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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 17:18

Stephanie or your daughter?

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Posted: 15/04/2017 at 17:17

Happily for me LB I had my newest roses and clems in containers along with shrubs grown from cuttings and lots of lilies and divisions of my favourite hostas. 

Rain is better than hail any day.  My patch of rhubarb was wiped out by a hailstone tornado one year while I was away at Chelsea.   Shredded hostas, squashes and clematis too and left pitted scars on the stems of roses, trees and shrubs.   Devastating.

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Posted: 15/04/2017 at 17:04

Compost in pots loses its food value after 90 days so your bulbs have probably been starved enough to prevent them forming flower buds.   It is usual to put bulbs form pots out in the garden where they can access a decent supply of nutrients and you use freshly bought bulbs for next year's pots.

Whether you plant them out or not, water them with a solution of tomato food at least once a week till their foliage dies down completely - at least 6 weeks after flowering.  This will give them a chance to store enough energy for flowers.  Once the foliage has turned brown you can remove it.


Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 16:55

LB that garden had about 45 clematis which had proven to be hardy enough to cope and some rather lovely trees, shrubs and roses and then a wide range of perennials and bulbs for shade, sun, damp and well-drained situations.  It was wonderful but definitely needed looking after.

I never managed to get brunnera, epimediums or tiarellas to last more than one of the milder winters so hope I will have more luck here where -6C is deemed exceptionally cold.  Same with a Spotty Dotty I tried at great expense.   I didn't have time to pot up any of my lovely cornflowers so they're a good find.   I have seeds for lots of the other stuff but not the hardy geraniums.

Thinking about Adam on GW ast night, one of my pots of goodies has bindweed growing.  Quaranine for that one then. 

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 15:53

I have reading specs by the PC, in the kitchen for recipe books and knobs on new cooker, in teh mantry for wetaher station statistics and shopping list updates, in the garden shed in my huge seed box, in the bedroom, bathroom, upstairs bookcase, sewing room, patchwork box, bathroom and the two cars and yet I still manage not to find them when I need them.  Similar problem with hand cream really.

Cosmos is feeling got at and nesting in his transport cage.   Minstrel has curled up on their sheepskin and is keeping him company.  

I did get to the plant fair with OH to carry the booty.   Perishing wind today and I have a hurty of my own so just watering today while I rest my planting hand which has been having spasms.

TB - good move.  I'd hate to have people close by at bedroom window level.   They've built on the land at the back of our old house in Harrow.  It used to be a driving practice range for learners in cars and on motor bikes.  Some bright spark called the new road Learner Drive!  Don't ever want to go back to the house in Belgium.  our old neighbours tell me Marie-Christine, my gardening buddy, is in despair at the state of our garden - all those treasures being left to rack and ruin.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 15:41

Had to start my day with a trip to the vet with Cosmos after all as he woke up snuggly but not purry and was favouring his back leg again.   No obvious damage so anti-inflamatory jab and meds plus rest for 15 days.  Ha!    Had a toasted hot crss bun and coffee then headed off to the plant fair later than planned.

Very chilly in teh breeze and lots of tomato and other veg seedlings on offer plus some gorgeous irises - only 10€ - and peonies - 39€ and an acer for 125€.  Yikes!

Decided to stick to more reasonably priced perennials which I'd either grown successfully before but not had room or time to bring bits with me, ones that had proved too nesh in Belgium and one or two that just intrigued me.

Epimedium Lilafee; Tiarella, Persicaria runcinata Purple Fantasy, Dodecatheon, Brunnera ack Frost; Podophyllum Spotty Dotty, Cornus Canadensis, Cornflower Amethyst Snow and Jordy, Pimpinella Major, Geum Totally Tangerine, Mukdenia rossii aceriphyllum, Geraniums – Anne Folkard, magnificum anemoneflorum, Rozanne, Salome and Victor Reiter Jnr

Just watering them this pm and then staying warm as I have a hurty myself.  Right palm blocking up with spasms up my forearm so  rest for me too and maybe a doc next week.  

Busy - you sound very organised as ever.

Chicky  I love carrot cake and have several recipes including ones with cardamom spicing, banana, chocolate..........  Let me know if you're interested.

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Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:53

Don't think so.  Their front age is a 2m wide pathway with a couple of huge pots of pelargoniums and kiddies bikes for the grandkids.  In front of that tarmac for parking farm vehicles.  Behind the house there is a veg plot which I have yet to see up close but know is extensive and productive.  Their house is back from the road an accesses via drive with our paddock to the left and piles of silage on their bit to the right.

Definitely bemused by people gardening for pleasure and love of plants.  Perhaps you should guerilla garden the dead hydrangea and put a plastic one in that she doesn't have to water .

Small tree to cheer up a driveway?

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:49

Sorry no, but I tried a cercis canadensis Forest Pansy in my Belgian garden.  Not hardy enough.  The first winter coppiced it to be a multi-stemmed shrub.  The next killed it.  I suspect a UK winter will be kinder.

acer sangu-kaku will give you red stems in winter and grow very slowly to about 2 or 3 m high over 10 or 15 years but not be an over-bearing presence as it will have delicate stems and gorgeous foliage colours especially in spring and autumn.

If you do go for colour, have a look at cotinus (smoke bush) which comes with either bright golden green foliage or deep purple.

Hamamelis are lovely but need space to spread their arms.

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Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:28

We were supposed to be going to the plant fair this morning but events intervened.   I took Cosmos to the vet because he woke up not purring and favouring that hip.  Nothing obviously broken or dislocated so he's had a huge jab of anti inflammatories and more to take orally plus rest for 15 days.  Oh yeah!  He gets the chop on Tuesday which will help with resting for one day and they can have another look to see if he's improved.  No wrangling with the dogs for a while.

Plant fair this pm then.

Possum will kitten-sit as she doesn't do plants.

No sailor's bums or shirts here today.  Uniform grey.   Got home to find farmer neighbour's wife here.  She's asked for some lilac to make an Easter bouquet so we went out and cut some plus some purple and white aquilegias and some viburnum whose balls of white flowers are just opening.  Typically, she hasn't a clue about aquilegias or viburnums or anything not edible for humans or feedable to heir beef cows.  Admired the new hosta bed but doesn't know what they are either.

Doesn't grow her own garden snails for the pot then.

Last edited: 15 April 2017 11:28:25

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:19

I'm so sorry Pat.  She will leave big hole in your life but one filled with love and happy memories once you get past the initial sadness.   Having pets is such a joy so let's hope that soon outweighs your understandable melancholy.

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