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Posted: 21/09/2017 at 15:30

F'edge - I'm in sunny Suffolk

We've had a lot of rain since we've been back from hols and it took 10 days before I could get out to cut the grass but you will never, ever (well hardly ever) hear me complaining about too much rain at home.

We get nowhere near enough and it costs an arm and a leg in terms of both time and money to keep the garden properly watered in a 'normal' summer. In fact, I don't keep on top of the watering - and most years the gardens around here tend to look 'gone over' and spent by the end of July because of lack of rain.

Local gardeners here enjoy a wet summer when the gardens grow lush and green. We can cope if we get enough rain in the winter and spring but last year we didn't. If that happens again this winter we may be looking at a hosepipe ban next year

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Posted: 21/09/2017 at 12:34


OH and I used to have a rule - he'd deal with forward feline discharges if I dealt with the rear ones. Somehow he always seemed to be absent when a 'forward event' occurred

Afternoon everyone - lovely sunny, fairly mild day here although it is rather windy. Back and shoulders are still a bit sore after Tuesday's long gardening day. Should finish the job off really but thinking I should be kind to myself and do some gentler tasks. Tomorrow looks to be ok so perhaps that would be a better gardening day. Perhaps we'll jet the driveway drain instead to clear any silt ready for winter rains. (Hope we get some this year - last winter and spring were very, very dry).

On that note, I hope the river isn't causing too many problems M-U. It must a constant source of concern for you.

Sunny - I'm glad the other day went well. Beautiful flowers - rather special. Hope the kitties are keeping you busy and amused

LB - think I missed where you're going to in France and what you will be doing there. Nice when you're on the final countdown - I shall be doing the same next week

simple Questions

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 17:22

I'm with Dove on this one.

I've been taken for a ride before by posters who either have nothing better to do with their time or who refuse to help themselves or are too lazy to do their own research.

BUT - In Ashley's case I haven't seen anything yet to suggest that he is not genuinely in need of a helping hand and some very simple guidance - and I am happy to help if I think it can make a difference.

That is why I have suggested Ashley tries to concentrate on learning the basics about just a small group of plants to start with - perhaps the culinary herbs stocked at his Garden Centre. (it was me who said herbs initially - not him!)

I thought herbs was a good place to start because most non-specialist GCs only stock about a dozen varieties - so a nice small compact group in which to specialise and he can slowly learn the basics of growing and propagating as well as how to display and use them.

simple Questions

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:58

Hi Ashley 

I haven't 'spoken' to you before but I have read some of your other threads.

As I understand it you want to try to learn a little more about plants so you can give some advice to the customers who visit your Garden Centre but you find it difficult to absorb new information.

I think one of the original suggestions made by your boss to try to write things down in a table was a very good one and he could probably suggest some good column headings.

My own suggestion would be simple things like Perennial, Evergreen, Sun, Semi-Shade, Deep Shade, Damp Soil, Well Drained Soil, Suitable for Container,  etc and then you can just write "yes" or "no" as appropriate for each plant you list down the side. 

But I do think you need to be a little kind to yourself and just concentrate on a very small group of plants to start with. 

I don't know what your GC stocks but perhaps you could concentrate on just learning about (for example) herbs for now. Try to identify all the herbs you stock and then learn the best way to grow each one. Then the best way to propagate each one. Then the nicest way to plant and combine them for a pretty display.

Become your Garden Centre herb expert!

If you don't stock herbs then try another small group such as fruit bushes or cacti - again ask your boss for a suggestion.

We all need to start learning stuff slowly and in small bites. I bet nobody knows everything about all the plants in the Garden Centre! 

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Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:27


After a cool, misty and decidedly damp start to the day the sun came out and it was glorious. Have been out in the garden since 9am. Done loads of cutting back, weeding, soil tickling and also edged and cut the lawn. Am officially cream crackered now....

You have all been being very silly. Elephants and giraffes in the fridge - whatever next? Where's the hippopotamus supposed to sleep now? eh? Tsk tsk - you'd not thought about that had you?

Good to hear Runners and Pauline are up to doing a little more today. Keep taking small steps girls

Sorry you had a bad night SGL. Have no idea whether or not I had chicken pox when I was little. Don't think I did - remember having my tonsils out (didn't every child circa 1962?) and I know I've had mumps and measles but don't think I had chicken pox. If that means I'm less likely to contract shingles then I am grateful.

Sunny - I hope today has gone as well as these things ever can, and somebody has been able to make you smile with a happy or funny memory. x

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 21:37

Thanks for the webcam link Dove - think I'll be getting a regular fix too Certainly looks a lot quieter at the moment compared to when we were there!

Fairy - we're really enjoying this series of Grand Tours. Tonight's is recorded and we'll watch it tomorrow. Paul Murton gets to some very special places

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:58

Evening everyone.

Have been silly busy since we came back from hols - not least because we go away again at the end of next week (greedy mare ). Have had little time to look at the forum let alone post.

BL - belated Happy Birthday for Saturday. Have sent you a PM

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Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:49

Just had to Google "Rummikub".

That looks like my sort of game

Think MIL would enjoy it too - FIL would struggle to learn it but OH might be roped in to play. May invest in one for 'seasonal' entertainment.

Not allowed to say which 'season' of course - but yesterday I was out hunting for cheap spring bulbs and B&M and The Range had cleared most of their gardening stuff to make way for this particular season. Their displays included nodding reindeer and singing snowmen. 

I'm still wearing summer trousers and sandals!!!!

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Pulmonaria problems

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:28

I agree with Dove's answer. It's a little early - but if it's been wet and unseasonably cold where you are (as it has in so many parts of the UK over the last few weeks) the plants will think Autumn is well underway.

On another note - do you 'dead-leaf' your pulmonarias?

I always give mine a tidy up after they finish flowering and then I give them another good haircut in mid summer. This gets rid of a lot of the old leaves which have usually gone rather tatty and the plants respond with fresh leaf growth which usually lasts well into autumn.

Resurrected Twenty-Five

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 08:55

Morning ' 

Office day today so not long to natter.

In case it's not Clean and Shine - how about Clean & Bright?

Or Sunshine Cleaning (quite enjoyed that film..)?

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