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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 11:48

Greetings all.

Still sunny and not quite as cold today.  No rain expected all week so we're going to get very dry.  I had to water the patch at the side of the house last night so OH can rotavate this pm and then I can bung on loads of compost and start planting roses, clems, hamamelis, winter honeysuckle and other smelly stuff.    Need to remember to leave space for a table and chairs for morning coffee in the sunshine.

Good luck with the scan Hosta.  Garden changes looking very good.  Satisfying project.

Sorry about your friend Busy, especially hard when you're far away and can't help directly.

Liri - your daughter sounds lovely.  Not surprised you miss her.  Ours left on Saturday after a 3 week visit and it seems very quiet.

OH is out there fixing up my wall mounted retractable hose reel after moaning that the ordinary one leaks at the reel attachment.   I am planning to carry on with my hosta bed this pm.  Ground cover this time.  I have some epimediums which I hope will like this garden better than they liked the old one.  Never lasted a winter.  Plus some tiarellas and a colourful leaved persicaria and brunnera.   Yum!

Enjoy your day.

Last edited: 24 April 2017 11:48:37

miserable skimmia

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 22:18

Yes, Epsom salts as in pharmacy.  Chlorosis is a feature of ericaceous plants being unable to take up both iron and magnesium because of alkalinity in the soil or water.   Chelated or sequestered as they only help fix iron so are not a complete cure.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 22:02

Feed it some slow release clematis food  to help it build flowering strength for next year and give it a tonic now of liquid tomato food.  Repeat every spring.

Where have the April showers gone?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:59

I dunno.  last spring was so wet and miserable we were all moaning and this year it's dry and we're still moaning.

Gardeners!!  Never happier than when bemoaning the weather.

Thank you!

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:49

Haven't you done well.   Concentrate on resting and healing now and you'll soon be back out there.   Good luck for a speedy recovery.

Ideas for tall, evergreen privacy (& maybe flowering!)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:43

Ceanothus can be grown as wall shrubs and I expect are often used as hedges in their native California.  The RHS has this advice and also recommends them as wall shrubs - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=354 

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:36

I grew this in Belgium in good, rich loamy soil with plenty of organic matter.  It was in full sun all day once we got into late April.   It got so big I dug it up 3 years ago and moved it to an even sunnier spot with more moisture and it grew well there too, but never as tall which suited me fine.  It was a triffid in its first location getting well over 2m high.

I suggest patience and see if it perks up.  Don't let it dry out but don't drown it either..

Can you identify this?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:09

Speedwell - veronica chamaedrys.

miserable skimmia

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 18:07

It looks a bit chlorotic - yellowing of leaves showing magnesium deficiency.  Try a foliar feed of Epsom salts using a ratio of 15ml of salts to 5l of water.   Works on rhodos and azaleas and conifers too.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:30

A friend posted at the weekend that it was snowing at our old house in Belgium.   The wind here has swung more to the north which means the front of the house - south - is lovely and warm now.  I've been out watering treasures and putting rusty obelisks on enthusiastic clematis waiting for permanent homes in the ground.  Frost expected Wednesday and Thursday so I'm been moving things about too to give some protection.

OH has been manfully digging away the edge of the grass where it has grown over the drive in teh last few years.  Hard labour and we're going to need to edge it somehow.

Cosmos has been rolling in the fine grey gravel chippings that make up the drive and is no longer white.  Minstrel has been patrolling her territory for insects and small mammals.  The neighbour tells me she will also find grass snakes.  Cosmos hasn't a clue about hunting bu does love to chew cardboard boxes and leave confetti all over the floor for him to kill later.

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