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Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:31

Felco no 2 are good general purpose secateurs but, as Fidget says, you need proper loppers for thicker stems and branches.  

I have a set of Wolf loppers which are very good for branches up to 1" but hard work on anything thicker so I also have a Wolf pruning saw head which I can attach to a short, medium or full length handle depending on the height and position of the branch or trunk.   I have happily used the saw on bigger stuff but 4" or so are my limit.  After that it's a job for OH.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:23

No stamina these OH's.   Mine has eaten, watched Masterchef and gone to bed too.   He has been a busy boy today tho with his golf, two dog walks and playing with his new wood chipping toy.

We had water voles and musk rats in the Belgian garden and neighbouring fields which had a stream running through and ponds.   No idea what we may have here yet but there's plenty of water around in the neighborhood as we're on the northern edge of the Marais Poitevin.   Lots of dried up ponds too after the long drought.

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 21:57

According to the Independent there were unusually high tides in Florida with flooding in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.   

Pruning roses

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:18

I am assuming they are shrub and not climbing or rambling roses.

Pruning roses

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:03

Too soon really but you can already cut them down by half now so they don't get rocked about in strong winter winds.  Remove any obvious dead stems while you're on.  You could also give them a good mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost round the base and the worms will work it in for you over winter to give the roses a good start next spring.

Next year - mid Feb to March depending on how cold your winter is - cut ot any thin, twiggy or broken stems and then reduce the rest to just above an outward facing bud on each stem.   Give them a generous dollop of blood, fish and bone or specialist rose food and more mulch and they should put on plenty of healthy new growth and flower well.

Chilli seeds

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:24

It depends what you're after.   I don't want a volcanic effect and I've been happy with the range from suppliers such as Chilterns, Plant World, Suttons and T&M but if you want more esoteric varieties and a range of heat then you need a specialist.

These people have a DEFRA certificate for quality - http://www.chileseeds.co.uk/chili-seeds.php and a wide variety of heat, size and flavour in the chili seeds offered.

If you google chili seeds+UK you'll find lots of specialist suppliers out there who rely on recommendations and repeat business for commercial success.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 16:27

Thanks, but no thanks, Papi Jo.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 15:39

Ignoring surveys on this fred.

Dull and grey but warm at 14C.  Have been out to enquire about hedge cutting and compost at the local council but no go.   Now to chat up the neighbours and see if they know anyone before we go thru the internet.

Himself went and had a practice on his new course this morning.  Said he came across a fairly damp part and saw 3 beaver-like critters. Asked me if the region was known for having kumquats!!  Didn't understand why I was so amused.   Cloth head as well as cloth ears.   They're probably descendants of coypu released some decades ago.

Presents are easy here in theory as there's just the 3 of us.  Long since declared a present truce with the rest of the family however Possum really dislikes my continual requests for practical cooking or gardening stuff.   Why don't I want perfume or jewelry or clothes?  Cos I have enough to last me a lifetime and wear neither perfume nor jewelry in the garden or for schlepping at home which doesn't leave a lot of time left for being spruced.!

Clari - hope you can round up the extras needed.  Good luck with the job hunt and your updated resumé.

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 10:49

Very bright, as predicted, and no clouds, just a few vapour trails here in the Vendée

What was more interesting was the way it lit up the surrounding fields and our garden but my camera's not good enough to register those - or maybe it is if I read the manual.......

Last edited: 15 November 2016 10:51:23

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 10:44

Good morning.  Grey here now but we had an exceptionally clear night between 9pm and bedtime.  Unfortunately, having no streaky clouds meant no interesting pictures but it was certainly very bright out there.   All the dead stalks of the long, dry grass were so silvery in the strong moonlight they looked frosted and when a low ground mist came up it was eerily beautiful.

OH is off for his first golf practice since we arrived so I have had a lie in, reading , cos he brought me coffee and juice.    Cooked breakfast are an occasional weekend treat.   Alcove painting for me and then more sorting and tidying as I finally get to grips with how best to use my kitchen space.

DD - got is a lazy word, mostly used by all those immigrants to America learning a common low denominator of English.  Not their fault but it's stuck through usage.   Possum gtes a metaphorical rap on the knuckles when she says gotten.    Too much Disney in her youf.  Tell your adults it's "argot" and teach them have and must instead so they can relate it to French.  Then they'll "get" it.

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