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A Few May Flowers

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:56

Roscoea are very hardy. Most of mine are either still underground or in the case of R. cautleyoides kew beauty, just through. I have nothing in flower yet. That early purple is certainly early.  The hardest thing in growing them is to mark them so that you don't stick a fork through them early in the season. It means delicate hand weeding around them.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 17:51

From what we saw on Sunday, hubby thought I was going to be in fashion. The naturalistic look  ( the yorkshire garden) seemed to be in .  Then the best in show went to a pile of stones, looking more like a graveyard than a garden.  I liked that no better than   what looked like a war memorial slab last year.  Are we going in two opposite directions? real gardens for gardeners and the sculpture park look, all with hidden meanings, for the celebs and the powers that be?


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 16:57

Spanish bluebell  Hyacinthoides hispanica.

Cut off the heads and do not let them seed.  They spread like crazy without.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 16:02

The ones who regard sick leave as extra holidays  spoil it for the hard workers. The company I worked for gave everyone six weeks paid sick plus four weeks holiday plus eight bank holidays. Most of the staff had been there a long time. A new person started, and never put in a full week. Over a year she took the full amount of sick time in odd days for  non specific illnesses. The others were getting fed up with it, and  started doing the same. I fired the new one, and we altered the sick allowance to three weeks, and any other was subject to approval by a director. Someone needing a hysterectomy but had hardly had a day off in years got three months sick on full pay. The ones not coming in due to a hangover didn't get paid.   A large company cannot do it. A small company cannot afford to have shirkers who throw sickies on a regular basis.  Yes, I was regarded as either "that bloody woman" or a B!!**.  Normal service resumed.  I have often sent home people who are too sick to be there, and they were paid for it. I do not think people who are genuinely ill should be penalised.

Spiraea arguta

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:29

I prune off all the flowered stems back to a new growing shoot. If you do it now, as the flowers have finished the new growth ripens enough to flower next year. If you leave it until later, you lose next years flowers.

Help please in identifying this plant

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:44

Fork it out, every bit left will send up new shoots. Hit the second flush with glyphosate. Hit the third flush with glyphosate. Good luck. Do not compost what you fork out. Either send it to the council in green waste bins or burn it.

Last edited: 23 May 2017 20:44:40

Recognise this

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:41

Let it flower this year. I mean if it grows to six foot, take it down to 18 inches high from soil level, in Spring.  If it is in the wrong place, take some cuttings which will root easily in some gritty compost, then if the moving fails, you have a back up. Of course you may not like it when it flowers, so you could just dig it up then and replace with something you like.

Beech Hedge

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:37

Its normal to trim Beech in August  so that it keeps its leaves in winter, but it would do no harm to cut that down by half.  Each spindly main shoot could come down by two feet. That would encourage it to bush and ultimately make a better hedge. A good watering , then a mulch mixed with some feed such as growmore or blood , fish and bone will help it grow well during the summer. Do not feed later in the season or you get weak sappy growth which gets damaged by frosts.

Carole's orchid recommendation

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:45

I think it was Dactylorhiza fuchsii   the common spotted orchid. Beautiful to look at but pretty fussy as to conditions it needs. I have lost several, but I still persist in trying.

Identifications (lots of!!)

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:40

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