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Progress update

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:23

HI Nora - my Followed Threads has not updated properly so threads like Forkers are missing and I can't find your technical notifications thread.

When I click on a poster's name to check their profile and see where they are I just get a list of their posts.  Is that a fault or has profile access been dropped in the updates?  Just that it's useful when replying to queries - eg useless telling someone in the north-east about plants that won't stand the cold.....

Last edited: 20 May 2016 12:24:40

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:18

Just follow the crowds out of the station and down the road to the main entrance by the Chelsea Hospital.  There are police to guide people and help cross the roads.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:11

Lazy start to the day today.  Have had a great deal on my mind and plate of late so not a lot of sleep but last night the alarm was firmly turned off, OH banned to snore in another room and Possum told to take a car to get to the station so no taxi.  Slept and dozed and read till midday.  Bliss.

Back to the fray now with plenaty of jobs to do in house, garden and dance club and garden group and getting ready for trip to Chelsea and Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's next week.

Verdun - Have to agree with WW and Busy about spats.  Keep them to yourself and don't try and rally troops and maybe ask yourself what it is about your own posting behaviour that leads you to do this so often?   

Hosta - hope you get sorted out and sleep well soon.

Lesley - ouch.  Backs can be painful and debilitating and so frustrating.  Hope it's treatable.

Enjoy your day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 23:14

Verdun and DK of course.    Who would be the wicked stepmother and where, oh where would you find a Prince Charming and not a frog?

Punkdoc in a pink meringue for fairy godmother.

4P - RHS gardens get dressed up for Xmas with lighting and displays and cake in the cafés.   I expect others do too, especially those with winter walks.

Quite warm here for the brief spells where the sun came out but otherwise pretty parky for mid May.   Still have courgettes waiting to be planted out.   Keeping them tucked up at night in the garage and opening the door to the light by day.

Have a good sleep everyone.  Sweet dreams.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:26

18C on the thermometer on the north wall of the house but it doesn't feel hat warm as it's cloudy.   Sunny and blue bits appearing tho so fingers crossed it stays warmish over the weekend.   Lots to do before we head across the Channel to Chelsea and Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto and a paint shop.

Need to decide what colour to paint the new wooden seats we've had cut for our black cast iron chairs.  

Patio v's ant hill

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:14

Stick a spade in the mound and remove some earth.  If it's crawling with ants then you have an ant colony.   You can deal with it by using poison to kill them or by soaking it in lots of water scented with essential oil of cloves so they move on - don't like the smell.

Ants like dry conditions so keep the area moist so they don't come back and then lay your terrace and path with decent foundations.


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:06

Hazel - it's a rule in Belgium that you may not park in front of someone's drive or garage access.   If you do, you can be towed away and incur loads of costs.

Maybe your unwanted parkers are just observing the same logic.   The answer is to park your own car there first.

Repotting hostas

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:43

The best time to divide hostas and re-pot or re-plan this as they push their new shoots up in spring.   If, like Verdun, you garden in the south west and barely know what frost is, then autumn is OK if you know what you're doing and can look after them.  Otherwise they can sulk and even die.

I suggest you do yours now using the best John Innes compost you can find, mixed with some leaf mould if you have it, and make sure you keep them regularly watered through the rest of spring and summer.   If not, best to do it next spring unless you live in balmy Devon or Cornwall.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:31

Pleased for you FITR.

Punkdoc - I think men should be MADE to wear pink chiffon meringues and pink high heels for at least a whole day as part of their training for life.

Dove and WW - hop eit's been a good day on the whole.

Just got in from our last salsa class of the season so a bit of a party with rum and mixers on tap and I made nibbles - Parmesan biscuits with a hint of chilli, cheese and ham muffins, spiced rhubarb cake and chocolate, rum, ginger and pecan brownies.    The last was an experiment and very luscious.

No gardening today other than moving a few big hosta pots form south side to north side.  None tomorrow as it's patchwork day - my first since March cos of splintered thumb and then limpy dog.  Better go and sort out some fabrics.

Sweet dreams all.

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Posted: 18/05/2016 at 12:42


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