open, unisex hand washing area in between.  The toilet doors are glass and only go opaque if you close them properly.  There have been embarrassing moments for some clients.

Early visits form the in-laws were fraught at loo time because, in cafés and restaurants the women often have to walk pas men at the urinals to get to their cabin loos.  MIL intrigued and FIL embarrassed.  On one of her later visits, before dementia fully took hold, we took MIL for coffee and patisserie in a lovely place in the Galeries del Reine.  They had a new toilet which flushed when you pushed a button and, at the same time, the loo seat revolved so it could be cleaned and disinfected and there was one of those new fangled bloody Dyson blade dryers.  Nothing like that in Worcester in the early 90s.  Took me ages to drag her out of there as she played with the loo.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 13:53

Much queuing!  Doesn't help either when it's a coachload or even just a minibus full of people in wheelchairs wanting to get to the one loo for them.  Apart from anything else there's a queue in the way in the doorway!

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