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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 16:15

We lost our greenfinches too Dove even tho I cleaned the feeders regularly.  Not seen any here yet either.  I'm looking forward to the return of nightingales and hoopoes and have been keeping an eye out for the pesky magpies.   We had two new nests in ash trees last year.  One was wrecked by a storm in December and the other was lost when we had the two dodgy ash trees felled in September.  No sign of rebuilding yet.

Back to the sewing now.  Whose idea was it to do decorative top stitching on a rather plain grey fabric?

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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 13:36

Over here near the Vendée coast we had a bright and sunny morning but are now enjoying a heavy shower and strong winds - not forecast!  However the rain is welcome.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 12:16

That's not like our robins here or in Belgium where they have a much smaller red throat.   We had more variety in Belgium but then I had been feeding the birds in that garden for 23 years and word got about.  Here's it's nearly all sparrows and blue and great tits with the occasional robin, chaffinch, turtle dove and magpie. 

No marsh tits, no warblers, no woodpeckers.   I've seen a heron fly over but not stop and there are barn and tawny owls at night.

Still sunny so I shall go for walkies this pm.  Haven't for the last few days cos of all the sewing but I need some air and exercise.   Enjoy your walkies and lunch Busy.

LP - I hope you get away OK without too much delay or stress.   Hope the roads have been cleared by the time you need to leave.

Best plants for covering unsightly ledge

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 09:33

Either way, it seems to me it's there to prevent water from seeping in thru the top of that rather porous looking wall and into the structure next door.  I wouldn't touch it but it can be hidden with some clever trellis and climbers.   Doesn't have to be wood either.  I've used the rusty mesh builders use for reinforcing concrete.  Much cheaper than wooden trellis and will last more than your lifetime and is also unobtrusive and needs no maintenance once attached to decent supports.  

I grew roses, clematis, honeysuckle on mine and, in the potager, I trained blackberries and pumpkins up it.   We'll be using it in this new garden for fruit supports, beans and ornamental climbers.

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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 09:18

Good morning everyone.  Woke up at 7:30, fed the pussies and went back to bed and woke up at 10am!  Who knew dentists and sewing could be so exhausting?

Sunny this morning and bright and we had another 5mm in the  night which seems to me to be the right way round - unless you're a nocturnal animal of course.

I can't see any doc telling Trump he's insane without first having a good backup plan to survive the fallout.

Best plants for covering unsightly ledge

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 23:15

Looks like damp proofing to me.

I think an attractive trellis panel or 2 would be the best bet for disguising the wall, the damp proofing and even some of the new extension wall if you use 1.8m high and wide panels.  I wouldn't try attaching it to the ledge tho - minefield for neighbourly relations and wall ownership and future maintenance.

English language

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 19:40

It's American in origin - "The blue whale being the biggest creature on earth, a "whale of" anything is "a large amount of" it. As well as "whale of a time" people used to say "a whale of a lot" and "a whale of a job". It's US slang from around 1910."

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:08

It would be worth having snow to have a snow plough like that come round.  As it is, when a truck falls in a ditch or a tree falls in the road the local farmer - often as not our neighbour - is called to come out with his tractor and, failing that, the chaps from the council know where to find his keys if he's not there.

DL - As I don't live in an apartment, I'm sticking with my much loved and very lovable stubborn terrier rescue and the daffy Lab rescue but I do understand people thinking their own dog or breed is the bee's knees.

Dove - that could make me like amaryllis.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 13:50

I saw that garden, once, on a TV programme by two gardeners about beautiful British gardens.  That was years ago so it will have evolved since then but it has stuck in my brain as somewhere extraordinary so I do hope you get to go Joyce and take lots of pictures for us.

Good luck with your pests LG.  

Total novice tries to grow anemone

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 13:09

Susie - There are all sorts of anemones - blanda, Caen, Japanese - and they all have different growing requirements.  Any clues as to which yours are?  Clues in height, colour, flowering time, leaf shape.

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