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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 09:15

Dull and cool here but dry.  We're off to Les Sables d'Olonne to buy large prawns from the market to BBQ this evening.  Local grown steak to follow and local pork and herb sausages.    Was going to be marinaded lamb ribs but senior SIL doesn't do fat.   Humph.   While there we'll have a shufty at a triathlon event and some sailing event and a good stroll after a lovely fishy lunch.

I have to abandon them all on Monday to drive up to Belgium for a friend's funeral.   Brain tumour.  His wife was my friend first and their youngest daughter is Possum's civil godmum.   OH will be left with pussies and doggies and family for a few days.

Need to get my brassicas and toms in the ground before I go and automatic sprinkling going on as OH has no idea...........but the rellies leave on Tuesday and he says he'll rotavate the other beds in the potager so we can our soft fruits and rhubarb in and prepare for espalier fruits to go  in in autumn.

Have a good day on teh sofa Dove and PD and any other crook Forkers.   Hope you get your project done Hosta.

Greetings to all.  Hope you have a great day, whatever the weather.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 18:53

I think countries have to be able to defend themselves so a military budget is necessary, just the same as domestic and public money should be used wisely.  The question for me is more one of efficient spending, informed decisions and egalitarianism across the spectrum from countryside to inner cities.   I would invest more in education - better teachers, better facilities in which to teach and learn, higher expectations for everyone whether academic or more practically or technically inclined - starting with nursery care thru to colleges and university.    

I would also change the NHS to remove the postcode lottery about who gets what treatment for which conditions and how fast they get it and I would join it up with social care provision.  Seems to me that people working in the NHS also deserve better working conditions and facilities and better pay for the coalface staff such as nurses and paramedics.

Problem for me is too much short termism and not enough joined up thinking.

Same in gardening.  We all know that if we prepare a bed well and grow our plants in good conditions they will thrive and do well with little after care but if we skimp on soil prep and weed clearance or give the wrong conditions we'll be forever hoeing and weeding and propping up and treating for pests and diseases - waste of time and money.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 17:31

Pdoc - I can see your point but it's a daft comparison given that local councils and housing authorities don't have a budget for military hardware.   There are far too may tower blocks with the same problem in areas run by councils across the political spectrum.  137 blocks failed in 41 areas and more to be tested and then, presumably, they'll start on schools and hospitals........

We have been out for BIL's birthday lunch - lots of rain at La Tranche-sur-Mer and a few hardy souls in wet suits windsurfing, presumably practising for this coming week's festival.  However, before we went I did manage to get out and plant 43 sweetcorn babies (teenagers) and my squashes and courgettes ready to be rained in tho I did get the hosepipes out to soak them in.   Thought I'd plant the cabbages and maybe the toms this pm but blow me if we're not having showers again.   Very nice indeed but I've had to change into jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt.

Might put a jacket on and plant anyway as we're off out tomorrow and again on Sunday and on Monday I may abandon them all and drive up to Belgium for a funeral on Tuesday.  One of my first friends made in Belgium has lost her husband to a brain tumour.  Their youngest daughter is Possum's godmum.

Clari - H&S big topic right now.  Go for it.

DD - carry on but do make sure you get some sleep or you'll burn out before you've started.  Did you get the recipes OK?

Dove - Having spent months on a sofa with sequential feet ops I know the frustration but it is possible if you arm yourself with DVD's, recordings, knitting, embroidery and a well charged Kindle.

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 16:53

Have a look at Trees such as one of the smaller forms of sorbus such as Kashmiriana, acer palmatum 'Ozakasuki'; acer palmatum Sango Kaku

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 23:13

Lots of lovely rain today but I can cope with more tomorrow.  Lots of catching up to do after a drought since the end of last July.  Woul dlike some sun or at least dry bits On Saturday but it can tain all day Sunday and Monday too.


Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 18:41

It's amazing what you learn by being on here.  I googled adrenal glands and cortisol.   Who knew?  Apart from PD and any other medics of course.

We have had more rain.  Lovely stuff.   More expected.  I quite like June when it's behaving normally.   Ideal for planting out my babies if I get a mo between entertaining rellies.   Both kittens fast asleep upstairs on their sheepskin and both dogs having extra cuddles from the "uncle and aunts".  I think purring cats and dogs are great for healing body and soul.

Senior SIL is asleep after a bad night and an early start.  The Spanish hake dish will wake her up.  Usually mild chili is quite perky.

As long as there's no high jump Clari.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:24

We are getting close to the time when next year's flower buds start forming so I wouldn't prune now.  Give it a good feed of slow release rose or tomato food to help with that and make sure it gets plenty to drink between now and November or you will get bud drop.  

Water with rain water and added sequestered or chelated iron to help it take up minerals and give it a foliar feed of 5litres of water mixed with 15ml of Epsom salts.  Sprinkle a tbs of the salts around the base of the plant too.   This will provide magnesium which is also important for healthy plants and can't be taken up by acid loving plants if there is calcium present in the soil or water.  

See how it responds and then prune out any obvious dead wood and then prune it to a good shape and size after flowering next spring.

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Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:18

These things are weeping tops grafted to a standard stem of another willow so no point scratching the stem for signs of life if the grafted part is dead.  In my experience, these things require vast amounts of water and are short lived anyway.   Ours keeled over after about 5 years and a friend's lasted just 4 years - in Belgium which has rainfall like the Lake District so definitely no shortage of water.

There are far more attractive small trees you can grow that will last longer and be more ornamental.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:09

What a cracking front door and entrance you have Yvie.  Nice wreath too!

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 10:20

Not possible for those of us with dodgy vertebrae tho.

18C here with heavy grey clouds, occasional shwoers and gusts of wind which make the silk tree dance about like a whomping willow.   Good job I thinned its crown or it'd be chucking off branches like the sickly ash.

OH went to bed in a huff last night leaving me to go round and lock all doors and close windows and drop shutters and hunt for Minstrel.  I gave up and she finally appeared for a cuddle at 4am.   Fitfull sleep for me listen to one or two downpours that lasted all of 5 minutes each but we have now had a whole 12mm of rain in the last 36 hours.  More please.   I have babies to plant.

Minstrel and the dogs have "helped" me shred a whole poached chicken for a pastilla.  Next job is the filo pastry and assembly and then cleaning up before everyone arrives.  OH has gone to fetch them from Nantes airport.    I hope he hasn't forgotten about driving in the rain!

No festivals to rain on here but this weekend is the start of the great Belgian escape to the sun as it marks the end of the school year and the start of the official 3 week building industry holiday.  Heaven help anyone needing an emergency plumber or electrician or roofer etc......

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