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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

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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

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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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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 15:46

I'm definitely doing my bit (and, therefore, having some of your share Lants). I've probably paid enough duty over the years to fund the building of an entire school or hospital

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 13:55

I've removed more ticks from cats than ... well .. than... oh let's just say I done lots.

In recent years I've found Frontline to be a fairly reliable combined flea and tick treatment - and it doesn't make the cat freak out when applied (unlike some of the other spot-on treatments).

Is quite cold here now and blustery. No rain yet but I think it's on the way. Bacon sarnie needed for lunch then either planting or grass cutting.

Love the 'wee white dug' photos - he's a handsome boy - and he's been to some very pretty places lucky thing

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 08:11

Morning all

Office this morning then planting out nicotiana and cosmos this afternoon. Heavy rain to water it all in this evening.

Watched the start of the concert - I quite like Take That and Robbie - although I am way old enough to know better. Nice little show of defiance after Saturday night.

Your art room sounds like my wardrobe Pat - I have shoes I can no longer wear because my feet have changed shape and clothes I'm too fat to get into. No idea why I'm keeping them. Kidding myself that one day I'll be sylph like again. 

Enjoy your day all.

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:54

Morning LB, Dove and all those to come

Sunny at the moment but I'm away to the office for a few hours. Might plant out some cosmos & nicotiana this afternoon - heavy rain forecast for later which will water them in

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:37

Choccie cake LB - yummie

I am watching the news - have been watching it through much the day. Sometimes wonder if instant / constant / rolling news is such a good thing. More is not necessarily better is it?

Let's hope tomorrow is a better day.

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