Latest posts by punkdoc

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 09:13

Damping off is much more common in seeds sown early, especially those that bolt and those that are kept covered for too long.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 09:09

Hi all.

Lovely and sunny here, but very frosty. Expecting snow later.

At least all the bad weather has allowed me to get off to a good start with the studying, although I will admit to some doubts as to whether I will be able to keep it up for 6 years.

Some half hardies sown yesterday, I think they need an early start to ensure I get a good display.

I "woke" up my Colocasia last week and it is springing into life.

Honey sounds a great idea Hosta, all those extra pollenators.

Have a good day.

Pancake Tuesday

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 09:00

Any way at all, if you are offering!

Fennel-bad idea?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 23:05

I have been looking this up, and there appears to be no evidence that Fennel affects the growth of any other plants.

Fennel-bad idea?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 21:57

I wouldn't worry too much. It does self seed, but the seedlings are easy to remove, and I have found them turning up in some great places, where I would not have thought of planting them.

Self seeders are plants for free, remove them if you don't like where they are, or there are too many. They should be cherished. 

Penstemon raven

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 19:57

It is the nicest Penstemon that I have grown, although I find with all Penstemons that they flower better some years than others.

I take cuttings every year and tend to replace plants every 2 - 3 years.

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:09

What, no Sloe Gin?!

Euphorbia wulfenii

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 13:00

If they don't have old flowers on them don't cut them back. those stems will probably carry this years flowers.

blue/grey hardy geranium

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 12:27

I love the leaves of G.renardii, but I find it does not flower very well and the flowers are over very quickly. As Nut says, it is a very early flowerer.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 10:36

Not fake news, why is everything making me so angry?

A woman married to a British man for 27 years has been sent back to Singapore.

Irene Clennell was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but told the BBC she has been removed to her country of origin without warning.

She had been living near Durham with her husband, and has two British sons, as well as a granddaughter, in the UK.

Periods spent abroad caring for her parents are thought to have invalidated her residential status. The Home Office does not comment on individual cases.

Woman faces removal after 27 years

Mrs Clennell told the BBC she was put in a van and taken to the airport from the Dungavel Detention Centre in South Lanarkshire on Saturday.

She had been held at the facility since the start of February.

She told the BBC she was unable to contact her lawyer and did not have the chance to get any clothes from her home.

Mrs Clennell, who had been living in Chester-le-Street, was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK after her marriage.

She says she has made repeated attempts - both in Singapore and in the UK - to re-apply for permission to live with her husband.

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