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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: Today at 10:48

Ooh, I see you've given us an update, Hosta.  Glad they've been able to rule out a lot of things, anyway...

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: Today at 10:46

Morning all.  Afternoon Pat!

I can recommend a career in gardening too, Kayleigh - I re-trained in horticulture after my children were almost grown.  It was just lovely looking after other people's exciting plants, and spending their money!  

Sunny and less cold here today.  Hooray!  

Sorry your family visit wasn't germ-free, LilyP, but glad you had a lovely time getting to know the little one.  

Best of luck, Hosta!

My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: Today at 10:27

We seem to be one of the few areas of the country not suffering from drought at the moment.  It's no longer muddy on my regular walks, but the garden is still moist - I've not had to water anything except pots this year.  We had heavy rain last night.  (Not trying to make you jealous, Joyce & Marion...)

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: Yesterday at 23:13

Hope you have a lovely time, Chicky.  We hope for photos...  

Hi Kayleigh!  Welcome.  No reason why gardening should be reserved for old fogeys... I started with sowing carrot seeds with my Dad when I was 5, and have always loved gardening since.  Now I'm one of the old fogeys...    Your little lad will no doubt see your love of the garden and enjoy helping as he gets a bit older.  Happy days to come.

Obelixx, I'm sure you're right about the pieris producing new shoots.  It's happened before, and no doubt will happen again...

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: Yesterday at 18:40

Hope they get it sorted soon, Hosta.  Hugs.

Looking round the garden, I'm pleased to say there's not a lot of real damage from the last few days' weather.  The magnolia flowers have turned to brown mush, the new shoots on Pieris 'Katsura' won't come to anything, and a lot of flowers have seen better days... but it could be worse...

Lilac seeds

Posted: Yesterday at 18:29

So these are seeds from last year's flowers?  You may find the pods are empty, with the seeds having fallen to the ground last year when they ripened.  If you do find seeds, they may or may not be viable; the books say stratify in damp sand in a fridge for 2 months, but you could just sow them and leave the pot in a shady corner outside, and wait.  They might germinate - or they might need another winter before they come up.  

Sowing Grass Seed

Posted: Yesterday at 16:07

Hi Polly! 

You'll get good results from a seeded lawn if you prepare the area right, sow at the right time (autumn or mid spring), keep the area watered, and are prepared to be patient!  You'll have seen videos, no doubt, of people doing the "penguin walk" (weight on your heels) to consolidate your weeded soil, to make sure there are no air pockets which will make your lawn uneven.  It's worth leaving the weeded area for a little while to settle before consolidating and raking, maybe raking several times in different directions and removing stones.  Raking in a general fertiliser around a fortnight before you sow can be helpful. 

When you're satisfied it's ready, work out the area and buy the appropriate amount of lawn seed, of the type you want (for hardwearing, shady or ornamental lawns).  You can use string or canes to mark out square metres, and at least to start with, weigh out the seed needed for a metre or two so you know what it looks like.  If you sprinkle your seed over the square half in one direction, then half at right angles to it, you'll get a more even result.  Don't worry if it doesn't look very even.  Lightly rake it in.  Keep the area moist - a hose and sprinkler is the best way.  And yes, protecting it from birds is a really good idea; I used a "tent" arrangement with bamboo canes and a strawberry net.

Good luck!  

Back garden rats

Posted: Yesterday at 15:47

Bernie12, if you're still looking at this thread - you'll know if the rats are still in your garden if new holes appear once you've filled in the old ones.  5cm diameter sounds about right for a rat.  Don't panic about them though; there are said to be as many rats in Britain as people, so most of us are living near them without much problem.  Obviously you don't want them living in your house or garden because they do damage and carry disease, but now you've stopped feeding the birds, I'd expect the rats in your garden to go elsewhere.  

Lilac seeds

Posted: Yesterday at 15:33

Lilacs are often grafted, sometimes onto privet.  It's not easy to get a graft to "take" though.

If your friend's lilac is particularly lovely, why not try taking softwood cuttings?  If it works, you'll have a plant identical to the parent.  

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:21

I expect they are a different variety of day lily - flowering a bit later by the look of it, maybe with different coloured flowers.

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