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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 12:44

Hosta - you wonder how much waste happens in these companies don't you? Does person A ever think to speak to person B?  The words a**e and elbow spring to mind...

Flip flops and nettles...ouch Obelixx...

 Are the 'ideal' sites a bit too hot for them do you think? The swallow have been flitting around here for a couple of weeks. No idea where they nest - mainly the farm along the road I should think, and over in the house in the NT garden.

Liri - I wasn't expecting much from any of them , but I figured that if a couple of the lilies and a few liatris sprouted, it was a good little bargain. They're all in little pots at the moment.   You've been patient waiting for that lilac! 

Poa annua

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:09

I wouldn't have much grass left in the front garden if I got rid of all of mine! It isn't really an issuse. Keep mowing regularly, but not too short as Dove says.

It's a bit coarser, but it's good and green and that's fine by me  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there. I haven't read back yet.

A calmer day here today. It threatened to dry up and be nice by lunchtime but it didn't last. Good for the garden though, and at least the wind didn't wake me up last night!ought a while back. I don't really like them, but

Hope all the poorly folk are on the mend now. Has your cauliflower ear gone down now Dove

Enjoy your visit BL 

I have a few flowers on the little pelargoniums I bought a while back. I don't really like them, but I've always wanted this one,  Lord Bute, because of the colour. Very sumptuous. My bargain lilies and Liatris are all growing - 8 lily bulbs for 2 quid, and about 30 Liatris for the same price. The lilies might take a while to get to any size, but they're ideal for slotting into gaps.

Have a good day everyone - better go and get organised for the mines. 

Dahlia outside

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 07:57

Are you coastal, Maisie? That would make a difference. I was making a generalisation, but even Joyce (who is half an hour away from me and at lower level ) has better conditions as she's coastal.

I could probably have left some in the ground this winter, as it's been the mildest I've ever known, and in the new raised bed against the south facing wall, but I gave up on them a long time ago    

Do hawthorn and pyracantha go together?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 07:46

Sounds good to me. I have blackthorn and pyracantha along some of my boundary. The blackthorn blooms are glorious and now that they've finished, the pyracantha will take over. Loads for the insects and bees etc, and the little birds all have good cover in there. 

Larkspur planting

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 22:38

Larkspur doesn't usually transplant well - it's best sown direct where you want it to grow  

Different colour tomato leaves

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 22:35

Ah - yes, your location makes a difference! No point sowing anything much up here early on!  

I usually  sow no more than two in a small pot. If they both germinate, it's not too difficult to separate them.Unless you have a heated greenhouse, mid to end of March is plenty early enough anyway 

Worried about my Eucalyptus

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 22:31

It'll be dry, or new foliage has been frosted or affected by cold wind, or a combination of those. Without a photo or more info, that's the most likely reason. Stressed plants of any type will also drop leaves to try and retain enough moisture to thrive.

They get big, so they don't do well in pots long term. You'd have to keep it pruned quite a lot to make sure the roots can support the top growth,  and then keep re potting to ensure it has enough soil to grow in and retain moisture. In the ground, that isn't a problem as it would be able to search more deeply for moisture and nutrients. It also needs to be in a soil based medium not compost.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 22:20

From what you've said, I think it's probably dry, and the roots aren't able to support the top growth as it will have put on that growth very quickly in the early warmth. Also, did you water it well and make sure the roots weren't tight when you planted it? Apologies  if you've done all that, but sometimes the simplest things can cause issues. 

Young, tender foliage is very vulnerable to any sudden changes in temp too, even in a mature plant of any kind, not just clematis. Have you checked to see that the soil it's in isn't dry further down? It's surprising how quickly a pot will dry out, especially when there's other planting in there as well.

To be honest, I'd have said cold wind or frost too - the appearance is fairly typical of that, but if you think you haven't really had any then that's fair enough. 

Garden Visits 2017

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 20:06

Gorgeous photos. Too many nice ones to pick just one. Love the birches and Prunus, and your tulip pix too chicky  

We get bowled over by flower 'arrangements' so often, but textures and shapes are so important in a garden, and I think many of us overlook that. I love small delicate flowers (that alpine house) or the bark on that Prunus. Fabulous.

I'm not much of a garden visitor so thanks for those pix 

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