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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 20:51

Evening - quite a few jobs done today but feet up now watching last night's M/chef

First - hope Clari is ok. The fact she was able to post on here afterwards makes me think she is probably ok.

Lovely cake Lesley - I'm relying on aged MIL to provide the cake again this year

Pdoc. Sorry to hear about your colleagues. Terrible news coming out of Syria nearly every day and it must all be much more real for anyone that's been there and experienced it first hand. As Dove said this morning, sometimes you just have to try to adjust your focus. What can you do to make those close to you feel more cherished? Your OH has had a rough year too if I remember correctly. Take some time to show her how much you care - it might help you to feel better.

Hope that doesn't sound too bossy - hugs for both of you.

Last edited: 15 December 2016 20:54:05

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 20:54

I would only pot them on once the roots had filled the module. I wouldn't expect to see too much happening over the next month or two but, come March, they should gallop away.

The only concern I would have is how much they have already been affected by the fungus - but there's not much you can do about that now other than to give them drier, more ventilated conditions & hope for the best.

If they do succumb completely I would do another sowing in spring. Those new seedlings might still flower in 2018.

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 17:01

In my experience they don't need to be protected from the cold which is why I would harden them off and move them outside asap (no plant will appreciate going straight from indoors to outside without some acclimatisation). Common aquilegias are tough plants and will seed themselves around quite happily if they like where you put them.

I would only vary this advice if you are growing / breeding particularly choice / rare / expensive plants -but even then they need to be cool with good air circulation & kept fairly dry in the dormant season.

Any of the fungal diseases can be caused by damp, still conditions so maybe you are overwatering - but maybe they just need better air circulation. I wouldn't water them at all once they're outside unless we have a really, really dry spell.

If they're only an inch or two high they are unlikely to flower spring 2017. I would keep potting them on over this next season until the roots fill at least a 3" pot and they should flower 2018. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 12:47

I just sound organised Clari... 

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 12:03

Sounds as though there might be a bit of fungal growth going on there - perhaps damping-off.

Are they undercover or outdoors GD?

They are hardy little critters and better off outside IMO. If they're undercover I'd harden them off over a few days and then just leave them outside in a reasonably sheltered spot. 

Good luck 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 11:54

I only know how to do that in the document I am writing myself Clari - don't think you can do it easily for an article already published on the website.

Just had a HUGE W'rose delivery. I think we can safely say there is now enough bleach, toilet rolls, kitchen roll, tonic water, cat food etc etc to see us through to the middle of January. Our W'rose is in the centre of town so people use the car park as an extra town centre car park (just have to spend £10 in store). Very, very long queues to get into the car park for much of the day from now till they all go back to work after the New Year.

Visits before Christmas  now restricted to 2 more for fruit, veg, meat and dairy.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 10:37

Ha ha Liri.

For 'dumb animals' it's funny how we know when cats are 'not talking to us' isn't it? Mine's the same. And he sulks like a teenager when I stop him going on the beds.

Big Dreams Small Spaces 2017

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 09:12

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 23:10

Hi - busy couple of days but feet up now and ready for bed

Chicky - sorry to hear your Pa is not so well. Hope he makes a full recovery and is home soon.

Liri - difficult with your mum isn't it? But I'm sure she knows somehow how much you love and care for her.

DD - I just want to give you a big hug. This is a horrible time of year for so many people and with all you've been through this year it's no wonder you have some low days.

Will you have Charlie with you on the 25th? If not, I hope you can plan to do some things which will keep you occupied through most of the day. I have been seen digging a neglected patch in the garden on 'that day' when I've been on my own. Good to avoid 'live' telly which always seems to be full of impossibly happy films / programmes. Guaranteed to make anyone feel depressed. 

I now claim Hosta's "Bah, Humbug" crown....

As far as decorations go I have sometimes used a prettily shaped small twiggy branch in place of a tree. Perhaps some of your friends (even your ex) might have a few spare baubles they can either lend or give you to brighten it up - and perhaps you could allow a couple of euros to buy just one box of decorations to start off your new collection. I always use nuts, mandarins and lemons set in greenery as part of my decorations. They stay for a few days and then we eat them - so they don't really cost any money (I think).

Hope you feel a lot more like you soon.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 11:42

My friend was a Girl Guide and they went camping regularly. The most popular site was in the grounds of a large estate in Norfolk (not sure where).

Everybody knew that the 'lord of the manor' was a dirty old man who liked to stick his hand down the girls' sleeping bags and have a rummage around.

All the girls knew it and all the guiders (including my friend's mother) knew it. It never (as far as anyone knew...) went any further than a rudimentary fumble and the advice given to all the girls (aged 11 - 15) was not to be alone with him and to tell him "Clear Off" very loudly if he tried anything - presumably to alert people to what was happening.

Things were so different then (late 60's early 70's). People did talk about it - but quietly - and somehow it just seemed to be accepted as part of the trials and tribulations of life. Unless it became more serious abuse of course.

With hindsight it beggars belief that the adults didn't report it but just tried to manage it. Presumably they didn't want to lose the use of this campsite - but what a price to pay. My friend (like me) just laughed things like this off. Relatively non serious but inappropriate behaviour like this wasn't uncommon.

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