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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 12:16

I love Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill. I had a grafted one originally, but after about five years it got to about five feet high and the graft failed. I then got a rooted cutting. That was doing well until we had the mega frost of minus  15 C and it turned up its toes. I agree, the scent is wonderful.  For the time being I am managing with Viburnum bodnantense Dawn.

My pots of bulbs are coming along well now.  Snowdrops are starting to show white in the  garden now. Spring is around the corner, but I wish we had booked a holiday for February. Maybe next year. Troble is, at the time you need to book, I don't feel like I need it, then as Winter sets in, I need  the sunshine more and more.

Cats are funny things. Lenny the bengal cat that belongs one of the neighbours, pops around at lunchtime to see if there is anything going spare. Both of my sisters and my mum have had neighbours cats moved in with them.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 22:24

Funny thing about cats. It can be tipping it down with rain, but they are always dry when they come in.

I'm glad he's back though.

My OH does tidying too. Usually as a displacement activity when he is supposed to be doing something else... like his tax return.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 15:43

I have just planted the last of the daffodils I found in a bag in the garage. Now I've got to vacuum the mud I trailed through the house.

It must be nearly Spring. The robins are getting stroppy defending areas.

Proximity of planting Conifer Trees

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 22:06

DHR, where did you get the pagoda summerhouse from?


Posted: 28/01/2017 at 19:46

Cut all the leaves off and let the root ball get to be on the dry side. It will start to grow in Spring, feed it then, it will grow new leaves. It is actually herbaceous and not a tree.

Identify eucalyptus

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:41

Where abouts in WA? If much further North than Perth, it may not be hardy.  We came across some lovely Salmon gums half way between Perth and Monkey Mia, wonderful colour bark, but not hardy here in UK.  If it was around Albany area, it will be hardier as they get frosts down there.

 There is a nursery in North Wales specialising in Eucalypts that are hardy in the UK.

I have grown E. perinniana , the spinning gum from Chiltern seed. It is hardy here in the East Midlands, surviving -15C

University Project - improving gardening tools

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:28

 I think we should set up a special part of the forum for these students. We seem to have the same question over and over.

Daffodils....too late?

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 23:21

Dig a hole and stick them in it. I found some today  in the garage. They are going in tomorrow if I can get a fork in.  I planted some alliums that were growing roots today as well.

Pruning Very old climbing roses

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 23:15

As with any pruning, start with cutting out dead or diseased wood. Then cut out any branches that rub against another. Then stand well back and have a look at it. Take off any flowered shoots to about a foot from the branch they start at, leaving a new shoot to flower next year. If it is still congested , I would take out a third of older wood back to around six foot. I suspect if you cut too hard back into the trunks, you may lose it.

Last edited: 26 January 2017 23:17:34

What A Start to 2017

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 20:51

It sounds like you should still be off work until you are recovered properly.  If cold air on your chest is making you wheeze, you are not better, should be indoors, keeping warm with lots of hot drinks.

 A lot of people on here have had the lurgy over christmas and new year. Post viral fatigue syndrome lasts a few weeks , even though you feel better.

 Look after yourself.

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