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Is anyone else planning their spring tulip displays yet?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:14

The biggest advantage of pots for me is that I can tuck tulips in against a wall or other planting to prevent them being shredded by the wind and weather. I've had too many lovely displays ruined.

I'm sure it waits patiently till they're out,  so that I get conned into thinking the tulips will be beautiful for weeks....

Just becsue you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you...

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:03

I just love Simon Mayo full stop, Dove 

Did you hear the 'you've got a hamster in your Hobnobs?' one? Hilarious  

Confession you say? Do tell.....

Carol on the weather has reliably informed me that the rain is heading east for tomorrow so your grass may get to look as green as mine soon  

I'm going to make a few holes in the corner of the garden at the shed now that I seem to have stopped cats getting in with the fabulous water scarecrow. There's loads of great places for hogs in there. 

Glad that chancer's gone - it was getting utterly ridiculous  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:18

Morning all/afties Pat. You're going through the mill a bit just now. Hope today is better than yesterday. Look after yourself - and the skinks! c

chicky -  what on earth were you listening to?  I love the radio ( but mainly Radio 2)  especially lovely Simon Mayo who makes me laugh constantly.  

I hope they do something about that thread today Ppauper and Wonks. It's beginning to sound like propaganda...

We'll be thinking abou you B'man - even if you're not actually 'here'. 

Good news for you re the TV, DD. Lovely when people do something a bit more than just their job 

Better take daughter to work - and then I might get outside as the rain has finally stopped.Hurrah!

Have a good day - especially all the workers....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:30

I've  posted on it and reported it again. I stopped just short of saying **** off. Might not be able to contain myself next time....

What is it with these people? 

Is anyone else planning their spring tulip displays yet?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 19:13

Purple and orange are a great combination Hogweed - they complement each other. Pale pink is for wusses anyway....

I love the species tulips B3 - they survive our wet soil here and work beautifully with crocus underneath perennials or later shrubs. It's a question of picking the right ones though! Pink and yellow together is a real no no for me too 

Plume Moth

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 19:07

I meant to say that too Sheps - the shape is stunning. 

Would we get those up here nut, or are they only 'southern' inhabitants? 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:52

Mmm - roast beast here with roast veg. Rather good if I say so myself  

I think oldest fairylet should just put her gravy in a mug....

It's ok BL - we forgive you...Hello! You  sound like you're having a good time  

Lesley - it's a bit miserable. At least it's warm. I don't want  to be putting the heating on..

Cars are a bit of a necessary evil.

Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:04

No chance here then Joyce. 

They have a nice Rhododendron - Black Magic  - which would fit the bill Verd. I know - I don't really like them, but the flower colour is perfect for the new bed. I want something to provide a 'full stop' at the corner. 

Apologies for hijacking your thread a bit iamto  

I think Hebes would be a good shout for your edge. Loads of choice, but oneof the more structured, rounder ones would be best. Perennials are never very successful for that type of position.  I think they'll just get stood on when they're emerging. Nice small shrubs are better. Euonymous of any type would be ideal, but you'll get some nice little flowers on the Hebes. Euonymous flowers are pretty non existent. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 16:59

What a lovely gift obelixx. Nice when people appreciate all your efforts. Lovely choices you're planning 

As you say - car is now ready for winter. I'd only have had to take it back in a month to get them done. I can't do without a car - for work if nothing else as there's no public transport there....and how on earth would I get to my hills!  

Having seen the state of some taxi drivers Lesley - manure in their boot is the least of their problems....

I'm moving down near the coast with Joyce, Ppauper...

What's wrong with my hebe?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 16:51

Don't worry LDee - we were all new to this at one time too  

I'd cut the stems back to a pair of new shoots or buds - or a leaf joint. If you look inside the plant - along the damaged stems, you might see evidence of some new growth. Cut back to that. If you're unsure, just take the dead leaves off - they'll come off quite easily just with your hand. See what it's like in a month or so. If the stems aren't recovering at all, you can snip them off right back to the main stem they're connected to.  

Those fine roots are just that - fine roots. As you've potted it on now, they will carry on growing into the new compost/soil in that pot. 

It's still warm enough for the plant to make some new growth this year. Keep it in a fairly sheltered spot out of the worst of the winter weather. 

It seems quite a decent size, so it should be fine and will carry on growing next year no problem. 

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