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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:49

When we visited friends in Oz a few years ago their spare bedroom had a kookaburra nest just near the window.    I've never complained about our chirpy sparrows and tits in the eaves since.


Grey and cool and windy again here.  I hope it calms down soon as I want to spray the bindweed patch before we go.    Looking forward to our trip as we are both shattered from end of season dance commitments plus loads of urgent projects in house and garden.   OH says his retirement is not as restful as he'd expected and has exchanged one demanding boss for an even more demanding one.  It's his first full-time spring in the garden so he'll have more downtime soon enough.


Punkdoc - Trentham gardens please and lots of photos as I've never been either and am unlikely to get there.  Have a good day whichever you choose.


WW - hope your plan worked and you got some sleep.   Hosta too.


i'm parked on the sofa looking out at a bed full of large leaved hostas next to the terrace.  They are so glorious at this time of year with their big, fat, quilted leaves unfurling and no damage from slugs or winds or hail.  Touch wood.  I came back from Chelsea a couple of years ago to find the whole lot and my rhubarb patch and babies bed had been shredded by a hailstone tornado.  Utter devastation and some of the shrubs and trees still have scars on their bark.

Progress update

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:34

I have never used the quote facility - never seen the point - so it's not a problem for me.


Many posters on here have nothing in their profile which is a pity as location can be helpful when advising about plants and projects.


Unwanted email notification now seems to be fixed for me - thanks Nora.


Haven't tried to load a photo yet and I use a laptop so no pinching to enlarge.  Hoping my pics will be the right size when I do as I would have to work out how to change size.


Pleased to have page numbers at top and bottom and back to top to reduce all the endless scrolling.


Getting used to the layout but think it could be improved further.


Really want the first unread post feature back to make access quicker.   I find I visit less and read less now but that's also a factor of the glarey screen which is pale grey background and white text boxes with thin, spidery text.  I have good eyesight but need reading glasses now and find these colours tiring.


Conclusion - we're getting there so thanks to the team for doing their best to rectify mistakes.   Let's hope they can fix the rest.

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:09

I use glyphosate based products on paths and will be spraying some ona bed I have cleared of treasures so I can deal with bindweed - if the wind ever drops enough!


Not a perfectionist about pure grass lawns tho.   No point whilst bringing up a child and entertaining her friends and then acquiring two playful dogs.  Just needs to be green to set off the rest of the garden.

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:54

Autumn and spring weed and feeds when OH remembers.  Otherwise just keep the grass cut not too short so it can grow more strongly and combat weed invasion and I don't care as long as it looks green.


If a dandelion or some other nasty gets too persistent I dig it out with a special, long, narrow blade from Wolf attached to one of my short handles - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/multi-change-tools-inner/multi-change-weeding-knife 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 14:56

Grey all day and cold and now we have rain and wind.    The mallards who've taken up residence will be happy but the smaller birds are keeping their heads down and wings dry.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:33

Hi Lesley -  I shall be taking loads of photos and will share them as albums when I get back next weekend.   Beth Chatto's garden has been on my wish list for years and years so I'm really looking forward to that and I've followed Hyde Hall's metamorphosis since the RHS acquired it so that'll be a treat too.

Progress update

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:23

HI Nora - my Followed Threads has not updated properly so threads like Forkers are missing and I can't find your technical notifications thread.


When I click on a poster's name to check their profile and see where they are I just get a list of their posts.  Is that a fault or has profile access been dropped in the updates?  Just that it's useful when replying to queries - eg useless telling someone in the north-east about plants that won't stand the cold.....

Last edited: 20 May 2016 12:24:40

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:18

Just follow the crowds out of the station and down the road to the main entrance by the Chelsea Hospital.  There are police to guide people and help cross the roads.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:11

Lazy start to the day today.  Have had a great deal on my mind and plate of late so not a lot of sleep but last night the alarm was firmly turned off, OH banned to snore in another room and Possum told to take a car to get to the station so no taxi.  Slept and dozed and read till midday.  Bliss.


Back to the fray now with plenaty of jobs to do in house, garden and dance club and garden group and getting ready for trip to Chelsea and Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's next week.


Verdun - Have to agree with WW and Busy about spats.  Keep them to yourself and don't try and rally troops and maybe ask yourself what it is about your own posting behaviour that leads you to do this so often?   


Hosta - hope you get sorted out and sleep well soon.


Lesley - ouch.  Backs can be painful and debilitating and so frustrating.  Hope it's treatable.


Enjoy your day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 23:14

Verdun and DK of course.    Who would be the wicked stepmother and where, oh where would you find a Prince Charming and not a frog?


Punkdoc in a pink meringue for fairy godmother.


4P - RHS gardens get dressed up for Xmas with lighting and displays and cake in the cafés.   I expect others do too, especially those with winter walks.


Quite warm here for the brief spells where the sun came out but otherwise pretty parky for mid May.   Still have courgettes waiting to be planted out.   Keeping them tucked up at night in the garage and opening the door to the light by day.


Have a good sleep everyone.  Sweet dreams.

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