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Plant suggestions for tricky situation

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 21:10

I'd  agree with Obelixx. In fact - that's what I have on some of my fence where it has only single timbers. It allows the wind to filter through (it wouldn't work as landscape fabric if it wasn't porous) while allowing new planting to have some protection. The rest of my boundary fence ( which I installed) is all double sided - otherwise it would spend most of the winter sitting in my garden, or being repaired, like the ones belonging to the neighbours.

Standard practice to put this sort of filter in up here in exposed sites until hedging or shrubs establishes.

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:51

No - plant them. They'll just dry out and suffer otherwise. Stick 'em in a pot of some multi purpose compost, water them and put them somewhere sheltered for now. You could give them a liquid feed once they've got some foliage, and they may produce a flower or two. Let them die back naturally, and give them another little liquid feed at that point too   

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:08

The weather on the way home reminded me of the old Frankie Boyle joke -  'there's a deep depression over Scotland....and now for the weather forecast...' 

I love those big, dark, snow/hail/sleet filled clouds. I know - I'm weird. 

Jamie Cullum's doing his tribute to Ella onthe radio right now. Fantastic. I'm having a little dance round the kitchen while doing the dinner  

Glad you've had a good day Wonks.


Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:03

Well done TyC!   

Hope it works for you. Just be aware that things like starlings can get  their heads through and reach food - and the seed feeder is quite near the side. As long as they can't reach the feeding ports, you'll hopefully be alright  

Pricking out?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:00

Sweet peas have deep roots, so I'd get them into better sized pots as soon as they're filling those little cells. I take it there's only one of those to each cell?

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:58

The pots look tiny. I don't think they're suitable pot specimens, but if you want to keep them in pots, they need to be bigger.

They grow extremely readily up here - wet climate, and mainly neutral to acid soil. You need to replicate the conditions. Not always easy though. A bit of shade would suit them better too - especially if you're in a drier part of the country. 

Fatsia leaves

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:35

Hi Gordon - If they're in pots, they probably need repotting and some extra nutrients. What size are the pots, and what are they growing in? They need a soil based compost if they're in a pot long term.

They're best in some shade and may be struggling to be hydrated enough in pots. Wind is just as drying (if not more so) as sun.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:28

Several species tulips, Spirea, various Narcissus and drumstick Primula

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:12

Lovely thread hogweed - I'll have to buy a  jar of jam!

I have small bottles and bud vases I use for cut flowers, so I'll have to take a couple of photos. The species tulips are good for cutting. My dicentra is only thinking about flowering - it has one stem with a couple on it. 

Three degrees here just now and sleet/hail showers, so I'll go and see what's upright and cut it  

5 week old tomato plant leaf problem

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:08

Far too cold for them to be outside at the stage they're at too, Jamie.

If you're up here in Scotland - you'll really have to grow them undercover. They're unlikely to do well at all outside. We don't have consistently high enough temps in summer. 

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