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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 18:30

Sausages here too Pdoc but with mustardy and oniony Puy lentils and Savoy cabbage from the garden.    Are you improving at all in terms of how much you can do/how far you can walk?   Hope so.

Only 16 ladies at patchwork group today but they ate all 24 of my muffins.  Good job I left a few at home for OH.   It is perishing cold out there with added wind chill and all of them were bemoaning the forecast for snow tomorrow.   We'll see.   

Either way it's too cold to garden so I shall do patchwork homework.  We have been asked to make articles to display and some to sell at an expo in 2019!   Nothing like forward planning.

Might ask OH to light a fire this evening.

Hope the new carpet base goes down well Busy and that you can get to your dacha soon DL.

Lawsons Cypress tree full of ivy

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 18:19

When we bought our garden and house in Harrow in 1983 there was a row of a dozen 30' high conifers between us and our neighbour to the east which meant we never saw the sunrise and she hardly got any rain or a sunset.  We cut them down to 4' high and removed all the lower branches then used the stumps to rock the roots out after leaving them to rot for a year.  Conifer roots rot pretty quickly in the ground and it was easy for us to hack the bigger ones with an axe.  We didn't experience any heave in the path of paving slabs that was revealed after the wide, lower branches were removed.


Posted: 05/02/2018 at 11:35

they're not.  I grew some hard one on my pond edges in my Belgian garden but a -20C frost saw off the lot.  Unlikely to get that in the UK tho.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 11:29

Greetings all.

I am making blueberry and hazelnut muffins to take to patchwork.  Spent my morning sorting out the sewing pit which now looks like a room again after last month's marathon.  Lots of help from pussies and Rasta.  OH has disappeared off to have a golf lesson.  His first ever so I hope they don't deconstruct him completely and wreck his game.  Don't need a grump fest this spring.

Cold here at only 2C but sunny so not complaining.  Hope everyone else has some good weather at last.

Congrats Hosta.  Have a great time with your girls.   Hugs Pdoc.

Busy - can you hire a floor sander to sort out your downstairs?   Sounds unlovely and in need of fixing.

Why my tree is sick?

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 21:51

This is a UK based forum with occasional EU and Oz and SA offshoots.   I think you will do better contacting a local forum or gardeners' group as our climate and soils and pests are all very different from yours.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 20:48

According to my research before ordering my supplements, you have to have Bioprene in the mix to aid absorption of the curcuma, or you could eat 1.5 tsp of it in a curry spices every day.  I don't want curry every day so opted for the tablets.   In Paris, Possum experimented with a Golden Latte in Prêt-à-Manger.  Turned out to be a hot, frothy milk drink with turmeric and maybe a bit of cumin.   Odd.  I'll stick to the daily supplements and weekly curries.

Busy, if you roast your slab of belly pork long and slow the fat renders out leaving the meat deliciously moist and tasty or else buy it sliced and grill or BBQ till the fatty parts are golden brown and crispy.   Yum.

Hope your return to work went OK Hosta.  Long time till your next hols I expect.   Polytunnels OK now?

Cosmos kitty has yet another dodgy pad on a rear paw now so we're taking him to see the senior vet on Tuesday.

OH has decided he fancies Xmas pud tonight.  It's Chandeleur here so he should be craving pancakes.  It's an old pagan festivity to mark the half way point between winter solstice and spring equinox but a 5th century pope adopted it as the date of presentation of Christ to the temple...............


Posted: 04/02/2018 at 20:23

It depends on whether you  have the hardy or the more tender varieties.   This info on the RHS website should help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=177

clematis mandshurica

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 19:52

I can understand the 2nd picture being very exciting.  Love a perfumed clematis.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 15:07

OH says they're forecasting snow here on Tues and Wed!  The dogs wik love it but not the pussies.

Glenys - good to see you.  Hope your PC is stable now.

Pat - if the enjoyment you get from the harvest outweighs the effort then carry on.  If not, stop and just enjoy the flowers as long as they last on  the plants.

Lawsons Cypress tree full of ivy

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 11:30

Those conifers are sapping all the nutrients and moisture from the surrounding soil so if you plan on having flourishing flowers or shrubs you're going to have to enlarge the beds away from them and add plenty - and I mean loads - of well rotted garden compost and/or manure to improve the soil and its nutrients and moisture levels.

I would consider having the conifers completely removed, along with the ivy, and maybe erect a trellis or arbour or pergola to provide a privacy screen and allow you to grow more attractive, colourful and perfumed plants.

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