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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 14:20

2 days sick leave allowance is ludicrous.   Colds, flu, bronchitis, some kinds of food poisoning all take longer than that to clear and shouldn't be transmitted to colleagues or customers.

People always eat or take more then they need at a buffet Busy but that does seem a bit excessive and rude.

We now have a polytunnel!  With shading!  Just need to get in there and spray the weeds that have come up and then decide on a path down the middle and get planting.  OH has done it all on his ownsome except for help hauling the shading fabric over and clipping it on.  Clever boy and avoids divorce proceedings.

I have potted up pots with fuchsias for the north side of the house and planted the cabbage plugs in window boxes to keep them going till a bed is ready for them.   Now I need to go shopping for more compost.

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 14:04

Acers aren't very good with dry soils.    Can you enrich it with plenty of moisture retentive compost and/or manure?   Which parts of the year are you there?  Is the house empty the rest of the year or do you need something that's good for other visitors to see and enjoy?

You could try a rose such as Falstaff which can be a shrub or a short climber that won't get to more than 2m or so.  Rosa complicata might be OK too.  Need dead heading tho.

There's a flowering almond that may suit and would give blossom in spring and foliage colour in autumn - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/75793/i-Prunus-tenella-i-Fire-Hill/Details 

Cotoneaster dielsianus would provide blossom and berries for extended interest - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/4593/i-Cotoneaster-dielsianus-i/Details

Japanese quince?  Eleagnus?  Escallonia?  Viburnum tinus?  

Planning a soft fruit area

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 13:32

I fancy growing a black mulberry if I can find one.  Might be worth looking at for you too.

I've been offered boysen and wineberries for my new fruit patch but have'nt see or tasted them yet. 

Loganberries, tayberries, thornless blackberries, purple gooseberries (so much nicer than green) early and late strawberries and alpine strawberries.

Spiraea arguta

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:21

It's up to you.  Either leave it to grow or else prune back any stems that are too long or in the way as soon as flowering finishes.

Sickly looking shrub

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:18

That shrub looks like it's a photinia davidii 'Palette' and very thirsty and probably hungry.  They are evergreen -ish - in mild winters but don't like to be too dry or too exposed to strong winds or frosts and will lose leaves when stressed.

I suggest you give it a good drink - 5 to 10 litres - and let it soak in then repeat for a few days and then give it a good handful or two or blood, fish and bone scattered over the soil around it and then a good mulch of well rotted garden compost, another drink and a 2" layer of chipped bark or pebbles to help retain moisture and reduce competition from weeds or other plants.

If that fails, cut it back low to leave just the fresh looking stems at the base with the pink, cream and green foliage.  It should regrow but won't be fast.

Can't help with the other problem.   

Last edited: 24 May 2017 12:18:38

Best plant for an east facing site

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 10:14

Looks very cramped and poor and unlikely to get enough natural water for a philadelphus.

I suggest you attach some battens and trellis to the wall and grow a colourful campsis.  We have one here in almost no soil growing up the east side of an old well.  When we arrived last October it had done a "triffid" all over the drive.  This year we're training it to cover the old well which is stone but has been concreted over.  Not a priority to sort it this year so we're hiding it.


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 09:55

It kills anything green that it touches - tho some horrid weeds will need a 2nd and even a 3rd application.


Posted: 23/05/2017 at 23:32

Have you or your neighbours been using glyphosate on the garden?   It doesn't look like any of the usual problems such as mildew, black spot, rust, aphids etc.

If not it could be rose rosette virus, in which case you need to report it.  Here is what the RHS says:-

This could be the result of virus infection, but a much more common cause is contamination of the plant by the weedkiller glyphosate. The leaves described above often develop in the season following contamination, in small clusters of pale green or pinkish-red leaves, resembling mini witches’ brooms.

Rose rosette virus, transmitted by microscopic eriophyid mites, is a problem in the USA and Canada, but is yet to be confirmed in the UK. Some of the symptoms produced are very similar to those caused by glyphosate contamination as described above. If you can rule out glyphosate contamination as the cause of the symptoms affecting your plant, and suspect that Rose rosette virus could be responsible, you should report this to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on telephone number 01904 405 138 or by email at planthealth.info@apha.gsi.gov.uk

The whole article on pests and problems is here - 


Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 23:23

Haven't caught up with all the results yet but I often disagree with the judges.  It seems increasingly that the gardens they like are more about concept and paving than plants and CB's gardens are always about using plants to express a vision or a message, not hard landscaping.   They gave Matthew Wilson's Yorkshire garden a silver last year and it was clearly the most sumptuous celebration of plants and place in the show and won the People's award.  Diarmuid Gavin's entertaining inventor's garden got silver gilt yet it was clever, fun and full of fabulous plants.

I seriously dislike the dry, barren, wasteland look of the Provence garden last year and the quarry garden this year which is why we moved to the warmth of the Vendée and not the baking south.  We wanted rain for juicy green plants and no more deep freeze winters.

OH watched one of the earlier programmes with me this evening and asked "Who's that young man with the inane grin?".  James Wong.

Thank heavens for Adam!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:07

Have done very little today.  Couldn't concentrate.  

I hope you have a thoroughly wonderful day at Chelsea Liri and that Chicky has had a great time today.    Lots and lots of pics please, especially Chris B's garden which always gets short shrift on the Beeb's coverage.

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