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Never done any gardening before advice needed.

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:19

As BL has said, the paving would need a bit of turf taken out so that you can lay them to form the path. Depending on how solid the ground is, you may have to lay a bit of foundation under them, but if the ground's pretty solid and compacted, you could probably just lay them into the grass. Sometimes a layer of coarse sand is used to put them on, or a blob of mortar at each corner to stop them shifting.

For gravel, you don't need to do much, but I'd take the grass away so that you have enough depth to lay a good layer of gravel - you need a couple of inches (5 or 6 cm) to make it look decent, and it's best laid over a weed suppressing membrane if you want to put pots and containers  on it. Gravel's cheaper bought in bulk, but it will depend what access you have fro a lorry getting it into the plot, or nearby so that you can barrow it. You'll probably need a couple of bulk bags - roughly a couple of tons. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:14

Prettier Hosta? Like little kittens that us girlies like...oh - maybe not....

I thnk the unfortunate issue with buying paintings or any kind of art as an investment is that it often gets tucked away because it's too valuable to be left 'out'. 

Perhaps I could have bought it and used it to scare away the local children....

I felt the same about watching 3Girls initially, but I felt I owed it to those girls to hear their story and not be a coward. There but for the grace of God and all that. It was horrifying, depressing, dreadful, miserable and downright appalling. But it was also astonishing. I'm not ashamed to say I wept at the end. Sometimes we all need a wake up call. The performances of those three young actresses was superb. The whole cast in fact. That can't have been an easy shift. 

In answer to the question about my clematis T'bird - apologies for not seeing the post - are koreana Brunette and macropetala Lemon Dream. They're arriving in the next hour  

I know Lord B is possibly a little tricky given the climate here, but I like a challenge. He may spend a little time under a perspex table I have  

Not hardy LP - pelargonium. Beautiful though, and one I've always fancied. Lovely little specialist nursery I got the plugs from. 

Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:55

The notification is just that - it's to let you know someone has replied to your query. If you don't go back to the thread and read it, you won't get further notifications. That's my understanding anyway.

I don't use them, I ust go back to the threads I've posted on or am interested in. They tend to be a bit hit and miss.

In reply to your query - sometimes bulbs aren't building up enough in the previous year to  flower well, or have used up all the available nutrition in a pot. The bigger bulbs will tend to be healthier and more productive, but tulips often don't return, or flower so well, after the first year. Species types are different from the blousier types though. 

Are my tomato seedlings leggy? (and other tomato seedling advice)

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:49

I usually bury up to the bottom set of leaves each time I pot them on - up to the first set of proper leaves the first time. I don't go above that.

It encourages more roots from the stem and helps keep the plants stable as they grow. It's especially important if they're going outside and the site is windier. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat - think that's what our weather is to be like this weekend - at least for walking. Typical!

Glad I got my grass done too after  work. The front is covered in dew - looks very green and pretty.

Clematais coming today. Looking forward to those. One for the new border and one for the border running from the backdoor which has another three in it. 

Did anyone watch the Three Girls drama that's been on this week? Harrowing and moving in equal measure, but should be required viewing for everyone. Stunning performances from the young girls in particular. Along with the Little Boy Blue one - two of the finest pieces of drama in recent years in my humble opinion.   

Off for a look round here before I head off. Friday - hurray!v Have a good day everyone  

poorly euonymus

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:31

They sometimes die back a bit if there's a broken stem/branch, so worth taking a look to see if there's any damage.

Identity of plants

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:27

They sometimes take a little while to upload Lynne. Get them down to around 1MB or smaller if you can. They'll upload more quickly. 

Pyracanthea Slow Growth

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:20

You'll probably have to wait and see when or if it flowers. There are hundreds of varieties.

Clematis dropping petals

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:18

It's a Group 2 - so it flowers in spring and then later in the year as well.

Clematis take several years to mature, so if it was a young, small plant last year, it may take a few years to build up to flowering more. That's normal  

Best place to buy trees from

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 20:10

Amberspy - are you Edinburgh way? Hopetoun are usually reliable, but I don't know what they have. My sister got a lot from there years ago. I think they relocated, but might be owrth taking a look. The woman who used to do Beechgrove (Lesley something) ran it with her hubby. 

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