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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 18:01

You've all been very chatty while I've been out. The rain just kept coming so I went to fill up the car and get stuff at the orange DIY shop. I also went to the nursery.....

There was a nice deep orange/red crocosmia that leapt out at me. Well, it was called Twilight Fairy Crimson....Not as 'in your face' scarlet as Lucifer, but not as wishy washy as some of the orange ones. I also got a Helenium and a dwarf geranium (whose name I've instantly forgotten) - similar to Anne Folkard in colour. The hot border certainly isn't shy and retiring  

Huge thundery downpours coming home, so I'm glad I didn't believe the forecast and put any washing out. Still raining now.

A computer at school you say Hosta? Men in white coats? Blimey - our school had only just discovered television - which was wheeled from room to room by men in brown coats!  That's private girls' schools for you! 

What are these 'hoovers' of which you speak?  

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:37

The stems do become quite brittle as they age, so it can be tricky to tie them in without breaking them. 

Not that I've ever done that of course.....

If you can get some trellis in, that would do - but perhaps a freestanding obelisk or even just a tripod of canes would be better if you have other planting around. It could be difficult to get in and secure trellis properly without damaging other planting. You'd still need to guide stems towards the support, whichever one you try. 

Red Hot Pokers - Planting Out

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:32

I think that's understandable Paul-  given the poor condition you got them in. They're both hardy plants, but as we've both said - it's when they're small that they can be vulnerable. Letting them get to a decent size, and nice and sturdy, will make them more likely to survive the big wide world. 

Once you have them planted in beds/borders, just keep an eye out in future when the new growth emerges in spring - especially with the lupins. They tend to be very attractive to molluscs and then greenfly!  

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:26

Looks like a perennial sweet pea, or an annual one which has seeded from the previous year possibly. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:24

Lovely photos Pat. Does that eucalyptus have very small foliage? It looks like it does - presumably for the vagaries of the temperatures/weather? 

The ground looks so parched - is that still the effects from the fire? 

I just realised I didn't do the rest of my photos either....

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:18

Hope the hands aren't too painful Obelixx. I'd have thought sewing would aggravate them though.

I use my poles on 'level' surfaces like approach tracks and estate roads, as well as ascents and descents, just so that I don't jog or run either. It's too easy to do that on descents sometimes, and it really doesn't do the knees any favours  

How lovely, Dove. Hope she has some future babies for you to admire too  

R***y rain keeps coming back on just when it looks like it might stay away for a while. Could do some h****work, but might go and get more compost and a few things. I split and potted on a few things yesterday, but I could do with redoing the basil. Think I might freeze some of it too. We don't seem to have used a lot this year, and I sowed more a few weeks ago. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:41

Could it be young, or  a female with different colouring perhaps, Dove? 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:37

Hi Pat 

chicky - I forgot it was your knees 

The poles do help to take the strain off the knees. I hated the thought of using them, but I'm used to them now, and it's amazing the difference it makes. I force myself to use them even when I don't really need them, so that I don't get complacent. I stow them in the ruckie when there's any scrambling though - slightly unsafe otherwise   

Ooh - gorgeous anyway Dove  

Last edited: 29 July 2017 11:38:21

Potted mint

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:20

They certainly don't like being too dry. It's likely that it could be suffering a bit from lack of moisture, and yes, wind is very dessicating as well.

Also - if it's staying long term in a pot, you need to use a soil based compost and not just multi purpose, as it's too lightweight and doesn't hold onto moisture so well. It would be worth cutting it right back, and soaking thoroughly, then repotting into fresh compost  


Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:15

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