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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 18:34

Come to think of it, shoulders, ankles and elbows aren't much better   Glad the kidleys are OK Hosta.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 16:40

Got a bit bored with the weather so bought a few bits and bobs and made a summer wreath for the door.  Much cheaper than the shops.

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 15:43

Afternoon ladies, Just popped in to catch up on all the gossip.  Have been for a back massage and facial today so feeling nice and relaxed.  Not got anything else planned so a real lazy day for me.

Scented climbing roses

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 15:28

Mortimer Sackler gets my vote (it's my avatar).  Virtually thornless, flowers over long period and lovely perfume. I have two growing over an arch.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 15:24

Afternoon all,  Persisting down here, had enough rain now and could do with sunshine coming back.  Have had a lovely day, a long lie in followed by a trip to the spa for a deep tissue back massage and a facial, bliss.

Nothing planned for the rest of the day, too wet to do anything outside and definitely not doing any h*******k.

I suspect I'll be catching up on some reading and tv.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 17:24

Can't stand crumpets, but cherry scones and chocolate cake, now that's a different matter.

It's been lovely today, all cool and rainy.  I've been out cutting back salvias and looking at possible planting spots for a couple of new geraniums and a painted fern I have bought.  Also popped to Ashwoods and bought a few bits and bobs to make a summer door wreath.

No nanna duty until next Wednesday so I have a few days off, might sow some foxgloves for next year.

Resurrected Sixteen

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 15:03

Aternoon all, Nice and cool with occasional rain here.  Had a trip to Ashwoods this morning and bought a few bits and pieces to make a door wreath.  Felt creative and needed a little project.  Might put a piccy on if I can find the shabby chic thread.

Had a few plants delivered today and have been walking the garden trying to find the perfect spot or geraniums Splish Splash and Lily Lovell.  Also bought a  painted fern for by the pond.  Thinking of sowing some foxgloves for next year. 

Have booked a back massage and facial for tomorrow (a Christmas pressie from Hubby) so looking forward to a nice relaxing day.

Has anyone had experience with these online nurseries?

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 20:57

Thumbs up for Crocus and Plantsforshade used both a lot and always had a good experience.

Not so with Claire Austin unfortunately, they were very reluctant to replace a plant that had arrived in bad condition.  I was told that it wasn't policy to replace single plants due to the postage costs.  Got a refund in the end.

Rose help

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 20:50

Found this on a website, would have put a link in but not sure how to do it.

Peeling bark is cause for alarm if you don't know what causes it. Bark is like a plant's skin and protects the inside tissue from injury, infection and moisture loss. There are several layers of bark on a rose just as we have several layer of epidermis. The loss of the top layer is not a cause for concern, but if bark peeling goes into the cambium, serious loss of vigour or even death can occur.


There is one variety of rose that is bred to have peeling bark. Lady Banks Rose is a yellow climbing rose that has sloughing bark that adds an ornamental appeal to the plant. The top layer of the bark peels off in long sheets and leaves the trunk with a rustic, interesting appearance that persists in winter long after the flowers and leaves are gone. The older stems have the greatest amount of peeling while the young stems retain the bark until it changes colour.


A fungus called Coniothyrium wernsdorfiae is the source of many bark problems. It attacks the green bark which turns reddish brown and gets purplish black lesions that split and peel the bark. The fungus spreads down the stem and even into the main trunk. Any infected tissue collapses and dies. The infected canes must be removed back to fresh, healthy wood. Use a sanitising spray when making the cuts to prevent spreading the disease. Another fungus called Coniothyrium fuckelii is also responsible for swollen bark that ruptures and peels. It is treated the same way.

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 18:45

I have two types of sweet rocket a pink and a white.  The white was sold at a Wildlife Trust flower sale the pink was a plant listed on one of the Chelsea show gardens.  There is nothing wrong with sweet rocket.  Have grown it for 4 years and I keep my fingers crossed each year that it will re seed.  It's a delight.

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