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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 13:46

It's amazing where stuff finds room to grow.

Gale force winds here with intermittent power cut plus internet down till 1am Wednesday so surfing off OH's fancy phone.    

Been busy painting but the pesky step ladder has developed a wobble and bingo, deep terracotta paint all over the floor.    Mess everywhere but all cleaned up now.   Then I burned my finger cooking omelettes for lunch.  No 3 still to come.

Sorry to hear more lurgy sufferers about and sleepless nights.  Hope they clear up in time for the spring push in the garden.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:48

Wet bits, windy bits, cloudy bits, some seriously gusty bits giving us power cuts.   Messy weather day.

Neighbours new fence

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:27

It seems to me that the builders have been taking liberties and should, at the very least, have asked before using your driveway for parking or dumping materials.  Maybe a quiet word to that effect and then ask them to clear up their mess and park on your neighbour's side.

I would also have a gentle word with your neighbour about local regulations for fence heights.  If the planning office doesn't like what he's done they can make him remove or modify it.

Do try and solve it amicably if you can because neighbour disputes can make life very unpleasant and ca also go on for years if one side decides to be unreasonable or vengeful.

When we bought and sold our 30s house in Harrow it was very clear both in the deeds and from solicitors and estate agents that the "business" side of a fence is on the owners' side so they have access to support posts etc for any repairs needed.  The finished side faces the neighbours.  

You should seek permission to go on the neighbour's land to do any repairs from their side.    Neighbours, in turn, should always seek permission before adding any features such as trellis, support wires and so on for their own plants. 

Plants to replace yellow day lilies?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:05

Yellow forms of crocosmia if you want to stick with a similar leaf form to hemerocallis.

Have to say tho that I have had cats for over 40 years and have been growing lilies and hemerocallis for the last 30 or so and have had no trouble.  I do remove the pollen bearing stamens from lilies indoors in flower arrangements but, generally speaking, the ones grown in pots or borders outside are held too high to brush against a cat's coat.  I do keep them away from paths, just in case. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:46

If only Dove.   All the walls have been lined with plaster board except for a couple in the annex where they kept the original stonework visible.   

No idea where to begin!

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:44

I'm afraid I find them very boring and rather ugly most of the year.   Being a willow they need lots of moisture to do well but can then grow their stems far too long for the height of the stem onto which they've been grafted.   They can also be short lived.  I was very relieved when ours died after a  cold spell and so was a friend who lost hers to a dry spell.

It's also not a good idea to plant any of teh willow family near drainage and water pipes as their roots will go seeking moisture and can do expensive damage to pipes.

Winter Walk at East Ruston Old Vicarage

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:36

Thanks all.  It's the winter walk that interests me at the mo but plenty to admire and inspire for later in the season too.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:32

Love the monkey's birthday!  New one on me.

More rain here but sunny now so OH will do walkies while I carry on painting.   The paint turns out to be "chalky" and is hard work compared to normal acrylics but the effect should be good.  Cutting in is always so slow anyway.

Both kittens got caught out in a shower and had to have a rub down once rescued form their shelter.  Turns out they like that but all 4 critters and OH are a bit stir crazy stuck indoors so I hope the dry spell holds for a while.

Did you enjoy the book to the end Busy?  I read it several years ago and remember mixed feelings but not why.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:24

We have had another 17mm of rain and now have strong breezes with occasional gusts and sunny spells.  I'm indoors prepping walls for painting but hope to get out once a first coat is on.  If not, I can always assemble cold frames and start of some stuff in the garage.

No nuthatches, tree creepers or goldfinches here but maybe we'll see more variety once we have a more varied offering of plants and shelter.    Just sparrows, blue and great tits, chaffinches, robins and an occasional blackbird here with visiting groups of starlings from time to time.

Best crack on.  Have a good day whatever you're up to.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:18

I find the deep red of Falstaff was almost matched by Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Will S.    I also had a Munstead Wood in the borders but she struggled with all the competition and ended up in a pot which I have brought with me.  I hope by now she's grown some strong roots and will enjoy her new home.

These days, when I buy new roses, I tend to go for simpler flowers which allow access to nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators.    As with any shrub or clem they can take a season or two to get their feet down and then they grow well if they've been given the right conditions.  I tend to feed the soil, not the plant so there's plenty of beneficial microbes to help.

Well positioned bird feeders attract sparrows and tits to hoover up any excess aphids to feed their young and lady birds do the rest.

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