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Laser measurers

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 18:29

Do you need to measure for legal reasons or garden reasons.? I know a man with a 3D laser scanner that can give you an accurate 3D model, but it's not cheap.

Last edited: 10 February 2018 18:29:57

Cut Flower patch

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 17:41

Well , I've gone and done it now. I volunteered flowers for a neighbours  daughters wedding mid September. She wants mainly peach coloured and white. I've just raided the garden centres for seed. We will see. The trick is how late can I sow the sweet peas and have them mid september. ?

Spanish lavender in Scotland

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 17:37

If that is a current picture of th eplants you may get away with it with good drainage on top of a wall. Try fleecing over them or a polythene cloche.

Spanish lavender in Scotland

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 09:30

Lavendula stoechas ( the ones with the bunny ears) are generally thought to be tender. It depends quite a bit on the drainage, grown on thin poor soil, with sharp drainage, they will be hardier than soft growth on rich soil with poor drainage.


 If you have had snow, it is probably too late. Even here in the midlands, they do not usually survive a winter outside.  I usually pot them with a lot of grit, but lately I have given up, as I have a bed of L. angustifolia which is pretty hardy, and I just shear it over each spring.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 20:13

I did like what they did with the 200 drones for the opening ceremony. Quite amazing to keep that lot coordinated.  I watched a bit of the mogul skiing. It made my knees hurt just watching them.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 18:25

I think I have said before about my brothers cats. They looked really mangy, scratching away until skin was sore and bleeding. A neighbour catnapped them and took them to a vets alleging cruelty. Vet scanned them and contacted my brother. They were already under treatment by another vet.  They had all sorts of expensive medication, and expensive foods. Then SIL had a lightbulb moment, and checked the food. She changed the food to a gluten free sort (cheap from lidl) and their skin cleared up no end.  It seems they were allergic to gluten.   It has to be worth a try.

Empathy mycorrhizal fungi

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 18:18

I agree that the fungi are essential for healthy soil. I am very sceptical about a dry powder doing the job, as opposed to live fungi in the soil. I think that adding a bucket or so of good compost will add beneficial organisms.

Cut Flower patch

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 11:44

I have seedlings from the above hellebores. They are unlikely to flower this year, but  I am hoping for some next year.  I did have a collection from T &M as part of an offer. They were tiny, took two years to flower. Although they are doubles , they are not as good as the Ashwoods. They are in Mums garden now, I am trying to keep the Ashwood strain fairly pure, subject to random bees of course.

Cut Flower patch

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 09:24

My hellebores are mainly from Ashwood nurseries. They are having an open day on 17th February, and John Masseys garden will be open on 10th February for charity.  I can recommend both of these if you can get there.


 John Massey will be attempting to do a hellebore stand at this years Chelsea Flower show, which if he pulls it off, will be amazing.


https://www.ashwoodnurseries.com/events/hellebore-tours-feb2018/


I cut hellebore flowers with an inch of stem and then float them in a bowl of water. They last about a week like this.

Cut Flower patch

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 20:31


Different flowers for different times of year. The cafe au lait is the dahlia on its own between the centre and right hand copper jugs, on the third photo.

Last edited: 08 February 2018 20:32:32

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