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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:55

Just saw a nice item on the Scottish news about a former German POW held in a camp in Comrie, Perthshire. He's left a 380 grand legacy to the village, as he was treated well when he was there. Some of it to be specifically used for older people. He said that the surrounding hills had kept him going, especially through the winter. In light of today's 'Vera' celebrations, I think that's a really lovely story to balance things out   

Plants for around a small pond?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:30

There are some nearby - honest guv 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:29

I didn't want to say that Hosta, but...it certainly has....

How's your weather been today? Has it been Paul Wellered? 

Plants for around a small pond?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:25

I have a tiny pond at this house and I have a few bog lovers and marginals, plus other plants for a drier spot. Caltha palustris Alba ( white marsh marigold) Juncus spiralis ( corkscrew rush)  and Iris chrysographes in the wetter parts, and a Phormium, a Libertia and a Clematis further out. The clem grows on the screen, and there's a 'box' at each end of it which has further scope for planting.

There's a fern or two which have seeded in, and some Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower)  which I moved from another part of the garden. There's a couple of plants in the pond - an Equisetum for height, and a pygmy water lily. 

You can see just how tiny it is in this pic 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 17:22

Perhaps he gave her a snog Dove  

Oh Liri - I really hope you don't get stuck anywhere en route. The forecasts are a bit hit and miss depending on which one you read, but it'll certainly be windy and there will be snow. It's been every shade of weather here today as Joyce says....sometimes all at once. It got to about 6 when there was a bit of sun but it's already back down to three like it was this morning. 

I'm slightly worried about your storage 'bogs' for clothes Yvie - won't they get mucky?   

Excellent that you've lost enough that stuff doesn't fit. Always a bit of a boost. 

Hope you get a tenant quickly Hosta. Sounds good anyway.

Not sure what spring holds for us here chicky.  March came in like a lamb so it may well go out like a lion!

Lonicerca hedge

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 08:04

Yes - they take any amount of hacking. Fast growing. I'm not so keen on them as hedges, but I like them against fences or walls as a backdrop to other planting. Good for wildlife to hide in too 

They are good for shaping - what do you create Chrissy? 

Suggestions for clematis through this weigela?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 08:02

That's very pretty nut. The little starry flowers would suit my garden. 

Ooh err missus - suggestive plants....don't mention that Rubus whatever you do!  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat - good job you got the wash in. I had the same problem yesterday with the rain in squally showers. Just left it out anyway  

Wind woke me up this morning - outside not inside - but it's settled a bit now. Not looking too good weatherwise for tonight though. Hope Liri gets back safely tomorrow - the snow will cause a few issues along with the wind. Lots of ferry cancellations today too.

Yvie - we'll keep you right with your sweet peas - don't worry! I've only just sown a few for planting into borders. The rest will get sown direct into big pots  in a few weeks. Mabel's comment made me smile. I wonder where they pick up the things they say.....  

I'd struggle without tea at any point chicky, never mind at work...

I'll have a quick look round before I go to t'mines. Have a good day everyone whatever you're getting up to.

Hellebore position

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:35

Yes - our soil is reliably moist all summer so it can cope. Our sun isn't as hot either. Dappled shade is the ideal Giddy - very different from the conditions dahlias like to grow in, as nut says  

My soil is nothing special  (raised bed with a mix of the existing clay soil and compost) and the beds get a mulch of well rotted manure or compost in spring and a bit of B,F&B and that's about it. They get the full force of the wind and rain, so they get well watered from every direction going!

As Dove has described, it's soil that gets too dry that gives the most problems

Moving laurel bushes

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:27

I (with some help from my BIL) dug one out here a few years  ago - during summer. It had plenty of rain to keep it happy, so we got away with it. If you want to move them in summer then make sure you can give it plenty of water, otherwise, autumn is probably better, as nut says.

It was about the same size as yours, and we had to hack it back to a couple of feet to get in at it. It was just put into a bit of spare soil and stayed there for the winter, or possibly longer,  as I didn't have anywhere for it to go. It's now in a corner of the front garden boundary and is a good metre high and wide and perfectly happy.

They can take a fair bit of abuse and neglect without any long term damage, but B'cupdays is right - they aren't easy to get out!

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