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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:45

I haven't posted for only a day or two and you've all been having such a jolly time and written so much!

Went to an informal cocktail party last night, delicious nibbles, going to a birthday party tomorrow evening and having guests to Sunday lunch. So having a busyish social time at the moment. Well, what can you do? It just pours and pours, no hope of gardening.

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:39

How tall are the planters? Shrubs, roses, clematis and honeysuckles need quite tall ones. Should be around 50cm tall for roses. Roses and clematis are quite greedy and will need regular feeding and watering. Also the top layer of compost for planting anything in pots should be changed every year.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:30

I'm very happy for you and your daughter. What great news. We had good news too before Christmas, OH's great nephew was declared clear of cancer too.

Out of date seeds

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 11:00

Beans, runner and French, last several years after their sow by date, peas are OK too. I have used tomato and courgette seeds a year or two past their date. But parsnips must be fresh. Poppies last decades in the ground waiting for suitable conditions, they like the earth to be moved, so poppies should be fine. But French Marigolds that were 2 years past didn't work - but was it old age or something else?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 09:50

Morning all.

You are all so lucky in England with such a a good choice of GCs. We only have Jardiland, but 1/2 hour in the other direction is Gamm Vert, but they stock the same sort of things, very few actual varieties of the same plant. Verdun raved about Agastache last year. I found one pathetic specimen, orange, in Jardiland. I sent to a mail order company for a pink one, but none of the ones that Verdun mentioned. I usually buy plants on trips to England.

Had a good evening yesterday. Son rang up and asked me to a meal out in a Vietnamese restaurant. He also wanted to show me what he'd bought for his new house, sofa and dining table and chairs. OH was at choir practice.

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:41

You say colour is the easy part. If you knew what colour you wanted that would narrow down the choice. With lavender you could have pretty pink, or a blue and yellow theme etc, then choose roses of that colour.

Pink ones, I like and have Louise Odier, Gertrude Jekyll and Geoff Hamilton.

I like Falstaff and Munstead Wood (don't have that one - yet!) of the Crimsons, yellow the Pilgrim and peach A Shropshire Lad.

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:43

I added rotted manure when I prepared the bed, but haven't fed since.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:41

Now seen Berghill's reply too. They were nice if picked very young and watered a lot, I think the warmth here helped them to grow quickly so they were tender. But if picked too late they were stringy and horrible.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:37

I'm not growing asparagus peas this year as they need so much picking and watering, but I'm growing mange tout peas which did really well last year and are great in stir fries. They froze well too. I also grow Kelvedon Wonder, much the sweetest and most reliable. Easily available here too. My mother used to dip her peas in paraffin to stop the mice eating them.

My Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:01

Do you have somewhere light and warm to keep the seeds when they have germinated into little plants? I don't start sowing yet, there may be a lot of horrid weather to come and plants can get weak and leggy while waiting.

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