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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:18

I love Rosslyn Chapel - wonderful setting, beautiful, intricate medieval stone carvings and (I seem to remember) some quite rude ones too.

There usually are rude ones - the male, schoolboy, bawdy sense of humour hasn't changed at all over hundreds of years. Beliefs, attitudes to women, violence and animals - they've changed (not as much as they should sometimes - but they've changed). But show a bloke a set of buttocks and a joke about farting and they're back with their Saxon / medieval ancestors

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 09:59


Compost did not get shifted yesterday - went to 2 nurseries and a GC instead Bought heucheras and quite a few hardy geraniums including a couple of Ann Thompson. She is very similar to Ann Folkard (love it - have a few) but is a little more compact and doesn't get quite as straggly. Quite hard to find so was pleased to pick up the last 2 pots at the nursery. Then we had a spot of lunch and OH cooked dinner while I watched last week's Beechgrove. Nice day all round.

Hope you enjoy your walk Fairy.

Congratulations on the job Clari - used to have dealings with WRVS when I was organising social care for older people. Excellent organisation.

Lovely flowers Pat. Don't really like the pink nerines but I could be persuaded to plant the white ones. 

Hope you all enjoy your weekends whatever you're doing - off to shift compost now - SYL.

How long from seed to garden?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 09:00

Don't forget the seed and plant swap thread on the forum - members offering free surplus seeds and plants.

Doesn't matter if you don't have anything to swap to start with

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 17:52

Glad you got the bamboo out LB - sounds a lot smaller than the one I had to deal with - it was a cronking monster

Hope your daughter is ok Hazel - and hope she can get something sorted before too long.

Do you look like one of those Disney cartoon characters M-U? - they always have super-enlarged pupils like they've been smoking the naughty stuff. Imagine that - Snow White - high as a kite My brain is in a funny place today.

Compost still in a pile on the drive. Went to 2 nurseries and a GC instead.

Bought 3 heucheras, 2 white geranium nodosums, 3 ordinary G. nodosums,  2 geranium Ann Thompson (apparently it's slightly more compact & less untidy than Ann Folkard) , another blue geranium (name forgotten) and had bacon, brie and chutney toasted panini for lunch in a very nice conservatory. All in all a good day - but the credit card needs a rest now

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Thalictrum plant companion

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:46

Oh yes - I'd forgotten I had that in there too WillDB

G. nodosum is a really good 'doer' - unassuming but very pretty. A lot of my other stuff is a bit spring flowering biased (but it retains a good ground cover presence) - but G. nodosum flowers on and off all summer

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:40


Hoping to finally shift the rest of the compost off the drive today - then a bit of plant ordering and maybe an attack on the creeping thistle which is starting to invade the soft fruit patch from the field behind us I think only glyphosate will do the trick so fingers crossed for no breeze.

LB - re your bamboo / rhodie  saga.

I think you know I had a similar battle a few years ago getting rid of a huge (inherited) bamboo plant. I think we'd managed to dig the rootball and all the large runners out by about this time of year. We thought we'd done a pretty thorough job of removing all the bits but tiny shoots kept popping up through the season. I didn't replant the area for a year so I could get in and dig out any new growth and accompanying small runners as soon as they appeared. Touch wood - there's been no sign since.

Just a suggestion - but I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to replant the area. You'd probably be ok in Autumn if the area seems to be clean by then.

PS - Love the selfie 

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:26

Morning all

Well done on several fronts Clari Do you have a new job to go to? I know you were applying for at least one some weeks ago - hope that's worked out for you.

You've been busy already Dove! I'm really only just getting going although the cat, birds and seedlings / small plants have been tended.

Hoping to shift the last of the compost off the drive this morning and use it as mulch on the new border. Then I need to find a few ankle ticklers to fill and lighten a couple of shady spots (heucheras and alchemilla I think), order a couple of clematis (might be a bit late for planting them but hey ho) and then it will be time to start at the beginning of the garden again. Definitely smacks of the Forth Bridge...

Enjoy your day everyone

New smart cover

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 21:51

Not dissimilar price Lily. Can be bought in large quantities from manufacturer (cheapest) or smaller quantities from Crocus.

Will be interesting to watch the BG trials  - I think they were using 4 different mulches - each laid at 2 different thicknesses.

Resurrected Twelve

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 17:46
Joyce21 says:

 During a lot of strike action in the 1970s there was an increase in the birth rate.. . people found something to do other than watch TV 

See original post

Unfortunately OH was away for 4 days when our big power cut happened - so even that wasn't an option!

Nice pics M-U glad you had a good day

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New smart cover

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 17:34

No I've not used it Lily - sorry.

I've found that all smaller particle bark mulch only really lasts for one season before it disappears into the soil - so will be pleased to hear how you get on with this.

I've found the only mulching product which seems to really last are the large (approx 2cm diameter) ornamental pine bark nuggets. They take ages to rot down and only need to be topped up every 2 or 3 years - depending how often you disturb them / inadvertently dig them in when doing new planting. A couple of path and no dig areas still have some of the original covering from 5 years ago.

They are, therefore, good for weed suppression and water retention in low disturbance areas - but not much good for adding lots of organic matter to the soil.

I'm still looking at Strulch (mineralised straw) which is expensive but supposed to be a longer lasting ornamental mulch. Delighted to see Beechgrove are doing a mulch trial this season and Strulch is one of the products they are using. They are also using various bark mulches.

They started the trial off 2 weeks ago and is available on catch-up if you missed the programme first time round

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