Latest posts by chicky

Euphorbia wulfenii

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:15

My euphobia characias stems only flower in the second year - so I cut flowered ones down after flowering (like Verdun), then leave the rest which will flower next spring.  If I cut the whole lot down every year I'd never get any flowers.

Sweetpeas vanished

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:08

I have problems with mice and sweet peas - but they eat the shoots as soon as they germinate rather than scoff the seeds.  You can normally see evidence of the decapitation - just a tiny little stem shorn level with the soil.

I cover them with propagator lids until they have germinated to keep the crittters out, amd then balance the trays on tall pots to baffle the meeses until ready to plant out.  Once they are In the ground they seem tough enough to withstand the odd nibble.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 17:49

Yvie, Liri - I'm going to Chelsea on the Tuesday - so looks like Forkers are covering all days, but with no overlap.  You'll have to remind me about the primula display nearer the time Hosta, I'll make sure I have a shufty

Just in from the garden. Not a nice day, but good for my purposes.  Did pruning and much cutting back of stems.  Many pleasing signs of growth on phlox, delphiniums amd peonies .  Now ache   I really need a few more sessions like that to get garden fit again 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:08

Glad you turned it round for Possum Obxx .......I always find "i told you so " works better in my head too -its satisfying, but without accompanying fireworks 

Thanks for the sweetpea sowing reminder - must get mine done today too 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:03

Morning all  ......just woken up 

Went to a quiz night last night to support one of my oldest friend's son, who is fund raising for a trip to Ecuador this summer.  Really good fun, but an hour away, so made for a late night.  Bacon and egg butty about to be eaten, then its out there for some pruning ✂️✂️✂️

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:45

Oh no  Not liking Wonky's news of a slimmed down Chelsea - this year is the first time ever I have bought a full day ticket   Got fed up of only ever making it half way round the floral marquee - so hope that is not slimmed down too.

Many thanks to Steephill for the nudge about the South Downs programme - found it on iPlayer last night.  Had great fun playing i-Spy on places we have walked recently.  And I now know where SH's name comes from 

Thanks for all your lovely comments about Chicklets adventure in Oz .....still so excited for her that I have not let myself really think about what having her soooo far away will be like.

Been a manic week at work, so am going to have a quiet weekend to recover.  Will venture out in my garden with the secateurs tomorrow - watch out clems & roses . Oh - and 6/7 propagator trays are showing little green shoots 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🎉🎉🎉

And Lesley, if you're reading, .....come back soon 

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 06:57

Morning Dove 

So pleased to hear littl'un is on the mend.

Exciting news to share here - Chicklet has been accepted for a place to study abroad next year - so she is off to Adelaide in July 🐨.  Might need Pat to keep an eye on her for me .  She is very excited - it all depended on exam results and a reference from her Nottingham tutor, so we've had a nailbiting few weeks.  I'll be giving thanks to the inventors of Skype, facetime and whatsapp 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 06:46

Morning 🌄🌄🌄

Not quite sunrise yet, but won't be long 

Back to the grindstone today......expecting a long and busy week. But daily checking ng my propagator for signs of shoots 🌱🌱🌱 should keep me going   (Just checked, and nada yet, but its only been 12 hours 🤔)

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 21:25

Chicklets have had laserquest parties in the past Fairy .....I've no clue either.....but I remember providing the cake 🎂🎂🎂

Is it too late for bare roots?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 19:51

I'd be ok with doing it til end of March - just remember to keep it watered well for the first year.  Our winter (Surrey) has been the coldest for years, and everything is weeks behind.  However, I hear (from Forum friends ) that Scotland has been mild I guess it depends where you live .....

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More gardening TV

Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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