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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 20:11

Evening all. Rain's arrived here too, but I made the most of the dry day and got out on lovely little Ben Donich. 'Brisk', it's fair to say, rather than sunny, by the time I got up top, but only to be expected at 5pm on a frowsty March day. Some great skies - clear and bright one way, louring, moody and leaden the other  

Always been idiots I suppose-there just seems to be more of them nowadays....

BL - if the strike's on next week, are you a good swimmer?....

I need to do some cold frames too - especially if I want to get some seeds done soon. Don't think the weather's to be too favourable for outdoor jobs at the weekend though  

Can't be bothered with any dinner. One of the girls at work brought some cakes in today. I picked a giant Empire biscuit, and ate it just before 12,  so haven't eaten anything since! It was very, very good 

Bolted Sweet Peas.

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:10

I'd agree. You need to keep pinching them out to keep them bushy, if you're going to sow that early and keep them indoors without enough light.

They're hardy plants and don't need as much cossetting as most people give them. Tough love is what's required to get strong plants 

Dead lawn

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:08

It was very lush most of the time Dove - the run off from the spring which fed the ponds all ran down into it  

It was quite uneven ground though, despite looking quite level, so it was never as good as it could be. Reclaimed field basically.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:04

Makes a difference from seeing grey squirrels or cats here in the garden Pat!  

She's lovely. Do they cause any major damage or is it more accidental?

The rain clouds move in and the rain then clings to hill tops here Pat , which is why the higher hills are often clag covered at summits, especially in summer.  I expect it's the same there. Just when you're hoping it'll move over to you, it stays put. You've certainly had a good bit less judging by your figures. Makes it difficult for your garden 

Sunflower Seedlings

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 07:59

Plenty of time to start again, and that's what you'll have to do. The advic eyou've got is right - they're very vulnerable if you put them outside in that condition. If they don't collapse, the slugs will have them as they're weak and soft.

Sow them outside once it's warmer, or sow inside in a bright place, and get them out during the day once they've reached a s couple of inches high, gradually getting them hardened off so that they can be outside permanently a few weeks after that. 

Plenty of time  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat if you're around 

Frosty here again - minus two when I fed the birds earlier. Weather's not looking too great for the weekend so I'm going to head up to the R and be Thankful after work to see if I can fit in a little hill, just in case the forecast's right and the weekend's a duffer. Might be a tad icy - crampons and axe are packed. Hope the police don't stop me for carrying an offensive weapon....

Bet Liri's a bit weary and sore today...

Nice to get up in the light - nice to be able to see to put the slap on without needing lights chicky 

Pergola/screen will be great Wonks. Will you paint it a dashing colour?   

Dead lawn

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 20:01

I had that sort of size of area of grass at the last house, in three parts, one of which was a fairly wild section. We just cut it regularly and it had no other treatment. The second area, next to the entrance driveway, was much the same - cut regularly, but with a weed and feed in spring. It was near the adjacent fields so it would have been pointless trying to keep all the weed seeds out. The third area was at the front of the house. It got slightly more attention, but we still weren't precious about it - it still had daisies and some weeds in it. That area also contained the ponds so we didn't use weedkillers nearby, other than carefully applying the annual weed and feed. Regular cutting was the main priority but it was never cut too short. It got plenty of rain, so cutting every five or six days kept it looking green and healthy. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 19:31

I'd agree Liri - likely to be a sparrowhawk. Fabulous birds 

If you wait till late summer aym - you'll get those growhouses cheap as it's the end of the season. The small ones are easily available for about a tenner. Much cheaper than buying an expensive feeder. You don't need any real skills to put them together either - just use plastic coated wire. It's very light so it doesn't need heavy duty fixings either.  Fix it to a fence or wall and hang a seed feeder inside. I also have a small fat holder in mine.

In the two winters since making it, the starlings have tried to use it twice , that I've seen. They don't like trying to get back out and they must spread the word to the rest of 'em to stay away!

Love the collared doves - don't see them very often here unfortunately.

Fatty McFatface was sitting on the fence waiting for more food

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Iris Reticulata

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 19:14

Mine are always planted in containers to counteract the cold wet soil issue. Same with tulips. I think if you can create the right conditions though -  ie a raised bed, as Obelixx says,  you could easily do it.

Planted in with other plants which like the same conditions and I'm sure you'd get a nice display and a few years out of them, as you do in pots.  

Designing a colour scheme

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 18:52

I like both too Judy  

Link all your areas with a unifying colour and it will make all the difference. You can also repeat plant round the garden using the same plant - shrubs are ideal for that, but it could be something as simple as spring and summer bulbs which will often be happy in lots of positions, or a perennial which takes sun or shade, wet or dry.   

A favourite trick is also to go through the colours from cool to hot as you move round the garden, especially if you like a lot of annuals and/or perennial plants.  Designers have done that for centuries. 

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