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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:40

Nightingales are very loud, with fluting trills interspersed in the song.  I was once woken up by one when I was sound asleep in a cottage on Bodmin Moor.  Beautiful.  You lucky thing.  They like dense scrubby areas.  

Expandable hose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:35

Here's an old thread about it 

I wouldn't get one.  

Are these weeds?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:32

Those look like aquilegia  also known as Granny's Bonnet or Columbine

another gorgeous cottage garden plant. 

Are these weeds?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:19

My mother died in April - we used this poem at her memorial service

A Bed of Forget-Me-Nots

by Christina Rossetti

Is love so prone to change and rot

We are fain to rear forget-me-not

By measure in a garden plot? —

I love its growth at large and free

By untrod path and unlopped tree,

Or nodding by the unpruned hedge,

Or on the water's dangerous edge

Where flags and meadowsweet blow rank

With rushes on the quaking bank.

Love is not taught in learning's school,

Love is not parcelled out by rule;

Hath curb or call an answer got? —

So free must be forget-me-not.

Give me the flame no dampness dulls,

The passion of the instinctive pulse,

Love steadfast as a fixed star,

Tender as doves with nestlings are,

More large than time, more strong than death:

This all creation travails of —

She groans not for a passing breath —

This is forget-me-not and love.



They pop up everywhere in this garden and make me smile 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 13:21:22

Growing Garlic and Spring onion

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:21

Most store-bought garlic is of varieties that don't do well in the UK climate. They may also carry viruses which although fine for you to eat, will not produce good plants.

Best to buy some either from here or your local garden centre where they will sell varieties which will grow and ripen in the UK.  

I find the best time to plant garlic is the autumn, as the cold winter temperatures encourage it to split into separate cloves.  I plant in October and harvest the following July. 

Not sure what you mean by planting store bought spring onion. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 12:22:11

Whats making these holes

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:14

And rats rarely eat stuff that's actually in their tunnels so it's unlikely to work anyway.  If you're going to use poison get a proper secure bait box and the proper bait.  

Identify this plant?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:13

Looks like a self-seeded goat willow to me ... Salix caprea. 

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:09

Ah, right ... just seen the photo (I was on my phone which was very slow this morning).

That's not 'normal fuzz' is it?  It doesn't look very good at all   

Don't know what others think, but the first thing that came into my mind was Fireblight   but fortunately I've not seen a lot of it, so ............. 

Maybe some help here? 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 11:12:20

Tall plant in wet place

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:05

One person's idea of 'tall' isn't always the same as another's.

I would say that gunnera falls into the  'very tall' category


Will my Japanese maples recover, or did I killed them?:(

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:00

I think autumnglory is right - they will survive and recover, eventually.  I think the best thing you can do now is to leave them alone apart from making sure they have enough water.  Don't fertilize them until they've recovered and have enough leaves to need and use the nutrition.

I agree with Mark - there's rarely a need to spray if you encourage wildlife into your garden.

And whatever you decide to do, don't spray unless you know what you're spraying against and, if you do decide to spray, use the correct product and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.  They've been written for a reason by people who understand how the product works.

Good luck. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 11:02:03

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