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Resurrected Sixteen

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 22:57

Harry is feeling very deprived - he doesn't have ANY toys except mummy's toes. 

Sorry to hear about your OH Joyce.

Must be difficult to come to terms with after you've spent so long caring for him at home. Thoughts are with you both.

Resurrected Sixteen

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 09:18


A few hours in the garden today hacking back aquelegias, geraniums and the like & planting some nicotiana - if the sluggies haven't been at them. Then fingers crossed for some decent rain tonight. There are inch wide cracks in the soil where I haven't watered - never a good sign.

Also need to change the bed - stuck my foot through the sheet last night - caught the hole every time I moved so It's now a rather large tear. It will join my collection of dust sheets in the garage.

Could do to visit the village library as well as I don't have anything good to read - open till 7 tonight so can leave it till later.

Resurrected Sixteen

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 21:30

Bonkers - just - BONKERS 

Love it.

Suffolk's nice too Lants - very rural - very secluded

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 18:51

Agree with Nut & Dove.

I've grown hesperis for years - I love the scent (like talcum powder) on a warm, still evening.

If it likes it's spot it can grow into a sizeable plant (1m x 1m) which may need staking to stop it smothering other plants and you may need to weed out  seedlings - but for me it's a valuable cottage garden plant.

If you don't like it when it's grown it's easy to remove.


Posted: 24/06/2017 at 08:51

I only dead head thalictrums if I can see tiny buds which will produce more flowers. I only cut them back if they've been blown over by strong wind or if they start to look really untidy.

Like Nut - on the whole I tend to leave them to do their own thing and have found they self seed quite well. The seedlings don't mind being moved to a new spot in spring.

Two IDs please

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 17:37

If the geranium leaves are soft and felty I would say the geranium is macrorrhizum (as above). If they are slightly more leathery and a bit glossier I would opt for cantabrigiense - again, as above.

Confusion in understanding growing instructions

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 17:32

I just read it to mean soil which gets neither water logged nor dries out completely - ie which is usually just damp - but never saturated. 

I dream of having such well behaved soil. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:09
punkdoc says:

Starting to prepare or Glastonbury now.

Not going unfortunately, but may camp in the garden and watch all of it on TV.

I think I shall be very tired come Monday.

See original post

 No traffic jams and (hopefully!) your toilet facilities will be nicer 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 14:51

Hi Dove - OH has just phoned to say he's just got back to Norwich airport and there are proper puddles and everything. Maybe they weren't kidding when they talked about 'localised' showers

It's quite breezy here now and I've still got all the windows open and I'm about to hang out some washing - and some bu$$er has just lit a bonfire....

Too far away to fill the house with smoke but the smell is pretty strong Is it just me who thinks it's incredibly irresponsible to light a fire when all the vegetation around here is dried to a crisp and the wind has picked up?? If a few sparks start flying around....

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 14:35

Happy Birthday Pat (I think it still will be for you!)

Much fresher today - almost thinking I could do to put a cardi on - then I see it's still 23C in the shade. 10C less than it as been for the last few days - but still pleasantly warm. Amazing how quickly we get used to the hotter temps. Have done quite a few of the jobs I'd been putting off until it was cooler - including ir**ning.

Still no rain though A bit of thunder and black skies and about 20 fat heavy drops  - the garden is wilting

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