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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:53

Bearing in mind you no longer have a job to lose Clari... If nothing arrives on Monday I'd fire off a formal letter requesting immediate payment. If nothing arrives by the end of the week another letter requesting payment by a fixed date - or you'll pursue the matter through the small claims court.

I sound as though I know what I'm talking about - I don't - but you get the general idea. Do a bit of research to find out how you can pursue them legally for the money and then threaten them with it. Your old boss wants a good kick up the a*se.

Unknwon Tree

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:43

Looks like an ash seedling to me too. 

Best to get it out now - which may be more difficult than it sounds if the root is going under the fence... Will be almost impossible if it gets much bigger.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:02

I'll bring my Lafumas to the meeting. Sooooo comfy we might drift off to sleep.

Should I bring gin?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 09:49

Morning - sun is shining 

Landscaper coming this morning to measure up for some replacement fencing - the cheap and cheerful, rustic hazel panels have done their job - but after 5 years they are starting to look a little tired and I'm not sure they would stand much in the way of winter gales after another season. The fact that the squirrels think they are both a short cut to the hazel trees and a climbing frame hasn't helped either

Glad your eye is better Wonky - enjoy a lazy weekend. 

Hope you can get something sorted for your eye Lily. Hope the optometrist can either remove whatever is in there or reassure you that it's gone and the eye just needs to heal. Eyes are precious.

Better get dressed before P knocks on the door May thin the autumn fruiting raspberries when he's gone - they have flower buds on already - what's that all about?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 17:58

Back from the SM (surprisingly quiet for a Friday afternoon) - came via the nursery in the next village which specialises in hanging baskets and plants for summer containers (they supply most of the shops in town). Bought some pelargoniums - rich red and velvet burgundy - they look sumptuous (and I am not a bedding plant fan). Will probably plant up the chimney pots in a day or so.

Clari - an elderly couple used to take their 2 (equally elderly) dogs for regular walks round our village. One of the dogs was taken for 'walkies' in a child's push chair because he had severe back and hip problems and couldn't walk and his brother wouldn't walk without his mate alongside him. By pushing him round everyone was happy. 

When the sick dog was put to sleep the owners tried taking the remaining dog out on his own. He wouldn't walk without the pushchair by his side so now they toddle round pushing an empty push chair.

Everyone sees to be very happy - I think the elderly owners take it in turns to use it like a zimmer frame

Fairy - had a look at those clematis - luvverly jubberly. The lemon sounds particularly nice and I can think of a spot if you change your mind....

If you don't mind me asking which company did you use? I need to order some yesterday but I've not really dealt with any of the specialist clematis people.

Poor old Lord Bute getting shoved under the table - mind you as an aristo he'll probably feel a bit at home under there. He just needs a bit of protection from heavy rain - overhanging foliage would probably be enough. He's a little beauty - I love the Regals

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:44

Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of people being allowed to spend their own money on whatever they choose to spend it on (I thought that was one of the benefits of living in a democracy) isn't it the case that this particular piece work of art sparks a reaction in people?

Whether it be the stuff of nightmares or just a bit spooky - to me it appears to be a powerful bit of work. Not something I'd want on my living room wall but it stirs something deep inside. Surely that is what good art does? - whether or not you like it.

It's a large sum of money to be sure and I can't see the value - but the person who bought it clearly has that money to spend. So long as (s)he didn't earn it through exploitation, sexploitation, supplying arms or chemical weapons , drugs or by any other illegal means I think it's entirely up to him / her how they spend / invest it.

I actually find it more disturbing that people with not a lot of money spend a fortune on a wedding day or buy extortionately priced designer label clothes and accessories. What about those who think nothing of shelling out £100 at the hairdressers or on a night out on the p**s when they are struggling to pay the rent and other day to day bills? (Yes - I do know people that do that).

Sorry - that's all made me quite cross. Rant over.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 09:54

Morning all

Pansy - huge hugs for you. You must feel truly pummelled by all that news descending on you in one huge dump. Hope all the dollop on here helps take your mind off things a little.

M-U - puss cats - got to love 'em - such independent little characters.

Debs - enjoy your day out - hope the weather holds for the wedding. Where you going for lunch? - sounds like it could be rather nice - & I get the impression your OH might be 'in the business' so will know where to take you Lucky girl!

SM & hwk this morning and home via nearby nursery to pick up a couple of pelargoniums (mine didn't survive the winter in the shed this year). I do 2 chimney pots and one large flower pot both full of red pelargoniums and that's it for summer pots - hate watering pots, hate dead heading petunias and lobelia usually gets straggly and horrible after August - so I've given up and keep it dead simple. Used to do huge hayracks, baskets - the works. Looked fab - but I'm too much of a lazy mare these days

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 09:20


Can anyone remember if I've already laced the front border with chicken manure & BFB pellets please?

"Is the human race stupid?" - Doc - I refer you to the person elected to run the USA and the electorate of said country.

Too much politics already - sorry.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:05

Dove - I grow G. Rozanne and find all that blue gets a little relentless mid to late summer. 

I've just stuck some Indian Prince next to mine in the hope it will brighten things up Will also have alchemilla mollis in the mix - I love that yellowey / limey green of the flowers with orange & blue.

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 19:10

I wasn't a fan either Debs until I (happy accidentally) grew Calendula Indian Prince alongside some french lavender a couple of years ago. The dark purple and rich orange looked great together.

This year I have DA rose Roald Dahl which is supposed to be apricotey in colour with purple salvias underneath and 3 plants of geum Totally Tangerine (which is slightly more subtle than it sounds) and is looking really pretty against purple geraniums, lime green hostas and the dark leaves of some Cotinus.

Have also planted quite a few Calendula  amongst the nepeta which will also have the magenta of Geranium Ann Folkard running through it.

Also have some new epimediums and Cornus Midwinter Fire which have orange tints to the foliage / stems

Everything looks great at this time of year when the foliage is so lovely and fresh and springy. As I said - it will be interesting to see how the colours work later in the season. May all be a little brash - may be fantastic.

Joys of gardening

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