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Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:04

I think I have a macrame pattern somewhere for a string bag. That would probably be from circa 1970...

We all did the rolling waistband thing too - that and wearing school ties so they were only about 6" long and really wide. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:23

Beautiful bird Dove - sad little picture.

Glad you enjoyed the opera Hosta and thanks for the tip about Guacamole - I was planning to put it in the centre of a bed but might see if there's a spot a bit nearer to the edge in case I need to give it a helping hand.

Enjoy your walk Fairy

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 09:17

Wenches - that is a very good word Will try to use it at least twice today - along with 'gadfly' - a crossword clue answer that it took me ages to get this morning.

Hello everyone - sunny and dry here. May do some lighter tasks in the garden but a trip to the tip, the SM and Screwfix to collect a hose reel cart is also on the cards for this afternoon.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:26
Fairygirl says:

Those pigeons are out there again....I swear they're plotting something now.....  

See original post

The pigeons round here don't have time to plot anything. Far too busy doing rude things on the fence and garage roof Still - have to admire their stamina

We watched the Colin Prior programme on Wednesday - absolutely loved it - thank you so much for the heads up about it. Took us about 2 hrs to watch it though - had to keep pausing it to discuss locations, the beauty of the Scottish hills, practicalities of walking up a mountain in the dark for sunrise, light levels, picture composition etc etc. 

Great entertainment.

If you haven't already seen them , OH thought you might like to look at this series of videos featuring the hills - some good footage apparently

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:47

Hosta - the hosta I bought is 'Guacamole'.

I have several blue / grey leafed hostas with various leaf forms, and some yellow variegated and white variegated ones. Was looking for one with large leaves in a rich green to tie things together - so this one jumped into my trolley 

T'interweb search suggests it will develop a subtle dark margin which will be a bonus.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 12:05


DD - sorry to hear your news - a setback - but I'm sure you will get there. As you said - you've learned a bit about sticking points etc so forewarned is forearmed for the next bank.

Glad you've got an appointment for the car Dove - at least you can get around on the bus - one advantage of city living and it'll save money if you can't be doing bulk purchases at the GC

Sorry you got a bit of an unexpected shower with the hose tap thingy Wonky - still, at least the kitchen's clean now eh?

Had a lovely surprise trip out to Southwold yesterday. Went here for lunch -

OH had fish and chips and I made up my own seafood platter - very good. All washed down with a very dry sauvignon blanc. Bought 2 whole (ie not dressed) crabs for dinner tonight - will enjoy picking those later today & use the shells for a fishy stock 

Also went to a couple of nurseries on the way - looking for a particular aconitum (Royal Flush), and some other plants on my shopping list. Couldn't find any of the plants on the list but didn't stop me buying a Hosta, 4 hardy geraniums, brunnera and something else I've forgotten. 

Good day all round

Last edited: 21 April 2017 12:07:11

Celandine problem

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 11:39

Roundup will harm the box if any spray gets on the leaves. It won't harm it by being transferred through the soil (it breaks down on contact with soil).

My own plan would be to carefully dig out any really large celandine plants (don't shake them to get the soil off - you'll shake off the tiny bits of bulbs as well which will form new plants) and then treat the remaining plants with glyphosate / Roundup gel which you can paint on the individual leaves - fiddly but better than spraying and risking a mist of Roundup on the box. Alternatively simply pull off the remaining leaves to weaken the bulbs.

Next year the number of celandines will be reduced and I found that continually removing any larger plants and tearing off the leaves of smaller ones each year has helped to control these plants. I have left a small patch where they look quite pretty growing with primroses and brunnera but I ruthlessly hoik them out of the surrounding area.

Been doing this for the last 3 or 4 years and it seems to be working - same with spanish bluebells.

Last edited: 21 April 2017 11:40:29

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 18:45

Evening all - Sounds as though some of you have been busy and others have just been eating sausages and sugar lumps all day

I was taken out to Southwold for a surprise seafood lunch via a couple of nurseries (plants impulse purchased - none from 'the shopping list'). Warm and dry - lovely day all round

Glad to hear PF and RB are doing ok and M-U's puss cats have had a nice birthday treat - we do spoil them don't we?

Sunny - I had 3 raised bed for veg. Great fun and very productive. After a couple of years the local vole population discovered them and decided to move in and nest under the side walls. Rather disheartening  to pull a beetroot or carrot and find nowt but air under a pristine top shell. Little bu$$ers were eating them from the bottom upwards

Seeing the words 'drought' and 'threat of hosepipe ban' when I'm in the middle of planting the new border is also quite disheartening.

On the bright side - we last had a hosepipe ban in 2012 - when I was planting a large woodland border. Having announced a ban it then rained solidly for about 3 months - didn't need to do any watering.

Last edited: 20 April 2017 18:49:06

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:34

Crumbs Pansy - you have been in the wars. Hope you're not too sore tomorrow - take it easy girl

Happy birthday to the pussy cats for tomorrow M-U.

Few shrubs planted today - many lumps of brick and mortar removed from the planting holes. Thought I'd dug it over properly - obviously not deep enough! Back is letting me know I've been hard at it all afternoon

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 09:48

Oops - manners - Good Morning everybody!

Cold out there this morning but sunny. Had a little rescue mission at midnight last night. Potting shed thermometer (remote sensor) said it was down to 1C so I traipsed down in me nightie to rescue the baby tomatoes. Got down to -2C in the wee hours - brrr

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