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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:25

I'd agree with that Dove....and they don't like that!

I had some nice company on the hill yesterday. Apart from the runner who does ultra marathons....

...these two were a little surprise 

I was upwind of the deer, so it was slightly surprising it didn't scarper much more quickly than it did. It was only a few hundred feet away.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 07:00

Morning all/afties Pat 

Been awake since five, so been catching up with Hinterland.

Lovely to see you doc - and almost in one piece. Try and keep it that way  

Went walking yesterday after work so wasn't home till half eight. Very thundery on way back although it didn't really rain till later, and we've had some rain overnight. Everything looks nice and fresh.

That final slap in the face tells you everything you need to know Clari. Well done for getting out and getting on. 

I'll have a look round now with yet another cuppa  

Tomato plant leave colour

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 22:26

If they're going outside, i'd wait a few weeks. You need decent night time temps for them. You'd only set them back if you put them outside now. It's always a case of getting the timing right. I usually sow in 3 inch pots, then repot into about 6 or inch pots, then into the final size of about 12 to 14 inches. Unless you have a greenhouse, it's difficult to keep plants going until they can go outside. Too long in a warm environment makes them a bit spindly, and they're less able to withstand outdoor conditions. 

I'd give them another week, at most,  in those pots and then get them into a final one. If you put them outside, make sure they're quite sheltered, and only do so for a few hours. Wind can dry them out and damage them as much as sun. The weather's been a bit tricky this year - hot then cold - which makes it harder for growing less hardy plants of any type. They'll be fine though  

Tomato plant leave colour

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 20:58

Badly need potting on - those pots are tiny for the size of plant. They'll have used up all the nutrients by now. 

Not sure why you're feeding them - or spraying them? If  you've sprayed the foliage, that's probably the reason for discolouration too. That or cold wind.  They really don't need anything but watering until they set fruit. 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 20:49

Little white phlox along my fence was looking pretty in the sun yesterday 

Wish you success Dave. I lost my niece just before her first birthday, so I can understand how you feel.

I don't have any poppies, but I did grow a few annual ones a few years ago - the ladybird ones which were  to commemorate WW1. None of them germinated and I was really disappointed - putting it down to the cold wet soil here. I sowed some more, and one seed germinated and grew. It was slightly poignant somehow,  only having one. 

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 20:23

Joyce is right.

We had one in our back garden growing up - exactly that colour, and always spectacular at this time of year. I hate rhodos and azaleas as a general rule, but I always loved that one. 

It would look even better if the ground round about it was cleared and tidied! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:40

Clari - good luck to you - you've been treated miserably in that place. It may be less money in the new one - but at least you'll get it! 

I misread that comment about rain - I thought you said 'moistened my cat flap'. That's a whole different website altogether  

We've got rain forecast - for the weekend. Typical 

I timed my weed and feed very carefully Dove. It rained exactly on time to water in, and it's barely rained since. I've had to use the hosepipe. Ridiculous  

We had meatballs last night - freshly grown basil for them. Yum  

Photinia / Red Robin

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:29

It's difficult to judge without a photo, but many plants are struggling a bit with the long dry spell, and potted plants always need a bit more care  

Photinia / Red Robin

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:20

Move  it somewhere that it won't dry out too quickly, and out of any drying winds as well. That's the most likely reason for it wilting - too dry. You also need a soil based compost if it's going to be in the pot long term - ordinary multi purpose compost will dry out far too quickly.  The amount of top growth it will put on will be a struggle for the roots to keep hydrated in a container, especially when it's been such a long dry spell almost everywhere. Feeding it means it will be trying to grow more, so you might be making the problem worse  

They're not really ideal for pots in my opinion - and they'd need a decent sized pot to accomodate them. They can be a bit iffy anyway 

Virginia creeper

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 17:03

I'd agree with GD.  Did you plant well away from the wall too?  It's a common mistake to plant any climber right up against a wall, which means it's in the rain shadow of the wall. It's been very dry everywhere in the country, so it's really important to keep newly planted specimens really well watered. A good can full every few days - not a sprinkling  every day. A mulch of well rotted manure or some decent compost after watering will help too   

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