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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 19:09

Sounds like you've already decided Liri, but I'll add my voice anyway - taxi, for safety's sake! If you get drenched and catch a chill or worse, fall in a ditch, you're not going to achieve as much in your time there, plus you'll have saved yourself an hour of your life time and you can't buy that at any price.

I had a very frustrating morning - went to hospital for a blood test only to find doc hadn't sent the necessary electronic notes. Came out to find I still had to pay £1.80 for parking! Then stopped in town on the way back to buy angelica for a special pud I had planned tonight, but they sold out yesterday. Had to pay £1.10 for the privilege of finding that out. On the plus side, we have a new neighbour to replace the family-from-hell that we've had living next to us for two years and she is LOVELY, plus got allocated a new bod to write for (I ghostwrite peoples' autobiographies for them) so all in all not a bad day. 

Hope you've all had some of the wonderful sunshine we enjoyed here in North Devon, or at least if you didn't, your fingers and toes aren't too froze 

Rose suggestion for new metal arch?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 09:39

Shropshire Lad is on my plant shopping list at the moment, funnily enough I want it to go on the opposite side of my arch to Mme Alfred Carriere. It's on the shady side with quite dry soil and close to a hedge, so I wanted something thornless as I have to get up close and personal when pruning on that side!

Shakes you...

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 09:36

Thank you both!

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 07:53

First frost! I haven't ventured down to the greenhouse yet to see how my babies did in their bubble wrap cloche.

I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself this morning but hoping a nice long 'to do' list of gardening chores will perk me up. Unfortunately it includes one of my least favourite jobs, and one that should have been done at least a month ago. I've got to turn my compost heaps... Just hoping there's no wildlife sheltering in there (why it should have been done earlier) but it really does need doing 

Have a good day all x

Shakes you...

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 07:45

Thanks Hosta - I thought it would turn into a link when I posted it - what did I do wrong?

Rose suggestion for new metal arch?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 07:44

Lizzie I'm inclined to agree, really, although I do contain one of mine on what I think of as an arch, it is actually nearly five feet long and I have to prune Mme Alfred Carriere quite hard to keep her on it. It's quite capable of covering the wall of a house (my other one is trained on a fence and currently cover an area about 15' x 8' - and that was after a hard prune last year when I moved her from her previous, outgrown, location! So probably not the best choice if the arch is only narrow. There are plenty of climbing roses that only grow to 10' according to David Austen, so one of those would probably be a better bet. What about Claire Austen?

Shakes you...

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:48

Couldn't put it better than this:

Rose suggestion for new metal arch?

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:39

Hi Loana, I've got two Mme Alfred Carriere. It's a gorgeous rose and gives flowers over a long period. Neither have mine have shown any sign of disease, and they don't get any special treatment. I agree with Rosemummy, though - it is very vigorous, so I would advise you to train it carefully, tying the stems as near horizontal as possible, or twining round uprights, otherwise it will reach the top of your arch in two years and be waving around in the wind looking for somewhere to go! Would love to see photos in due course 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 17:13

I'd missed the headline, but I must admit some of the tweets that came out of it were brilliant... Apparently the 'journalist' who wrote the article has also referred to Elliot Spencer as Stephen Fry's 'husband' (in inverted commas). Can't we stay in the EU and just set up Bigotland for all these people to go and live out their tiny lives. Please?

Horseradish woes

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 00:29

When I told my dad I was planting some horseradish last year he laughed and said, "Well I hope you REALLY like horseradish, 'cos you're going to have it for a long time." I planted two roots and at the end of the season meticulously dug them up and froze them in sections, each about the right size for a portion of horseradish sauce. Early this spring I saw two or three new horseradish babies appearing and dug them right up and since then - no sign of it. Perhaps I just got lucky, and it doesn't like my soil overmuch...

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