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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:05

How horrible for your neighbour,fidget. Humans are lousy sometimes.I can understand why she would want to go now that she's on her own.

It's sad, but you're right to do it now. Also sad to think of all the wildlife having their habitat removed, but perhaps new residents will carry on the good work by encouraging some into their new gardens, and enjoy everything that the outdoors offers - right on the doorstep.

You can only hope. Ever the optimist, me.....

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:48

I'm not entirely sure what a 'bird hotel' is, but wet seed makes no difference to the birds. 

The only problem is when wet seed stays uneaten in a feeder and then goes mouldy. If that's the case, it's best to put less food out at a time. In milder weather, birds rely less on the extras humans provide, so I think this year a lot more bird food has possibly got wasted. I have feeders which are well sheltered, but I don't fill them full every time - I fill according to how much is being eaten daily so that there's not too much exposed to the elements. Hope that makes sense - I know what I mean! 

Keep an eye on how much gets used over a couple of days, and adjust accordingly. It's not an exact science, and weather, plus the amount and type of birds being attracted are the main factors. 

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:38

aym - as your alliums are in pots, it's easy to have the right mix for them to do well, so you don't need to worry too much about them getting wet. They'd never grow at all up here if that was the case!

Most alliums prefer a decent bit of sun, so find a spot that gives them that. As they're in pots, they can get top heavy, so a site out of the prevailing wind is best, or somewhere that they can get support from other planting if you want to put them in a border in their pots.

Lovely pic Perki  

Creating a corner bed under a cedar

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:32

Sorry Liz - been outside so didn't see your pic. I'd agree with obelixx. It's a very small area and all the surrounding planting will just make it even harder to get the best from anything too big and 'shrubby'. You'd constantly be fighting the conditions and it's a waste of time, money and effort planting things where they won't thrive.

Why not keep the bench there and surround it with nice low growing, permament planting as suggested? You can add a few scented things in pots if you want to sit there now and again in a shady spot. It would make an ideal spot for contemplating and putting the world to rights.  

Sweet peas would do well in that aspect for summer. Spring bulbs will too - and many of them are scented. Plenty of them will be perfectly happy planted in a drier spot, or they can be in pots too  

Then cut out a big border somewhere more suitable for a shrub border.... 

Rowan Tree choice for Front Garden

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:45

nut -  I should have asked the OP that - if it's an area of low rainfall and dry soil, it might not be too happy!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:39

Nice Dove - no sign of mine, although I haven't looked closely recently at the spots they're in. I'll do that on my way out to get T bags. Can't believe I forgot them on Friday - only about thirty left. That won't last long!

Need more paint for woodwork too, and should decide on wall colour for hall / bedroom, although I really can't be bothered looking at fifty shades of grey - literally. Why are they so many different colours of everything and so many types?   

I'm turning into a very grumpy old bird  

Glad you've survived Clari, although I'm not sure why children are camping there. I must have missed that too. Seems odd to me, but maybe it's just me!

I can sympathise totally, T'bird and BL re the duvet thing. I found that difficult when a partner hogged the duvet or needed it hotter/cooler. Glad I'm single and can suit myself now  

Last edited: 08 January 2017 12:41:25

Iris problem

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 12:30

Usually over here, they don't flower the year after splitting Vishu, but your conditions might be so suited to them that they might flower for you  

Rowan Tree choice for Front Garden

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 10:17

You can't beat the native rowan. As H-c says, it's happy on neutral soil as well as acidic, and copes with anything the weather throws at it. It wouldn't survive on our hillsides up here if it didn't. 

Creating a corner bed under a cedar

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 10:12

What size is the bed? There's a lot of, potentially very large shrubs, on your list. You'll need a huge amount of  soil improvement to sustain larger shrubs and get the best from them.Loads of well rotted manure and soil based compost, or even topsoil will help. Work with your conditions, rather than trying to change them too much, and choose plants for drier shade.

I'd agree with doc about keeping it simple too. You can extend the season with bulbs - there will be plenty that will be ok if they get enough light, which seems adequate with the aspect you have. 

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 10:05

Yes - repot if you're not planting them in the ground. When roots are showing at the base of any plant, it means they're outgrowing their space, so they need moved on 

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