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Forsythia Rescue

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 13:39

Forsythia also strikes really well from cuttings so you could make some new plants for elsewhere in the garden too 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 13:34

Glad to see everyone else has been busy too ... we'll all be aching tonight 

I've hoed around the broad beans - they're looking good, a good 8-10" tall and lovely sturdy plants - and planted a load of Liatris spicata - the sunny bed might be a little dry for them, but they've got two chances and they were cheap as chips at Lidl - if they work, hopefully they'll look great with the rudbeckias - or not as the case may be 

Now for some scrambled eggs on toast ......... 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 11:53

Phew!  Need a sit down and 

I've dug out half of the big herb bed; the elderly sage bush is no more (I've got cuttings from last year to replace it) and the border of Chinese chives are in a big container in the shade waiting to be replanted.  The fennel has gone too - I plan to grow a 'hedge' of bronze fennel at the far end of the veg plot to screen our sunny sitting spot which doesn't have a name yet ... but it will.

I've removed a ton of dandelion seedlings and strings of twitch and, a bit alarmingly some tree roots - they're from the remaining ash tree and are a bit closer to the house than I would like   I shall try not to worry about them for the time being. 

The mints (spear mint and apple mint) are in two big pots sunk into the ground, only an inch or so of the rims protrude - OH has issued instructions that I must not try to dig them up -  hopefully he'll do them within the next few days - as the mint needs rejuvenating and putting back into containers and sinking into the ground again - this time they're going nearer to the edge of the herb bed which gets some run off from the terrace and is always damp.  

What have you lot been up to?

What to plant in this area

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 11:10

I think I'd go for a mix of coppiced withies (willow) and cornus (dog woods) both of which come in varieties with different coloured young stems so if you coppice them every few years you can have a wonderful 'glow' of golds, ambers, yellows and greens.  The roots will help to stabilise the bank.  Among them you could grow candelabra primulas which will be perfectly happy with regular flooding

I spent my childhood surrounded by rivers, ponds, moats, dykes etc and so did my children - my tactic is that while children are to young to behave sensibly near water, ensure they are supervised but not frightened of the water.  

Last edited: 16 March 2017 11:12:46

East facing fence needs screening plants

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 10:57

How short is short-ish?

Do you want a mixed bed of perennials or a shrub or two?  

How much depth/width is the planting space?

Unknown Apple Tree

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 10:53

Hi Gillian 

In the autumn the National Trust holds Apple Days at various of its properties, where you can take along a fruit and some leaves and hopefully get an ID from an expert.  At that time a photo of it in blossom may be helpful.

Some other organisations also hold Apple Days so do some googling around in the late summer.  

I don't think a firm ID at this time of year would be possible.  

Strange roots (?) at the bottom of my apple trees... What are they?

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 10:47

They're not suckers -although suckers can develop from roots that are exposed or too near the surface; so  I agree with Verdun and the others - top up with a bit of soil and cut down on the watering. 

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 10:19

Enjoy BL   One of my favourite places, inside and out.  Look out for the Priest's Hole. 

We did a snowdrop walk there last year;

Last edited: 16 March 2017 10:19:58

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 09:52

Clari - I have a windowsill with two trays of pots full of sweet pea seeds -  due to a momentary lack in concentration I know one of the pots has no seeds in it   but I don't know which one 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 09:30

It's to do with the perception of what is important ......... when I was a student I applied for an evening checkout post at a local small supermarket ... the owner said I was over qualified and gave me the shift manager post ... tasks included cleaning and buffing the floor.  As she said, keeping the floor clean and safe for her staff and customers was one of the most important jobs.

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