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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:16

Pat, I have been told that nothing will happen next door this year. that means we have all this year to do cuttings, potting up,  etc.

 EDD, sorry but we already have a 3 bed house. I'm looking for a big bungalow in a fair amount of land. The scuba gear is going with us. Anyhow I will need it for our next expedition to North Sulawesi this October. 

My friend in Australia is selling up and coming back in May. She will housesit for us , and help me with the garden this year until she finds a place to buy here. Her three kids are all spread about in USA now, but moving there is not really a good idea, cost of healthcare etc for us oldies.  Its easier for her to live here and then visit USA.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 23:01

My first one came from the old Bressingham Nursery when it was still owned by Blooms. R. cautleyoides Kew Beauty.  There are a lot of purpurea hybrids. The most striking is Red Ghurka. I have some that are from collections on expedition by Crug plants in North wales. Vannin is named after their grandson.  I am currently splitting and potting in preparation for moving.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 19:50

It depends on your soil Obelix. Although they look tender, they are hardy, like dappled shade and that oft quoted moisture retentive free draining soil.  I made them a special bed with lots of grit and a bag full of peat. They don't like being sodden in winter.

 I now have a range, from tiny ones a few inches high to others at 18 inches. Colours vary.. yellow. purple, pink,red,  white, and almost black.  I confess to getting slightly addicted.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 18:35

I spent most of yesterday trying to split Roscoeas. One I gave up on. I tipped it out of the pot to see a huge mass of roots. As they are very brittle, there was no way. I just gave it a much bigger pot and hope for the best. If it spreads out nicely, I may get some off it next winter. The other one, I took an hour gently untangling 5 octopus type Vannin. I eventually did it, and repotted them. Now, do I risk digging up the Red Ghurka yet or wait until they start to come through?. They are very dormant at the moment.

Apple tree choice?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 21:14

Today I saw something about an avocado pear that someone had fruited in London. The tree was 10m high so I guess it was not in a greenhouse. Pretty amazing microclimate.

You pay your money.........

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 16:44

I've got some echinacea and rudbeckia from Lidl that I potted up, look like the red sprouts in the second picture. not bad for two weeks from dry roots.

Last Frost

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 08:37

my banana is still fleeced in a frost free greenhouse. i aim to take the fleece off this week. It wil then be mollycoddled inside until early June. I reckon that tender stuff needs some protection until the last week in May here on the Notts/Derbys border.

Can anyone i.d this plant please

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 19:38

I think they are Pulsatilla or pasque flower.

Can anyone i.d this plant please

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 19:26

Do you have another photo of the whole plant, leaves etc.?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 14:48

Yes, if you're quick.  I bought 2 packets on offer.

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