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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:34

When I went to pick up my hamamelis last week I treted myself to some packets of allium Purple Sensation and Christophii plus nectorascordums and daff Thalia - just to be sure I have some of my favourites to plant.  I'm assuming I'll be able to grow taller tulips now but will take some of my botanicals just in case.

I have been listening to Bridge Over Troubled Water a lot this week - wiping out a few off harmonies from the otherwise enjoyable show at Great Malvern - The Story of Simon and Garfunkel with lots of slides and short videos on the back screen bringing back memories and making me realise what amazing times I have lived through since my childhood - Elvis, USA civil rights, Martin Luther King, Kennedy and Nixon, Cuban missile crisis, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Vietnam, flower power, moon landings and that's just up to 1970 and BOTW!

Whole leg of lamb now slow roasting in the oven with herbs and garlic and white wine to be joined by roast parsnips and green veggies of some sort then damson crumble.   Not planning to move afterwards cos Victoria is on.

Weed Flame Wand

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:20

Great stuff.  I'm off to buy one of these contraptions on Tuesday.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:30

Excellent.  Thanks Dove.

Help attracting wildlife

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:28

Yes, your garden is far too neat and tidy and bare just yet but it will fill out as plants grow and you plant more to cover bare soil.  

Patience is a virtue in gardening.  It's not slapping on wallpaper and paint for instant results.  Wildlife will come when it has what it needs.  You can speed up the birds' arrival with feeders and insects with nectar and pollen rich plants.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:17

Possum took her driving test in January and now knows all about driving positions and road rules and so on.  Apparently we should be near enough to the pedals never to have a straight leg and the upper body upright and close enough to the wheel to be able to put our wrists on the top and let our hands flop down.

Doesn't do for me but I do find that having the seat fairly raised and the back supporting my lower back means I can drive for hours without back strain.   Can't have the seat too upright in warm weather cos I often have a butterfly clip holding up my hair and it's just too irritating when it catches on the head rest.  However, no matter what I do, long drives these days do leave my knees and hips feeling stiff when I first get out again.

Playing good music makes the journey seem less long and also keeps me awake and alert.

Cool and grey here but trying to brighten up.  I've had to put the summer duvet back on the bed as I got cold lying in and reading the papers.   Now to finish patching Possum's shorts and mending my favourite garden trousers before tackling Possum's new dining chairs which need another coat of paint and then packing.

Chappy delivered a ton of packing cartons and clothes hanging dooberries and plate, glass and picture frame boxes yesterday.  Just got the garage cleared of a dozen big boxes of books and stuff for Oxfam and now its chokka again!

Still no real rain here so garden looking bright and colourful except where it's going brown.  Wish it would rain.  I have plants to lift still and they're bone dry.

Have a good Sunday everyone.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:59

The none fruiter is in the ground and I have no idea, as yet, as to how fertile is the soil but I do know it has hot dry summers and hardly any frosts in winter..

The one I have in my greenhouse here is in poor soil but does get watered regularly.  Its parent grows outside a few miles away and fruits well every year but we're that bit more exposed here so outside in winter is just too cold for even a Brown Turkey.  After a mild winter here it is covered in figs but just too late because of the cold start to spring and summer.

Cat eating my bulbs

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 23:13

Replace the bulbs and soil.  Water well and then cover with a strip of chicken wire pegged down over the bulbs or plenty of spiky prunings from holly or hawthorn.

More likely to be squirrels or foxes than a cat.

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:22

The new garden has a large fig in full sun which is full of luscious leaves but not a single fig.   Any ideas as to how to provoke it into fruiting for next year?   Feeding, pruning, stern talking to?

We have one here in the greenhouse which I had to hack back quite hard in spring and it has tried to take over its world again and produced dozens of fruits but too late to ripen.  

Can't win.

Which foxglove?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:15

I woud suggest you add loads of well rotted garden compost and manure to that bed and fork it gently in before planting anything else and then add more as a mulch after planting and a thorough watering.

I like Pam's Choice - http://www.kernock.co.uk/acatalog/Digitalis-purpurea-Pams-Choice-U1595.html for info.  You can grow it from seed or buy it on a good garden centre or nursery.   The plain white alba form is also lovely, especially for lighting up a shady spot.

Have a look at persicaria Painter's palette for the shadier part of the bed.  It won't like sun but persicaria affinis does and will provide good ground cover.

Use the RHS website's plant finder to fin other plants that will suit your soil and aspect and light levels to choose more that will carry you through the seasons.

Help attracting wildlife

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:56

Frogs and toads will find their way if you make a pond but be sure it has a sloping edge or a plank or stone they can use to climb out again.  Both like to come out onto dry or boggy land and toads especially don't spend their life in there but need it for breeding.   Both will eat pests such as slugs.   Don't put fish in the pond as they will eat the spawn.

Hedgehogs need access so a solid fence or wall will keep them out.  You can cut holes in wire mesh or wooden fences to allow them to get to and fro but your neighbours will have to do the same and also provide safe cover for them to feed and breed and raise their young and hibernate.

Birds will come if you provide food all year round - peanuts in feeders, fat balls, loose seed for ground feeders and in hanging feeders for the "swingers" such as tits and sparrows.

Planting flowers that attract insects will also attract birds which will eat aphids and caterpillars for you.

Have a look at this advice form the RHS on attracting wildlife - https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/encourage-wildlife-to-your-garden

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