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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 20:52
Hostafan1 says:

 Methinks a call to the letting agent first thing to instruct withholding of deposit. 

They returned the waterproof matress protector,but left it on the bed in a large, very damp, ball. 

See original post

 Why are people so vile? 

I rented a house temporarily and the owner got it back in better condition, including the garden, such as it was. Sadly - many tenants don't give a sh*t about looking after someone else's property. Which is what they should be doing, after all.

Hope tomorrow is better for you. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 20:30

Fantastic Dove. I'll need to let cooking fairylet see it - she'll love it!

Just caught up with the cute furry creatures pix, and I saw this on the Scottish news site. He (Nevis) was rescued in Easter Ross and hand reared. 

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:40

I pwomise Dove...honest.....

We had roast chicken with roast carrots from the garden, and roast tatties - all made by eldest fairylet. Marvellous. I  might let her stay on a bit longer....

Planting distance

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:38

It depend what you're planting and what effect you want. If you plant shrubs too closely, they'll end up growing into one another, and then you have an issue because you'll either have to remove some, or be endlessly pruning them to fit a space.

Perennials can be planted closely to give instant impact, but they need dividing every few years to keep their vigour, so again, it depends how much time you have, and how easy it is to get into them to do it.

Close planting can also cause problems with pests and diseases as the airflow is affected. You can get more mildew or rotting depending on the conditions you have in your garden, and plants can therefore be weakened. A vicious circle,  as it then makes them more vulnerable to further attacks.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:30

Me, me, me Dove....

I ate all my dinner and I've been a good girl....

Help Please, What's wrong with my Japanese Maple?

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:29

It's often due to lack of water, especially earlier in the year, and if you're in an area where there's been long spells of hot ,dry weather over spring and summer, it can cause distorted growth. Acers in pots need a lot more attention re watering than ones in the ground too. Alternatively, over watering can cause issues too. it can be difficult to tell from a photo sometimes!

It looks like it's in a big pot for the size of the plant too. They're better not over potted and gradually potted on using a pot only slightly bigger.

Also - what did you use to pot it up in? Has it got some soil in there? Compost alone isn't good for long term planting. You'll need something with a bit more substance if it's not going to be planted out 


Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:21

Yes - deciduous ones will be turning if you're in a cooler or more northern part of the country. 


Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:20

They need very little soil at all, but if you're putting them in a pot, border, or even a wall, start them off as philippa suggests. Once they're established, they'll spread around and make themselves at home  

Ants / Ants nest killing lavender hidcote plants

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:16

Ants don't damage plants in the way other 'pests' do - it's their tunnelling below the plant which is the issue as it causes large holes around roots, which are then sitting in fresh air. The plant has no soil medium below and around it, causing it to collapse and die. 

If you thoroughly soak the plants ( do the whole hedge if necessary) it should encourage the ants to go elsewhere, as they like nice, dry conditions. Do that every couple of days over the next week or so and check to see if the ants have moved on.  Although lavender can cope with drought, it doesn't mean they can't cope with water, so it won't do the plants any harm - assuming you have them in a suitable site, with decent drainage. You can then address the holes around the plants by adding new compost/soil etc. 

Drainage caused by ants however,  is drainage taken a step too far 

I'm also assuming there isn't another issue there with the plants, of course.

Orange / Bronze / Copper foliage plant

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 12:48

That's a good shout B'cupdays - the Hebe. I had that round the corner and it's so unusual compared to o  ther plants and shrubs. Really good structural plant. Don't see it in gardens very often.

Some of the species tulips are good for that  colour scheme, and are low growing and trouble free. I have an olivey/golden one which would certainly work - if I can recall it's name  

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