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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:24

Completely agree about dog - and cat - owners being responsible and not going for inbred, deformed specimens with built in health problems or letting them breed for want of neutering.   When we first got Bonzo he didn't sit or lie properly so I was worried we had a Lab with those weak hips but no, just no idea how to do it properly and no muscles.  Now he can sit and pose for England!

Well done Hosta and Clari for being kind and patient and helpful.   People do rush so.   

Have had a busy morning taking Possum's bed to her apartment along with a supply of Indian and Thai spices and pastes to keep her going.  As part of the freezer emptying project we will be having a C dinner on Saturday - last family dinner till C - duck breasts with a red wine and juniper berry sauce and gratin dauphinoise.    Possum's idea.    Don't want any more C stuff till after OH's birthday in early December.

Smoked haddock chowder tonight with real, undyed fish from the freezer.  Pigeon tomorrow.

Still no sign of any rain so watering has been done.

Back to the attic then. 



Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:00

I like the plant but my soil is too rich so all I get are big, glossy leaves and never any flowers.   I've given up now and just enjoy the foliage which is a good foil for airier plants.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:59

I have 4 clematis in pots as a temporary measure while they wait to move to my new garden.   Each pot is 50cms deep and wide.  I wouldn't go for 75cms for a permanent pot. so rather larger than 2 litres.

Your pots are probably fine for babies but they do need a lot of watering and feeding so maybe they're a bit hot, hungry and thirsty.   Either way, they'll need bigger pots for next year's growth.

What can I plant under Dicentra?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:53

I have mine with hardy geraniums and the variegated form of ground elder which is pretty and not a thug.  Geranium macrorhizum forms have scented leaves and their foliage turns red in winter.  


Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:50

I believe so.  I've dug mine up several times and it always came back.   

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:49

I agree.  Plant them in the ground or move to bigger pots and feed and water well.   

be patient too.  Clematis can take a while to settle in and establish their root system before they take off above ground.   They also flower more profusely if trained as horizontally as possible, rather than allowed to scramble vertically.

Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 21:51

They're not difficult if they have the right soil conditions and enough water.   If you do have to use hard tap water, you can correct it by adding some liquid sequestered iron or Miracid.  Alkalinity locks up iron and makes it unavailable to ericaceous plants which then get anaemic.  These products will fix that but you need to use them regularly.

Yellowing leaves can also be a sign that they are chlorotic, or short of magnesium, and you can fix that with a foliar spray made up of 1 tbs of Epsom salts dissolved in 5 litres of water.

Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 21:10

You can plant potted specimens any time of year.  The secret is to soak the rootball thoroughly first by dunking the pot in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear and then planting at the right depth in a well prepared hole with good soil and a handful of blood, fish and bone mixed in.  Firm well, stake if necessary and water thoroughly.  

Mulch with something like chipped bark or garden compost to reduce water evaporation and combat any weeds that will compete with it.

Keep watered - but not drowning - until the autumn rains become regular enough to do that for you.  

Remember they don't like alkalinity so make sure your soil is neutral to acid and add ericaceous soil conditioner and feed if needs be.  Do not water with hard tap water.  Use rain water. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 20:32

Hazel - I'll be able to take time out once it's all packed up and the house is clean.  Kind of on a deadline here.

FG - have made Possum cook prawn Jalfrezi from scratch with me this evening so at least I know she can do that one now.   Noticed that there's not a lot of signal in the Malvern Hills either.

Plant ID's

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 20:25

Yes, there are several kinds of pampas grass.

Pic 2 looks like salvia Hot Lips.  Pic 3 looks like a gloxinia.   Not familiar with pic 4.

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