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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 07:44

Morning   Looking out on a rather grey Nottingham morning, but also least its dry.  Going to have a bit of a wander round Campus for a bit then head off southwards, via Oxfordshire.  Have always wanted to visit Waterperry Gardens, so seems like a good opportunity - the frittilary meadow is meant to be good at the moment.

See you later peeps

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:49

Mine died right back last winter - but looks like there might still be life in the shoots that regrew last summer.  Fingers crossed.  Oh, and flowers might be nice as well as leaves this year .....pretty please

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:22

Just checked - mine too s a Forest Blue like yours.  It had gorgeous colour flowers when I bought it

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:18

Not sure if mine was Forest Blue, but I bought one two years ago.  Last year it produced a few leaves, but looked barely alive.  This year its either still dormant, or dead.  I'm hoping its still "getting established".  But I live in quite a cold frost pocket, and I think they can be a bit iffy hardiness wise.  Its in full sun on slightly acid quite good soil.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:02

Morning all

Sharp frost here - enough to ice over the bird bath.  It will have ruined our magnolias, but we had a lovely show for a fortnight, so can't complain.  My seedlings are also lidded and fleeced in the GH, haven't checked on them yet so fingers crossed.

Driving Chicklet back to Nottingham today, staying overnight and then back tomorrow via Waterperry Garden to break the journey a bit.  Checked with cardiologist that it was ok to leave Mr C, and he laughed .....he said they would be discharging him happily if he lived alone, so I should go for it.

Still get the exam dream here too.....and the one where the taxi for the airport is at the door and I haven't started packing.  Mr C thinks that if that is the best nightmare I can dream up, then I must have led a sheltered life

spring things

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 21:07

Here's my magnolia stellata this afternoon - frost forecast tonight, so thought i'd capture it before its too late  the frittilaries should survive though


Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:50

What a beautiful place to choose to go.  When my Mum died I couldn't bear to be inside for quite a while - seeing the sky and feeling the breeze became very important to me.  I hope that vast scenery helped you both today.  Will be thinking of you in the coming days, weeks and months.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:43

Thought I would share a pic of my mousebaffler - got fed up of mice eating my emerging sweetpeas, so have used the principle of saddlestones, disposable picnic bowls and an old table the chicklets used to use ......will let you know if it works

 Eat your heart out Heath Robinson

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:38

Excitement Excitement

I have the beginnings of a flower

 It s still in an unheated gh, having been potted on when I received it - was not planning on planting out til early May.  But I suppose you see them lots at Chelsea, which is not far away now.

How are the rest of you getting on ????

Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 14:06

I'm so sorry Lyn.  

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