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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:13

Morning Joyce - had a poor night so I slept in....

Hope that hill doesn't turn out to be another one that takes three attempts to get it!

Afties Pat - if you're around.

Chilly here. I fed the birds about half an hour ago - still single figures. At least the rain's stopped. I put the heating on. More of these 

Liri - paint...

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 08:08

GD - I had no idea if they would work, or if it was the right time, or anything else - but it worked for me 

If I take cuttings from perennials, I feel it works better if it's a warmer time of year, as it can give them a good chance of thriving and growing on, so it was possibly late April or early May that I did them  

Recommend Turf Company

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 21:51

Hi Daniel - are you in Ayrshire? Y

I've never had any need to use a turfing company, but you could try asking at local nurseries for a  recommendation. McLaren's at Lugton/Uplawmoor might be able to help 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 20:57

Joyce - no spoilers, but what those men did with that 'ground rock'.....breathtaking....

Hope to get up to a Corbett that I haven't returned to since my first attempt early last year, when I didn't feel well part way up. Weather looks ok -ish so will take a look in the morning 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 20:23

Hope you get a quiet weekend Wonks. Take a deep breath....

I'll echo Hosta's post and say hope all is well with hubby's family. What a dreadful event. 

I've just finished watching something, and I think it may be the most stunning, moving and uplifting thing I've ever seen. Please - if you do nothing else this weekend - watch Mountain:Life at the Extreme - about The Himalayas. (It was BBC2 Wed night, repeated last night)  

It has everything...and more. The camera work is unbelievable, and much of it will leave you open mouthed. I promise  

Please identify this plant

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 17:10

On an entirely unrelated note ()  I love your bench, and the back of your house greenstead!  

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 17:00
philippa smith2 says:

Had I realised how easily they seeded, I would have taken some seed heads from my neighbour's garden ( the nice neighbour Fairy ) 

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I'm often astonished at the price of a pot of them in GCs. I rarely grow perennials from seed, but if I can grow those, anyone can!

Loire chateaux

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:28

Gorgeous Obelixx. I love the architecture - isn't it wonderful to be able to see, in the flesh, the final results of these highly skilled craftsmen? 

I love that tapestry of the cockerel in your first set of pix. Stunning.

Leonardo was so far ahead of his time, it's frightening. 

I'd love the room to have a space like that topiarised, box ball, geometric slope. I'd need the time to maintain it too!

Small Clay pots

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:11

I'd say plastic is generally better for cuttings too. 

Clay is porous, and can remove the water from the compost a bit too quickly, which makes it harder to keep the moisture level regulated - too easy to over water.  Plastic is easier in that respect - less water loss - and that benefits little cuttings, giving them a more consistent medium to grow in. Also - warmer for the roots, and if you put them round the edge of the pot, it's ideal for them to get their roots down, as the drainage is better.  


Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:04

I'd think that could be a weather issue. Or possibly a lack of water getting to the buds in order for them to open.

What situation do you have them in? What's the soil like? They're generally best in a sunny site with good, free draining soil.

A pic would also help if you can manage it  

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