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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:38


Whoops!  Mea culpa! 

Thanks for advice Bev. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:37

G'morning all . Does this mean I've been only just beaten by fidgetbones?

fidgetbones wrote (see)

doesn't TV with your rhubarb give you indigestion.?

birdy13 replies to fidgetbones:

not when you take it in easy instalments - oh, and yogurt!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 23:07

So this is where you all are!

You have have to follow a thread for a bit to understand what everyone's talking about and I think I've fallen behind on this one. 

(Sorry, did everyone just stop talking when I came in? )

Just thought I'd say I got quite a lot done today after a late start. Weather looked doubtful at first but I just pottered around with no high expectations and found by the time the light had faded I had achieved the following:

weeded out a bit more of the d****d ground elder;

planted out last 8 verbena patchwork (- nice robust specimens with lovely colourful flower clusters;)

bought 3 nasturtiums alaska on Friday on an indoor market I've discovered. They went into the cleared area around the black currants and gooseberries. I've mulched there with spent compost - apparently, they like being 'starved' a bit.

Picked more gooseberries - had about 550g so far off one small bush. Only got 8 (berries) last year. Better pruned this time.

Cleared another of last year's containers - more mulch for somewhere;

Planted out 5 more begonias in trough; not sure whether they're going to do do well or not... A bit underdeveloped! Mind you, weren't we all once?

Pulled some rhubarb - but just eaten it  with a bit of TV - isn't that fairly consistent with a few of you: 'virtuously knackeredso with your feet up?

ZZZZZZZzzzzzz mmmph - what? (Oh sorry, you can resume talking now - I'm off to bed. )

PS what's all this business of beating each other to a deadline? When is it - 6pm?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:27

Norfolk: weather threatened all day to break but in the end I got a lot done: weeding, planting out, seeded some salad crops - oh! and the washing dried nicely.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:24

Norfolk: Blustery but not cold - so washing went out - so it rained! 

Then washing got wet then dried again. Presently sun is out but clouds still threaten. About to tempt them by doing some gardening. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 12:13

Thanks Nut and FG for reassurance on Sambucus. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 22:58

FG and Bev, thanks for identifying Sambucus Black Lace.

If it is an elder does that mean will could have 'terrorist' inclinations like ground elder? (I knocked myself up waging war on the ground elder over the last few days and have been out of gardening action as a result. Wouldn't want to bring it reinforcements!)

But it still is a beautiful plant - perhaps I could keep it prisoner in a pot? 

Anyone know what it is ?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:58

Not an expert at all, but the word croscosmia came into my mind - we used to have something with a flower of similar shape; self-seeded a lot I think ... but I'm remembering a much taller stem: if it is going reach, say, 40cm (ish) it might just be crocosmia.If it is I shall be so chuffed I recognised something.

No idea about the leaves though.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:49

Bev,  lovely slide show from your first picture of clematis!

What is the plant in your second picture? It's stunning - the little star shaped flowers seem to be shining out from the rich dark background like galaxies or supernovi in space!

I think I'd like one. Are you growing it inside or out? I can't quite tell and I was wondering what sort of conditions it likes.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:10

Good luck from me too, Art; glad you feel more armed now. Good idea of Verdun to take photos.

Some useful homespun philosophy contained in all the good advice and support coming your way:

"Expect the best while preparing for the worst" (= plan A and plan B)



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