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Posted: 02/06/2016 at 07:57

Have a great time Dove - hope the weather holds for you 🍰🍦🍺

Joyce - what's a shoogly door? Couldn't come up with a typo alternative so I'm guessing it's a regional thing? Might have to start using it when I know what it means 

Hope you manage to get in the garden at some stage DD - not much fun if it's all sopping wet though

Dry here so maybe a survey of the damage done over the last 2 days.


Last edited: 02 June 2016 07:59:27

Please can you ID this for me?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 18:06

You could cut a couple of the old stems out immediately after flowering to make the centre less congested and encourage it to make some nice new stems from the base. Feed, water, mulch at the same time.

It's a good colour isn't it?

Progress update

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 17:02

One thing I would like to see is the Quotes "Box" and text significantly reduced in size - at the moment it completely dominates the new posting.

I sometimes miss what the new poster has written and only see the quote. Some people have made a single posting quoting from more than one previous posting which takes up a huge amount of page space.

IMO the quoted text should be in a smaller text.  The new posting is more important and should, therefore, be the larger text.

Last edited: 01 June 2016 17:03:59

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 16:50
Hostafan1 says:

Polytunnel was at 31C with all doors open  earlier.

See original post

Went out in the car this morning. Car thermometer said it was 10C .... 

Progress update

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 12:58

Redwing - you would be surprised at some of the pettiness that has raised it's head in the past on this otherwise very friendly forum - people bragging about the number of views or postings on a thread they've started. Somebody even referring to his 'followers'. For some people life is a competition and occasionally it has becomes unpleasant.

I don't want a 'Like' button. Far too much like Faceache for my taste.... 


Posted: 01/06/2016 at 11:27


Have just clicked the heating on - bloomin' freezing again.

Welcome to the newcomers - it's a little crazy here but harmless. 

I think I'm going to have to get out there to do some emergency staking when the rain stops. Some of the aquilegias and hesperis are nearly horizontal. Why oh why oh why do I never do enough staking / plant supports? All these years of gardening - I know the rules - am very cross with myself at the moment.

Hope you get all your jobs done Dove and both you and Chicky receive some good news today.

Did somebody mention baking a cake? Sounds like a plan.... 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 08:56

Mizzly today.

I have lived too long in East Anglia to moan about rain. We spend most summers battling semi-drought conditions and I really resent spending hours watering the garden - so a good soaking is fine by me.

BUT - I hate the wind. No good for anything except getting washing dry. Dries things out more when there's no rain, blows stuff around the garden when I'm trying to work and destroys the shape of plants when they're in full leaf and flower.

I do stake quite a lot of plants but weather like this always makes me realise I should have done many more. Some emergency staking needed when it dries up a bit....

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 11:33

A few roads in this area now closed because of flooding.

When I asked for a little rain to water my garden I was thinking of 8 hours of gentle persistent rain between 9pm and 5am with no wind. It would just leave everything looking refreshed and perky - rather than the beaten flat, sodden mass which is out there at the moment..

What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:49

Absolutely pouring down and windy and cold. 

Did I really get so very hot and bovvered just 2 days ago???? Still the garden needed a good watering and I've put quite a few plants in over the last months so not too many complaints at the moment.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 16:34

Afternoon all

What a grey and dreary BH Monday it's been here - and windy - and cold. Fleece on, central heating on, maximum temp in south facing (windows and doors closed) potting shed - 15C.... 

They say be careful what you wish for - on Saturday I was saying we could do with a bit of rain. Today Met Office has issued a yellow warning for here for rain for tonight / tomorrow - torrential at times, winds becoming even stronger. So that will do the aquilegias, taller clumps of geraniums, hesperis etc a power of good won't it? 

Your garden is starting to look pretty Panda - the geums are looking very jolly.

Love the hat Pat knitted - a clever pattern - very professional looking!

Hope you are able to get to Norfolk without too many problems BL. From your and Obelisk's postings it sounds as though Northern Europe is not a great place to be this week. OH is going to Basel on Wed - think things are ok there.

OK - cuppa finished - now I should do some ironing. But maybe I can find a distraction task instead... 

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