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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 18:22

Yes but you often have to walk miles to get to one, carrying all your gear - towels, parasol, picnic, bucket and spade etc - because they are just beaches.  No loos, no cafés, no shade and when you do go in the water you have to be careful about box jelly fish or sharks or waves too exciting for small people.   Beautiful tho - except for Bondi.

2 frocks finished and another altered.  Devoted mother or what?   Now to make dinner and, since it's cool, that'll be pork burgers with mustard and apple and sweet potato mash and broccoli.  No buns.

I hope all your packing is done Dove and you don't have to do an LP and re-pack.   Have a great time and if Hosta needs it, give him some earache!  And a hug.

Don't think Pru is up herself at all.  She's very practical and fair and just a tad more sophisticated in what she cooks than Mary Berry whom I also admire greatly but differently.  PS Hosta - life is too short to watch ads.  Definitely worth recording.


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Posted: 30/08/2017 at 17:18

'Appen if they've had it before they can get it again.  Can your order it?


Posted: 30/08/2017 at 17:14

Bamboo has a life span, usually to do with dying after flowering.

Kerria may be short lived shrubs but they sucker all over and that keeps them going even when the original dies off.  I'd check your drainage and also siting of the plants.  To be honest tho, they flower for about 2 weeks and then are desperately dull for 50 weeks.  I'd choose something with a longer season of interest and less suckering vigour.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 17:12

I don't think I've eaten a mini roll since my teens - don't like normal Swiss roll either - so the thought of baking one is just plain odd.  I suspect, given her cooking pedigree, that Paul is just a teeny bit in awe of Prue.  So much the better.

Still cold here and we've had about 5 drops of rain.   Certainly not enough to register on our rain gauge which registers in 10ths of mms.

Sewing is going well tho and Possum has lost 6 of her chocolate mug cake and pancake kilos so is now ready to try a new shape of frock and top.   Still can't "see" a pattern from an illustration tho........

What type of squash is this (and recipe ideas please)?

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 14:50

They look like Pattie Pan to me too except that I've never seen green ones.  They've always been very pale.  I can do vegetarian or pescatorian or full on meat recipes but not vegan.

I suggest you google "squash+recipes+vegan" and see what's out there.

Pruning wisteria

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 14:46

Leave it for now but keep it watered, tho not drowning, till it goes dormant and drops its leaves.  If you can, plant it out in a permanent position so it can get its roots down deep and with a good framework of wires or trellis to grow on.  If that's against a wall, plant it at least 12 to 18 inches out - walls soak up moisture and any roof will cast a rain shadow so you need to compensate with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture.

Keep it sheltered from heavy frosts and strong winds and feed every spring with blood, fish and bone, pelleted chicken manure or a slow release rose or tomato fertiliser.   Tab the link to the RHS pruning advice so you know what to look for to prune in future years.

String or 'soft ties'

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 14:21

I have rolls of green hemp and waxed brown twine in old coffee tins with a hole in the plastic top for easy access to the length I need but I also, when I can find them, use flexible green plastic ties, rather like cable ties, for things like rambling or climbing roses as they are easy to adjust or remove and re-use as needed.

Pruning wisteria

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 14:14

Try resizing the photo as there is a size limit.

Pruning is done twice a year, usually July/August and Jan/Feb.  In summer you shorten any long whippy stems and tie in new growth to a support structure.  In winter, when there is no frost forecast for a couple of days, you shorten again to promote formation of flower buds.

THe RHS website has a handy video and explanation:-



Posted: 30/08/2017 at 14:02

Did they look sick?  Blotched marks on leaves and stems?   There is a newish fungal disease which is affecting kerria.  THe RHS offers this information on it - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=1018  If it is the fungus, then I suggest you not replace the plant for several years so the fungus spores can die out in your garden.  

If not, then did the plants get water-logged?  They like well drained soil and a sunny position usually.   If that is likely then forking over the affected area and improving drainage with some fine grit and maybe some well rotted garden compost to open up the soil structure will make it more hospitable.  Kerria plants are commonly available at garden centres.

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