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HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 07:55

That's sad Busy.   Farming is a hard life I think and even the fittest can suddenly develop all sorts of problems.   Our neighbour is a big, strapping chap and younger than us but has had to have a new shoulder and knee in the last two years and is threatened with needing the other set replacing and at least one hip.   We're hoping all his problems are just mechanical.


Clari - sorry your poorly.   Are you building the gazebo from scratch or using a kit?   Pics?   Seems a great thing to have for hot days.


I have to go up the attic today before it gets too hot - curtain hunting for Possum's new digs - and then Namur to complete the contract on her new digs and then home to garden.  Going to be a scorcher so maybe just watering pots and dead heading.


Have a good day everyone whatever you're doing.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 23:01

Can't freeze stuff this year as we'll be moving and it won't survive the journey.


Thanks to some great ideas above I now have 2kilos of blackcurrants steeping in a litre of vodka for the next 2 months before being strained and sweetened to make a highly transportable liqueur.    


Another 2 kilos are dripping through a muslin to make cordial.


Thanks everyone.

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 20:49

Thank you for all the kind messages about Pusscat.   She's had an injection of steroids to try and reduce the tumours and may truck on happily for a few months or a few years.   We need to give her a daily dose in her food now and keep and eye on her to make sure she doesn't start suffering.


It is sad that David has felt the need to leave rather than stay on and wait for improvements.    He has flounced off both this forum and its previous incarnations on the Beeb many times and with fanfare but comes back after a while.   This time he has gone quietly and taken his valuable contributions with him which seems final and is a shame both for him and those who enjoyed and/or valued his posts.  He has a great deal of experience and knowledge to share and did so generously.


As has been pointed out this is a free forum so we do not get to set the rules of behaviour.   We also have to accept that the site as a whole, of which this forum is just one feature, needs to evolve to attract new users and thus new revenue from the advertisers whose fees do fund it.    I think it is perfectly possible to complain or suggest improvements politely.  


It isn't perfect.  There are things which still need addressing.   It's still better than any other gardening forum I've seen and has a strong sense of community which is its greatest asset.

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:03

I can understand DK being frustrated about photos but why delete all his posts if they could still help others?    They've all gone from the Camera thread and the Sweet pea threads.


Feeling a bit down now.  Pusscat has a tumour on her spine which is inoperable so they're not doing the breast cancer either as it would compromise her too much.   Not in any discomfort yet anyway and will be given steroids to try and shrink things but now we have to keep an eye on her and take action in future as needed.    She was about 5 when we found her abandoned starving and got her sorted out and 7 or 8 when we found the first breast tumour.    Been in good health ever since apart from the cancer.   Bums, bums, bums.


DD - do you know when you're moving?   Does OH know you're going?  Maybe we can't help with plants for your garden but I dare say some of us can send seeds to help when you're ready.

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HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:50

Well Fidget - the more he irons, the more he gets to watch sport without me finding other jobs for him to do.......   Speaking of which there's a load in the machine ready to be hung out to dry.

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:45

They look cute but are quite aggressive with other birds and other woodies.  We have one group whose antecedents favoured the fat balls and this lot who prefer the peanuts but there's hell to pay if both lots visit at once or some other bird is at either of "their" feeders.

Can you help me identify these

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:40

Definitely a cotinus/smoke bush and one of the many newer forms of hemerocallis.


Have you tried layering a stem of your cotinus herbaceous?  That might work better than cuttings and you could do a couple now as backup in case the hard prune goes wrong.


I found this just now - http://www.landspro.com/forums/showthread.php?1923-Cotinus-propagation    Says to use soft, side cuttings as these are more successful than traditional semi-ripe cuttings.   Wish I'd found it sooner as I've a cotinus to propagate too.

Camera Talk

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 12:32

Thanks Herbaceous.   Seems Sony is the way to go.


Cloudberry talk makes me think of the witches in the Dark Materials trilogy.


Probably a bit fuzzy cos taken thru a window but here's a woodpecker feeding its baby from our peanut feeder.  Lots of entertainment every year as we have several woody families now.


Plants poisonous to dogs

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:19

Two dogs here now aged 7 and 9.  We have all sorts of poisonous plants in the garden including foxgloves and aconitum and the only problem I have is when they chew my fancy hakonechloa grass instead of the ordinary kind and when the terrier tries to dig out moles and leaves great holes..

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:16

Sunny and hot here too.  Started early with a trip to the vet.  Pusscat has a tumour on one of her nipples so is having a feline mastectomy.   Her 2nd.  She's going to be groggy and cross when I pick her up later on.


Busy with lots of admin today while OH picks blackcurrants and gooseberries which I shall have to make into jellies and jams and cordials - tomorrow.


Last ever dance committee meeting this evening as I hand over the presidency.   Need to make a cake and some nibbles and get all my handover ducks in a row.


DD - leaving your home and garden will be hard but the new one will give new opportunities so lots to look forward to and provide solace for you and Charlie.   Did you see all the names suggested for your tea-rooms on the Worries thread?   


Love the idea of an emergency ice-cream van for Clari.   There were lots of vintage vans for ice-creams and coffee and BBQ and burgers at Chelsea.


Love the idea of fresh sheets every day too but OH does the ironing (while watching sport on TV) and would object.

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