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Plant losses, phormium, fatsia japonica

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 07:54

Can't think of anything that would destroy those  other than humans. The Phormiums will recover -not so sure about the Fatsia 

If not hubby -  are there any people around who don't like you?  

There's a house near me which has two large phormiums - one each side of the front door. The owners clearly think the best way of keeping it from blocking light to their windows is to hack it horizontally two feet from ground level each year  

They always grow back 

Last edited: 07 February 2017 07:55:07

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 20:48

Totally agree with you KT53. If you can't do a job yourself, for whatever reason, finding someone to do it for you is value for money. Unless the job's badly done of course  

I did my own fencing here, plus all the timber raised beds etc, and it would have cost several grand to get someone to do it for me. Several grand which was better utilised elsewhere.I had the time at that point as well, and I'm fit enough to do it. The money was used for building work - which I certainly couldn't have done. I know my limitations! 

It's irrelevant whether the cost of something is a fiver or five thousand. It's the end result of the expenditure that matters. 


Posted: 06/02/2017 at 20:40

You have to bury it really thoroughly - they just tunnel under it otherwise. That's a job and a half if you have a large plot  

Winter Aconite

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 19:46

I'd agree with Bob re the moisture.That's the important factor - certainly for snowdrops, which hate dry soil. These little winter flowering bulbs need moisture to thrive.

It's also misleading re rhodies etc that they need acid soil. They don't. One of those oft quoted myths. They just don't like alkaline soil. Perfectly at home in neutral  

growing carrots in containers

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 18:43

Also - it helps guard against carrot fly if the container's tall enough. Yours sounds ideal GD   


Posted: 06/02/2017 at 18:34

There's not much they won't have a go at, especially nice, tender, new growth on perennials coming through in spring 

Daffs and snowdrops are a good start. Shrubs like Potentilla, Berberis, most of the conifers and junipers are trouble free. Rhododendrons and azaleas were fine too. I found vincas quite resistant, although the youngsters will have a go at most things. Jaggy things don't necessarily work - they devour holly for instance.  You can use tree guards if you want to grow climbers - it stops them reaching the lower growth. I found it effective on clematis, and honeysuckle. Once the plants are mature enough, they can withstand the onslaught better.

There are more, but I can't remember at the moment. Some years they're worse than others too. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 18:23

Just heard that about Bercow!

Brilliant doc. I admire anyone who starts something challenging when over the age of 27 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 17:45

They're very more-ish...

House is nice and cosy after the heating being on for an hour at 4pm. Ideal for me coming in at five 

Think you're getting some chilly easterly winds soon too. Our westerlies are chilly enough at this time of year when they arrive with the rain. The temps just struggle to get to more than three or so, and it's pretty miserable. If it wasn't for the fact that it gives us our wonderful western landscape it would be hard to put up with! Perhaps I need to move to where Joyce is after all....

Spicy chicken for dinner will help to warm me up too. If only someone else would offer to make it. Can't have everything.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 17:21

I do love a bit of Stephen Fry 

Not heard those, but yes, he could make the phone sound delightful. In much the same way - Maria Callas could sing it and it would be glorious  

Stinker of a night brewing here. It's already sleety and only two degrees, with a cold wind that's been hanging about most of the day. Copious amounts of tea are needed to keep me cosy. 

I laughed when I saw you recommend thosee Jakeman's cough sweets Dove - I love them, and don't need the excuse of a cough to have them either...

Last edited: 06 February 2017 17:21:21

Pest proof birdfeeder.

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 12:51

I made a cage for the same reason Posy. The little birds were being bullied out quite a bit by the bigger birds- mostly magpies and jackdaws here.

I have a seed and fat feeder inside the cage, and all the little birds can use it, including the robin and dunnocks, who have learned how to perch! The food on the gorund is in several places, so everyone's a winner. The blackbirds get in a gap in a ground cage, which - so far - the bigger birds haven't worked out. They'll need to slim down to get in anyway...  

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