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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 19:37

Lovely LP- just the ticket 

The round trip wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't done it a few weeks ago as well Obelixx - when I forgot my knee braces and had to come home..   

Still - it's been lovely today, and I feel a bit more like myself now. No roast for me though - cheese and tomato sandwich. I'm the same when the girls aren't here Hosta, and  I often don't have dinner at all  

I've been quite busy with various things that have needed doing for ages. Splitting things and repotting, with a lot of tea breaks to watch the bees and the birds. Found the white Thalictrum that I obviously moved earlier this year, but I thought had snuffed it  

Siskin's a good shout for Hosta's bird, Pam.

Lovely pic BL. The bluebells are only just looking like a blue haze up here - I noticed them more along the loch yesterday. Definitely bluer than last weekend. 

The daft  pigeon earlier...sat there for ages

What's that about!  

Verbena bonariensis late

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:45

Mine are only just starting to look alive here. 

If you like it Emerion, you can make more plants by taking cuttings from it when it's quite big later in the year. I find they strike very easily if you stick them in a pot of gritty compost  

I then leave them over winter  in the shelter of other plants and shrubs, and let them grow on until they're big enough to plant out. 

Can You Identify this plant/weed?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:39

I'd get going and get rid of those - unless you want thousands of them  

They're fairly easy to get out though. Don't let them seed everywhere! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:37

Lovely pic chicky  

Feel a bit better now - thanks all. Just a bit scunnered 

Been busy outside - lovely sunshine here Dove

 and plenty warm enough for me - wouldn't be for you Hosta 

Bees were busy on the apple blossom and I even sat for a while with a cuppa and watched all the bees and insects footling around.   

I have some grafting needs doing, but I think I may leave that for another day as I haven't eaten much. I may do a  bit of painting too SSun. Always quite satisfying. The dried up lily of the valley pips I bought a few years ago have got foliage. I think they were 50 pence. Basil all separated and repotted, other bits and pieces done and lots of watering. How ridiculous to have to do that here! I took a photo earlier of one of the fat wood pigeons. I'll post it later. It's seriously taking the p*** now  

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:30

They tend to diminish year on year ilona, and don't usually grow so well after the first year, but you can certainly keep them in the pot. Give them a feed as the foliage dies down, and tuck the pot out the way for the rest of the year somewhere sheltered and cool, and where they won't get heavy rain on them. I usually add some fresh compost to any of mine that are in pots - at the start of winter, but you can top dress them like that at any time really. 

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:24

I've had to remove one that was growing under the rhodie at the front door LP. The rhodie was coming out anyway, but that's when I found it 'lurking'. It had seeded from somewhere. It was only a couple of feet high and that was hard enough to get out. They're not the most attractive thing in the world, and I'd say it spoils your birches too. 

I've got another one that's clearly done the same at the back boundary. I have to hack it to the ankles every year - I've got no chance of digging that one out - it goes under the pavement  

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:21

I think that's toast Karen....

Has he got a decent sized piggy bank? 

Purple and blue

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:54

Looks nice KOG. Night Owl is beautiful - I can highly recommend it if you like dark colours. Very similar to the chryso. I also have one called Black Dragon which is similar to the Dusky Challenger one from the look of the photos.

I can't find any pix of mine. I'll try and get a few when they flower. Most of them have been in pots and have been a bit nondescript in the last couple of years while waiting for the new beds for them. 

Purple and blue

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:31


They're really beautiful plants Loana. Bit shorter than the big summer Irises, and ideal for damper ground  

Wildlife pond crisis

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:29

I've topped up my ponds when necessary with tap water in the past, but we do have soft water up here. I stick the hose through the handle of the garden fork and stick it on the 'shower' setting so that it's like a heavy shower of rain. It aerates the pond as well as topping it up. 

I think if you're worried, you can fill a few buckets with tapwater, then leave it for a few days before adding it to the pond. That helps get rid of any build up of chemicals in it. I remember someone telling us to do that when we were getting fish for a fish tank. I'm sure someone will correct me if that's wrong 

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