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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..

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 19:57

Not familiar with the series but the cake sounds amazing.   Good luck with the revision.  You'll be our "go to " person for pests and other things before you know it.

FB's holiday sounds amazing but I'm not sure it's for me.   I like to explore and see new things but not so sure about all that dark and cold.  Having said that I'd love to see the northern lights.

Handbag done except for hand sewing.  Now to read instructions fro jacket except that Rasta has presented me with Bonzo's pig and clearly wants to play.   Whose idea was it to give them each a noisy, oinky pig anyway?   Mine of course.

Did the holly tree survive Dove?

UV lamps for azalea

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 19:50

Rhodos and azaleas tend to do well in moist atmospheres in valleys and mountainsides.  Growing them as houseplants is challenging as you most likely have central heating which dries the atmosphere and draughts from doors and windows.

Have a read of this info from the RHS and pay particular attention to teh section on your kind of rhodo - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=582

UV lamps for azalea

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 19:05

These naturally live outdoors all year and cope with seasonal changes of light.   If you plant it in an appropriate position and with good soil preparation it will thrive.  The great UV lamp in the sky will be more than enough.

If you've bought it as a houseplant I would just enjoy the flowers while they're there and then plant it out as above.  They do not make good long term house plants.

Driveway Material

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 19:02

Use the pebbles you prefer but put bars or sleepers or a grid in to keep them in place - whatever will look best with everything else.  

Just imagine the pain and disappointment of doing something you don't really want and then wishing you'd done it right in the first place.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 16:25

I won't be doing much marginal planting.  The sides are very steep and will be bone dry in summer.  The lower and shallower of the two shelves at the near end of that photo is now under water.  It will eventually have a weed membrane and stones put down to make a beach for critters and stop weeds.

I want to put some cornus alba sibirica on the north boundary to the right as their red stems will catch the low winter sun beautifully.   Maybe underplant with snowdrops, daffs and some hardy geraniums for ground cover.

The far end shelf now has a weeping willow planted in it and I'm thinking about what else to do there as the ground was almost like concrete when we dug that hole.

Driveway Material

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 16:21

Have you ever walked on a pebble beach or a pebbled drive?  They move so under the weight of a car they will shift.

Calling all allotment growers

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 14:09

I can't see they'll be interested in my veggie plot as it's in France but I've posted the info on the Allotments4All forum to see if anyone there wants to join.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 11:27

Fingers crossed Dove.

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