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simple Questions

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:58

Hi Ashley 

I haven't 'spoken' to you before but I have read some of your other threads.

As I understand it you want to try to learn a little more about plants so you can give some advice to the customers who visit your Garden Centre but you find it difficult to absorb new information.

I think one of the original suggestions made by your boss to try to write things down in a table was a very good one and he could probably suggest some good column headings.

My own suggestion would be simple things like Perennial, Evergreen, Sun, Semi-Shade, Deep Shade, Damp Soil, Well Drained Soil, Suitable for Container,  etc and then you can just write "yes" or "no" as appropriate for each plant you list down the side. 

But I do think you need to be a little kind to yourself and just concentrate on a very small group of plants to start with. 

I don't know what your GC stocks but perhaps you could concentrate on just learning about (for example) herbs for now. Try to identify all the herbs you stock and then learn the best way to grow each one. Then the best way to propagate each one. Then the nicest way to plant and combine them for a pretty display.

Become your Garden Centre herb expert!

If you don't stock herbs then try another small group such as fruit bushes or cacti - again ask your boss for a suggestion.

We all need to start learning stuff slowly and in small bites. I bet nobody knows everything about all the plants in the Garden Centre! 

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Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:27


After a cool, misty and decidedly damp start to the day the sun came out and it was glorious. Have been out in the garden since 9am. Done loads of cutting back, weeding, soil tickling and also edged and cut the lawn. Am officially cream crackered now....

You have all been being very silly. Elephants and giraffes in the fridge - whatever next? Where's the hippopotamus supposed to sleep now? eh? Tsk tsk - you'd not thought about that had you?

Good to hear Runners and Pauline are up to doing a little more today. Keep taking small steps girls

Sorry you had a bad night SGL. Have no idea whether or not I had chicken pox when I was little. Don't think I did - remember having my tonsils out (didn't every child circa 1962?) and I know I've had mumps and measles but don't think I had chicken pox. If that means I'm less likely to contract shingles then I am grateful.

Sunny - I hope today has gone as well as these things ever can, and somebody has been able to make you smile with a happy or funny memory. x

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 21:37

Thanks for the webcam link Dove - think I'll be getting a regular fix too Certainly looks a lot quieter at the moment compared to when we were there!

Fairy - we're really enjoying this series of Grand Tours. Tonight's is recorded and we'll watch it tomorrow. Paul Murton gets to some very special places

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:58

Evening everyone.

Have been silly busy since we came back from hols - not least because we go away again at the end of next week (greedy mare ). Have had little time to look at the forum let alone post.

BL - belated Happy Birthday for Saturday. Have sent you a PM

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Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:49

Just had to Google "Rummikub".

That looks like my sort of game

Think MIL would enjoy it too - FIL would struggle to learn it but OH might be roped in to play. May invest in one for 'seasonal' entertainment.

Not allowed to say which 'season' of course - but yesterday I was out hunting for cheap spring bulbs and B&M and The Range had cleared most of their gardening stuff to make way for this particular season. Their displays included nodding reindeer and singing snowmen. 

I'm still wearing summer trousers and sandals!!!!

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Pulmonaria problems

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 14:28

I agree with Dove's answer. It's a little early - but if it's been wet and unseasonably cold where you are (as it has in so many parts of the UK over the last few weeks) the plants will think Autumn is well underway.

On another note - do you 'dead-leaf' your pulmonarias?

I always give mine a tidy up after they finish flowering and then I give them another good haircut in mid summer. This gets rid of a lot of the old leaves which have usually gone rather tatty and the plants respond with fresh leaf growth which usually lasts well into autumn.

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Posted: 18/09/2017 at 08:55

Morning ' 

Office day today so not long to natter.

In case it's not Clean and Shine - how about Clean & Bright?

Or Sunshine Cleaning (quite enjoyed that film..)?

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Posted: 17/09/2017 at 14:40

We're off to Llanberis up near Anglesey Joyce. I've never been to that part of the world so we're looking forward to it.

Hoping to stock up with some goodies from here on the way

and have also booked to go here for lunch one day.

We had a 'big' wedding anniversary last month and I have a 'big' birthday next month. Hate parties and posh restaurants - so we're using the events as an excuse to visit several informal but well rated places over several weeks.

Edit - Yes we had a lovely time in Cornwall. Seem to have come home with quite a lot of Cornish crab and clotted cream

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Posted: 17/09/2017 at 14:23

Afternoon everyone

We've been back from hols for a few days but we're away again in less than 2 weeks (sorry - blame OH's HR department) and I've been silly busy getting on top of the laundry, masses of paperwork and stacks of other jobs - so haven't had the chance to look in here before today.

Have done a really quick scan back so forgive me if I've missed anything really important.

Glad you've got your operation out of the way Pauline - hope you feel more comfortable soon. Can I add risotto to the list of soft comfort food? and baked egg custard?

SGL - ouch - shingles sounds really horrid - hope both you and Runny are feeling better soon.

M-U - the river must be a constant worry when we've had a lot of rain. Hope you don't sustain too much damage - glad your naughty little cat turned up again. I'm starting to think he has other homes...

Joyce - your garden is looking lovely as ever

Sunny - meemow, meemow, meemow - aren't they just gorgeous??? You will get nothing done for the next 6 months - you will just have to play and cuddle those bundles of fluff

LB - I hope you're ok. There seem to be some insinuations that you may have a bit of a headache or be feeling otherwise rather delicate. You're far too sensible to let that happen now aren't you??

Chey - if you're only catering for yourself I'd buy a tomato plant, a pepper plant, a chilli plant and perhaps something like an aubergine about April / May next year. You'll get nice sized single plant (which will produce more than enough for one person) for less than the seeds / seed trays / compost / propagators etc would cost and you'll have clean windowsills and less work.

Hello to everyone else - sorry if I've forgotten anything important

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Posted: 05/09/2017 at 20:24

OK Lants - I'll stick with the clotted cream

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