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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:05

Morning all. Dry here but very still and warm. Is it the calm before the storm...

We're supposed to get it later this morning. Hope everyone is ok - I heard there was a few incidents with lightning strikes - houses on fire etc. 

Hope the weather passes by Woody and all you lot going garden visiting. 

Not sure I'll get much done outside today - think I might go and tie down anything susceptible.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:12

Think he's visiting his mother in law up in  the north west highlands Dove.

Very warm and breezy here - can't seem to make up it's mind what it wants to do - bit like me just now 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:51

KEF  - the onion thing does sound familiar. Your Dad must have passed on his greenfingers to you. I'm sure he'd have been very proud of that  

Dove's talking about fish - she's mentioned 'carp'....

she's been on the bevvy too I think ....or else it's all that pond gazing.....

Clematis

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:45

It's surprising how quickly they come on if you just pot them up and let them get some roots. I bought three smallish clematis a couple of months ago (3/4" pots) I potted them into deep clematis pots (the size you normally buy plants in the GC at around a tenner) and they're all big and healthy now - one in full flower and the others have buds forming.  Those would have been plugs the year before rosemummy. I'll probably plant them into their allotted places at the end of summer. 

Hydrangea

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:37

obelixx is right - check which varieties you have before doing any snipping! A house near me had a hydrangea at the front gate which never flowered because every spring the owners pruned it and were just removing every potential flowering stem. You'd think they would have asked someone at some point why there was no flowers - it's a pretty ugly shrub when it's just hacked into a large shapeless lump! 

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:28

Perhaps you could put in a temporary small fence of some kind just to keep the planting back from the path  for now Adam - depends on what your layout is of course, as well as the finances! A few posts and some mesh would probably be enough though.

I expect the dog might only nip one or two bees before he gets the message! ....

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:15

I was wondering where Scott was - was worried someone had slapped him KEF...

I think I'm losing the plot - OL's polishing aubergines with milk...am I in some kind of weird parallel universe today? Have you been on the sauce OL? 

Daughter's making dinner. Result! 

I did very little this morning lily. I  feel guilty too but I know I shouldn't because I've done plenty of grafting in this garden over the last year so I think I've earned the right to be a bit idle sometimes. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:58

You've all done a lot of chatting while I've been out planting an apple tree, digging, collecting older daughter, getting more wood and compost and shopping etc....not that I'm looking for sympathy...

I only offered to collect her so that she could help lift stuff into the car afterwards 

All the baby pix (lovely!) and shoe talk reminded me of her first little shoes which I kept. She had tiny feet and I couldn't get proper shoes for her  till about 8/9 months after she started walking, so she only had those pram shoes for ages and they were full of holes with her going about in them. She spent most of the time barefoot -  good job it was nice weather!  Actually  - her feet aren't much bigger now...

MrsG - rubbish about your work but I hope you have a good day tomorrow. I'm sure you will, and if the 'non gardeners' don't like it - s*d 'em! If they don't do any gardening their opinion doesn't matter anyway 

and who's been slapping vicars?.... think I missed some posts when I had a skim through! 

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:36

I find they're happiest in a bit of shade, but up here in the (usually) wet clay soil they will grow well in sun too. Lots of plants which we think of as shade lovers will take a fair bit of sun if their feet don't dry out too much.  I have some young anemones ( 'Whirlwind' - a white semi double )   put in last summer  which are also looking a bit dreary hct, but it's been unusually dry and warm this year so I'm putting it down to that and trying to keep them well watered till they're well established. 

Perhaps we can compare pix in autumn to see how they've done! 

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:56

Adam - perhaps they're visiting the Verbena when you're not looking 

Mine are in with other plants but I'm sure they'll use yours when they see them. I forgot about Sedums - I have quite a few of those - great for butterflies once they flower, and I also have some annual cornflowers 'Black Ball' which they seem to like.

Re your concern about bees and young child  - my girls were always in the garden when they were young and I had lots of 'bee attracting' plants. They were never an issue. I think if you take the time to teach them about what bees do they understand very quickly.  Mine  soon realised that the bees weren't really interested in them - just the plants - and they loved watching them with me. So many children are frightened of insects of all types (which is very sad) and is often 'learned' from adults or other children. Perhaps you could give son/daughter a little patch of their own to sow seeds and water little plants etc- it's a great source of entertainment for them 

Make sure they're plants which can cope with being drowned on a regular basis though! 

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