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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:20


Well done 'niece of KEF' - really great achievement   

Have you still got your tutu KEF?....

Glad hubby is home safe T'bird. 

Hope you're getting paid promptly this month Clari. 

Going to get a cuppa and prepare myself for Line of Duty - fantastic. If you haven't watched it  - you're really missing a treat.

Moving a Peony

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:13

Philippa - I think the big problem with peonies is the historical advice that 'they don't like being moved - they sulk, they die' etc.  It's been proved frequently that it's not true, as nut and I mentioned earlier.

It's still a question that gets asked quite often, which is why it's great to have this forum where people can ask gardeners who have hands on  experience. It would have saved me a lot of heartache if it had been available when I started gardening!

You're right about moving plants too - I've moved lots of plants at the 'wrong' time of year with no problem too. As long as you take appropriate care and keep an eye on them, it can be straightforward  

......the good guys

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:06

Bumping up for Roy and anyone else looking for recommendations 

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:04

It can be a lottery Roy. I'm lucky that I have a very good nursery not too far away from me where I generally buy my plants. They supply most of the big outlets in Scotland and farther afield. I therefore know how the plants are produced, grown and kept which is important to me. They're not imports from abroad like many of the DIY and bargain stores use, so there's less chance of disease etc,  and I'm also supporting my own country's industry  which is a big plus factor  

We do have a thread which has recommendations from forum members, so I'll see if I can find it and bump it for you.

If you bought the plants from a reputable supplier  though - it's worth contacting them. Take some pix and email them and usually they will sort it out for you by refund or replacement. There's always a chance that plants can be damaged no matter how much care is taken, and good companies will always strive to look after their customers  

Moving a Peony

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:38

Great stuff Laura. The better the location for any plant, the better it's chances are. The depth it's planted and decent, free draining soil are the two main things for a peony  

You've got a fair bit to tackle with your plot - don't wear yourself out too much though -enjoy it as well! 

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:34

Escallonia will shed some leaves - all evergreens do, especially at the end of winter, so it's not usually anything to worry about. 

It makes a good hedge if you're in a coastal location, or anywhere with a reasonable climate and temperatures, but isn't so good if soil's cold, wet and heavy. Are you concerned you've hacked your hedge back too far? 

Plant recommendations for shaded pots.

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 19:05

Fancy you thinking of those Hosta...

Carex oshimensis Evergold is a good grass for pots too - evergreen and straightforward. 

If you have a big pot, Fatsia japonica does well. A pot keeps it's foliage up off the ground too and really enhances it. 

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 18:08

B3 - more likely to be a starling - they're good mimics  

Lovely to have a song thrush or a nightingale 8000wf. We don't get either of those up here. 

Loads of dunnocks though. If you can see them closely enough, take a look at their legs - they're quite pinky red. They also have little black lines/dashes in a patch along their wings which are quite distinctive too. 

Grass problem's

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 18:03

It's still early days for decent grass growth Glenn, so don't worry. My grass looks pretty rubbish just now, but in a couple of months it will be fine and dandy with a bit of feed and some sun. Warmth...that would be nice 

Scalping, as Vegemight has said,  is always an issue as it weakens your grass and allows moss and weeds to get a foothold more easily. Mow regularly through the summer and at a slightly higher height and you'll see a difference  

Waitrose and Slugs

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:56

Linda - you might find the slugs are slightly fewer this spring as it's definitely been a bit drier and with enough frosts to kill off a few more than usual. I'm just slightly south of you and know Howwood quite well 

Picking plants that are less attractive to them is a good method - so plant fewer soft perennials with nice juicy new springtime shoots, and a bit more woody planting. Things like Delphiniums for example are hopeless unless you wan to use slug pellets. Might as well hang a big 'free dinner' sign in neon lights for them!  

Getting stuck in at this time of year with a night time hunt pays off too. You get a good amount of them to dispatch, and it reduces the amount they can then produce. Encourage birds - blackbirds and thrushes in particular, and they'll help you out.

Hopefully we may get a drier spring up here and that will make life easier! 

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