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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:06

Hope it's a bit warmer with you Dove than it is here. 3 degrees and the miserable wet stuff   

It's giving the gravel a good wash though!

More tea for me....

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 06:45

About to take daughter to work Pat - she starts at 7. Weather's looking a bit lousy this morning so might go later on 

growing trees in pots outside

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 06:42

Hi Chris - overpotting can be an issue with Acers so don't put it in too big a pot. What size is it,  and what size of pot is it in?

They like a bit of shade, but as long as they don't dry out, especially at this time of year, they can take quite a bit of sun. If you have other planting nearby, that can be used to provide bit of shade from the hottest part of the day. You can always move it around if it struggles with the heat in summer as it can sometimes be difficult to keep potted plants hydrated well enough. Mulching with gravel or something similar after watering helps to prevent moisture loss too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 06:35

Hi Pat - hope today is a bit easier for  you. You have lots of lovely memories of her xxx

Alliums not flowering

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 16:55

Ah - the ambience JMM. That just might do the trick   

It's certainly a bit odd. You sound like you've done all the right things, and they're usually fairly straightforward. Maybe you should threaten them while digging them up - that may buck up their ideas!

Perhaps someone else here might have a few other thoughts to help. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 16:51


I don't even have a gas hob now so if the leccy's off we just have to use a candle. Takes a helluva time to boil water for a cuppa though....

Obelixx - I think you've had enough injuries to be going on with! Hope that's nothing too serious.

I've been shifting gravel in between the hail showers. It's gey windy. Got the washing almost dry but I thought it best to bring it in before the big black cloud that was looming decided to open....

Potted up my bargain bulbs I got last week. The Liatris look a bit rough, but even if I get a couple of plants out of them it's still a good little bargain. Sowed a few more sweet peas too. Did it in the kitchen as it was too cold earlier for that sort of thing outside.  I've been seed sowing like mad this year. Hope I have room for them all!

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 14:09

I noticed that too Valerie. I think if you have daffs in a wilder area, you could just leave the stalks,  but it's better aesthetically to take the whole thing.  I pick quite a lot of mine for the house, so the stems are off completely, but when I just deadhead, I still take the whole stem anyway.

At my last house it would have taken forever to deadhead them all, so they just had to get on with it!  

Advice- growing nice long flowering white clematis through pyracantha

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 14:00

It's gorgeous Richard - I might be tempted myself  

I wonder if the white Florida plena would suit Suzi if she's looking for a double or similar? It's a bit blousier so might fit the bill.  Not sure of sizes etc for that. I think I've seen a Florida called Peppermint too which might be even better. 

Advice- growing nice long flowering white clematis through pyracantha

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 12:13

Richard - that Peveril Pristine you have looks stunning and might suit Suzy 

Rosemary is yellow

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 12:07

It's common with all evergreen plants or shrubs to have some yellowing leaves and to drop them. Just remove them  

Rosemary gets woody over time so you might need to replace it after a few years. Easy enough from seed.

They don't flower for long - a couple of weeks perhaps, but it'll depend on they type and what your climate is like etc.  Mine rarely do at all as I use the foliage before it gets to that point,  and often it isn't warm enough for the plants to get to decent flowering stage either. 

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