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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.  

Lleylandi Hedge

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:08

NoviceG - I used to cut my Dad's hedge which was bigger than it should have been    I only had his fairly basic hedgetrimmer but it did the job. The sides were well maintained but it was wide so it made doing the top a bit tricky. If the trimmer couldn't get through any of the thicker stuff, I used my loppers.

If your hedge is looking a bit untidy and undulating, you could rig up a string to get the top nice and level and then you have something to cut to. Just keep stepping back and taking a look at it.

Just don't step off a ladder though.... 

Frog spawn at last.

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:00

Those are seriously graduate level frogs  daydaisy! 


Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:58

Happy Birthday flumpy - and many more of them.

Save some cake for me    




Weeds in lawn

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 22:20

Lucid -  I think your purple one is  a dead nettle - Lamium, but it's slightly irrelevant. I have some speedwell in my front garden but regular mowing keeps it under control quite well. 

These plants can really take hold quite quickly if you don't keep on top of them, so it really depends how much time you have to spend removing them by hand. I use a weed and feed only a couple of times a year which keeps weeds at bay and allows me to have a decent area of grass as opposed to 'lawn'. Not a huge issue in the grand scheme of things. I grow lots of bee and insect friendly plants which offsets using some weedkiller sparingly. It's about having a balance - and one that suits your own requirements and time. 

I'm not a slave to my grass either - I cut about every five or six days and it doesn't take long. Like Verdun says - a nice area of grass sets off a garden and the smell of a newly cut lawn is one of spring's earliest pleasures  

Imagination required!

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 21:40

Imagination required!

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 20:37

...err........umm....maybe I can fit them in here after all...

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:29

Great to hear that you, your family and friends are all  fine obelixx. Deeply distressing for those affected families. 

Who knows what will happen next - impossible to second these people.  

North facing drive plant ideas and Skimmia questions

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:14

I'm inclined to agree with Verd. Far easier to go with what you have. Sarcococca is an ideal choice. Sickly looking Skimmias are pretty unattractive. 

You could add some daffs and snowdrops for this time of year too - undemanding,  and will give you something cheery to look at on your way in and out. Daffs are quite happy with some shade and snowdrops thrive in it. Some varieties of daff - 'Cheerfulness' for instance, have good scent too  

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