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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 11:26

There was someone on a painting show the other night. She was the daughter of a farmer and said exactly the same thing. It was raining. She said she only ever went to the seaside if it was raining and they could not do anything on the farm.

 I hope the weather gets better for wonky... out in  all weathers. Braver than me.  I am a fair weather gardener/walker/diver.  The rest of the time I just want to hibernate.

Tropical look

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 21:56

If you can find last weeks big dreams little spaces on BBC iplayer,  they had someone on with about your size of space that went for a tropical garden.  Off the top of my head, bananas, trachycarpus fortunei, hedychium and cannas.

Yellow Buddleia Cuttings

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 16:30

Buddleja globosa and x weyerana are both hardy. Start by putting them up against a house wall or other protection,  then pot on or plant in final position in a few weeks.

Help with identification

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:45

Red 'Rooster' Potatoes

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:44

I got the Sarpo range from D T brown. They delivered in four days.

I did have a blue skinned potato from a heritage range by Alan Roman. They were dreadful at boiling but made the best ever roasty, just by peeling, rolling in oil, a little sea salt and then roasting . The insides were fluffy, the outsides crispy but not greasy.  Unfortunately I can't remember the name, and Alan Roman appears to have given up his potatoes through ill health. He had a fantastic range that he would sell by the tuber.

Get your seed potatoes now for chipping, then plant all of them at the end of March.  (Midlands). Adjust a week either way for North or South.

I will be planting my sister in Laws near Snowdon(Wet Wales) at Easter.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:36

it must be Spring here. The magpie is collecting twigs, bluetits investigating the box on the house wall, and the squirrels are playing chase me, chase me.

Yesterday I repotted the rose cuttings ( one will head to Chicky next week, I haven't forgotten), cut down all the  Polka raspberries, and fed a lot of stuff through the shredder.  I also went on the flat garage roof to clean out the gutters on next doors conservatory, and finish pruning the wisteria that had got up there.

Then I got told off for being up there without supervision.

Does anyone know about this pond?

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:30

Get some of the strong steel grid that builders use for reinforcing concrete. You only need to have a six inch square mesh to stop a child, that way the frogs etc can get out.  You can put the grid  a couple of inches below the water level, although it is said a child can drown in two inches of water.  Maybe a fence around it to keep a toddler out.

Help with identification

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:26

Linaria purpurea ?

difficult without a sense of scale.

Abyssinian Gladioli

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 20:27

I think they need a fair amount of heat. I couldn't get them to flower, then lost them.

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