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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 08:36

French connections all on parade then!  I have learned a new word - éparse - to describe expected scattered showers on Wednesday.  Sunny spells today which will be good for walkies.

Hope you don't get too soggy running DD but you'll enjoy a lovely hot shower afterwards, surely.

I have now catalogued all my flower seeds........   Hundreds of euros saved on seed orders but OH still doesn't see my economic reasoning.  Next thing is to do the veggies........ 

More coffee and painting first.

Have a good Sunday whatever your weather and activities.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 07:52

It is a fact that the more secure and educated and prosperous societies become the fewer children they have which will leave the western world in a demographic crisis as youngsters become too few to replace the older generations as they die and then you get problems with having enough people working to run all the services and industry so you rely on immigrants to do the "menial" tasks and certain skilled jobs for which too few of the indigenous people are not qualified............

In places like the IoM it must be exacerbated by young people leaving to get higher education and jobs and careers.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 07:45

Good morning.  I was awake late too but that's because I was googling greenhouses and polytunnels....  Polytunnels really do look good value for money.   So much to ponder.

Up early (for me) this morning to find it has finally stopped raining and we have blue streaks between the grey and cream streaky highlights in the clouds.    Once the sun is properly up I shall do coat no 9 on the stripes (should do the trick, fingers crossed) and then potter outside.

Coffee first!

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 23:09

I like the look of your spartina FG and it's listed by the one decent local nursery but I think the soil in this garden might just be too dry for it.

Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 14:05

Maybe just grew up?

A wee tip - It's always a good idea to take fat balls out of their net bags as birds can get their feet and claws trapped and injured in them.

Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 13:53

Looks like it's in training, doing an army obstacle course.

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 13:48

To be fair, my hakonechloa was rather swamped by some very exuberant hostas revelling in the long, cool, wet spring that lasted till late July.

The same bed had lily of the valley in the shadier end that only got sun after 3pm between the equinoxes.  It was well-behaved and not a thug but only once flowered in time for May day which sees people in Belgium giving sprigs to loved ones.

I do think it's important when giving advice or experiences to cite your conditions as what works in balmy southern Cornwall clearly will be different in exposed Northumbria or even sheltered Scotland or Wales.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 13:49:47

Compost Corner

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 13:00

Love the giant handbags.   Might have to try and get some of those.   Our new local council sells wooden, flat pack compost bins for 30€.  We have 3 so far but maybe some more of those too as this garden has mature trees with falling leaves.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 13:01:53

When to prune a fig tree

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:58

This link might help as it includes fan trained fig advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=106

Ornamental grasses

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:52

Interesting.  I love hakonechloa but it really struggled this year in a damp, shady bed with full sun only at the height of summer and I have never had a stipa survive a winter but then my old garden is much more exposed to deep cold than most of the UK.

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