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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 22:16

My world was full of the former and in various guises for decades FG.  Doing my best to avoid them here.

Haven't found our wee blue butterfly on the net yet.  Hope I see another, with a camera to take his pic. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:38

He's lovely FG.  Ours didn't have the white rim.  Must remember to take a camera so I can get IDs for wild flowers too.

If they can't organise rosettes, how do they think they'll organise a council or a constituency?


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:10

Victoria, Vancouver - http://www.butchartgardens.com/gardens/explore

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:07

Our dogs have expressive faces too when they've been up to mischief or are looking for trouble.  Kittens growing now but nowhere near being proper cats yet.  Very good at looking innocent.

No take-aways here.  The only option is pizza anyway.   I have recently started making my own onion bhajis and have had to do my own curries for years.   Very tasty too.

Doggy training sounds entertaining Lantana.    

We went to a local notaire to make our wills given that there are rules on inheritance in France but she kept us waiting 25 mins without even a hello or, sorry, please wait yet she passed us several times going between her office, the secretary and a printer.   We left after I told her sec I wasn't impressed.  She was shocked.

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Rhododendrum help

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 20:19

A naughty negative snuck into your first post so it wasn't clear.   Like I said.  Patience.

Can't see the pic.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 20:17

Sounds like a good day Busy and a bit of fun for you too FG.  What did you say to the independents?

I have been domestic most of the morning making a chicken pastilla for lunch and then giving the kitchen a good clean.  PM spent potting on the white wisteria and made it a bamboo support frame to keep it safe till we are ready to plant it.   Potted on a few of the other new shrubs and planted out the brunneras and hakonechloas.   

Walkies followed and we spotted the teensiest periwinkle blue butterfly - smaller than a buttercup flower and gorgeous.  Chat followed with a neighbour round the corner who was sat on a chair planting up tubs of pelargoniums.  New hip means she can't do it standing up.   T'other hip needs doing too so I may offer to help her.  Not yet though.  Only met her twice and don't want to offend.   

Had to bath Rasta who has a happy knack of finding smelly stuff to roll in.  'Orrible dog!

Salmon trout for dinner with chili and lime butter.  Very tasty.

Now to draw plans for the potager.  OH getting twitchy about it.

Rhododendrum help

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 19:53

Patience.   It may take weeks or even a whole growing season to recover - assuming you did take the advice offered earlier.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:53

Know the problem Yvie.  My in-laws would always wear trainers with deep treads, perfect for shipping in grit and muck but not at all good for our Belgian house - tiled floor downstairs, wooden floorboards upstairs.  I eventually hung a wee wooden sign on the front door when they came - "Wipe your bloody feet"  It worked, mostly.

Still have it for days when OH is messing near this house as we have very fine gravel and grit on the drive and he and the dogs ship it in every time and the robot misses bits.  The last owner had strict rules and made everyone take their shoes off to go upstairs.   We haven't done that during the move or subsequent repairs and mods.  Now her white panted staircase needs sanding and priming and painting again.   If I leave it long enough it might go back to being wood I can just oil??

Sometimes, sitting by the pond is a valid gardening occupation.  Enjoy Nana duty.

Can Acer be grown in containers?

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:24

I have grown Japanese maples in pots for years, often because I can't decide where to plant them permanently or because they are too delicate for my garden in winter and need moving to shelter.

They need to start in smaller pots, as stated, with good drainage but some moisture retention in the compost.   Keep them sheltered from strong sun and dessicating winds and pot on every 2 or 3 years.

Plant seeds growing too close

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:20

Oops here too - that should read Never hold the stems.

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