Dovefromabove


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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 09:47

The BBC have just said there are no health concerns re the Queen or Duke of Ed.  


I suspect HM is going to move to Windsor 'full time' rather than live in Buck House ... after all there's going to be huge building works at BH very soon ... a friend who's been in the office areas says it's all frayed electrical flex, peeling paintwork and crumbling plaster. I'm sure the State Rooms will still be used when needed, but I'm sure it's more restful living at Windsor and more suitable for an elderly couple. Charles has part of Kensington Palace so he'll be available to pop over to Buck House for investitures and the like ... and of course that way, if The Donald is visiting later in the year, at least he can stay in Buck House if he wants to, but HM won't be forced to have her bedtime Horlicks with him.


Or maybe she'll spend more time up here in Norfolk with us 

Non Flowering/bare Montana Clematis

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 09:35

Can we have a look at the whole plant please, including the bottom, where it's growing? 

Hiding a wall

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 09:25

Would it look better without the half-round wooden fence posts covering it? 


If you're going to plant climbers to cover it, you'll need to dig a decent sized  border along it, and dig in some organic matter for your climbers to get their roots into.


Just planting something and leaving it surrounded by grass just doesn't work ... the grass competes with the plants for water and nutrition and you're unable to mulch and feed properly, and the danger of strimming the bark of the climber and causing fatal damage is very real.  


Also beware of planting too close to the wall.  Walls soak up moisture, and there is also an effect known as 'rain shadow' which means that quite a large area at the foot of a wall is shielded from rainfall by the wall, and plants really struggle because of drought.  This is why it's important to make the border wide enough, so the plants can be planted away from the wall and sloped back towards it, and also increases the importance of digging in lots of organic material before planting, and mulching with it afterwards, so increasing the moisture retentive properties of the soil in that area.   


You may find this helpful https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=921


Hope that doesn't sound too daunting, but if you get the preparation right it'll save time and money in the long run 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 09:12

Hosta ... my Pa wore wellie socks like those  when I was a child . - home didn't seem like home without at least one pair steaming on the Rayburn in the kitchen.  


Chicken, ham and leek pie to assemble today after I've been to the farm shop and the GC.  I've got to go this morning as OH left his lunch of Cullen Skink in the fridge ... he phoned this morning as soon as he got to work ... I'll vote on my way up the road ... 

Last edited: 04 May 2017 09:12:44

Humanity & Nature

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 09:04

There's always a few who like to have a dig   ... those and religious kitchen fitters 

Lemon tree dusty leaves

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 07:14

Good advice for the summer Redwing  But I wouldn't do it yet unless the OP is in the far southwest of the UK ... Far too cold to put citrus outside yet here in East Anglia ..... Brrrrrr!!!

To save or not to save. That is the question

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 07:10

Yes cut them hard back and then weed and feed as Hosta has described. Your hedge will thicken up and grow well  - when trimming it in the future make the sides slightly sloped as an 'A' shape - this will make sure that enough light reaches the bottom of the plants and leaves grow down to the bottom rather than developing 'bare legs'. 

Help! grass is growing in my compost mulch

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 07:01

If only the dry sunny day would appear to order Hosta 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 06:57

Bless you ((hugs)). hope it's drier and warmer for you today. Xx

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 06:51

Morning Wonky 

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