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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:38

For anyone with that lazy Sunday feeling.....    Cosmos, after a busy morning.

99% cutting success

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:11

Sphagnum moss is a protected species now isn't it?   I'm told that using Oasis for flower arranging does well for cuttings as does using willow water.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:02

Hosta night here thanks to sore hips, snory OH and cuddly kitten.    Have lain in bed for ages dozing and reading but now I need to get on.  Frock to finish before we hit the beach.  Cool enough indoors but heading for 35C outside so too hot to do much here and we need some air and sun and a sea breeze.

LP - hope all goes well for the dogs.   We've taken our dogs and last cat into the UK a couple of times and it's been a palaver getting all the paperwork and jabs and correct worming and flea treatments but so much better than leaving them in kennels.   I hoe the UK doesn't go back to the bad old days of quarantine.

Liri - I once planted a golden hop that turned out to have no manners so i'm afraid I ripped it out.  I tried to get the golden effect with a jasmine Fiona Sunrise but she had no stamina.

I hope you're all having a sunny day - except Pat who i hope is tucked up warm and toasty.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 22:53

From the pic I assumed it's not a pup and has to be "bought" from a rescue centre.  We had to pay for Rasta and the two kittens but nit Bonzo.  We did have to agree to have them all neutered and vaccinated and treated as family pets in the home,   Certainly see no point i encouraging excess breeding of pups for sale, or kittens.

Feeling dozy myself now.   G'night all.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 21:31

Whippets are really just small grey hounds.  They make lovely family pets but do need to be able to run about a bit and/or have a good walk each day.

Chicky - in Belgium I planted a 19m hedge of ilex aquifolium along part of the boundary between us and the cows in the pasture next door thinking it would be nibble proof.   They very carefully leaned over the barbed wire fence and ate all the soft new growth every spring so I ended up with a short, fat hedge.  Ended up having to put up a barrier of that wire mesh builders use for reinforcing concrete.      Worked a treat and I got a shoulder height fat hedge.

Joyce - all out of oomph now but happy to share tomorrow.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 18:30

LB - sometimes the only thing to do with a thread is head off topic.

However, at the mo, plants and seeds can move freely within EU borders.   

Given the huge numbers of bedding plants, bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs that are grown in bulk on the continent and then shipped en masse to the UK I should think Brexit will already have affected prices and once the divorce is complete it may well affect availability of plants and tools for gardens depending on what the UK team can negotiate and whether or not the UK decides to restrict or otherwise control imports to protect not only home growers and producers but also keep out unwanted organisms.  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 18:12

Absolutely.   No normal student functions at 6am and 10pm leaves them no time for some fun with their mates before bed.   Nor can I see it being good for family or social life for the non students.

Shame about your box balls Chicky.  How many more do you have?

Everyone is flaked out here except me.  OH has been hand pulling weeds in the potager all day rather than strimming and has had a shower and is now flopped.   Possum is watching vlogs and stuff on her PC - so energetic!   Both dogs are flopsy and so are the kittens.  Cosmos is so relaxed he's lying belly up and legs akimbo amongst piles of stuff on the bed in my sewing room.  Very elegant.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 16:47

I know Dove but a still twitching turkey is not like a pheasant or a grouse!  I was 14 or 15 and had come from the suburbs of Manchester.  Loved all the fresh air and open space but not so much the gory and smelly bits.   Cheshire so lots of dairy but also pig muck spreading.........  I can remember having to ride my bike thru piles of disinfectant soaked hay to get to and from school during a foot and mouth break out.   Clearly far more local and less devastating than the recent ones.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 16:37

Have to agree Fidget.  When did it stop being a safety net?

I spent my teen years in Cheshire countryside.  I went potato picking once.  Back breaking, filthy, cold and badly paid.   Ditto turkey plucking once at Xmas.  The farmer brought us the corpses still twitching but at least he was no Bernard Matthews.  The turkeys were grown to order and had a good life and space to move once they'd gone into the barn for the final fattening.

After that I got a paper round and a Saturday job in a shop.  Much better conditions and pay.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 13:36

It doesn't all go to supermarkets Dove but I do agree about pay inversion.

Discussions started by Obelixx

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Another ID please

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