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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:39

Morning DD and Verdun

A beautiful day would be good ... after today we've got a week of rain heading our way

New gardener -flowering bulbs questions..

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:32

They'll be fine planted just now - the foliage will look attractive over the summer - dig some organic matter into the soil and give them a mulch with the same after planting.  They'll be very happy. 

You could also consider some Lamium - silver leaves with pink or purplish flowers in the summer - they're quite happy in semi-shade and they look after themselves and come back year after year, spreading to form a carpet of silver and green leaves. 

In the autumn you could plant some Chionodoxa or Puschkinia bulbs.  Both of these have pretty blue flowers in the early spring and will come back year after year.  They'll be happy growing among the hellebores and lamiums and don't need any looking after

logging on

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:21

Hi Michael - Nora is part of the Gardeners World website team and she keeps an eye on the Forum

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:14

Morning Clari - take a blanket and a hot water bottle

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 07:00

Morning Chicky

I've got some seedlings that need pricking out soon - but not sure where I'll put them other than the mini-greenhouse outside - and I've got Wonky and her Lovely Hub coming on Sunday for roast rib of beef and gooseberry crumble - more birthday celebration


Plant Id Please

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 06:34

There are 'False Oxslips' which are hybrids of the native cowslip and the native primrose.

Much rarer is the 'True Oxslip' Primula eliator, which looks like a cross between cowslips and primroses but is actually a separate plant.  It is the county flower of Suffolk and I knew where to find them growing as a child.  Info here

There are also hybrids between garden primulas and native primroses - I have some of these in my garden. 

Whichever you have, it's a lovely thing and as you say, the bees will love it


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 06:21

Good morning Joyce

 Help yourself ...

Hardy geranium

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 06:12

Possibly one of the Geranium phaeums - I've planted them under the ash tree on the shady bank - pretty thing - yes it spreads very usefully, but I wouldn't call it invasive.  Dead head it if you don't want it to seed. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 06:05

Apart from the birds, it's quiet and still here and about 6C - the sky is just beginning to lighten

Weed killer

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 05:57

Hi Greenegene

If you're talking about a glyphosate-based weedkiller, you must leave the plants to die off  - at least a couple of weeks -  they need to continue to photosynthesise in order to pass the poison down to their roots and kill off the whole plant.  If you don't leave the plants to die and go brown you run the risk of only killing the top growth and the roots will grow again.

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