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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: Today at 13:51

Too plasticky for me.

It seems the curling has stopped for the day so OH, feeling stir crazy, has taken the dogs out to play in the garden.   He was planning to check the tyres on the mower but now I can hear its dulcet tones trundling round the grass.

Cox apple tree not fruiting

Posted: Today at 13:45

There's helpful WO!!

Cox's Pippins are difficult but tasty and can be used as eaters or cookers so well worth persevering if the OP has the patience.   Otherwise, I'd consider finding another partner for the James Grieve and treating the Cox as ornamental for a few years.

What tree is this?

Posted: Today at 13:35

Can you provide a close up of the leaves?  And the flowers if you have any?

Can anyone identify this?

Posted: Today at 13:20

Was your car made in Japan?  Most Japanese companies have car plants in Europe now so they can sell more cars without import controls and taxes.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: Today at 12:36

The big clump of hemerocallis here is orange but has burnt orange streaks so not too bad.   In the wrong place tho so it has to go.   Might save a scrap.  I like burnt orange crown frits but not the yellows or bright oranges.

I don't do begonias at all......or impatiens.

Last edited: 21 February 2018 12:36:32

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: Today at 12:17

Beware of those glads Hosta.  I bought one bag of about 15 bulbs a few years ago and planted them in a large pot.  The bulbs multiplied and also babies self-seeded.  I divided and spread and gave away and brought the pot with me.  I now have babies popping up in adjacent pots and spares planted out in borders and more still in the pot.

Fine so far as I do have space and they flower late, providing food for the biggest bees I've ever seen.

Sunny here but chilly.  The knees have gone down a bit and are changing colour to a luminous mustard shade.   Good job it isn't shorts weather!   Too cold for gardening and still wet but I have a new limequat to pot up and a few dahlias I bought when we were water butt hunting yesterday.  Starting to get twitchy now so I hope both knees and weather are fit for gardening next week.

Love the cardi Dove and burnt orange is the only orange I like.  Disturbingly, I found myself considering some 2 tone orange dahlias yesterday so the sun must be getting to me.

Lovely views Pat.  Hosta and Lyn - any plans for another trip to Rosemoor for some pics?

I hope everyone is well.

Can someone let me know what these are?

Posted: Today at 12:08

I think those are smaller but, whatever it is, if you're planning to keep it and get it looking its best, you need to cut it back as low as you can and soon, before the new shoots start to form so you get proper, natural, pointed leaves and not brown edged tips.

It will be tough to cut but you can use hedge trimmers if you have them.  Scatter on some pelleted chicken manure when you're done.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: Today at 12:03

I am not complaining about the rain, just commenting that everything is too sodden to work in.  That should have improved by the time the knees have recovered enough to kneel so I can work my way in from the edges and not trample any possible babies or shoots.

I saw wild primroses in banks along the lanes yesterday.  Gorgeous so spring is on its way despite this coming cold snap.

Never liked mesembryanthemums much in Belgium - not enough sun for them to open wide - but I did try some early on in pots by the south facing front door and they seeded into the gaps in the cobbles so a plucky plant.  Might try them again as they'll do better here.

Have fun at all the fairs.  Ours tend to be in April and May and include one in La Roche-s-Y organised by Asphodèle, the garden club I have joined.  

New Hedge or Screening Suggestions

Posted: Today at 11:55

Some climbers, especially clematis, can take a couple of years to get going while they get their roots established.   It looks to me as if they've had to compete for water and nutrients with the grass and are in unenriched soil.

I would dig the border wider and add plenty of well-rotted garden compost and Or manure and then fill in the gaps with wildlife friendly shrubs and perennials which provide nectar and pollens for insects and birds or shelter or both.  Have a look here and follow the links to more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/wildlife-garden/wildlife/encourage-wildlife-to-your-garden

Growing from seed without potting on?

Posted: Today at 11:41

As long as they pay to advertise.   Forum rules.   We can recommend products we like but producers and sellers can't expect to advertise for free.

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