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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:17

Welcome Betty - hope you enjoy the forum  

It's always the way Dove   How's Wonks?

Gardener's Boy - I resent being called sane.... 

Horrible hailstones this afternoon at work - and here I presume as it's fairly near. Some very ominous clouds hanging around. 

DD - how about just ...a banana.....

I'll get me coat....

What are your favourite scented plants?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:12

Cheerfulness narcissus and sweet peas. I don't have a very good sense of smell so lots of scented plants go unnoticed by me.

Strangely, many of the obvious ones are far too sickly for me. 


Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:08

Carexes will be happy as long as the soil doesn't get too dried out. Ideal pondside plants. Look for the evergreen ones. 

What else do you have growing nearby? That will help with advice. Ideally you want some plants linking the pond with the surroundings, and to give emerging creatures some cover. 


Vipers Bugloss

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:47

Is it because they don't like being transplanted T. Witch? . I think they have a deep root which is often a reason for plants being tricky to pot on. That kind of plant is can be easier sown direct when the ground's favourable.

Sown into individual pots might work better - or sow two or three seeds per pot and take out the weakest, leaving the best seedling which would be easier to pot on.

You could experiment with a couple of different ways and see what works best for your conditions  

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 17:27

Unless you just want a simple courtyard garden with pots, I'd remove a fair bit of that paving to give yourself a chance of having something attractive to look out at in winter, and to sit out in during summer. A couple of decent sized beds to create a nice, all year round environment would be easy to achieve and give you a lot of pleasure.  

Agree with Verd - get rid of the trees. They won't be happy as they are anyway without giving them some space at their ankles   

What is your weather like?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 08:18

Cold but dry here. Just above freezing now, but a nice layer of beautifully patterned ice on the car windscreen 

Cloud moving in and showers forecast.

Camera Talk

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:59

Liri - do you use Windows? I use their image editor. It's good 

Fasciation's always fascinating Hosta  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:57

Morning all and those to come, and afties Pat.

Looks like we've had a frost judging by the cars along the road. Cloud now. 

Glad doc is ok, although the neighbour might be more difficult to deal with than the flood  

The seeds I sowed last night aren't up yet Dove...that's a poor show....  

Salt mines for me - have a good day everyone.Stay warm, dry and  safe 

Removing paving stones to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:52

It's what I've done here Matthew. Dove's advice is the same as mine. Mix well and break up the surface below the sand with a fork as well. Make sure the ground is firmed and levelled and leave it for a couple of weeks to settle before you lay your turf too. I added compost and extra grit as well ( heavy rainfall area) and sowed seed last summer. Grass is doing well. 

ID please

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:12

The phlox doesn't look too cheery though DE. I wouldn't hold out much hope for it... 

A couple of mine look like that. They'll be getting chucked and replaced with a white Arabis which is loving the site they're all in. You win some you lose some  

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