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Bulbs for Autumn and winter

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 11:45

I spotted some Spanish bluebells in the new garden we're moving to soon.  They'll get nuked the minute they have enough greenery on to absorb some weedkiller.

Meanwhile, bulbs can planted in pots and kept cool but sheltered from frosts and then displayed or planted out where you have spaces and gaps next spring.   I leave all my bulbs in situ - snowdrops, crocuses, daffs, hyacinths, snowflakes, tulips, alliums, nectarospordums - and don't lift any once they're in the ground.  I only grow botanical tulips as the bigger hybrids don't do in my garden and I only try the botanicals in teh sunniest, best drained beds.  T

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 11:03

Predictably they gave the oldest lady to Anton - does he get paid extra? and some who should be the most relaxed about performing were the most nervous.   They put the skinny footballer's wife in a hideous long pink sack dress with fringing which promises well for wardrobe this year and have found a new professional male dancer who looks about 8 years old.

Never mind.  The pairing up show is always just a bit of hype with lots of padding.   Now the real work starts and, with any luck, they'll produce some proper dancing and some fun.

very old rose

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:52

Some of that old wood with no green stems is very thick so you may need to buy or borrow a pruning saw and some loppers to cut it out.   Leave any green stems with foliage on as they will be feeding the roots that will, as I said earlier, appreciate some bonemeal and a mulch for winter health.

You will be left with a rose that looks thin and bare but will have healthy stems and roots ready for normal pruning and feeding next spring.   You can also take cuttings form the existing green stems next spring as insurance just in case but it should respond well to the TLC and become a very healthy, floriferous rose over the next couple of years.

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:43

We have rain and thunder and lightening.  Ahead of schedule but welcome nonetheless.   Had to leap out of bed and shut the Veluxes in the attics!   

Polishing brass and copper thingies today so I can take them to the Troc to sell.  About as thrilling as SGL's wallpaper stripping but must be done. OH is playing golf.  That'll be fun!

Have a good day with your sister and the chicklets.  FG too up your hills.  And everyone else whatever you're doing.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 00:21

What were you watching?  Each contestant was paired up with their dance professional.

Transplanting hydrangeas

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:27

Planting out from pots can be done at any time of year as long as the roots are given a thorough soaking first and then teased out so they spread into the surrounding soil which needs to have been well dug over and improved with garden compost.   Keep watered till established.

Digging up established plants and transplanting is best done in autumn when the plant goes dormant above ground.  This puts less stress on the roots and gives them time to develop over winter before they have to cope with all the new energy spurt in spring.   Water well before and after to reduce stress and help it settle in.

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Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:16

Found this online.  May be of help with procedures to follow to get the council to intervene - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9411/highhedgescomplaining.pdf

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:07

And if ex-OH isn't back by 5, take both boys to their respective homes for their tea/dinner.   Don't let him think you'll wait for him to get home at his own convenience.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 14:45

I agree with PP.  He's nasty and won't change and also Dove about keeping a diary.

Make the rules clear - your time with Charlie is your time, not his.  Also, you are not a free babysitter any more and can't just change your plans to suit him.   You have your own interests and pursuits and obligations to follow.  

Make it clear to Charlie too that he mustn't fall into Daddy traps and can have his friends to play at your place when it's your weekend and at Daddy's when it's his.  

Love Kitty's idea of making a mess in the kitchen.

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 14:35

Wine Yvie!  Yogurt and fruit or honey for breakfast.

Busy - I don't think UK and French TVs are compatible and it seems Belgian and French aren't ether.  At least, chappy in France said there was nothing wrong with the aerial but we need a French TV to get the signal.   I do like to keep up with local news as well as the wider world.

I usually find the first Strictly hopelessly corny and then we have to wait another 3 or 4 weeks to see which idiot(s) couldn't get one 90 second dance routine and maybe a group dance nailed in all that time of one to one teaching with a top professional.   Love it all the same though.

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