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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 10:02

That's good news Joyce tho I expect a stick is handy in snow and ice.

Pond on 28/11/17

Pond yesterday  - 24/01/18 after 60ish cms since mid December

The twisted willow we planted on the shelf at this end is under water now and the weeping willow planted on the higher shelf at the far end is only a few inches form being under water.   11mm more over night and more falling today.

Nanny - we've been drying all our washing indoors this month having had only 2 dry days.   Excellent planning to have all this rain in January.    Happy Obxx.

She looks comfy Pat.

Last edited: 25 January 2018 10:03:45

Azalea nutrient deficiency or other?

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 09:38

It can be iron and/or magnesium deficiency which happens when the soil or water is a little too alkaline for them to take up these nutrients.   You can correct it by giving a drink of sequestered iron around the roots and a foliar feed (spray or watering can with fine nozzles) with Epsom salts diluted in rainwater - 15ml to 5 litres.   After you've done that, mulch the whole bed with a couple of inches of compost sold for ericaceous plants.   Repeat as necessary.

Last edited: 25 January 2018 09:38:50

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 09:34

Good morning.  Wet, wet, wet here and set to be even wetter this pm.

Only had haggis once and it was better than I expected.    Happy Burns Night for all those who indulge.

I expect Jessie will have just settled down when it'll be time to go home again.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 00:01

Dunno about skills Pat.  I just follow pattern instructions and things turn out OK.  Much easier than altering shop bought stuff.   This jacket tho has "couture" instructions which I've never done before so a lot more processing.   It'll be an interesting experiment.

Enjoy your cuddles and stay cool.  Exercise can wait a bit.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 16:34

I expect you'd need pyjamas too Fidget!

Acer trouble?

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 16:18

I think it's under-potted and could do with a deeper, wider pot with much more compost to provide nutrients and water and keep it's roots from cooking in summer and freezing in winter.  make sure it is well watered all through the growing season but also that it can drain and not sit there being water-logged.  Give it a slow- release feed every spring and occasional drinks of seaweed extract thru spring and summer as compost only has food for about 90 days.

I wouldn't cut anything yet till buds start to burst and then it'll be obvious which the dead bits are and how much you need to cut out and how much can be salvaged.    Move it to a sheltered spot out of the wind as this will damage foliage and make sure it isn't in full sun at the height of summer.

Where is the wants/sell

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 16:08

You could also try the Allotments4All forum as people buy and sell and swap things on there.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 16:06

I take it none of those amazing bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom cos the steam would melt it all.  Thanks for sharing those amazing pics.   Have you talked to the puppy about the lack of snow at home?  He might not like it but I can see why you're smitten.

Currently boggled over a jacket.  Simple enough princess seam shape with a twiddle on the hip to make it different, reveres, collar and two piece sleeve.   17 pieces and that's just the jacket.  Add all the interfacing and the lining and it'll be more like 50 by the time I'm done cutting out.   Flipping heck!

OH has just taken the dogs out for walkies and the pussies are banished upstairs cos I don't need any help. 

Busy - is your house sitter local?

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 14:10

Mild and grey here and a bit breezy but dry so far tho rain is expected from this evening and all day tomorrow.  Fine by me as we've been and done our weekly shop a day early so I could go and get magnetic fasteners for a flap on the handbag and a new zip.  They have their sale on so I bought some lightweight wool/mohair mix pale grey suiting for possum to have a spring and summer suit and lining, and another zip and smart buttons.............. 

Raided a Vietnamese grocer's on the way back and am now well stocked with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and edamame beans and, wonder of wonders, some fresh pak choi and Thai basil.  They have banana leaves too so I shall be diving in my recipe books for Chinese NY in Feb.

All sorts of bulbs sprouting here but most just in tubs or buckets with compost where I dumped them when emptying pots.  I'll get to the later next week when I'm back from "dressing" Possum.

On the whole, I'm with Hosta are the extreme cold and would happily go and do another few days at Uluru to see the stars and meteorites.   Looking forward to the Wold moon on the 31st too and will get a good view from here unless we have clouds.

Busy - I hope your home is OK and the garden and paddocks too.  Have a safe journey tomorrow.

Pdoc - hope it's a bit lighter for you now.

Dove - I can pivot but not swerve.  Question of toes and knees.

Joyce - THANK YOU.  Feet already feeling tons less tender and twingy and I can stand on my tip toes without anything complaining after just 10 days on the curcuma.

When does a Bog Garden become a Pond?

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 20:02

Beware bulrush and yellow flag/iris pseudacorus as they will terraform your bog the minute you turn your back and are the very devil to tame.  We called in a mini digger for our pond which was completely clogged..

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