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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 19:25

'Converse' away Dacha - always good to have another perspective and some different chat. I love your photos too  

She's had her usual, bone idle, lazy sort of day Dove  

Think you might be in need of some cake later - to keep your strength up - medicinal  purposes and all that.  ...

What a palaver with the skip  

Shallow beds

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 19:21

That won't be a problem Emma. I have a similar narrow  bed which runs along a rear fence. It's north west facing, so also gets a lot of shade, but a little sun in the afternoon in summer. 

You could grow things like Astilbe and Dicentra there without any problem. Both prefer moist soil and some shade, but are happy with a fair bit of sun if they don't dry out. I have both in an east facing border. Both come in pink shades and also white. Easy to find too - most G.Centres will have a selection. I also grow Japanes Anemones in both those aspects. They can be invasive, but I find them to be ok -  perhaps  because I have heavy soil. They tend to run a bit more in lighter soil from what othe rpeople say. They seed around but as long as you deadhead, they aren't a problem. They flower at this time of year. Again - pinks and whites and easy to get. If you can achieve a succession of flowering, and use a small range of plants but repeat them,  that's the best way of getting a good effect in a small space. You can also grow bulbs there - daffs and narcissus are quite happy with damp soil, although there might be a few of the fancier narcissus which may struggle. Snowdrops will thrive, and crocus take quite a bit of moisture in my experience. There are loads of ferns which will be happy there too, and they will give you contrast with foliage.

Carexes - ( ornamental grasses/sedges) would also give a good contrast. Beware of the invasive one - Carex pendula, but the green and gold varieties are another good foil for perennials, and are evergreen. I also use Euonymous as an evergreen foliage plant which go with any perennial, and they will also grow up your fence like a climber, although they behave like a clump forming foliage plant in the border. I also have a prostrate Gaultheria (procumbens I think) which has tiny white flowers in spring like the bigger types, and red berries in autumn. Glossy green foliage which has reddish hues in autum too. 

Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas will be perfect in those conditions too. Loads of varieties and colours, and very sueful foliage plants. Evergreen too. Don't forget primulas - loads of kinds to choose from, and the native ones are particularly lovely. Hellebores would also thrive there. 

I grow all of those here. I'm sure you'll get some other suggestions too. 

Hope that gives you a few ideas to be going on with 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 19:00

Fish 'slipper' consumed  

Fairylet's request for birthday tea. She's easily pleased.  Oldest fairylet always called it that when she was little. 

Dacha - what are you suggesting re The Hebrides? Why, we have running water and 'the electricity' in Scotland now....

I didn't understand your post about 17...must be my age...

Strangely, I get better reception up the top of hills than I could get in my parents' house. I often text little fairylet from summits. She worries about me 'falling off'...

Rather you than me Obs. I loathe shopping of any kind. I love the t'interweb 

Joyce - will PM you shortly .

Fence issue

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 16:11

If you think it's emulsion, you might need to sand it off. Otherwise, you'll have to find something to paint over it, and your options can be limited. 

If it's a woodstain/paint, then you can paint over it, but you'll have to paint darker so it depends on the look you want to achieve. I used black to cover the orange cedar stuff that everyone seems to love so much round here...

If you're going to replace it, you might be as well to leave it as it is. Or use a tin of gloss as Angie suggests. Budget might dictate the choice  

Border Edging

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 16:04

I don't have edging everywhere in my garden either - I do the same as G.Donkey with a good gap between border and grass, but having a solid barrier can make life easier if you have lots of areas next to grass - less ingress of the grass up the vertical edges, which I have to keep tidy as I'm a bit like that....

I also use fence posts for a basic edge to grass in the front garden. Mine is angular rather than curved so they're just laid horizontally. You could use those if you prefer those to round poles. 

You could leave it for now, and see how you feel next year. If it isn't too much of a hardship keeping the grass edge neat with shears or strimmer, you might feel it isn't necessary to have anything.  

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 15:56

Was 5 the problem one?Genuinely didn't know that.  I got 17 , but I didn't know the rainbow one, despite loving the plants   

I couldn't remember the Babylon one either 

Mr/Mrs Peacock made an appearance and  I got a pic. They do like sunning themselves on my gravel. Every time I see butterflies, I think of A Bug's Life - when Hiemlich emerges 'look at my beautiful vings'...

'and from up here, you all look like little ants'.  I love that film  

Been shifting plants by the pond. A little tricky but some progress has been made. The soil is saturated, sticky clay, so it has been a bit of a chore moving some of it for replanting the Libertia. He is now safely in, with a better bit of drainage under him. 

Border Edging

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 15:47

You've made it quite hard for yourself with the shape you've created unfortunately. A bigger, sweeping curve would have made it easier if you want to do it yourself. 

Upright poles are good for edging curves though - and I don't mean that awful stuff on a roll - I mean proper 3 or 4 inch poles cut to the size you need, and inserted vertically along the edge. You'd need to concrete them in, but that isn't as hard as it sounds. Dig a trench place them in and back fill with that ready to use stuff for putting in posts.

If your soil's sturdy (clay) you could back fill with that on it's own, but you'd need to make sure there's a good amount of timber below ground so that they're really secure. You could always add a little concrete edge along the front and back, the back one should provide extra support and would be best angled back into the border itself. It would make a good mowing edge along the front anyway, so it's probably a good idea to do that.

Another alternative is those paviours used for driveways. A few people here use those very successfully Again, you can set them in a little mortar mix so that they don't shift, and they also make a good mowing edge. It really depends on the height you need or want for the edging too. 

Hope that's of some help  

Blackthorn woes

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 13:24

Difficult to comment really without seeing them. Did you get then somewhere reputable? If so - I'd contact them and send photos.

On the plus side - Blackthorn's pretty tough and hard to kill, so I'd say don't worry unduly. 

Did you prep the ground well before planting and keep them well watered? 

If you have green growth appearing now, that's a good sign. If you can snip off any obviously dead stuff, that will help. 

If they don't survive - we're coming into bare root planting season soon, so you can obtain more very inexpensively. There are lots of good suppliers online. I used Hopes Grove nursery (I'd used them before)  and my blackthorn hedge is coming up for four years old now, and doing very well. 

Who is this visitor?

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 13:08

We're all weird really Kay  

It's those little pleasures (and I'm talking about the newt, not your nightly wander! ) that make gardening so enjoyable though  

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 13:06

Just read Liri's post re the phone. You couldn't make it up could you? I once ordered something, and the neighbour took it in. Couldn't figure out what it was - big box about the size of a bread tray that the bakers use. Opened it up -  pair of insoles - which could have gone in a jiffy bag and through the letterbox. 

My daughter changed courses, so I've no idea how long she'll be at Uni! I'll be in the old folks' home by the time she leaves I think 

The pond will be much better. I can move some of the existing planting to give it more room,and I have lots of native primulas and bits and bobs that can go there for a nice spring display. 

Cake's out and cooling, so I can go  and do summat outdoors for a while. Another slab to put in place round the front and a bit of gravelling in the gaps, so that could be today's job. No rest for the wicked 

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