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Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 09:04
Verdun says:

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molinias need moisture and acidic soil one of the few grasses I cannot grow 

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 Really?  Mine are fine after a year on chalk in my fairly free-draining garden   Do you think they'll not last? 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 08:44

You 'sound' brighter today Wonky   You know Dove knows best 

Just spoke to OH -he's just got damp socks, but he has some spare ones with him so he doesn't need me to ferry a change of clothing out to him - he was wearing his waterproof leggings and coat - should have worn his wellies as well 

I took some stewing beef out of the freezer last night - I think a hearty casserole is on the cards for this evening - dumplings anyone? 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 07:28

Oh dear! OH has just set off on his bike for work and now the heavens have opened with an absolute deluge! 

cold frame q's

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 07:24

I would put a layer of grit in the bottom of the planter to stand the plants in pots on. They shouldn't need much watering. As long as they don't dry out they'll be ok. Inspect regularly for slugs and snails who think you've provided winter bed & board for them. 

Put the window on top but with a gap between it and the top of the container to ensure plenty of air flow and on dry and sunny days prop it open, closing it before sundown. The danger with cold frames is lack of air flow which can cause the plants to rot. 

If strong winds are forecast tie or weight the window down. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 07:10

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Wet and a bit breezy here, and noticeably cooler. 

I spoke  to Wonky last night. She's got the whole weekend off so will rest and get better. 


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 22:32

We saw it! It's hoooooooge!!! 

Grass ID. I hate them personally.

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 22:31

That's good to know Obelixx 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 20:40

Oooh Nigel's face just now. What a look he gave the camera. 

And now we've got Isla too. 

Plants that will grow together

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:38

That's a lovely fence.  I would consider using a selection of Clematis alpinas and Clematis viticella and Clematis texensis

Alpinas are early flowering and the viticellas and texensis flower later in the summer.

Lots of beautiful colours and flower shapes to choose from  here

Just make sure they're labelled as the Alpinas don't need regular pruning, and the viticellas and texensis you prune hard in the spring. 

Prepare the soil well with lots of organic matter so that it doesn't dry out and they'll be happy. 

Which fertiliser?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 19:20

I agree, don't fertilize if you're going to re-seed this autumn. 

Brush in a top-dressing of good topsoil after scarifying, then re-seed. 

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