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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 08:00

Morning all/afties Pat. Cool and cloudy here but dry.

So sorry to hear your news Dove. As Verd says, so many of us have been through it and understand. She's in good hands in that lovely home, so that helps enormously.Love to you all  x

Watching the peregrines will be a nice way to de-stress.

I'll have a quick look round before I head out. 

Have a good day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 19:37

It's not even 20 in my house BL!  

Think some of the avatars look a bit smaller, but I don't always look at them too closely....

Vipers Bugloss

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:56

TTwitch - weather and area you're in is often a big factor. I don't sow very much indoors  because I can't get them outside as early as folk further south, and things are often hit by cold, wet weather and they just stall. Direct sowings will frequently catch up  

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:28

In a small space, plants really have to earn their keep MJSR. Choosing wisely for the bulk of the planting means you can have a bit of fun with seasonal stuff - whether it's perennials, annuals or bulbs. Get the structural planting in first, which will give you value for the bulk of the year, then add bits and pieces to go in front of those.  


Daunting large garden and where to start

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:12

In addition to Bob's advice about hedges and trees, Once you have those in place, start with an area nearest the house. If you have a patio or seating area of some kind, get some nice planting there. That gives you a focal point close at hand and some motivation to do more. The areas further away won't be seen close up, so they can always wait for a little while. 

It can be daunting with a big plot, but tackling it a bit at a time is the easiest way. It will evolve over time anyway  

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 17:07

That's often the problem with sowing guides Peter - they really refer to ideal conditions. Your own conditions dictate the best time, but unfortunately, many people lose lots of seeds or plants because instructions aren't clear.  It's only when they've had to buy more seeds that they discover that! 

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 12:43

Nigella and Larkspur usually grow readily from direct sowings - even if the soil's not great. 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 12:41

ziggy - just a thought to add to Verdun's advice . Are they in a rain shadow where they're planted? They like a damper soil usually. If they're getting too dry they might be struggling a bit. 

Whats best for screening a warehouse - upto 5-6m. Please see images.

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 08:03

I'd rather have that than the row of houses behind me. Plant more 'internally' and have some features which draw your eye in a different direction. A really good focal point at one side for instance - Janie's suggestion of a pergola or something similar is the best idea. The more interesting you make your garden, the less you'll notice the wall. 

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