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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:21

I'm going to have to rewatch that programme - mind you, I wasn't really paying attention to it - it was in the background while I was reading. 

I hear cuckoos on the lower areas on the hills in spring BL - was lucky enough to see one last year when I was out. There's a few in the Arrochar area in particular.

I thought of you yesterday as I drove through Killin - the road was totally snow free this time!  

Buying plants on the spur of f the moment

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:16

C'rose12 - you see it every year with the bedding plant thing don't you? How many people load up trolleys of 'stuff' and how much dies when they plant it in baskets and shove it all outside in April! Maybe I'm cynical, but I wonder if they go back and the staff just  flog them more instead of making sure the customer understands they need to keep plants undercover for a couple of months. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:06

Joyce - I have a few of the standard yellow ones which were already in the garden when I moved in, but all my nice ones are just budding. It came into my head because Monty's Thalias were going over and mine are a long way from flowering. Thought mine were even slower than usual so that's good that yours are the same  

Wet and miserable here too KEF....the weather I mean.....

Did you sleep better last night Hosta?

damaged plant leaves

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:59

HI Steven - conifers and pine trees remove a lot of water from the soil, making it hard for other things to grow nearby.

As Verdun says, Pittosporums need good drainage. What is the soil like round the plant and do you have other planting nearby? 


Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:55

I'd agree with Lyn and Hosta - 8" is tiny. A standard bucket would be a minimum size for one I'd reckon. Old compost bags is a good idea. Plenty of room to earth them up.

Were you sold the bags as suitable for potatoes rosemummy? 

Buying plants on the spur of f the moment

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:50

I think most GCs do it W'song - unfortunately. I've often wondered why they don't give proper information instead, especially with a new variety or introduction,  because if  plants fail, perhaps through no fault of the purchaser, it might put them off making another similar purchase and they'll stick to what they already know. Surely the opposite of what a business should be doing!

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:46

Morning all /afties Pat - good that you got outside for a while  

Hope you're better soon Clari, keep tucked up. It's rubbish when you get something that should make you feel better and it doesn't...

Nice to see you PPam - your description almost makes me think summer might come soon. We have resident swallows where I work so I must take note of when they appear for Dove's thread. I expect it'll be a few weeks yet  

Am I the only person who's daffodils and narcissus aren't even flowering yet 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 21:14

She's been reported Kitty. It's not acceptable. The mods will deal with it  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 21:04

Have a good holiday obelixx. Hope the weather continues to be kind 

PM received Dove 

Shallow rooted Climber

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:56

Thats a good suggestion Invicta. 

To be honest, all sorts of things would work well in that planter Andy - succulents, crocus,  pansies,violas. Annuals like petunias or pelargoniums for sun,  native primulas for a shady spot. Loads of options. 

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