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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 09:03

Hopefully  they're cosying up and thinking 'thoughts of spring' Hosta.  Not seen mine either so I'm hoping that's the reason. The nutties had been absent all this week while I've been off and that's unusual, but that one was in there today. Fingers crossed for lots of little (Easter) eggs   

What have I done to my viburnum?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 09:00

They're pretty robust shrubs, so hopefully it's nothing more than frost or wind, as Berghill says. 

Follow that advice re pruning out damage and then you might have a clearer idea of the cause. Is anything nearby damaged in a similar way?

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 08:56

New wildlife pond Hosta 

It was me visiting with firends PapiJo....

Morning all/afties Pat - take it easy for a few days and you'll catch up in no time. Glad the toe's on the mend  

Welcome Loana - think I posted on that thread where you mentioned your pea loss. Just sow more anyway - you won't regret it when they flower. Put some traps down at the same time.....

I spent too much time, in a former life, being involved in a different world of showing, so if I never did it again it would be too soon! Good luck though 

They mentioned the spaghetti hoax on the news Joyce. Brilliant!

Nutties were at the feeder earlier - haven't seen them for a few days. Hope they have a nest somewhere nearby. Did a lot yesterday, after it cleared up, including a bit of mortaring of path slabs round the side, so hopefully I'll get more done today if the weather plays ball. 

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:21

I do Linda - every week! I leave at that time to take daughter to work, but also to walk if I don't go on a Saturday, in which case I'm up early both days   

I don't think any of the gardening progs are on at the same time every week on Sundays so you really have to record.

I'm almost ashamed to admit I've never listend to GQT  

Hard pruning climbing hydrangea

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 18:45

Take a look at the alpinas Will. I also like the viticellas as they have smaller flowers and are very floriferous. I have an alpina and a viticella side by side and it gives me a long flowering season. The alpinas have nice fresh foliage, and many have lovely seedheads too.

If you go on some of the specialist sites (Taylor's, Thorncroft, Hawthornes) you can put in colour, aspect, flowering time etc, and get a great selection 

sweet peas yellow leaves

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 18:23

Depending on where you are, and how exposed, Eileen - I'd give them a few days of 'out during the day and in at night' , then leave them outside in a reasonably sheltered spot till you're ready to plant them in their final position. 

Sweet  peas are really very hardy, but when they've been grown undercover over winter, they just need a bit of time to get adjusted to outside conditions. At this time of year, it's really just a case of keeping them sheltered from any wild, windy weather while they're still quite small and vulnerable  

Hard pruning climbing hydrangea

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 12:21

I think it's part of the reason I don't like seeing climbing hydrangeas on fences. Best on a wall. 

I'd agree with HC. Clematis would be more suitable - especially those that require hard pruning in late winter/early spring. Fix some wires, which can be painted over or around. Alternatively, and more attractive when plants are dormant, attach trellis with screws in case you need to do repairs. Easy enough to remove it in future.  

Beechgrove is back!

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 12:13


Tomato plant problems

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 12:12

Ah - I only read Andy's first post , Bob - hadn't read the bit about lights being on permanently  for a few weeks 

You're right - if they're not getting both things, it creates the wrong environment for them. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 12:09

Hi amberspy - I'm just laughing at Hosta's link!  

Have to go and get daughter from work in a few mins though. 

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