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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 18:10

I'm mucky again.  Been potting up spare hostas in newly liberated ceramic pot to make a teeny display on the north facing terrace.   Decided my scented leaf pelargonium (used for infusing cream for ice cream) can go in a proper pot on the terrace and no longer be a house plant and have sown trays of alyssum, California poppy, pheasant's eye and cosmos to use as fillers plus some Pam's Choice foxgloves to grow on for next spring.  Need to buy more seed trays now.

I've also split a very frothy flowered saxifrage into over a dozen wee rosettes and a big sanguuisorbia has now become 5.   Fingers crossed they all take.

Looks like rain is on the way so I'm in for a mug of decaf and then a shower while a pastilla cooks for dinner.

Funnily enough Hosta, we have become a stopover spot for people on their way to or from points beyond.   The next lot are spending 4 days here between other friends and rellies near Pouancé and Bordeaux.

Bob - do show us a pic when it's up.  I was looking at Rhinos before I decided to get a polytunnel instead - 4 times the size for the same price including a green mesh removable cover.   Just waiting for the weeds to die before putting down the central path and planting goodies.

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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:57

I can well understand your excitement.  Enjoy.

Lichen Infested Trees

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:55

Lichen is simply a sign of clean air and not a threat to trees.  It looks to me as tho your apple trees are old, hungry and badly neglected.  I suggest you have a look at this information on the RHS website and then decide whether yo can renovate them yourself or need a tree surgeon -


As a first step, I would remove the grass from around the base of the trunks to a diameter of at least a metre and fork in some blood, fish and bone and give them a good drink.  Mulch the cleared area with well rotted garden compost or manure and cover with chipped bark or gravel to keep down the weeds so there is less competition for water and nutrients.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:35

I expect the hesperis will cope tho may adopt an unusual attitude.

We have two shrubs on the slope between the gravel and the grass and one has suffered in the stormy winds and is now lying almost horizontal.  They are covered in white flowers so I shall leave them be till that's done and then the flopped one can be moved to form part of the mixed hedge along the roadside as we have gaps where stuff has died.

Busy - how lovely to be able to spend time with your little ones and know you plants are being cared for.   We are due a bit more rain this afternoon and then none till Friday.

Chicky - that iris is gorgeous.   I have planted about 2 doz in my new island bed and some will be surprises but I love the form.  Whilst weeding the other bed I managed to decapitate an allium which is now in a glass and has opened up fully.   Maybe one for the cuttings garden when I get it.

Alliums qu

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:12

I think alliums look best planted in groups and coming up thru other plants.  I would leave the ones in the first pic where they are but plant something like hardy geraniums or geums or Michaelmas daisies to hide the bare legs.   

New Bench

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 11:50

I think that if you put pots around the bench it will look cluttered and feel cramped, not relaxing.  A wisteria behind the bench and in the ground is a good plan as are roses either side of the bench and in the ground.  You can underplant with hardy geraniums for ground cover and shorter lavender such as Munstead Dwarf would make a good mini hedge along the edge and attract bees and ward off aphids.   

Alliums qu

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:42

If you can't dig the ground it's best to plant n pots so you can give them the depth they need.  You also need other plants around them to disguise the foliage going over before the flower head appears and does its fireworks display.   

We're playing in a new garden this year and last autumn I planted a variety of alliums in an existing border and the rest in pots.  All have done well but whilst weeding the border and forking over for new plants I have disturbed some of the allium bulbs so I've lifted and saved them?  They'll go back in as soon as I've finished planting up the new perennials so they can start producing roots as soon as they like

I suggest you lift yours and re-plant at a decent depth or in pots if you can't go deep.

Thin conifers suitable for a north facing garden.

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:17

NOt at all weedy.  I wouldn't put a one trick pony conifer in a small space either, especially north facing where there is less light.   I'd want something to brighten up the space, not dull it down.

However, it's not our garden or our decision and we can only offer advice based on our knowledge and experience.  .

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:10

Good morning - just.  I was woekn early by rain followed by sound effects.  Not as shwoy as the night before but it rained steadily for the next 3 hours and gave us 16mm of rain.  Brilliant because I finished planting my treasures in teh island bed yesterday and just need to slot in some anemone de Caen corms I've soaked and sow some annual seeds in the gaps.

It's much cooler today - so far - at only 20C so a good day for sanding.  Not a BH here today but we've just had Ascension weekend where many take Friiday off to make a 4 day weekend.

Internet can be slow here too but I just give Photobucket a whole folder of photos to upload and leave it to it.  Re-sizing to post individual photos on here can be painfully slow and I've noticed nopattern to when speeds are better or worser.  Pity as I love seeing photos too and am saving the Chelsea thread photos for a good long sit with a coffee after I've done my jobs.

I had 3 different boots for my my feet.  The first was a toe to ankle Fort Knox jobby when they thought I had a cracked metatarsal.  The second was completely flat with just enough webbing to hold it on when the stone-age idiot at Namur told me my detached toes and metatarsals were inoperable.  The last was an ankle jobby with a shape that put all the weight on teh heel and let the foot rool for wearing after he'd shortened and re-attached the offending metatarsals to my toes and sorted out my bunions while he was on.  Brilliant and not too hot and sweaty.

I'm sure you look very glam Dove.   Well done.

Have a good holiday everyone - even if you have to work.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 23:27

Photos - If I have several to share I load them onto an album with Photobucket and just post a link.   No need to reduce size and the loading can run in the background while I do other stuff, like researching plants and their needs or doing something elsewhere like planting or sanding or painting.

Busy - .Sounds hectic but lovely for you to see so many of your favourite people.   Elise is a lovely name.

Bedtime for me.   Feeling weary and we're expecting more thundery storms o probably another wakeful night.

Sweet dreams all.

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