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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 22:18

What horrible shocks for both of you. I've just read that women are having heart attacks more than they used to and at a younger age.

It was a nice day today, did gardening, put it on the gardening thread.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 22:10

I weeded the shrub bed in the front garden, trimmed the lavenders around the edges and the caryopteris and pruned the sambuccus Black Lace from about 8 feet to about 3 feet. Then I mowed the front lawn.

Then I put fertiliser around 45 roses, mostly climbers and shrubs, and 22 clematis. Another 5 climbing roses to feed but run out of fertiliser.

small garden

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 19:39

It's the evergreen bit that is harder. Some clematis does OK in shade.


Some roses are OK in partial shade, like Wedding Day, a small pale yellow repeat flowered rambler from David Austin.


Several honeysuckles are OK with some shade and some are very scented.

If the pots will be in shade because of the fences then it may be easier to choose plants with good foliage, such as hostas, brunnera and heucheras. Some of the hardy geraniums would be OK. You could plant a few scented annuals too, such as Nicotiana.

But in sunny places there is much more choice. If sunny enough you could plant lavender and dianthus (pinks).


Town or Country

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 19:21

In the middle of a forest in Dordogne, France. Have about an acre of limestone garden, some of the forest and some poor quality (not much topsoil) paddocks. There is a limestone quarry about a mile down the road. Have added tons of compost and manure over the years and have made an English romantic style garden and a 20m x 10m veg garden. Veg garden getting too much, will only do half this year.

Some of us have filled in our profiles so if you click on the name you can find out a bit more.

Hedging ideas

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:51


What about lavender? Would smell nice on the patio too. It likes sun and well drained soil.

Here is mine.


Climbing Hydrangea

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:46

Mine is on a stone wall, it attaches itself. It is pretty big now but when it gets too thick I run the hedgecutter across the front of it after flowering, to make it half as thick and cut off the dead flowers.

Clematis problem

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:42

Depends which ones they are. Mine were covered in buds too. The straggly Group 2 ones I've trimmed anyway. The non straggly group 2 I've just tidied up a bit. They will all get a tidy up after flowering anyway. The group 3 ones, such as Princess Diana, I am in the middle of cutting down to about a foot tall. The Montanas I won't touch at this time of year, but the 2 on the shed had to be pruned as part of the roof blew off in the gales and it had to be repaired.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:35

So different from yesterday's rain!

-5° frost this morning, sun and blue sky. Now it's starting to cloud over. Tomorrow's forecast is storms with heavy rain and hale. So I must go back outside while I've got the chance. Came in for a break.

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:32


I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to prune my Black Lace this morning, so I thought I would just check on Google and this thread came up! I missed it when it started as we were away.

I pruned it to about a metre last year, this morning it was about 8 feet tall. It's now back to a metre. It usually has a few flowers, but when it was young it was covered in them. It was a Mother's Day present from son in 2007.

Here it is in May 2014.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 10:07

Morning all. Was -5° but it's sunny and the sky is blue. Ground is like a bog though. Must get some more pruning done while I've the chance.

Talking of weight, well done Hosta, I found an old exercise book yesterday from about 10 years ago. I was on a diet and had written down my weight as it went down. Starting weight was over a stone lighter than I am now

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