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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:11

Morning all/afties Pat. I read your post and saw it as 'putting it in my washing machine'. Must be my overactive brain making the connection between washing and drying!

Hard frost here but the sun's out and I'm off  on my travels in a few minutes 

Glad you're here doc. Think the Thin White Duke and the Purple Prince might be getting up to all sorts out there in the ether. Maybe a version of Lilac Wine....White and Purple - do you see what I did there? 

I'll get me coat ....and ruckie and I'll catch you all later....

Have a brilliant day everyone  

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:00


GD - bear in mind that your clematis are all still tiny, young plants. Dearer plants reflect the maturity, and the amount of time the grower has to spend getting them to that stage. It takes several years for a clematis to get to full size from tiny beginnings  

Improving heavy clay soil - wet side/dryside

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 19:23

Fresh manure needs to be left for a few months to rot down Alex, unless you're putting it onto an empty bit of ground which you don't intend planting up for a while. If it's well rotted you can use it straight away though. 

I'm confused about the 'hay'. Has someone suggested using that or have I misunderstood? 

Iris need good drainage unless they're the sibirica type which like a bit of moisture. If you have the little reticulata ones which flower in late winter/early spring, they won't do well in wet soil, so best to add loads of grit for those, and the big,blousy bearded summer flowering ones needs lighter soil and loads of sun. Do you know which ones you have? The little ones do well in pots too 

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:41

He must be (apologies to Harry Enfield) 'conseedarably reecher than yoww' Hosta  

what climbers could i grow

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:40

MrsA - just make sure the ground you plant into can support the eventual growth above. Climbers of any kind need something decent to get their roots down into, otherwise they won't thrive and will be disappointing for you. I wouldn't plant beside those laurels - the ground will be pretty poor. Honeysuckle, for instance, is a woodland plant and needs reliably damp soil or it can be prone to mildew, and would be ultimately disappointing. The laurels will suck a lot of moisture from the surrounding area and deplete nutrients.  A montana clematis might thrive, but you'd have to improve the soil where you plant and keep it well watered for the first year until well established, and then keep an eye on it after that. Even in a wet area, new plants can get dried out in those circumstances.

Preparation for your climbers is the most important part of the exercise. It would be a shame to take short cuts and be forever trying to keep things growing well. 

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:28

It's infuriating really - no wonder British tradesmen constantly get ridiculed.

Perhaps they're all so well off they don't need the work...

Unfortunately, the good ones are always in demand so the ones that are available at short notice are usually the ones with spurs and a stetson....

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:26

BL-  just tell them you're going for that faded glamour that's so typical of French and Italian country gardens  

You're right Hosta - unless they've gone for tea on the way home 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:18

Think she's visiting her mum Hostie 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:06

It's only the last week that's been warmer here Hosta. 16 at one point yesterday - pity I was at work.  8 degrees has been about the norm, often lower than that. Less windy  though, so it's better than the usual spring weather fortunately. 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:33

I keep telling myself it will all be fine RB 

Can't really do any gardening other than tying in some new clematis shoots and moving seedlings in and out. I was going to cut the grass but it's covered in stuff all the time. It will recover when I eventually get to it I suppose.  Front is currently covered in timber and bulk bags of sand etc. 

Frustrating for you Hosta, especially at this time of year when you want to get on outdoors.  I'd appreciate it if you could keep the rain down your way though  

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