Topbird


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any idea what it may be

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 21:49

If it is euphorbia be very careful when handling it.


Not only can the sap cause a nasty reaction on the skin but one of our forum members splashed some sap into her eye a few days ago. She now has an ulcerated eye and (hopefully temporary) disturbance or loss of vision.

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Posted: 30/05/2017 at 20:06

Thanks LB - I have been feeling a bit ratty of late - various slightly stressful things going on - and, at the moment, words that I don't mean them as they sound just seem to come out of my mouth  - and (obviously) out of my fingers too.


Did that last sentence make any sense at all???


Glad you had a good day anyway


I went out to get the washing in and ended up cutting 2 small hedges - how does that happen?


Then I decided to iron the washing and now I'm all behind and haven't had dinner.


Really need to give myself a good talking to.


Loving the caterpillar Pansy.


Are you still picking bits out of the footstool with a toothpick M-U?

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 18:04

Nice boot Dove! - bet you're glad the heatwave was last week and not this one! Though possibly  easier to manage than a plaster cast in terms of baths and showers? Hope they'll be able to suggest a course of action for your knee eventually - you don't need to be doing this again in a hurry!


You'll have to treat your OH to something special when you're better - he's been a star


I've just cut 2 small hedges. I didn't know I was going to do that an hour ago. But you all know how it is - go out to get the washing in and think - "I'll just pull that little weed and I'll just..." and before you know it - the hedge is trimmed. All trimmings piled on lawn ready for grass cutting tomorrow to chop them up and clear them up.


I did get the washing in - now thinking I could be a domestic goddess and iron it before it gets all creased in the basket. Need to find something to watch on TV while I do it though.


Have a good evening everyone - hope there are no more little 'accidents' BL! 

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Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:26
Topbird says:

....Well done helping your pal LB (although I also have to question why the son can't do it himself). 


See original post



 Sorry LB - I've just re read what I wrote - and my comment about the son was unnecessary and rather judgemental. Didn't mean it to be - and there could be all sorts of reasons why mum has to help her son out. None of my business. Sincere apologies if you're offended by my remark. 


Now - I really must get to town or I'll meet myself coming back.


Oh pooh! - just rehung out yesterday's washing and the sky has gone blacker than a black thing

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Posted: 30/05/2017 at 11:52

Morning (just)


Bit grey and cooler out there today - a relief after yesterday which was warm and extraordinarily humid - almost like the tropics. Managed to do some gardening (mainly propping up stuff which took a bit of a battering with some heavy rain and strong winds at the weekend) - but it wasn't particularly pleasant. Changed the bed and washed the duvet but nothing got dry - air was just too damp.


SM today then might finish yesterday's tasks. Will probably do some ir**ing later on while catching up with The Archers (I'm weeks behind)


Enjoy your day M-U - it'll be in all the little fabric creases as well I keep 2 bottles of Dr Beckmanns in the cupboard so I always have a spare. Great stuff - has saved my carpets so many times.


Well done helping your pal LB (although I also have to question why the son can't do it himself). 


Hope you're ok Pansy and everyone else who's feeling a bit low at the moment.


Sun's just come out - best get a wriggle on if I'm to do anything today

Underplanting a Betula pendula 'Youngii'. Young's weeping birch.

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 10:06

I had a weeping birch in a previous garden. It was sufficiently mature that one could sit under the canopy with branches all round like curtains. Made a great den for kids to play in. 


I had woodland style planting under there - geranium phaeums, forget me nots, bog standard hellebores, pulmonarias etc. Things which coped with dry shade. It was all early spring stuff - far too dark under there for any summer plants.


You could probably try spring bulbs (small ones which don't need deep planting) and maybe some of the european epimediums might be ok.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 15:56

Thanks for the info about the albums Raisin Girl. We have tried that and it's a good compromise.


Dove - I always cut hesperis back after flowering and usually get a second flush. If you got OH to do it now you'd almost certainly have something in a few weeks Hope you do get to Cornwall - don't you have some plants to collect en-route?

Slugs / snails and Hostas

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 09:30

My pussy cat has recently decided he prefers to eat outside. 


Two nights ago I went retrieve his bowl which still had a couple of pieces of cat food in. There were also 3 fat slugs tucking in as well. 


Said bowl was in the middle of the large shingle patio - at least 4 metres from the nearest plant of any type and probably 6m from any typical slug-dinner plant.


So they obviously don't mind slithering over several metres of sharp shingle either

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 09:02

Different blossoming times isn't a problem Chrissy - but thanks for your input.


We already have an Egremont Russet apple tree plus 3 different varieties of crab apple and apple trees in neighbouring gardens. So I think we would be ok for pollination. It is something I would discuss with the nursery though.

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 08:45

Interesting post. I'd also been considering one of these because we don't eat a lot of apples  (but we do eat some)  and a tree which produces several smaller crops over, perhaps, several months and produces a mix of eating and cooking varieties is quite appealing.


I must admit I had not really thought about different growth rates


I had a long chat with one of the nursery men at Crown Nurseries near Ufford last year and he suggested one of these. As they specialise in fruit trees I thought it must be worth considering.


He was, however, suggesting that they would graft a tree for me with my choice of varieties. So I could try to pick ones with similar growth rates and different fruiting times. Maybe just 3 varieties on my choice of root stock. 


Do you think that would be worth considering? 

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