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garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 13:48

You posted this query twice and have had answers on the other one.  Go see.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 11:07

It's a quarterly report Pdoc.  The last was in February which makes May the next and given Brexit the figures are hardly a surprise.

garden mirror

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:20

It's all about position.  No casualties with mine in nearly 20 years tho I did have the odd bird with a headache after flying into upstairs windows.  One turtle dove left an outline on a landing window last year but there was never a problem with the mirror which was low down and positioned to reflect summer sunsets back onto the terrace.

Last edited: 25 May 2017 09:23:52

Does anyone know what is causing this?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:18

It's a fungal disease spreading across the UK.  The RHS has this info and advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

Do not buy any more box plants until you have this problem resolved either by successful care or removal and burning as it will affect future plantings and also neighbours' plants.

Lets come together and share our thought's and Prayers

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:11

As Terry Pratchett said, it's the good you do that matters, not the god you pray to.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 09:04

You don't have to be gay to think CB is an ideal man.  He's just lovely - friendly, pleasant, intelligent, knowledgeable and a garden plant and design guru.  What more can you want?

They can all win gold FG.  It's not a competition against the other gardens.  It's about following the brief and attention to detail and scoring points in several preset categories.  I can't believe they thought his planting too dense given that that's what Chelsea gardens do - cram the place full of plants, often performing before or after their normal season.  It's a lot more "natural" now than when I first attended in 1989.  Still OTT but it's a show, so that's OK.

I want to see gardens, with ideas I can adopt of modify for my own, not miniature landscapes of Mars, Lebanon, Provence, deserts - we've had them all.

Hot here already but breezy so OK.  I have to spray the polytunnel to clear it, plant and pot on treasures, sow some beans and sand furniture.   Public holiday for Ascension here so a quiet day.

Rambling roses problem

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 22:24

It's normal.  Red flowered roses - and many other plants - often have red tints in their stems and foliage.   Sometimes it stays and sometimes it greens up as the stems and leaves mature.

garden mirror

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:03

First of all you need to know that birds can injure themselves flying into mirrors as they don't recognise the danger so careful siting is important.

Secondly, it doesn't have to be special glass.  I bought a rusty metal Moroccan style frame at a plant fair years ago and had some ordinary mirror glass cut to size and hung it on our back wall.  It stayed there all year round for 18 years and survived temps form -32C to +38C as well as hailstones, rain and snow.

Last edited: 24 May 2017 20:04:08

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:50

No euphorbias here - ever - but there will be canes.  I shall have to be inventive as I have yet to find any protective tops.  

We have been to buy my compost and ended up needing 2 trolleys - 1 for 5 bags of compost and the other for 2 rolls of mesh fencing, 5 posts - all they had in stock, a roll of wire and some tensioners and a Falstaff rose at 20% off and 3 gazanias at 15% off plus 12 plugs of Romanesco.   They had a 20% off one item of your choice too so OH treated himself to some new, sturdy ankle boots for walking the dogs.

I have a blister on top of my toe so am tooling around in flip flops which are not good for walking the dogs in our unpaved country lanes so am off to sand a "bonnetière" which is half wardrobe, half drawers and a shelf with an inset mirror.  Defintely one of the more quirky ones.

I hope your eye does heal properly LP.   Joyce - it's easy to eat a bit too much when you haven't had to cook it.   I hope you enjoyed it.

RG - we started off with one personnel gofer to manage hiring conditions for 200 people and everything was fine till we became 300 staff.   She became 2 and then 3 and before we knew it we had 1000 employees in different sites and imported an ambitious (hard as nails) personnel director who set up and empire and called it HR.   Nightmare.

It would be more productive to offer extra days of holiday to those who do not take sick leave.

Last edited: 24 May 2017 17:51:38


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:33

Absolutely  - separate sprayer for weedkiller but, better still, stop spraying against pests.

A healthy, well fed rose will fight of attacks form aphids and if you feed the garden birds all year round the tits and sparrows will hoover up aphids to feed to their chicks because they can't take them water and aphids and caterpillars provide lovely juicy proteins.

If you get black spot just pick off the affected leaves and destroy.  Do not compost them.   Roses need a generous feed of slow release fertiliser every spring, an occasional tonic of liquid tomato food up until the end of June and a good weeding and then a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost in autumn after some decent rain.

Since there is still some green left on the leaves they may be savable.  Use a clean watering can with a rosette and pour over a solution of liquid tomato food or liquid seaweed with a drop or two of washing up liquid to help it adhere to the leaves.   Do this once every few days until you see some improvement and then just keep them moist in dry spells.   Cross your fingers and toes.

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