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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 10:16

Morning all

Rubbish weather here - as much as I sometimes raise my eyebrows ar fair weather gardeners, even I'm not going out in that.

Maybe a trip into town later, and some seed sowing on the kitchen table.

Still, yesterday was unexpectedly gorgeously sunny - so maybe 1/4 for a bank holiday weekend is what we will have to settle for.  And that smiley reminds me that my  came out for the first time in 2016 yesterday

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:10

I can also vouch for Taylors - have used them half a dozen times and plants have always been superb quality.

Once they sent the wrong variety (bad handwriting meant Mary Rose got mixed up with Margorie - you have to write it in curly script to see why) - but they immediately sent a replacement with no charge, and let me keep Margorie, who is now flourishing, to boot Top firm

When is the best time to cut back Penstemons?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:02

I normally do mine mid April - still the possibility of frosts around then, but not normally bad ones.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 09:59

Happy Easter everyone

 Well done niece KEF - thats one talented little lady

Off to Brighton in a bit for family gathering at my sister's.  Doggies mean walks will be had - so lovely to see the sunshine

Rudbeckia seedlings

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:51
Thanks Hollie - they are really important in this garden as the deer don't eat them, so they are used profusely !! They are fast becoming my signature plant !

hibiscus luna help needed

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 06:52

I'd keep them somewhere sheltered - a GH might be ok for now, but will be too hot once we start getting a bit of sunshine.  Just a word of warning - I did this a few years ago - now have 4 healthy shrubs, but had to wait til last year for the first one to flower. So you'll need to be patient

Wot, no basil!

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 06:48

We grew greek basil from seed last year - those little leaves pack an amazing punch of flavour.  Must remember to do it again this year

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 06:45

Morning all

Last day at work for me before a whole week off. Some of it will be taken up with hospitals  but should be time for some nice days out and some gardening too .  At the moment I am choosing to ignore the weather forecast until it gets better

Hope Ma is feeling brighter today Dove.  Flowers last longer than chocolates round here


Posted: 24/03/2016 at 06:39

Oooops - day late Happy Birthday for yesterday Flumpy - hope you had fun


Tallish Self Supporting Perenials

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 12:02
I started with similar collections, but mine came from hayloft. All flowered the first year, and have bulked up considerably since. Think I am in year 6 and they are going strong - have increased stock by stem cuttings - biggest challenge is finding a "non flowering stem" ....which is a nice problem to have

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