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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:36

Not really a heat wave here either Pdoc, but definitely spring 

We used to keep Southdown sheep Pat, little docile teddy bears often traditionally used to graze orchards. It used to be said they if you painted a fence-line on the grass they would stay within it. I suspect that your Australian sheep are rather more feisty characters 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 07:42

Good morning all  

Just waking up here ... Took a while to get to sleep but then slept like a log ... 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:22

Hope im going to be more comfortable than that 

Sweet dreams all 

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:00

That's kind Topbird, but think the plan is for me to pick Wonky up and drive ...

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:34
Topbird says:

Saturday is fine too - but if Wonky can make Thursday that would be a slightly better day for me...

 Just heard from Wonky - we're on for Thursday !!!

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 14:40

I'm just wondering whether they're a type of tree that would respond well to being pollarded?  It might be worth asking a reputable tree surgeon what he/she thinks. 

Of course, they'd need re-doing every few years, but pollarding them at the height where the trunks fork would certainly screen the school from the upstairs windows, and you could still screen lower down with holly bushes.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 14:41:14

Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 13:53

I'd give them a feed with Fish, Blood and Bone any time now.  Clear away any grass and weeds growing around them and mulch with organic matter after feeding.

It might be a good idea to cut them back a bit to encourage more shoots to spring into growth.

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:48

As so often is the case, I agree with Bob about removing the trees - if that is an option

Mystery Plants

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:45

1.  Tulips and possibly crocus?

2. Crocus and possibly some iris reticulata, and possibly something else as well?

I agree with Bob about 3 and 4.

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:56

Have you considered holly?  It can be quite happy growing amongst other trees and there are lots of different leaf colours including variegated, so it needn't be like a solid block of green, and you can control it's size by judicious clipping (with the bonus of free Christmas decorations).

If you plant female types you'll get berries (if there's a male around to pollinate them, and there usually is, or you can plant one).  Good for wildlife too, as bees love the flowers in the summer, birds love the berries in the winter, and blackbirds love to nest in a holly bush

If you prepare the ground  and look after it, holly grows more quickly than most people think, so it should get to a decent size in a reasonable period.

And of course, something prickly can be a help security-wise - although not all holly varieties are very prickly. 

Last edited: 19 February 2017 11:57:22

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