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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 08:59

This one's a bit harder but I'll throw in 

Ketch, kimono, kettle, kite and knight....

Still in bed - I'll look again when I've woken up properly

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 14:25

I have also had very positive experiences with DA roses and I really like the New English roses because of their flower shape / form, the scent (very variable) and the repeat flowering. They work very well in a mixed border.

I think that if the right plant is expensive I might just have to wait and save my pennies - what would be the point in buying one which is not right just because it's £5 cheaper?

However, (because they are expensive) I did visit the DA garden (and other gardens which make a feature of DA roses) about 6 yrs ago at peak flowering time. I did my own compare and contrast assessment of the most important (for me) features for very many of their roses & made simple notes and scores out of 10 which I refer to when buying. 

It is also a good idea to try to research whether gardeners' experiences of an intended purchase match the blurb in the catalogue.

Also learn to read between the DA lines. 'Extremely Good Disease Resistance' and 'Extremely Healthy' mean that if the conditions are good you'll have a nice healthy plant.

Just 'Disease Resistant' or no mention of disease resistance probably means you'll end up treating it for black spot etc every year unless it's grown in absolutely perfect conditions with lots of TLC.

'Light scent' means you probably won't be able to smell it in the open air.

DA produce good roses and I've always received good healthy plants.They are, however, also good at marketing - so learn to read between the lines and try to see the plant you want in bloom to avoid costly mistakes

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 12:13
Dovefromabove says:

Don't remember one last year Topbird - maybe I missed it 'cos Ma was poorly?

Any ideas about where to go this time?

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You, Nut, Panda and I went to Oxborough Hall on 18th February last year. Link below if you need the photos to remind you  You did have rather a lot on your plate at the time so understandable if it's all a bit of a blur

It was a nice sunny day - even though there was a snow warning out. Good day - good company, good lunch, lots of snowdrops.

I'd be very happy to go back to Anglesey Abbey. I went a few years ago - and I know you've been with other Forkers - but the winter garden is lovely and it's probably not a bad location if Nut & others want to join us.

But I also like to go to see new places if you've any ideas? We can start a new thread when it gets a bit closer.

LIri - lovely little finds. You could mount them on some white board in an artistic manner (hang them on tiny pins) and hang it on the wall. 

iPad freezing

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 11:43

I don't know whether this helps Nora and the team or not - but I do get the

"A problem has occurred and the page is being reloaded"

message on a few other sites as well.

The Mail App is also often a problem and quite often crashes altogether.

That is why I thought it might be an OSX problem or something buggy in my iPad. Was at the point of doing a factory reset (and restoring from my very first 2013 back up) in the hope of eradicating any bugs when this thread popped up.

Will be interested to hear from the tech team whether they think it is an OSX or a website issue.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 09:19
Dovefromabove says:

Just a thought ... isn't it about time we thought about arranging some Snowdrop Walks? 

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 Oooh yes  - count me in 

Not sure when though. Just a few brave green noses poking through here - most still fast asleep. Weeks away from flowering in this garden. I think it was mid Feb when we went last year wasn't it?

Manners - morning all. A sunny, crisp start here - still below freezing. -3C when I woke up.

Proffessional garden design - worth it?

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 17:47

We have a similar sized plot to you Doogie and it was pretty much a blank canvas when we moved here 6 years ago.

Like you I started to feel a bit overwhelmed by what I needed / wanted / could afford etc etc and was frightened of making big and / or expensive mistakes.

We had to employ a builder / landscaper to carry out some major works on the driveway. He knew somebody who had done a bit of designing. I sent her some measurements and a list of the the things I had to have in the garden (G&T spot, patio, shed, fruit patch, utility area etc etc) and personal likes and dislikes garden-wise. For £100 she then spent a morning with me discussing various options and she drew up a basic reasonably-to-scale plan for the garden.

It was just such a relief to see it laid out on paper. Since then I've worked with the landscaper to put bits of the plan into being in several stages as and when I could afford to. He's done all the heavy stuff involving diggers and concrete and I've planned and completed all the planting.

Six years on, I haven't really stuck to the original plan - but the shed and composting areas and some of the beds were the first things to go in and are per the original. Once these big bits were 'anchored'  the extra stuff and going away from the original plan followed on quite organically.

Basically, I just needed someone to help me get started.

Good luck. 

Last edited: 18 January 2017 17:48:43

iPad freezing

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 17:25

Oh well done Missy Krissy - I'd forgotten to mention that issue.

I also regularly get the "A problem has occurred and the page is being reloaded" message.

More frequently than is good for my sanity 

iPad freezing

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 17:06

My problems are on an iPad mini (original model) which is running OSX 9.3.5 - this model does not support any further updates.

I have been having the problems described for a while now (maybe a couple of months?)

I thought perhaps it was because the site was geared to working with a later OSX update which I was unable to download - but it seems it may be a more general 'site running on OSX'  issue.

No problems on iMac - running 10.10.5 - adblocker installed.

Last edited: 18 January 2017 17:11:00

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 14:18

Jet, Jackal, Juniper tree, Jewellery and shall we say John Bull is holding a Javelin?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 14:11

I've just made a huge pot of 'clear your sinuses' hot and sour soup which can be divided into portions and frozen. Will add coconut milk, veg, prawns and noodles to one batch for tonights supper and call it a laksa. Yum - love spicy food.

Hope Hosta & OH get off without any bother. Not a nice end to a holiday but it will make for a good tale down the pub or round the dinner table.

Friend coming round for a cuppa soon - will be good to have a natter and she wants to see what we had done with the garden. Shame it still looks a bit of a mess - new grass is a bit tufty and there are several piles of compost waiting to be spread around (can't use a wheelbarrow on the new turf until it's either a bit drier and / or not frozen). Never mind - she'll get the general idea

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