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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:54

Morning LB, Dove and all those to come

Sunny at the moment but I'm away to the office for a few hours. Might plant out some cosmos & nicotiana this afternoon - heavy rain forecast for later which will water them in

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:37

Choccie cake LB - yummie

I am watching the news - have been watching it through much the day. Sometimes wonder if instant / constant / rolling news is such a good thing. More is not necessarily better is it?

Let's hope tomorrow is a better day.

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:08

Evening everyone - well those that are still awake that is...

Just wanted to say that I really do appreciate all the kind thoughts you ladies have been giving re Harry the cat. It's a big deal in my own little life right now - but I do appreciate that it isn't for everyone else - and I do know that many of you are going through much more traumatic experiences at the moment. I do, therefore, understand that not everyone has been following every last detail of what's been going on  .

LB - thank you so much for your kindness and caring - I really appreciate your concern

Hazel - no worries about your posting - I realised that you hadn't grasped that Harry wasn't just a bit off colour - but appreciated your kind wishes all the same. I really wasn't offended or upset.

Looking forward to planting out some cosmos tomorrow - they will grow large and fill some unexpectedly empty spaces - I know this because there is hope in the bottom of my wheelbarrow

PS - If there's any choc cake / pudding left Lants - there's a little hole needs filling in my tummy

What can I plant under my ash tree.

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 09:06

Hi Gabriel

Welcome to the forum

Most of the forum members are in the UK and our climate - whilst very variable from north to south and west to east - is generally temperate. 

I have Eleagnus Ebbingei 'Limelight' and Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' growing under a mature ash tree. They are both evergreen, variegated shrubs and they help to light up a dark space. 

They were both planted when the tree was already mature so the soil had to be very well prepared with lots of added compost etc. and they needed copious watering for the first 2 seasons. They are currently doing well.

They don't mind the differing light levels through the year - but they do need to be kept well watered until they have established deep roots. I also feed them every year to compensate for the competition from surrounding trees and hedges

I have no idea whether they would be sufficiently hardy in Montreal.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:19


Several of our forumites live in or regularly visit London. Many of us (Hosta and myself included) have relatives or friends living there. I hope that nobody on here has been directly affected by last night's ghastly events.

Disturbing times.

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:16


A few of the regular forumites either live in or regularly visit London and many of us have friends or relatives living there. Hope nobody on here has been directly affected by last night's dreadful events.

I shall be visiting one of my oldest friends on Tuesday. Both she and her husband were Surrey police officers for many years and they were caught up in IRA atrocities from time to time. Their son has followed in their footsteps and seems to get seconded to the Met when things like this are going on and additional police presence is needed. No doubt we will discuss current events at length. 

Disturbing times.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 20:00

A few days ago I told you that I was hacking away at an eleagnus and found a nest with 3 eggs in it. I beat a hasty retreat and have kept well away. 

Today I risked sneaky look and was rewarded by the sight of Mrs Blackbird glaring back telling me to clear off and leave her alone because she had a job on incubating said eggs.

Phew! - I nearly wrecked the nest with enthusiastic gardening but it seems no lasting damage has been done.

Looking forward to seeing the babies

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 17:40


Yes - I'm afraid I was responsible for the name - I'm glad you liked it

You really are moving on well with your plans and I wish you all the very best. 

I'll have a think about B&B names although I do think there is some mileage in keeping some sort of link to the tearoom. I'll mull it over my evening G&T

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Posted: 03/06/2017 at 17:11

M-U - Thanks for asking about Harry and your kind thoughts. He's up and down - but most days are still ok and, as far as we can tell, he is not in any great discomfort at the moment.

I'm now giving him daily blanket baths and a brush to help him keep clean and smart. He's always loved being groomed and really seems to enjoy all the extra fuss and attention. He's like Trevor - very good at telling his staff exactly what he does and doesn't like with just a look

The next few weeks won't be easy so I really appreciate all the support on here. You're a really great bunch of girls

Thinking of everyone going through difficult times at the moment

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Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:35

Afternoon - just found you all again -  less than 24 hours and already up to page 5 - must be lots of dollop going on!

Loving the pics from your gardens. I'm quite taken with Joyce's planted wheelbarrow idea too. Perhaps some of those cute little mini hostas would work - they seem to have much smaller root balls and don't always survive in the borders unless they're well established plants.

Hope the hog roast goes well LB and congratulations on your retirement Linda. You'll soon wonder how you ever found time to go to work! It's so lovely to be in control of your own schedule. 

Right! - I'm off to Chelsea Chop the rudbeckias. I know that this year this will work and I will not have floppy plants.

I know this because there is hope in the bottom of my wheelbarrow

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