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HELLO FORKERS 🌦 March ‘22🌱🌱🌱

Hello all … March has arrived and it’s time for a new thread to greet and meet friends old and new, a place where we can talk about the odds and ends of life, congratulate or commiserate and hold each other’s hands in these difficult times. 

And don’t forget … it’s Shrove Tuesday … get those pancake pans out, mix up the batter … what are you having on yours … sugar and lemon, apple sauce, or maple syrup?  Or do you go for ham and cheese in yours …
🥞 🍋 🍯 

“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    edited March 2022
    Oh, and Happy St David’s Day to all our Welsh gardeners … 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 

    and White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits …… 🐇 🐇 🐇 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 602
    edited March 2022
    We have had a few days of sunshine after a more than usual grey and wet winter. It was a mild February but Lord it was miserable. A couple of days ago I went out for a short walk passing a garden centre (I wonder why I always arrange my walks so that I walk by it) and bought 3 packets of seeds: Red flax, Gypsophila and Chamomile. What joy in hearing their gentle rattling. 😊
  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,696
    HiDove, thanks for putting March up. I emptied the rain gauge this afternoon and there was 70ml in it. 😳. It’s been wet all day.   Tomorrow is predicted to be heavier. Time will tell. 
    S. E. NSW
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    edited March 2022
    Hello @coccinella … seeds are amazing … @WonkyWomble grows gypsophila from seed 😊 

    @Pat E  Seems like it’s all or nothing with your rain   ☔️ 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376
    Good morning @Dovefromabove and @coccinella, God evening @Pat E
    The gypsophila is going in an oval steal cooking pot this year and a traditional steel bucket. Think they will look great worth white frothy afros 👍
  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,696
     Hello Coccinella and Wonky. 

    I love growing from seed. It’s my favourite type of gardening.  I was looking at the Pinus pinea growing below the house (which often features in my photos) and remembering that I collected the seed for that many years ago at a Pine nut plantation west of Canberra.  It’s amazing that it’s grown so big with no help from me. For many of those years we were living in Canberra and later in Melbourne and it got no watering help from me in all those years. 🙄😳. Love looking at it. 

    I’m outraged at the moment from some of the stuff on the news. There have been some people on kayaks  robbing houses of people who have been evacuated from their flooded homes.  😡😡😡. I wonder if it’s possible to bring back thrashing as a punishment for such things.   We lost everything in Cyclone Tracy in 1975, and understand how it feels to have to start again.   So hurtful.  My mood is probably exacerbated by the Ukraine situation. 🥺🥺

    never mind, I’m just letting off steam. Sorry Ive upset people. 
    S. E. NSW
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,736
    Morning all.  I love the sound of gypsophila spilling frothily out of steel buckets and pots @Wonky.  Seeds are nothing short of magic @coccinella - I think that's why we all get so excited about them.
    The flooding was on our news @Pat E - but we are used to seeing such scenes now sadly with the flooding we have here. The climate crisis is upon us but still the powers that be seem not to have any sense of urgency about it.  Perhaps we just have to live with it, like Covid, and just stick our fingers in our ears when it comes to climate refugees.
    I'm still a bit shaky after doing my Radio Suffolk interview!  I think it went well...
  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,696
    With a bit of luck we will hear how people think your interview went Didy. I’m sure it was good. 
    S. E. NSW
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,728
    White rabbits!!  Greetings to everybody !  A pinch and a punch...... 

    Despite the changing weather, forecast for us over the next few days, today looks sunny but it was 0°C this morning!!  We are expected a high of 15°C this afternoon. 

    I remember Cyclone Tracy in 1975 @Pat E  There seems to be a disaster like that every year around Christmas.  We usually get the tail wind of cyclone around the north and the easy cape of NZ.  

    I grew some gypsophila last year, but it wasn't the same variety as you get in the flower shops.  Must have a look around for some more.   @WonkyWomble   They should look stunning in a metal container.

    I have a family of starlings nesting under the eaves and they are making a helluva racket!   Someone is getting a thick ear!!! 

    I think I may do some weed spraying among the tiles while the wind is quiet.

    Have a pleasant day.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    Oh 'eck ... we missed you @didyw ... we were listening to my son's brother in law's sister on the Today prog ... she and their parents live in Kharkiv ... she's a journalist and was being interviewed. It's not good out there.

    I dunno ... you wait for ever for someone you know to be interviewed on the radio and then two come along at once 🚌🚌 ... not that I'm likening you to a bus ... not at all 😱
    ........ we'll try to find you on BBC Sounds.  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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