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Posted: 21/06/2017 at 19:41

 - I have a slotted plastic scoop for that job...

Resurrected Sixteen

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 17:53
Muddle-Up says:

....Couldn't cope with those silly-hot temps dahn on earth do you all cope?  Hottest June in 40+ years down there, apparently.  It's 15 degrees here, very sensible!...

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 The short answer M-U is that I don't really cope. Not much has been achieved here in the last week. Was all I could do to push the vac around this morning hoovering up dead insects and the like.

On the plus side I have a pot full of used wooden ice lolly sticks ready to be recycled as plant markers

Overnight lows forecast to be in the 20's here - don't expect to get much sleep.

15C is much more in my comfort zone. Day after day of drizzle or sea harr is a bit wearing (I used to live at the coast) but I'd prefer that to searing temperatures and no rain. My garden is starting to look like it does at the back end of August. Lots of crispy leaves and spent flowers.

Trevor - please, please, please - a little rain dance - pleeease.

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Posted: 21/06/2017 at 09:24

Morning - much cooler & more comfortable night. Slept well until the stupid cat tried to jump on the windowsill and fell off onto my head at 6am. Then he wanted cuddles.

Hope your day goes as well as these things can LB.

Glad your OH is home Joyce.

Hope all those under the weather and with aches &pains start to feel better soon.

Debs - we need some rain here in hot, hot, hot East Anglia - but we don't need any hail or lightning strikes. Could you ask Trevor to do an appropriate dance for us please? I'll pick up a punnet of Tiptree speciality strawbobs for him - very classy, very tasty

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 09:05

Those were the days indeed Dove

I was also a skinny chick with flowing locks - wafting around in my blue cheesecloth gypsy dress - trying felafal burgers for the first time. Don't remember hearing you singing - but I could have joined in - also word perfect for the entire song. We could have done a duet

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 08:27

I was there Dove - I remember lots of vegetarian food stalls and the smell of joss sticks (or was it wacky baccy?) drifting on the wind.

I did my A levels in '76 - it was sweltering locked in the school gym - far too hot to concentrate properly. Sympathy for the kids doing it this year.

Sorry to hear about your other eye Lily.

Last edited: 21 June 2017 08:29:23

Viburnums dying

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:13

I've tagged myself into this thread because I have the same problem - new V. bodnantense 'Dawn' and V. Plicatum maresii.

At first I thought it was frost damage, then over-enthusiastic application of BFB or chicken pellets, then perhaps planting in 'over ripe' mushroom compost, then over or under watering - maybe a combination of all of the above. However, other new shrubs and perennials planted close by are generally doing well - although there was some leaf scorching to some - but none of these are affected as badly as the viburnums.

The symptoms on mine are essentially leaves browning at the the tip and then gradually spreading to the rest of the leaf which then goes brown and crisp and drops off.

Mine are in a new border - heavily enriched with spent mushroom compost.

Last edited: 20 June 2017 21:15:52

Poor soil after conifers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 15:44

Agree with the others that eventually the soil will start to come right if you keep adding stuff.

How large an area are we talking about here? To be honest - if it's relatively small - I might be tempted to hire a mini digger and take out the top 10 - 12" and import a load of good topsoil. If you then work on further improving that you should see results quite quickly.

If it's a larger area (or you don't want / can't afford to remove the existing soil) then keep adding stuff - but lots and lots of it. No point in putting down a 4" layer - you want a good 6 - 8" - then dig or rotavate it in - then add more. 

You sound as though you've got it right in the back garden. The results may also be more obvious there if it's damper / shadier than the front. Some soil is 'hungry soil' and will need constant improvement - but it does get easier each season.

Good luck - I've been there - still working on it - but 5 years on I'm starting to get there

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Posted: 19/06/2017 at 16:18

Afternoon - cooler today - only 33C in the shade...phew!

I thought the year was whizzing by - I've just picked (and eaten) my first AUTUMN fruiting raspberry - and very nice it was too. Others not far behind so not a one off. Will need to get on with planting spring bulbs soon

We haven't gone to the coast today. OH broke down on his way home from Yorkshire and transporting a motorbike and it's rider home from Doncaster to Suffolk on a Sunday night is easier said than done. We finally got to bed at 1.30am. The only thing working on the bike was the alarm - going all the way home - wouldn't switch off. The arrival of a large breakdown truck in our tiny quiet country lane at 1am with a beeping bike on the back meant all the neighbours got to share our woes. They have all been very kind...

Next task is to get it to the garage...

Hope you feel better soon Pansy - if you've also got the trots it sounds a lot like norovirus. Miserable at anytime of year - but especially in the summer. Lots of bleach / disinfectant wipes in the bathroom or everyone will have it 

Made a frittata for lunch tomorrow and will boil some Jersey Royals for tonight - that's the extent of my cooking when it's like this. 

Hope Joyce is getting on ok and hope the Rossettes enjoyed last night.

Last edited: 19 June 2017 16:21:00

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 18:03

Munstead Wood is a gorgeous rose

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 16:30

Thinking of you and your OH Joyce - expect it's horribly hot & stuffy in the hospital. Over 33C in the shade here now - I want to join Mr PF in the pond as well - could get crowded in there. Have you thought of opening a lido Pansy?

OH has promised we can head to the coast tomorrow for ice cream, crab and a cool sea breeze - bliss. He also wants to do a bike ride - but only a very short one (and not through The Peak District) - and a pint of Adnams will probably feature somewhere along the route.

I always thought cats were highly intelligent. Why has it taken Harry all day to realise that it's cooler inside the house on a tiled floor than outside with his bum sticking out in the sun? - eejit.

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