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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 10:35

Morning all.  -1.5C this morning so definitely warmer than yesterday.  That's a relief as I have fancy, shrubby salvias in pots along the south side of the house and don't want them frozen too long.   I hope the herbaceous ones in the ground are OK.

Either way it's still top cold and frozen for gardening but I'm planning to do some measuring and sketching out of ideas.   Someone is coming to talk fences on Monday and maybe they have a handy bulldozer in their arsenal as they do pools too.

Apart from an annual trim I haven't had my hair styled in years but I do remember in my early 30s going for a local haircut in Harrow and having to go to a designer salon in Mayfair to get it fixed.   These days I keep it long so I can tie it back to see what I'm doing when planting, sowing, weeding, painting......

Glad you're feeling better Dove.  Hope you are too Busy.   

Have a good day everyone whether flopping, partying, hiking or whatever.

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:20

I've always understood the Water Scarecrow to be a good piece of kit.   Google for info and reviews.


Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:19

Blooming cheek!   I'd get on a stepladder and put a bung in it.

It may be worth talking to the Citizen's Advice Bureau to see if they have any advice for you.

Neglected young Ginkgo.

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:16

If it needs its roots trimming to get into a smaller pot then you are automatically going to restrict its ability to take up water and nutrients and thus hamper growth.   If I were you I'd water it thoroughly so the roots are completely soaked and then hoik it out of the pot and check for pests such as vine weevil grubs that may be eating its roots.   Other than that it may just be starving if you've never refreshed the planting medium or fed it or have under or over watered it.   

If the actual root ball is small you could try a smaller pot or you could move the original pot to the position you want and then replant the tree with fresh, nutritious compost.   You would also need to feed regularly between early spring and end of June - not later as late new growth won't have time to harden before the frosts.

However, these things become huge, parkland trees so you really need to be thinking about planting it in the ground in a permanent position.    Whatever you decide, just remember to water it thorougly beforehand to make taking it out of the pot less stressful.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 16:42

No cake FG.  Possum is in Belgium taking her mid year exams and this oven can't do one anyway.  She's flying down for a long weekend next Thursday so we'll treat her to a lovely dinner and naughty dessert then.

We always have a tub of ice cream in the freezer and like a magnum at the cinema.

Have decided that rather than paint the radiators in the smaller bedrooms I'll get radiator covers which will be easier to paint, easier to clean and give us a handy shelf.   Too much to expect they'd both be the same size!

OH is home from running errands and hogging the big TV watching golf while he irons.   I'm off to organise my sewing room a bit ready for sewing Possum's new frock and a bag.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 14:18

Toe (as in broken) apostrophe kittens and dogs Frank!  You must be pleased to be sorted at last.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 13:25

Thank you Dove.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 12:31

Busy - you should send OH to the SM.  I did this morning since he was off to the tax office anyway and he's now headed for the car registration office so will run another errand for me.  I am staying tucked up indoors with toe, kittens and dogs and catching up on correspondence.   Great fun except for some fraudsters trying to get past my malware and adblocker.

Possum is 22 today.   Yikes!

Hope all are well or improving and keeping warm and safe.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 10:42

Same again today.  Busy - you are inland and higher up whereas we have the Atlantic 25kms west of us.  It's actually warmer in Belgium at the mo but that's OK as I can cope with dry cold and sunshine.

pet companions

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 09:00

Our dogs have a basket each but often use each other's - seeing the Lab curl himself into the terrier's is funny - as well as the terrier's chair that she has adopted, the sofas, rugs and, when it's hot or they need to cool down after walkies, the tiled floors.

The kittens have a sheepskin, a cardboard box with an old towel, our bed, the spare bed, backs of sofas.......

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