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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:04

What a major pain in the ring fidget.

The problems of travelling at this time of year, especially when it's been very benign in most places for so long. The north and west, including N. Ireland has probably had less issues with weather this winter than for several years. The wind - or lack of it - mainly, has been the big factor. Usually there's cancellations of ferries and bridges closed on a very regular basis.

Glad you're nice and cosy now Joyce 

Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 18:02

I agree with Lyn and BL. Sweet peas are better sown later (if they haven't been sown in autumn) and kept cool so that  they germinate slowly and become sturdy plants to plant out. You'll need to keep pinching them out or they'll be very leggy with all that warmth. Deeper pots too as has been said. I do the 'two or three to a pot' method and plant the whole thing out, or sow direct in April.

Keep the propagator for things that really need the warmth Peter. All a learning curve though 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:49

Snow and ice. Zero degrees, or lower,  pretty much all day apart from a little while at lunchtime when it got to the dizzy heights of ....one. 

More of the same for tomorrow, although more ice than snow apparently.


Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:46

Very naughty KT - but very amusing ....

horizontal perenials

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:44

It's very easy T'bird - I can't get rid of it - it clearly likes the conditions here!

There's a prostrate rosemary which might suit your conditions GD. Some of the dianthus varieties are very low growing and might be good. Both evergreen and ideal for a sunny spot. There's lots of little saxifrages too. They're nice and straightforward, and spread if they're happy.

I have the prostrate Gaultheria (procumbens)  which is good in semi shade, but needs moisture, so it would depend if you had a suitable spot for it. Evergreen, foliage turns reddish in autumn/winter, little white flowers followed by berries. Not jaggy like the other Gaultherias either. 


Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:37

That's great pokhim!  

Looking forward to seeing it. Hope you enjoyed the experience and you're happy with the results  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:34

fidget - if there had been a manger you could at least have had a lie down...

It's been snowing off and on LP, but it's the low temps which will be an issue. The snow was falling on top of ice which has caused the problems.  It's barely been above zero all day here, and was zero when I came in at 5pm.  M74 was bad according to the radio reports. I don't need to use the M77 fortunately. You'll possibly be on your way by now and not able to read any of this though! Hope it all goes brilliantly  

Thank goodness you got the engineer Joyce. Hope you don't get much more snow, but the temps are low so you need the heating working! I've been out knocking the snow off the phormiums and hebes and other evergreens. Won't be great if it all freezes on, and I don't want it breaking any vulnerable branches and stems with the weight. 

Spag bol and/or roast chicken leftovers for dinner.  

I haven't had any long tailed tits here (yet)  obelixx but I'm really hoping they appear at some point. Don't really have the right sort of trees in this garden for a treecreeper, but the conifer and pine are providing cover for the nutties, so I can't complain! I also saw a chaffinch yesterday. That's the first one I've seen in this garden, yet round the corner, there were more of them than anything else. 

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:39

Do it every year.  Easy to do online too,  if you don't want to bother with ordering anything. 

Hope my new visitors, the pair of nuthatches, will appear on the day.  They've been visiting regularly in the last month or two  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:35

Afties all - no pooter this morning as it was 'updating'  

Anyway, it gave me time to clear the snow and ice off the car, and feed the birds earlier than usual. The blackie was sitting on the fence in the dark looking hopefully at the house. Nuthatches are enoying the restaurant regularly which is great. We haven't had too much snow(yet) - an inch or two, but it fell on ice so the side roads were interesting! The drivers who don't know how to drive in it are the biggest problem though  

Snowing on and off all morning but a bit of watery sun has helped. It'll have given you a bit of practice for your journey LP   

Hope you get a decent kitchen Obelixx. Pricey, but worth it if you're going to be there forever, so to speak. You can get it suited exactly for you and your needs. 

To buy or not to buy ???

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 20:04

Hardy geraniums are just that Shazza - hardy , so no need to put them anywhere inside.

As Joyce says - pot up and put them somewhere sheltered - ie tucked in against the house wall, or against a fence  out of the worst of the elements to let them get accustomed to your location. They may have been grown in a protected environment so, unless you know they haven't, it's a bit of insurance. Once they've grown on a bit and have established, you can plant out. 

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