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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 16:47

PM for you Dove

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 14:29
Dovefromabove says:

Hiya Topbird   ......... lost in Norfolk eh?  Unfriendly pub landlord   ... let me know, we shall sort him out!!!

I sort of imagine Fairy to be struggling to the surface of a great big heap of political party rosettes 

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 Not so much lost as frustrated Dove.

Got to the end of a road - needed to turn right - Road Closed sign - follow diversions.

So I did - for about 6 miles. Only to end up at another (you've guessed it) - Road Closed - follow diversions 

As for the pub.... Looks nice but they clearly weren't keen on dealing with a group with 2 very small and hungry (but very well behaved) children (in spite of the welcoming notices on the website).

Their loss. My friend is on holiday for 10 days and is having a lot of visitors over that time. They'd been told the food in the pub was very good and were planning on taking several groups there. Needless to say they won't be now. Pub has just lost about 30 covers...

When I said I had bits of ash tree all over the garden I meant little brittle branches - nothing like Obx and Hosta. Chainsaws at the ready....

Last edited: 07 June 2017 14:31:31

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:57

That is good news Kitty - I'm never sure who gets more stressed with the 'big' exams - students or their parents. 

Nice way to spend your winnings LB

Harry is another cat who's not too fond of gale force winds. I think he probably spent most of yesterday tucked up in his basket - so he's enjoying being out on patrol today. Still very breezy but the sun's out now so it looks more cheery. 

Such a shame for those who've made all that effort for Chatsworth. Hope things pick up for them.

Stay safe M-U. Keep finding kitty cats.

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Posted: 07/06/2017 at 12:36

Really hope the puss cats have found somewhere safe to see out the storm M-U. Cats are canny creatures and find all sorts of safe hidey holes and won't emerge until they're happy it's safe to do so.

Fingers crossed for a full head count tomorrow. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:31


Had a good day with oldest friend yesterday. We met on first day of secondary school after we were singled out for having no name tags in our clothes. We shall both be celebrating big 60 birthdays later this year. It was good to catch up with her and her family - even if the weather, Norfolk road closures with attendant confusing signage and a very rude pub landlord did their best to scupper our plans.

We are made of sterner  stuff- we were not defeated in our efforts to have a good day!

 Flippin' freezing last night - heating and thermal socks on when I got home. This morning there are lots of bits of ash tree scattered around and some sprawling perennials - but it's too unpleasant and windy to go outside and clear up. It will still be there tomorrow..

Hope you're all keeping safe.

Are you ok Fairy? Haven't seen you on here for a little although you might have snuck under my radar. I'm not always the best at reading back

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:59

Morning everybody - do keep safe - it's horrible out there.

M-U you will recall we were in Portsoy in January - such a pretty little place - my heart goes out to the locals. Is that the new youth hostel in the picture - or is it houses? Thoughts are with you too if you lose more of your land. Fingers tightly crossed it won't be too bad.

And I hope there's not too much damage to your roof Kitty - but don't be going out looking if there's stuff like that flying around. You won't be able to stop it and you might end up with one on your head. So toes crossed for you.

Legs crossed for everyone else regarding plant damage etc. My roses are looking a bit bashed but otherwise ok. Mrs Kendall Clark is now sprawled over absolutely everything as I didn't put her corsets on (that's the geranium not the person)

Only me eyes left to cross now....

Sorry you had a pants day yesterday Debs. I usually do family stuff in short bursts to prevent major, long term fall outs - even though I actually quite like my family. Do you think they'd take the hint about food if you took sandwiches and a flask next time?

Had a good catch up with bestie and her family yesterday. The weather scuppered some of our plans and Norfolk road closure / diversion signage meant it took an extra half hour to find their remote holiday cottage - but it was a good day.

Need to get on with jobs today so I'll see you later

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:17

Oops - manners

Good morning everyone!

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Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:14

Another non-grass person here. Most have too lax/untidy habit for my Slightly OCD nature. The only one I'd quite like to find a spot for is that giant stipa. Looks lovely with a setting sun behind it.

I do like astrantias though - have several different ones and find them useful for underplanting shrubs with hardy geraniums and ground cover plants.

Off to spend the day with my oldest friend today. We both hit our big 60 this year and met on our first day at secondary school because we were singled out by one of those sarcastic teachers because we didnt have name labels in our clothes.

Should be a good day.

Hope you all have a good one

Last edited: 06 June 2017 08:15:46

David Austin Roses

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:02

As P'doc says a smaller rose will be better. I have some DA roses which are large shrub size and too large for anything except huge pots which - I don't think is what you have in mind.

The DA website is very good for helping you select suitable plants or give them a ring and have a chat.

If you need to save pennies get yourself on the DA mailing list and they'll send you discount codes when they're available. I bought bare root roses with 20% off this spring - quite a saving over full price potted plants.

Babies nappies in compost

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 18:14

I assume we're talking about plants in pots here? 

I've always found the water retaining gel to be quite useful for reducing the frequency of watering and if I'm away for 4 or 5 days I tend to move pots onto the north facing patio (ie out of the sun) and give them a good watering. They will survive several days - maybe a week - if it's not baking and they're large enough pots, with this treatment. 

Other methods you could try include a reservoir of water and capillary matting in large trays and standing the pots in these. The matting will stay moist for as long as the reservoir is full - could be a long time if someone tops the reservoir up

I have found this sort of capillary action method doesn't work if you have used broken crocks in the bottom of the pots, because the soil isn't in contact with the wet material.

My preferred system (when I had a lot of pots) was a proper automated mini-irrigation system - never lost a plant even on 3 week holidays

Last edited: 05 June 2017 18:19:29

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