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Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:10

They're not native bluebells I'm afraid. Habit and shape is wrong.

An easy way to tell is the pollen. Native ones have creamy pollen - the Spanish invaders have blue.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:04

Liri - can't beat those Scottish skies! Looks like some of my pix from Sunday   

Have you got a long enough hose T'bird? I'll connect you up to the sky...

We haven't had that much wet weather either - for here anyway. It's been great!

Advice about the lawn

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:00

Looks a lot better than mine does!

If it's dry enough to cut, then give it  a trim, but don't scalp it or you'll compound any issues. Take a little off  then mow again next week taking a little more till you get it to the right sort of height for weekly mowing through the growing season. 

If the ground's very bumpy and lumpy, you can fill bigger holes with some soil and compost to level them up, firm it and lightly rake, and then sow some grass seed. Best done when it's warm enough for reasonably quick germination. Scatter some seed over the whole area too, to get it blending in nicely with the rest of the grass, otherwise any patches will stick out like a sore thumb 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:47

Has anyone seen Lesley too? Is she on holiday or at her parents?  Thought perhaps I'd missed her saying. Hope B'man is ok too Dove. He said he looked in from time to time, so perhaps he'll post again soon. 

Don't envy you the kidneys Obelixx - no need to send me any leftovers    

I think the green haze on the hawthorn made me feel a bit more springlike, although it was hard believing it was anywhere near spring when the rain was lashing at lunchtime! Those 'classic' spring flowers are so optimistic somehow 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:39

Is that why you moved to Surrey, steephill?  

Just as well your mate was able to get across. It's not a nice feeling when you can't get a toe in to cut steps. 

Did it put you off though....

No danger of me hitting too high a speed on Sunday - snow was too soft and the banks of snow were too short!  Even if I had - I'd have stopped when I reached the rocks and the landrover track further down...

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:29
Dovefromabove says:

I just picked a load of perpetual spinach and Swiss chard to have for supper, and found ........... A PAIR OF CANOODLING LILY BEETLES!!!   in my veg patch??????????? 

See original post

 How very dare they?  

I've only partially cut back my buddleias T'bird. They'll just have to wait till I have the time...and the inclination. Too busy watching the birds and doing other stuff...

Gey breezy here today - fairly hideous weather by lunchtime, although it cleared for a while in the afternoon. Rain coming back now. Garden's had a bit of a pasting. Just as well I don't have lots of 'fluffy, cuddly' plants 

Hope Liri got across the water safely. Lots of cancelled ferries and closed bridges today, but mainly further north I think. Missed the news reports. She may need to tie herself down to something while she works...


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 08:08

White dicentra is always a delight Verd.

Clematis for me - the alpina will be soon , then it's Niobe and Etoile Violette which always please me. More of them to acquire so plenty to look at next year. 

The harebells in summer - again.  Sown for the first time last year and will do more soon. So fragile looking, but so sturdy as they can cope with any weather that gets chucked at them. They are stunning - everyone should grow them  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat if you're around. Dry here at the moment, but a cool wind. Rain and wind  to come later unfortunately. 

Hope you've got your simmit Liri - wintry showers and hill snow for the next few days....

Hope you get plenty done  

My drumstick primulas are just starting to bloom - hope there aren't any evil weevils lurking, although I did have a plant with a load of grubs in it a year ago, and I do have some adult damage. WIll have to keep an eye out....

There's a faint green haze on hawthorn hedges - really early for that here, by about a month. It's that drier, mild 'English'  winter we've had. I'll take that happily 

No time to catch up  -was in bed just after ten last night - so I'll wish you all a good day and get ready for the mines....

Lsurely going yellow

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:05

I'd agree with Dove, Janice. Laurel is as tough as old boots and  it tends to turn yellow when there's a magnesium deficiency, which is easily addressed. Over watering certainly isn't good for it. It can cope with any amount that falls out the sky, so if you're in a wet location, the preparation of the ground before planting is the most important thing.

Buying large plants is also another problem - they're harder to establish, and can yellow more quickly as the roots find it hard to support the top. If you've planted large specimens - it helps to cut them right back on planting. 

The pic will help if you can manage it though 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat when you're there 

Quite a nice looking day here just now - no wet and wind. It's coming later though. Pity I'm at work - would have been good for a few bits and bobs outside.

I loved The Replacement, although I felt they rushed a couple of bits in the last episode. Vicky McCLure doesn't get a rest though - Line of Duty back soon - hurray! Best 'cop' drama ever  

Doc- remember to look after yourself too. That's more important than anything. Good news about your assessment  

Did you get your mane tamed successfully BL? Mine grows so quickly - gets very untidy after five weeks or so. 

Wonder if Wonks is sore today....

Quick look round before I go. Another day, another dollar...or something 

Have a good day everyone. 

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