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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 21:01

Bit of  both Liri. Nice when we do some fancy ones - the end product can be really satisfying. The Highland ones are mostly quite dull really. We just did an order for the American Bulldog Society - they were very smart, and we did a few specials for Harrison and Hetherington (  north of England stock auctions) yesterday which were lovely - purple and cream with stars round them. We do all their rosettes and sashes. 

I'm never that keen on those programmes either....bit too self indulgent for me. Would happily taste test them though  

Raised bed from scratch

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:24

When you say concrete - what exactly do you have underneath the bed? You need to make sure you have drainage for your plants. Are there holes round the base to allow excess water to escape? 

Re the manure - you can buy it in bags from garden centres or DIY stores if you can't access it from stables or farms. You can mix it with soil and compost to fill your bed 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:20

They are indeed Dove. Just finishing some of this year's today. It takes ages to work our way through the order as there are so many sections. 

They're a thing of beauty chicky....    glad you had a lovely day out  

Actually - we hate doing the order - but don't tell anyone! 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:01

Did you like the rosettes Dove?... 

You might have shared Hosta 

the tart that is...not hubby...

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:45

 Hope she's ok soon. Plenty of rest and not much else seems to be the best way of dealing with these things.  Older fairylet has been unwell too with a cough/cold but also sick - very unusual for any of us to be sick. It seems to be doing the rounds here. 

You 'normal' Hosta...   never....

Heavy hail shower and now rain. Ah - springtime weather 

I've sown some more sweet peas and  stuck more Acidantheras in little pots while waiting for dinner to finish cooking. 

Cake would be nice right now   

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   

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