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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 13:59

Pdoc - I would say naive and maybe just a bit blinded by political bias.  The February figures were also down and were reported in the Guardian but then there wasn't an election looming so no fuss - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/23/net-migration-to-uk-falls-by-49000-after-brexit-vote

Jolly hot here but there's a strong easterly breeze to keep me cool - ish.  I should be sanding furniture outside but can't cos it's Ascension and no power tools allowed on public holidays so I'm pottering with pots of tulips, recuperating compost for the heap and bulbs for re-planting in beds where they can "sink or swim" according to their wishes.   Sowing some beans too and having a bit of a tidy up of pots and tools and trays.

garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 13:48

You posted this query twice and have had answers on the other one.  Go see.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 11:07

It's a quarterly report Pdoc.  The last was in February which makes May the next and given Brexit the figures are hardly a surprise.

garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:20

It's all about position.  No casualties with mine in nearly 20 years tho I did have the odd bird with a headache after flying into upstairs windows.  One turtle dove left an outline on a landing window last year but there was never a problem with the mirror which was low down and positioned to reflect summer sunsets back onto the terrace.

Last edited: 25 May 2017 09:23:52

Does anyone know what is causing this?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:18

It's a fungal disease spreading across the UK.  The RHS has this info and advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

Do not buy any more box plants until you have this problem resolved either by successful care or removal and burning as it will affect future plantings and also neighbours' plants.

Lets come together and share our thought's and Prayers

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:11

As Terry Pratchett said, it's the good you do that matters, not the god you pray to.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:04

You don't have to be gay to think CB is an ideal man.  He's just lovely - friendly, pleasant, intelligent, knowledgeable and a garden plant and design guru.  What more can you want?

They can all win gold FG.  It's not a competition against the other gardens.  It's about following the brief and attention to detail and scoring points in several preset categories.  I can't believe they thought his planting too dense given that that's what Chelsea gardens do - cram the place full of plants, often performing before or after their normal season.  It's a lot more "natural" now than when I first attended in 1989.  Still OTT but it's a show, so that's OK.

I want to see gardens, with ideas I can adopt of modify for my own, not miniature landscapes of Mars, Lebanon, Provence, deserts - we've had them all.

Hot here already but breezy so OK.  I have to spray the polytunnel to clear it, plant and pot on treasures, sow some beans and sand furniture.   Public holiday for Ascension here so a quiet day.

Rambling roses problem

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 22:24

It's normal.  Red flowered roses - and many other plants - often have red tints in their stems and foliage.   Sometimes it stays and sometimes it greens up as the stems and leaves mature.

garden mirror

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:03

First of all you need to know that birds can injure themselves flying into mirrors as they don't recognise the danger so careful siting is important.

Secondly, it doesn't have to be special glass.  I bought a rusty metal Moroccan style frame at a plant fair years ago and had some ordinary mirror glass cut to size and hung it on our back wall.  It stayed there all year round for 18 years and survived temps form -32C to +38C as well as hailstones, rain and snow.

Last edited: 24 May 2017 20:04:08

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:50

No euphorbias here - ever - but there will be canes.  I shall have to be inventive as I have yet to find any protective tops.  

We have been to buy my compost and ended up needing 2 trolleys - 1 for 5 bags of compost and the other for 2 rolls of mesh fencing, 5 posts - all they had in stock, a roll of wire and some tensioners and a Falstaff rose at 20% off and 3 gazanias at 15% off plus 12 plugs of Romanesco.   They had a 20% off one item of your choice too so OH treated himself to some new, sturdy ankle boots for walking the dogs.

I have a blister on top of my toe so am tooling around in flip flops which are not good for walking the dogs in our unpaved country lanes so am off to sand a "bonnetière" which is half wardrobe, half drawers and a shelf with an inset mirror.  Defintely one of the more quirky ones.

I hope your eye does heal properly LP.   Joyce - it's easy to eat a bit too much when you haven't had to cook it.   I hope you enjoyed it.

RG - we started off with one personnel gofer to manage hiring conditions for 200 people and everything was fine till we became 300 staff.   She became 2 and then 3 and before we knew it we had 1000 employees in different sites and imported an ambitious (hard as nails) personnel director who set up and empire and called it HR.   Nightmare.

It would be more productive to offer extra days of holiday to those who do not take sick leave.

Last edited: 24 May 2017 17:51:38

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