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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 14:29

I know, but it's like voting.  If you don't sign or vote, you can't be counted and I can't see how this petition will change things other than allowing MPs to have a say and maybe, one day but not yet, giving Trump and his entourage pause to reflect on how maybe they're being just a bit stupid and facile in their thinking.    

Most of the plants I brought from my Belgian garden have associations with someone special - rellies, friends, events.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 13:41

We have rain, at last.  Only drizzly stuff but it is wet.  If I had a pound for every day they've promised rain and it hasn't happened I'd have a very healthy plant fund!

Been to Nantes to drop off Possum at the airport but came straight home as it was miserable up there with foggy bits too.   Now to get on and research towel radiators cos the plumber and I are having a disagreement about how big one needs to be and he wants to over-egg it.

As for petitions and"will of the people", I have to think 1.2 million or so out of a population of over 60 million is not exactly a majority but at least the matter will be debated in parliament now.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 17:18

Evening all.   We've just got back from a walk along the beach with the dogs, sufficiently empty to let them off the elad and play like puppies.   Coffee next then bath time for Rasta who is looking like a very grubby woolly bear and needs a haircut.

Possum flies back to Namur tomorrow with 4 new pairs of shoes, boots and trainers and a new pair of jeans after a very successful raid on La Rochelle yesterday so I'm treating her to slow roast shoulder of lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary and a bit of anchovy (but don't tell her that.  She thinks she doesn't like anchovies) and roast sweet potatoes cos she hasn't seen sweet potatoes in  Namur since Xmas.

Glad you had a good day yesterday Dove.   Your trip sounds good too TB.  

Clari - just wait till you have to deal with plaster dust!   It's finer and lighter and lingers for weeks.  Good that you're making progress though.

Pat and Glenys - the heat sounds great to me.  Excuse for siestas.

Congrats Yvie.   Very impressive.   I've lost a bit since Xmas but I suspect none this weekend.   Back on the wagon tomorrow then

13C again here this pm and a bit cloudy.  Yesterday we had bright sun after fog and also 13C.  Good cos my pots all need watering and I haven't dared while we've been frozen.   Shouldn't be long before bulbs in the ground start showing their noses.

Last edited: 29 January 2017 17:19:35

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 16:31

I really like them Busy.   No-one else know what you hoped for or intended so can only judge what they see which is lovely.  

Will a garden get the same amount of sun each year?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:11

Saving a change in the earth's rotation on its axis and its orbit round the sun you can expect the same light levels from one year to the next on all sides of your house with the most sunlight being in southerly and westerly aspects.

The variables will come from cloud cover, tree and shrub growth, new builds or extensions next door and, less likely, potential cooling and shading from catastrophic volcano eruptions shading the sun as happened around 1300AD.

Pruning Very old climbing roses

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:04

I would get a qualified tree surgeon to have a look before I did anything drastic.   They will at least know if the tree is worth saving and can clear away all the resulting crud from pruning, should you accept his or her quote for the work.

If you choose to do it yourself then the advice above for taking out all the obviously dead wood and then reducing the length of viable stems and then feeding generously is good.

bishop dahlias: which red one?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:54

Well!  Got seduced by the crocus site and its dahlias and cannas and freesias and then find they only post to the UK.   Bums.

bishop dahlias: which red one?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:21

Sarah Raven has Auckland for sale and says they need to be planted 30"/90cms apart so that would be one per pot Newb.   It does look good.  Llandaff is just a bit too scarlet red for me but I do like its purple foliage.

Crocus have Auckland for a bit less plus a 20% off for your first order.  Only £9 for 3.

Last edited: 27 January 2017 10:24:46

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:17

I'm good at parking - so far.   OH not so much.  We've had some cracking prangs involving him and parking.   No idea how he does it.   So many radars about these days I'm even good about speed limits these days.   Given the changes in rules and new signs I reckon everyone should have a refresher course and test every 10 years except for youngsters and oldsters every 3 years.

For the first time in ages we have no frost and a whole half millimetre of rain.   Quiet pottering this morning, Thai pumpkin soup for lunch and then we're off to Les Herbiers to fetch my broken sewing machine and raid an outlet store for shoes, boots, slippers.......  Possum arrived home at midnight last night so is having a lie in with the kittens.  I was good and didn't let them in till 10:30.

Pics of the rock Hosta?

Edging Tools - University Project Help

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 20:22

Me too but, to be honest, OH does a much better job with teh edger on the strimmer than either of us can be bothered to do with the manual edging tool although I do like that for marking out new beds.

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