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Plant Food

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:23

F,B&B for me too - it also survives better with the amount of rain here. Doesn't get washed through so much - especially in raised beds.

Tomato food for a boost for Clematis and annuals - although I grow very few of those.

Seaweed for things like Fatsia and Phormiums or the hedging. If I remember... 

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:21

Yes - slow release fertiliser. Slug/snail eggs are also bigger. 

Layered bulb pots

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 08:05

I'd do the same as Dove - if you want to use the pot for other planting, it's a good idea to use a plastic one for your bulbs - putting it into the 'good' one so that you can swap plants around as the year changes.

It means you can have a few nice pots for all your specimen plants, but you don't have to spend  time lifting and moving the plants every few months.  It's particularly useful if you have those awkward belly shaped pots where the middle is wider than the top and you can't get them out!

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 07:58

Morning lovely people - and afties Pat if you're around  

Wet here and the wind was making a very odd noise a while ago  

No days off for me at Easter and the forecast is a bit rubbish so I'll have to see what I can manage to fit in. Sunday looks better.

Hope the hospital trips aren't too awful chicky.

Will you have seconds Verd? It would be rude not to since you're being treated...

Short tulip flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:00

The Red Riding Hood ones have quite distinctive foliage Grannybee - dark mottling on the leaves. They're small - the flowers are on short stems - it's simply the way they grow. The leaves often fold down a bit to show the blooms off more 


Is this the start of Escallonia leaf spot?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 18:51

If you're unsure of where you're putting anything Andy - get a pic on and/or ask for advice before you go ahead. There's always someone around who can reassure or help, and it might save you having to move something later on. Most of us have done that at some point.

Several times usually! 

Short tulip flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:29

Are they the Red Riding Hood ones Grannybee? It's a popular one in lots of gardens. Someone else recently asked the same question 

As Dove says, the species ones are short stemmed and flower earlier than the big ones we all tend to think of when we talk about tulips. They're very overlooked - most people haven't seen or grown them  - and could do with a few more of us championing their cause! Lots of varieties which are very straightforward   



Is this the start of Escallonia leaf spot?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:21

Just a random yellow one Andy - pick it off. It's quite normal for evergreens to shed some, as Redwing says.

I love your description - 'have I gone shrub disease paranoid'  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:19

Did you demand extra payment for doing five sets Dove?  

Hope your mum is ok. Always a bit of a worry isn't it? 

Have a nice holiday GWRS. Hope your weather is decent.  I should really book some time off next month. Get a bit more walking in. 


Hazel -- wrote (see)

I am clearing what was underneath and to side of it.........hats, jars, bottles,rubble,trays, tins, plastic,bricks, trees, huge sheets of thick rubber(?), wire,  gardening trays........everything else you can think of and.......a mouldy old flaming jumper!


Hazel - have you been stripping? 

Inspiration Required, small tree suggestions & wildlife encouragement

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:12

Amelanchier lamarkii is a great shrub/small tree for wildlife and will grow in most soils and aspects. White spring blossom which bees love and then berries later. Nice autumn colour too, and a light canopy. It's technically a shrub but it's versatile -  you can grow it as a small tree by taking lower branches off, especially if you pick a suitable specimen.  

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